Magefesa Mageplus Pressure Cooker Review

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Introduction

Magefesa Mageplus 8.5-Quart Pressure Cooker is designed and manufactured in Spain. Magefesa is a prominent European manufacturer of kitchenware operating in 46 countries around the world.

This pressure cooker features surgical stainless steel and 5-level integrated safety system to take the fear out of pressure cooking for novices and seasoned cooks.

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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Sized as 8.5 quart, this pressure cooker is perfect for a family of 4 people or so.

There are a two other sizes in this series such as 4.2 and 6.5 quart. The possibilities of using this cooker to make delicious meals are endless. How about cooking a whole chicken with fresh herbs in 20 minutes? Saving time and energy cost are the names of the game these days when everyone’s budget is so pinched with the economic downturn.

It is constructed with 18/10 stainless steel with a tri-clad base where an aluminum disk is sandwiched in between two layers of stainless steel. This is one of the hallmarks a good quality cookware would have these days.

The advantage of such a construction and use of two materials is to tap into the full potential of the great heat conductive property of aluminum while fully utilizing the non-corrosive and non-rust nature of stainless steel. The attractive exterior finish of the surgical stainless steel has been one of the selling points in addition to the durability and easy cleaning.

The cooker is designed to work on all cook surfaces, including ceramic and induction. The overall dimensions are 15 x 12 x 10 inches.

Safety Features

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Pressure Regulator

The safety of this Magefesa pressure cooker is facilitated by a multi-leveled safety system. The cooker has a pressure regulator on top of the long handle where excess pressure escapes and the required pressure level can be set. Beneath the stem of the pressure regulator is a rod to indicate two pressure levels. If the first line is shown up which means the cooker has reached 9 psi (pounds per square inch) and second line for 15 psi.

There is an overpressure valve in case the primary pressure regulator/or valve is clogged with food particles. There is also an emergency vent under the lid as another safety measure. In addition to the valves, the lid is locked in place via a latch so the cooker can’t be opened during cooking or pressure release.

Seal: Special Gasket

The gasket is made of special materials by Magefesa as an integral part of the safety system.

Pressure Setting

There are some discrepancies between the Product Description on Amazon and the User Manual for this model. In the Product Description, it states three levels of pressure settings being 6, 9 and 15 psi (pounds per square inch). However, when I looked into the Usual Manual, it says low and high pressure settings. I assume the two levels are 9 and 15 psi. In fact, one customer on Amazon concurred with my assumption in the review.

By the way, Magefesa calls cooking at medium pressure of 9 psi as “fast cooking” and 15 psi as “super fast cooking”. This is another point of confusion if you’d ask me. The bottom line is that you need to look for the 15 psi pressure setting as a benchmark in every pressure cooker as that’s the ultimate standard for pressure cooking to adequately kill the germs in foods. It becomes even more important for those folks who live in higher altitude areas.

Pressure Release Methods

The “cold water method” or the “natural release method” are two fall-back methods used in many pressure cookers. The former is to remove the cooker from the stove and run cold water over the top lid in the sink until the pressure indicator recedes. The latter refers to letting the pressure cooker cool off naturally. It may take a little while so be patient and budget extra time in your meal planning.

The third method is so-called “automatic release” where you turn the dial to the “steam icon” to release pressure quickly and automatically.

Handle

There are two handles in this pressure cooker, a long one where the pressure regulator and pressure level setting are built in and a helper handle for you to carry from one spot to another.

Easy to Use and Clean

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Mageplus cooker comes with a Usual Manual in English, Spanish, French and German. Always read the document carefully as each brand of pressure cookers has some unique features unlike any other. The success of using this model is completely depending on your good understanding of the steps.

Cleaning is not that hard. Remember never immerse the entire lid in the water as the water will damage the pressure regulator and other components. You can wash the cooking pot in warm soapy water. Occasionally, you may need to dissemble the pressure regulator for cleaning. The instructions are included in the Manual as well.

Accessories

Not available other than the Usual Manual in English, Spanish, French and German.

Consumer Ratings

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3.9 out of 5The Mageplus was rated as 3.9 stars which is lower than other leading brands of pressure cookers. Just two examples of people’s comments:

One customer said he was very pleased with the product as well as the customer service. He would recommend this model to others who want to cut down cooking time at high altitudes…Read More
Another customer said the pressure cooker performed very well. It made delicious meals really fast. The Usual Manual was very useful. You just have to read it carefully…Read More

Pros

  • Well-Constructed: The Magefesa pressure cooker is well-constructed with high quality stainless steel and aluminum. It’s sturdy and well made.
  • Easy to Use: Some novice pressure cooker users have found it easier to use and to operate.
  • Perfect Size for Medium-Sized Families: Even though it’s a 8.5-quart in size, it’s a perfect size for a mid-sized family because you can’t cook in full capacity in any pressure cooker. The maximum volume you can do is 2/3 of the capacity. Sometimes only at 1/2. Plus, we all like to have some leftovers for those late nights when we don’t feel like cooking at all.
  • Attractive Design: One of the product strengths with Magefesa pressure cookers is the design element. The cooker presents such a high-end flair with the shape and the exterior finish.
  • Excellent Customer Service: One true test with any brand is to call the Customer Service to see how knowledgeable they are and how much they want to help you. The Magefesa Customer Service has passed that test with flying colors reported by a few customers.

Cons

  • Pricey: It’s a little bit overpriced per a few online shoppers. The Magefesa is not the most expensive pressure cooker, but it’s priced towards the higher end. But you are buying for quality and for being designed and made in Spain instead of in a lower-cost manufacturing facility.
  • Sharp Edges: One customer shared the edges are sharp in the lip of the lid and that customer even returned the product due to this reason.
  • Instructional Manual: It is not the best or clearest Instructional Manual you’d find. It feels as if it were translated from Spanish or another foreign language. In fact, the Demo Videos by Magefesa on YouTube is done in Spanish with dubbed English at the bottom of the screen. Overall, I would give Magefesa a “C” for documentation as well as for presenting the products online.

Warranty and Replacement Parts

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A 10-year warranty is provided for the pressure cooker, which is the industry norm. Some customer reported it was difficult to find replacement parts which could be true in the past. When I searched, it was quite easy to find all replacement parts on http://www.MagefesaUSA.com website. Some of the parts are available through Amazon.

Price

Amazon is one of the Magefesa’s authorized retailers. That’s why you could find multiple pressure cooker models and sizes on Amazon with better pricing than Magefesa’s own website.

In short, this is a good quality pressure cooker with multiple safety features and classic appearance. It will serve you and your family for many years to come in eating healthful foods and saving time and money in the meantime.

 

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