Secura 6-in-1 6-Quart Electric Pressure Cooker Review

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Introduction

Secura 6-in-1 6-Quart Electric Pressure Cooker offers 6 different cooking methods with a 18/10 stainless steel cooking pot. If you are concerned about what Teflon non-sticking material would do to your health, you are in luck.

Whether you are in the mood for pressure cooking, slow cooking, browning/sautéing, rice cooking, steaming and soup making, this cooker does it efficiently to save you time and energy cost.

A word on Secura as a newcomer in the household appliance and cookware space. Secura was founded in 2009 as a privately held company and based in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

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 EPC-S600 has a 6-quart inner cooking pot which equates to 24 cups in liquid capacity. Given it can be used for pressure cooking, the maximum useable capacity is 4/5 full for foods and liquids and 3/5 full for foods that expand during cooking such as beans and rice. For example, if you use it to cook rice, you can’t do more than 12 cups of uncooked rice.

The size is great from singles to medium-sized families. We all like left-overs being single or not. Store them in small containers or in vacuumed bags for those nights when we don’t feel like cooking.

The unique feature of this Secura electric pressure cooker is the material of the inner pot. Many electric pressure cookers on the market have a non-stick material cooking pot that can decompose at temperature above 500 F. When the material decomposes, it can cause potential health concern as it will leach into the foods we are cooking.

With this 18/10 stainless steel cooking pot, there is nothing to worry about as it is the safest material to be in contact with foods. It doesn’t react to foods regardless of high acidic or not. It doesn’t peel off or get scratched over long periods of use, either. It’s so easy to clean and lasts forever.

Safety Features

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The pressure is regulated through the regulating valve on top of the lid. The floating valve acts as the pressure level indicator when the pressure is being built up inside the cooker. To cook under pressure, set the “dial” to “pressure”. For all other cooking methods, set the same to “release” position.

The cooking pot and the lid are sealed via a gasket. The lid will be closed and clamped down before cooking and it will not open until the pressure is fully and safely released.

Handles

The top handle is the main operative handle to open and close the lid. Two short helper handles are for easy transport.

One thing that’s not clearly addressed is the pressure level. I contacted Secura and confirmed that the pressure for this cooker is 10 psi (pounds per square inch). This is considered medium pressure as opposed to 5 psi as ” low” and 15 psi as “high” or the standard in pressure cooking, especially in canning in order to kill all the critters in foods. I’d suggest you get a stovetop pressure canner for canning purpose.

Pressure Release Methods

There is a built-in quick release method on top of the lid. To turn the dial to “release”, you may quickly release the pressure instead of sitting there and waiting for it to cool off. This method is used for medium texured foods such as lamb or beef.

“Natural release” is a universal method where you let the cooker to cool off naturally. This may take from 10 to 15 minutes. The clear indicator is the floating valve sinks down and the lid is to be opened. This method should be used for foods that can’t be overcooked such as beans and rice.

Easy to Use and Clean

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As mentioned in the Introduction, this electric pressure cooker does more than just pressure cooking. It has 5 additional functions to enable you to cook all sorts of foods to save you time and money. For example, cooking rice in this cooker will shave off 20% energy cost and 15% of time vs. a rice cooker. The benefit is more pronounced when cooking stews under pressure. You’d save 45% on energy and 40% on time.

The User Manual has very detailed and organized instructions for cooking under each method. It also illustrates on how to set cooking time by using the default settings or by customizing based on your individual preference. For example, the timer for pressure cooking is from 0 to 99 minutes; for slow cooking from 0 to 9.5 hours. Of course, you can set it to your liking up to 24 hours.

The timer also allows you to program the cooking ahead of time up to 24 hours in advance. You can use this timer for all cooking methods, including pressure cooking. Personally I’d feel better to be around when pressure cooking in case anything goes wrong. For other cooking methods such as rice, slow cook, it is no different than using a rice cooker or a crock pot. There shouldn’t be any concern when you are away when the cooking is done.

Cleaning is easy, too. The parts that need to be cleaned include the gasket, the lid, the inner cooking pot, the regulating valve, the floating valve, the filter. Clean them with warm soapy water and wipe dry before the next use.

