Fagor Duo vs. Splendid

Duo and Splendid are two of a number of pressure cooker lines by Fagor, a key manufacturer and marketer of pressure cookers and other appliances headquartered in Spain.

From the outside, it’s really hard to tell why the two lines exist side-by-side until you take a microscopic look.

Differences

Product Bundle Options

The Duo line is sold as a single pressure cooker as well as in sets. Two sets are available as the Duo Combi 5-Piece Set and 9-Piece Canning Set. In the Splendid collection, it’s similar to the Duo as single units or sets. The two sets in Splendid are so similar that you’d have to really pay attention to notice the difference. The difference lies in the size of the pots included in each set. In the Splendid 2-In-1 set, 4 and 6 quart pots are included whereas in the Splendid multi-set, 4 and 8 quarts pots are available.

In the 5-piece set for both Duo and Splendid, two interchangeable lids come with the pressure cooker for both pressure cooking and stovetop cooking. A steamer basket is also included in the set.

Pressure Level

One of the significant differences is in the design of pressure levels. In the Duo line, there are two pressure level settings as “low-8 psi” and “high-15” psi (pounds per square inch). 15 psi is the most common pressure setting called upon by pressure cooking recipes whereas 8 psi is used for cooking more delicate foods such as seafood and vegetables.

The Splendid line only has 15 psi which means you’ll have to manipulate cooking time for more delicate foods.

Consumer Ratings

I was surprised to find out that the average ratings for Splendid are better than that of Duo (3.93 for Splendid vs. 3.83 for Duo). Before 2008, Duo was designed and manufactured in Spain. As a result, the quality and the consistency were better than those manufactured in China in general. Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule. Since 2008, the Duo product line has been manufactured in China as well. The only two lines are still manufactured in Spain are the Futuro and Chef lines.

Pricing

The pricing differentials between the Duo and Splendid are shrinking. Overall, the price for Duo is still higher than Splendid within $5 to $15 depending on the size of the cooker.

Similarities

Design Elements

Both lines are designed with straight shape in the cooking pot with a clean and minimal style. Both are made of stainless steel and a tri-clad base consisted of aluminum and stainless steel for best heat conductivity via aluminum, easy cleaning and attractive shine from stainless steel.

Capacity Size and Dimensions

Both models are sized in 4, 6, 8 and 10 quarts with different combination in the set. The diameter sizes for the 4 and 6, 8 and 10 pots are 9 and 10 inches respectively. In the Splendid 2-in-1 set, the two cooking pots are nested into each other with the 6-quart inside of the 4-quart for efficient use of space.

They are suitable for all cooktops, including electric, gas, ceramic and induction.

Safety Features

The Fagor triple pressure release features are in the design of both lines. Please refer to my detailed review on how each feature works with another.

Handles

A long/operating and a short helper handles are available in both product lines.

Pressure Release Methods

Both are equipped with three pressure release methods as “automatic”, “cold water” and “natural release”.

Warranty

A 10-year warranty is applicable for both product lines.

Fagor Duo vs. Splendid Comparison Table

ModelDuoSplendid
Imagefagor-duo-stainless-steel-6-quart-pressure-cookerfagor-splendid-10-quart-pressure-cooker
Capacity (Qt)4, 6, 8 and 10 quart (10 also for canning); 4 & 8 quart in the 5-piece set; 10-quart in the 9-piece canning set4, 6 and 10 quart; 2-in-1 set: 4 & 6 quart pots and 4 & 8 quart pots in the multi-set
Sold in Single Unit or Setsingle, 5-piece & 9-piece canning setssingle, 5-piece set
What's Included in the Set5-piece DUO Combi set: 4 & 8 quart pots, 2 interchangeable lids for pressure and stovetop cooking, a steamer basket with wire trivet; 9-piece canning set: 10 quart pot, canning rack, stainless steel funnel, stainless steel ladle, jar lifter, jar wrench, bubble freer, magnetic lid lifer, home canning cookbook with recipes4, 6 and 10 quart; 2-in-1 set: 4 & 6 quart pots with 2 interchangeable lids, a steamer basket with wire trivet; multi-set: 4 & 8 quart pots with the same as the other set
Diameter (inches)9" for 4 & 6 quart and 10" for 8 and 10 quart9" for 4 and 6 quart; 10" for 8 quart
Shapestraightstraight; smaller base of the 6-quart pot nests into the 4 quart to save space
Materials18/10 stainless steel with a thermal heat conductive base consisted of three layers of metal: stainless steel, safe for contact with food; aluminum for heat conductivity; stainless steel with magnetic properties compatible with induction heating.same
Safety Featurestriple safety feature: 1) operating valve as primary pressure release; 2) safety valve as a backup measure if the primary valve is blocked; 3) safety vent as an emergency outlet if the two valves failsame
Handle1 long & 1 short handlessame
Sealgasketgasket
Pressure Level Indicatoryes, yellow pinyes, yellow pin
Pressure Setting (psi-pounds per square inch)8 and 15 psi15 psi
Pressure Release Methods ( 3 methods for all)automatic, cold water & natural releasesame
Cooktopsall cooking surfaces (incl. induction)same
AccessoriesInstruction Manual and Color Recipe Booksame
Warranty (year)1010
Consumer Ratings (avg)3.833.93
Read ReviewFagor Duo 6-Quart ReviewFagor Splendid 5-Piece Set Review
PriceCheck Best PriceCheck Best Price
Manufacturing LocationChina as of 2008China

Which One Is Right for You?

This is a toss-up between the two models. If you’d like to save a few bucks, then choose Splendid. But if you prefer having the two pressure level option, the Duo line is the way to go. You can’t go wrong with either choice as Fagor is one of the most sought-after brands in the pressure cooker market space.

  1. Liz says:

    I am from Australia and cannot buy the Fagor Duo 10L pressure cooker. I have been told that Fagor have stopped manufacturing pressure cookers. Is this correct?

    • bradpress says:

      Fagor is still making pressure cookers. The issue may be with the local supply. We are not familiar with the Australian market to know availability.

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