Fagor Duo Combi 5-Piece Pressure Cooker Review

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Introduction

Versatility and value are the hallmarks of this Fagor Duo Combi 5-Piece Pressure Cooker Set. The 5- piece consists of two pots, two lids and a steamer/pasta basket with a built-in trivet on the bottom.

This set allows you to cook a main dish in the bigger pot while preparing a side dish in the smaller one. Timing it right, you should be able to get a gourmet meal on the dinner table within an hour.

Table of Contents (Click a title to jump ahead)

IntroductionSize, Capacity and Material | Safety Features | Easy to Use and Clean | Consumer Ratings | Pros | Cons | Warranty and Replacement Parts | Price |

Size, Capacity and Material

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The 8-quart sized stockpot is big enough to cook a 4-lbs pot roast, a whole chicken or 3 racks of ribs. The smaller size is measured 4-quart in liquid capacity. It’s perfect to cook for a small family every day and use the bigger pot for cooking when you have company.

The pressure cooker lid has all the safety components in it. The tempered glass lid is for you to keep one pot covered or use it for conventional cooking. You might find yourself reach out to use this set instead of getting so many pots and pans out. Also both pots can be used for browning first before pressure cooking.

The two pots, the two lids and the steamer/pasta basket are all made of 18/10 stainless steel (18% chromium and 10% nickel). The bottoms of the pots are also infused with a layer of aluminum at the core for best heat conductivity. The aluminum base is encapsulated with two layers of stainless steel. The inner layer of stainless steel ensures the contact surface is rust and warp resistant. The outer layer of stainless steel contains magnetic properties for use on all cooktops, including induction heating.

The 4 quart pot is 3.5 inches deep and 10’ in diameter weighing 5 lbs 3 oz. The 8 quart pot is 6.75” in depth and 10” in diameter and 7lbs in weight. The steamer is measured as 8.5 deep and 5” in height.

Safety Features

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Triple Safety Feature

This Fagor pressure cooker features a triple-safety system. The primary pressure valve is designed with a spring-loaded valve and the vent is on top of the primary handle. The second safety measure is underneath the lid as a redundant feature if and when the primary valve can’t do its job. The third component is the metal cutout in the rim of the lid where the gasket buckles to let the excess pressure escape. On top of the triple features, the lid is securely closed and locked with a latch on top of the primary handle. Once it’s locked in place, nobody can open it until the pressure is completely released after the cooking is done. This locking system prevents potential explosions like the old fashioned pressure cookers.

The two pots have two handles each. The long handle is where all the safety features are housed and the short one makes it easy to transport the pot.

Pressure Level Indicator

When the pressure starts to build in the cooking pot, the yellow tipping rod will pop up. That’s your first clue to lower the heat level to maintain an optimal pressure level as well as the starting point to time the cooking per the recipe.

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3 Pressure Release Methods

You may release the pressure automatically by turning the dial on the primary valve to the “steam” icon. Or use either “cold water” or “natural release” method.

Easy to Use and Clean

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When you are ready to pressure cook, match the marks on the top handle and the bottom handle. Press the lid down and slide the top handle clockwise to bring the lid and the pot together. Then push the “latch” to lock the pot. Pressure won’t be built unless the latch is in the locked position.

Next is to select a pressure level for your recipe. There are two levels with this pressure cooker, 8 psi for delicate foods and 15 psi for regular foods. Select one by turning the dial pointing to the appropriate level. The pressure valve is set on 15 psi as a default setting.

Turn on the burner to “high” heat. When the pressure indicator protrudes above the surrounding surface and steam coming out the primary valve, adjust the heat to “low” to maintain the pressure level. The easy sign is to see gentle steam escape from the primary valve.

The cooking pot is dishwasher safe. You’ll have to hand wash the gasket, the lid and the pressure regulator (if needed). Detailed instructions are provided in the Manual on how to take the primary valve apart and put it back together.

Accessories

An instruction and recipe book is included besides the five-pieces.

Consumer Ratings

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4.4 out of 5

Out of 83 online reviewers at this time of the review, 84% or 70 people give 4-5-star ratings. Others provided mixed reviews from 1 to 3 stars. It appears to me that prior to 2012, the reviews were more positive. I also noticed that now this set is made in China which was previously designed and made in Spain. I am wondering when such a switch of manufacturing location was made and if that correlates with the customers’ feedback and the general perception. I’ll call Fagor America to clarify this question and update this information accordingly.

Agentleman commented this was the most affordable brand with modern pressure cooker safety features on the market. He also appreciated the 15 psi pressure level for most recipes…Read More
Alady said she loved the time saved from cooking in conventional methods. A pot of brown rice in 20 minutes vs. 60 minutes or longer; she also liked the two pots for making varying quantities….Read More

Pros

  • It’s the least expensive pressure cooker on the market with modern safety features.
  • Two cooking pots make it very handy to cook a main dish and a side one at the same time.
  • Excellent and helpful customer service.
  • Works well on higher elevation (e.g. 9000 feet).
  • It’s easy and safe to use. Easy to release the pressure after the cooking is done. The steam is pointed to the ceiling or the exhaust in most households unlike many others that will shoot in all directions.
  • It offers great valve at a lower price.

Cons

  • Not as energy-efficient as Kuhn Rikon’s pressure cookers after the pressure level is reached. Kuhn’s requires very low heat (e.g. “1” vs. medium low (e.g. 2) heat for the Fagor pressure cooker.
  • No filled lines in the cooking pot. You’ll have to gauge visually where the 2/3 and half marks are in the pot.
  • The base of the pot is lighter than the Kuhn Rikon’s.

Warranty and Replacement Parts

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Fagor offers a 10-year limited warranty but it doesn’t include the replaceable parts such as the gasket. You can easily find these parts on Amazon or other authorized retailers.

Price

The price point for this set is the biggest selling point besides everything else. It’s 50% of the price of the Kuhn Rikon set.

Summary

If you want to replace using multiple pots and pans when cooking, this 5-piece set would be a great addition to your kitchen utensils. You will find it rare to have multiple pieces in a set but still at an affordable price. Another advantage is that it does have the modern safety features to set, regulate and release pressure to make an easy and safe process in pressure cooking.

Make no mistake that this is not the top-of-the-line with all things considered. You’d have to pay double the amount to get a comparable set such as Kuhn Rikon Duromatic Duo 6-piece Set. If I were you, I’d head on over to Amazon to read more about the pros and cons of each brand and draw your own conclusion from the horse’s mouth.

 

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