Accessories

A measuring cup, a rice spoon and a User Manual with some recipes.

Consumer Ratings

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3.1-5.0 out of 5.0

The consumer ratings are poplarized from “very pleased/happy” to “displeased”. There are two product listings on Amazon, one of which has 3.1 ratings by over 30 online reviewers and the other 5.0 by only 1 reviewer.

One customer shared his experience with the excellent customer service by the Seller throughout the product defect and replacement process. He was very satisfied with the new product’s performance and so impressed with the Seller’s commitment to customer service…Read More
Another customer was shopping for a rice cooker and ended up buying this electric pressure cooker to cook rice in 12 minutes. Plus it has a “brown” function to save time and hassle from transferring food from the saute pan to the pressure cooker…Read More

Pros

  • Stainless steel inner cooking pot will mitigate the health risk from non-stick coating material.
  • 6 quart size is suitable for small to medium-sized families.
  • 6 cooking methods cover most of your cooking needs with ease and with replacement of 6 different cookers to save money and storage space.
  • The timer allows you to program the cooker to do the cooking while you are away to cut down the food preparation time when you get home.

Cons

  • The inconsistent quality and customer service. A few customers reported that the cooker died after a short while. Not sure what was the cause but it sounded to me that there might be some issues with electric wiring within the cooker. I did test the Customer Service myself by emailing them with a question. I received a very prompt response with the information I requested. There is no phone number on the Secura website you can call, only a Contact Form to fill out. The Contact Form requires that you fill out your Company, address, phone number, etc. To me, that’s overkill from a consumer perspective. All they need is an email and the question.
  • User Manual: While the User Manual is well-written and detailed, the layout is somewhat strange. In side-by-side layout, there is one side with User Manual instructions and the other side about a recipe. The left and right side alternate with Instructions and Recipe for each page. It’s time-consuming to go through the Instructions by paging down continuously.

Warranty and Replacement Parts

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One year manufacturer limited warranty is provided by Secura.

Price

The price on Amazon was at 42% off of the Listed Price which is below the market median for the comparable electric pressure cooker. Considering the 6 cooking features, it’s a steal.

This Secura EPC-S600 electric pressure cooker is a good kitchen tool for pressure cooking and other cooking methods. It’s extremely useful for someone who has limited kitchen and cupboard space as you don’t have to buy six cookers and have space to store the same.

However if you want to use the pressure cooker for serious canning and food preservation, I’d suggest you look into a pressure cooker that’s designed to reach 15 psi to kill the bacteria in foods for long-term storage purpose. In that case, either a Presto or All American pressure cooker/canner would be more suited for that purpose.

 

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  1. Elizabeth says:

    Do you have a pdf of the owner’s manual for the Secura electric pressure cooker?

    • Pressure Cooker Queen says:

      Elizabeth,

      Yes. I’ll forward it to you via email.

      Lei

      • Jen Smith says:

        I just bought one of these as a display model; had everything but the manual. Any chance you could forward that my way as well? Much appreciated.

  2. KimR says:

    I’m looking for a copy of the MANUAL for the Secura 6 in 1 electric cooker. Can you help?

    Also, I see the PSI is not 15 for this cooker; what is it?

    Thank you!

    • Pressure Cooker Queen says:

      Kim,

      Thanks for stopping by my site. The PSI info wasn’t available. Most of the electric pressure cookers have a PSI around 10ish so you will have to cook longer to compensate for the lower than 15 PSI.

      I’ll email you the User Manual I got from googling it.

      Lei

  3. Donna says:

    Can you do pressure canning at 10psi and is there a manual on how long to process to be safe.

  4. Richard Leonard says:

    I just purchased a Secura EPC S600 and it did not have the owner’s manual enclosed. I ran across your great site and wonder if you’d be able to send me a copy. BYW. I plan on keeping your site available once I get up and running as it is a valuable resource.
    Thank you

    • Pressure Cooker Queen says:

      Richard,

      Thanks for your kind words. I’ll email you the Owner’s Manual via email.

      Happy Holidays!

      Lei

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