Fagor Duo Stainless Steel 6-Quart Pressure Cooker Review

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Introduction

Fagor Duo Stainless Steel 6-Quart Pressure Cooker is an efficient kitchen tool to cut down cooking time up to 70% while producing mouth-watering meals day in and day out. If you are pressed for time in trying to joggle multiple demands in life, let this cooker do the heavy lifting for you. Designed in Spain, this is one of the pressure cooker lines by Fagor, one of the most influential manufacturers in the pressure cooker space.

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 Duo line comes with 4 different capacity sizes, 4, 6, 8 and 10 quart. While Fagor claims that the 10-quart can be used for canning, it’s only good for small canning projects due to the limited volume within the pot. There are better canners on the market more suited for the job. Check out my review on one of the bestsellers in pressure canners.

The Duo collection also includes a 5-piece set consisted of 4 and 8 quart pots, two interchangeable lids for pressure and stovetop cooking and a steamer with a wire trivet.

The cooker is made of 18/10 stainless steel with the base encapsulated among three layers of metal: a disk of aluminum is sandwiched by two sheets of stainless steel on the inside and outside of the surface. The tri-clad materials are used to leverage the best properties in each material. For example, aluminum is light and conducive to even heat transfer and distribution. Stainless steel is best known for the hygienic nature as a cooking surface as it doesn’t corrode or get rusted in contact with acidic foods. The mirror finish, durability and easy-to-clean make stainless steel a favorite material for cookware.

The external surface also has magnetic properties compatible with all cooking surfaces, gas, electric, ceramic and induction.

Safety Features

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The operating valve on top of the lid is the primary outlet for releasing excess pressure. This valve has a dial with several settings, two of which are for low and high pressure, one for pressure release upon cooking and the fourth one is the “unlock” position.

The safety valve under the lid represents the second safety measure in the event the primary is mal-functional and can’t be opened with any pressure build up inside the cooker. The third layer is safeguarded by the safety vent cutout in the rim of the lid. This is for emergency purpose only when the first two release valves fail to do the job. In such a situation, the pressure will force open the gasket and let excess pressure escape through this cutout hole.

In addition to the triple safety system, the lid will be securely closed and locked through a lock latch on the top lid handle. Only when the lid is locked can the pressure be built up inside the cooker. It will remain locked until the pressure is fully released.

Handles

There are two handles in the Duo series, a long and a short handles. They are ergonomically designed for easy lifting and transporting. The short handle is to help balance the weight for moving the pot from one spot to another.

Pressure Indicator and Setting

The yellow pin on top of the lid handle is the pressure indicator as in “rise” or “fall” position for pressure build-up or release.

As mentioned under Safety Features, there are two pressure settings for the Duo pressure cookers in 8 psi (pounds per square inch) and 15 psi. 8 psi is used for cooking foods with delicate texture such as seafood, vegetables and so on while 15 psi is the most common level required in many pressure-cooking recipes.

3 Pressure Release Methods

There is a built-in automatic pressure release setting on top of the operating valve. To release pressure by simply turning the dial to the “steam” icon. In addition, “cold water” or “natural release” are the two most commonly used methods.

Easy to Use and Clean

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The first thing to do is to read the User Manual from cover to cover to familiarize yourself with the features of the pressure cooker as they may differ even if made by the same manufacturer. To use the pressure cooker, follow these steps:

  1. Add dry ingredients and liquid in the cooking pot. For every 10 minutes of cooking time, add ½ cup of liquid. For more than 10 minutes, add 2 cups of liquid. The liquid can be as water, wine, broth, but not oil although you may brown the meat in oil before pressure cooking.
  2. Close the lid by aligning the mark on top of the lid handle with the same on the bottom handle. Slide the top handle to the left (clockwise). Press the pressure lock upward towards the center of the lid. Turn the pressure setting to the appropriate level.
  3. Place the cooker on the burner over high heat until the pressure indicator rises to seal the pot with a steady steam coming out of the operating valve.
  4. Start timing the cooking and reduce the heat level to maintain the appropriate pressure.
  5. Remove the pot from the heat source and release the pressure via one of the three methods.

The cooking pot is dishwasher safe. You will have to hand-wash the lid, the gasket and occasionally the operating valve if clogged with food particles. Follow the instructions to dissemble the valve.

Accessories

Included are Instruction Manual with a color Recipe Book, a steamer basket with a wire trivet.

Consumer Ratings

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3.9 out of 5.0

One gentleman shared his experience of owning multiple brands of pressure cooker and Fagor was his choice due to the more “forgiving” nature to heat level and you didn’t have to be hyer-alert to watch the pot by the stove…Read More
Another customers commented how this pressure cooker was a god-send for her with three teens, two of them have autism and were on GAP diet (gut & psychology syndrome diet)…Read More

Pros

  • The 6-quart size is ideal for small to medium sized families.
  • The cooker is made of high quality stainless steel and heavy gauge aluminum that lasts for a lifetime or more.
  • It’s easy to operate and breezy to clean.
  • With triple safety features and a securely locked lid, it’s fool-proof to pressure cook.
  • You can quickly de-compressurize by turning the knob for pressure release.

Cons

  • A few customers reported receiving the cooker with broken handles during the transit.
  • It’s now “Made in China” as previously claimed “Made in Spain” which upsets some customers. Fagor switched the manufacturing of this model to China from Spain in 2008 per one online reviewer due to cost-cutting factor (I presume). Nonetheless, there are still plenty of happy customers who had purchased this cooker after the transition of manufacturing location.

Warranty and Replacement Parts

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10 year limited warranty and replacement parts are available on Fagor’s website or other authorized retailers.

Price

The Fagor Duo pressure cookers are priced under $100 for all four sizes (4, 6, 8 and 10 quart). Considering the design, material and safety features, they are very affordable.

I’d recommend getting a pressure cooker for every family that cooks at home. There are infinite ways to use the cooker from steel-cut oatmeal for breakfast, Waldorf Chicken Salad for lunch, pot roast with root vegetables for dinner. Saving time and money in energy bill are two of the biggest incentives. If you are ready for the New Year, New You challenge, opt for a Fagor pressure cooker.

 

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