Perhaps you can’t find two pressure cooker brands as starkly contrasted as Fagor vs. Presto. The differences in brand positioning, design and pricing all make them unique. This post is to highlight where they differ so you as an end user can make a better buying decision when it comes to shopping for a pressure cooker.
The design of all Fagor pressure cookers/canners is the so-called enclosed system where there is no such a thing as the conventional jiggle on top of the lid. The pressure buildup and release all happen within the cooker. With this type of design, less liquid is needed for cooking and less is evaporated due to the concealed environment. As a result, less energy is consumed during the cooking process and more intensified flavors are created due to minimal amount of liquid.
The Presto pressure cookers/canners on the other hand are a step up from the traditional pressure cooker design. While they still deploy a removable and weighted topper as a mechanism to regulate and release excess pressure, they are enhanced with a few additional features such as a locked lid and multiple pressure release valves.
Since the design is not a closed system, it requires more liquid and more energy to maintain the desirable pressure level. These pressure cookers are not as quiet as the Fagor ones.
Types of Pressure Cookers
Although both Fagor and Preston have canners in their respective lines, those by Fagor are not meant for major canning projects with the limited capacity size of 10 quart. The canner options within Presto brand offer more generous sizes of 16 and 23 quart where a bigger batch of canning can be done up to 20 pints and 7 quarts for the 23 quart sized canner. More efficiency, less time and less energy!
There are no pressure cookers/canners made of 100% aluminum in Fagor’s collections whereas there are some within Presto. All the Presto canners are made of heavy gauge industrial aluminum. All Fagor’s cookers/canners are made of 100% stainless steel with a tri-clad base of aluminum sandwiched by two sheets of stainless steel. If you are concerned about aluminum’s contact with foods, then Fagor may be a better option.
Fagor is a Spanish company while Presto is an American company. Both of them have very strong brand recognitions. Presto is better known in North America whereas Fagor has more of a global presence.
Fagor offers single units as well as bundled options with multiple pieces in a set. The mult-piece sets offer versatility of cooking two different dishes at the same time in pressure or conventional cooking. Two interchangeable lids are provided in the set along with some other accessories. This is definitely a more economic way to buy a well-known brand of pressure cooker.
The product bundling hasn’t been made available by Presto where you’ll have to buy multiple single units if you’d like to have different sized cookers.
Presto has a competitive edge over Fagor and many other pressure cooker manufacturers with a 12-year limited warranty. The industry standard seems to be 10-year.
The greatest contrast between Fagor and Presto is in the pricing strategies. Presto’s products are priced very affordably whereas Fagor’s are at mid to high price points. For example, for an 8-quart sized top of the line stainless steel Presto pressure cooker, it costs about $65.00 as opposed to $140.00 for a 6-quart (smaller vs. Presto) Fagor Futuro. The pricing disparity is quite consistent across multiple models between the two brands.
Which One to Buy?
It’s indisputable that Fagor and Presto are two major players in the household appliance and pressure cooker space. If you prefer a more modern design in a pressure cooker, Fagor would be a great brand to choose.
On the other hand, if you are new to pressure cooking or have budget constraints, then Presto definitely offers more affordable options to try it out. If you are into canning, Presto is a better way to go.
All in all, both brands have withstood the test of time and are committed to the quality and services. You can’t go wrong with either brand.
Here is a summary table of detailed reviews of some bestselling models by Fagor and Presto. Feel free to click on the link if you are interested in learning more about a certain size or model.