What Is the Best Kuhn Rikon Pressure Cooker?

If you have spent any time researching for a best pressure cooker, it should come with no surprise at all that Kuhn Rikon is one of the most recognized brands of pressure cookers in the market. Based in Switzerland, Kuhn Rikon has been in the business of designing, manufacturing and marketing housewares and kitchen tools for over 80 years.

Although there are a few types of pressure cookers in design styles and features, only two of those are marketed and distributed in the U.S. market. They are all labeled as “Duromatic” pressure cookers. These pressure cookers come in different styles, different sizes and slightly different safety features. I’d like to focus on a few bestsellers from how you’d be using each in your everyday cooking.



Kuhn Rikon 3918 – Best Everyday Pressure Cooker

This pressure cooker has the newer design feature of the “Duromatic Top” models. This is different from the “Duromatic” series that a top cover is added to the vent stem. The top serves several purposes:

  1. It covers the previously exposed vent stem as a safety measure.
  2. It is equipped with three dials for “slow” and “fast” pressure releases when the cooking is done. This is another safety enhancement as compared to the previous design. To release pressure, simply turn the dial on the cover by 75 or 90 degrees. By doing so, you are not risking your bare hand to the hot steam by tapping the protruded and uncovered vent stem.
  3. It seals even more moisture than before and thus more flavors are enhanced.

The 7.4 quart size is a median sized pressure cooker that can serve 8 to 10 people. It’s versatile to cook all types of foods such as meats, seafood, stocks, soups, stews and vegetables. I wouldn’t recommend using it as a canning cooker.



Kuhn Rikon 3044 – Best Stockpot Pressure Cooker

Fall is here and winter is not that far away. If you’d like to make your own stocks and soups, this Kuhn Rikon 3044 is sure the best tool to add to your kitchen arsenal.

It has a very generous size of 8.5 quarts in liquid capacity with an overall height of 11.5 inches. The tall profile allows you to cook a whole chicken or 4 pounds of pot roast with plenty of head space to build up the pressure.

The two short handles balance the weight perfectly for you to carry the pot from the hob to the sink. This feature is also a thoughtful touch for easy storage in your kitchen cupboard.

The best advantage is the time saved in cooking. Instead of simmering a stockpot full of chicken stock for a whole day, you can get it done within an hour. This also helps you save the energy cost. In this economic climate, every little bit helps.



Kuhn Rikon 3346 – Best Braiser Pressure Cooker

As the name reveals, the braiser style pressure cooker is best used for browning and braising a tough cut of meat and for cooking rice or risotto. The shallower profile of 6-1/8 inch in height with the lid and 3-1/8 without makes it a perfect tool to brown chicken breasts, pork chops and flank steaks. The size is suitable for cooking rice or risotto as it’s rare for an average family to cook a huge batch of grain.

This cooker is featured with a waffle-textured bottom surface to prevent meats or risotto from sticking to the bottom. And you can brown the meats first and pressure cook second in the same pot. This saves a lot of hassle, time and effort in cleaning several pans.



Kuhn Rikon 1588 – Best Value Pressure Cooker Set

This set offers the best valve and versatility among all the Kuhn Rikon collections. You are getting a 5-quart pressure cooker, 2-quart frying pan, two interchangeable lids (one for pressure cooking and the other for conventional stovetop cooking), a trivet and a Quick Cuisine cookbook.

This set is priced just a little more than a Kuhn pressure cooker alone. You can use the larger size for cooking the main dish such as BBQ ribs and the frying pan for a side dish such as mixed vegetables or brown rice infused with home-made chicken stock. The extra lid can keep one dish covered while the other is being cooked.

This set will take care of most of the frying, browning, and simmering needs to save you lots of money in buying many pots and pans and space in the storage.

What’s in Common?

  1. Kuhn Rikon is not called the “Mercedes-Benz of Pressure Cookers” for nothing.
  2. They are smartly designed, well-constructed with high quality stainless steel infused with a thick disk of aluminum for best heat conductivity.
  3. The signature five-level safety feature is found in all these pressure cookers.
  4. They require very little liquid which means little liquid will evaporate during the cooking process. Foods get cooked faster and more moisture retained and flavors intensified.
  5. These pressure cookers are much quieter than most brands on the market. They also require less energy in maintaining the optimal pressure level.
  6. Speaking of pressure levels, two standard pressure levels are designed into these cookers with 8 and 15 psi (pounds per square inch).
  7. A 10-year warranty is provided.

Which One Is the Best?

The logical question you might have is which one is the best. My answer is:

It all depends:

  • If you are looking for the best value for your money, I’d choose the Duo 1588 6-piece set for cooking multiple dishes at the same time. This set is especially great if you don’t cook for an army as the sizes of the pots are medium.
  • If you are looking for an everyday pressure cooker, the Kuhn Rikon 3918 would be an excellent choice with the most advanced safety features and the easiest pressure release methods.
  • If cooking chicken or vegetable stocks is a very common event, the 3044 stockpot style is best suited for the job. Don’t forget that you can use this cooker beyond stocks and soups.
  • If you are searching for a frying pan which can also tenderize tough cuts of meats with a fraction of the time of conventional cooking methods, then opt for the braiser style.



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