Nesco PC6-25P 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker Review

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Introduction

I hesitated to write a review on an electric pressure cooker as most pros will not recommend buying one. But today I’ve decided it’s time to dig in to find out the pros and cons.

The Nesco PC6-25P was #9 on Amazon’s bestseller list for pressure cooker. This is a 3-in-1 cooker that enables you to pressure cook, to steam and to slow cook. The bottom line is that you may cut your cooking time up to 70% while eating healthy and wholesome home-made meals.

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 PC6-25P has 6 quart liquid capacity, which is about an average size in pressure or slow cookers. You can cook a 3 pounds roast and a whole chicken in it. Depending on the recipe, you may feed from 4 to 7 people. The overall dimensions are 12.0 x 12.0 x 14.5 (L, W, H). The pressure cooker has a stainless steel exterior finish and a non-stick inner pot for easy cleaning.

Safety Features

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This electric pressure cooker is sealed with a gasket between the lid and the cooking pot to form an airtight vessel for pressurized cooking. The pressure regulator sits on top of the lid with two dials. When the dial is rotated to “seal” position, you may pressure cook; and to “vent” position to release pressure or cook without pressure.

A floating valve or a pressure indicator called in many stovetop pressure cookers engages when the pressure is built inside of the cooker to lock up the lid. The lid is locked mechanically so it won’t be opened or removed until the pressure is fully released.

Two Pressure Settings – 5 and 10 PSI

Two pressure settings are designed into this cooker as 5 psi for low (pounds per square inch) and 10 psi for high. While many recipes are written in 15 psi, the standard of pressure cooking, you may compensate the lower pressure by cooking 10 to 15% longer. For canning purpose, I’d recommend you choose one with a 15 psi setting to make sure no critters are left alive in the foods.

Two Pressure Release Methods

Two methods can be used to release pressure. The first is the “natural release” where you turn off the burner and let the cooker to cool off on its own accord. This may take anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes.

The second method is to turn the knob to “vent” and let the steam escape rapidly. This is the o-called “fast release” often used in recipes such as fruits and vegetables.

3 Handles

There are three handles one on top and two small ones on each side for easy transport. The lid and the handles stay cool to the touch.

Easy to Use and Clean

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The pressure cooker has five pre-settings: pressure cook, brown, steam, slow cook and warm. All these pre-setting time can be modified depending what you are cooking and the quantity.

The timer for pressure cooking is up to 99 minutes and 9-1/2 hours for slow cooking. The slow cook timer can be adjusted in 30 minutes increment shown as 0.5 on the control panel.

There is also a delayed timer up to 8 hours in case you’d like to set it for cooking hours ahead. For instance, if you want it to cook at 5 p.m., you may set it at 9 a.m. that morning on 8-hour delayed timer. By doing so, you’d save cooking time when you get home from work.

It’s recommended to clean all parts by hand in warm soapy water even though the inner pot is dishwasher safe. Always use a non-metal utensil to protect the non-stick surface.

Accessories

A rack and a User Manual with a recipe book are included. The Manual is written in English, French and Spanish.

Consumer Ratings

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3.8 out of 5

It was rated as 3.8 by 132 online reviewers on Amazon. 88 people or 67% of the people gave it a 4-5 star ratings. 82% of the reviewers on Walmart’s website said they’d recommend this product to a friend or families.

One reviewer was very pleased with the price and quality. The two pressure settings was another factor for the purchase. Being able to modify the pre-set program time made it easy to adjust depending on the quantity and the type of foods…Read More
Another customer shared three reasons why this was a great electric pressure cooker: 1) No need to worry about monitoring the cooker; 2)The non-stick inner pot made it easy for cleaning; 3)The auto-warm function…Read More

Pros

  • Low and high pressure settings of 5 and 10 psi for cooking different kinds of foods
  • You can override the pre-set cooking time.
  • It’s well-made.
  • Any recipe for a stovetop pressure cooker can be prepared in this cooker. You may have to add a bit longer cooking time if the recipe calls for 15 psi.
  • It doesn’t splatter when you cook beans and rice.
  • Don’t have to stay in the kitchen to man the cooker if you want to multi-task.
  • The “Keep Warm” function is really handy in case you are not there to turn the cooker off when it’s done.
  • It works really well for folks living in high elevation areas as reported by one reviewer who lives above 9000 feet.
  • It is quite affordable considering you are buying three cookers with one low price.

Cons

  • No steaming basket, just a rack which foods can fall through easily and the rack is not very sturdy. You may want to purchase a good quality rack.
  • The quality has deteriorated according to some customer reviews.

Warranty and Replacement Parts

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One year warranty

Price

At the time of the review, it was listed as just under $75.00 on Amazon. Amazon had the lowest price comparing to that on Nesco’s website or on Walmart.

Overall this is a decent multi-tasking cooker that has the capability for pressure cooking. It’s great for those who are always afraid of using a stovetop pressure cooker.

For serious pressure cooking veterans though, this may not be on top of their choice due to the limited pressure setting and short warranty period of one year. 

 

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