The steamer is of poor workmanship and I am disapointed.
I used it to scald tomatoes for canning yesterday and it leaks a steady stream of water from all 4 of the rivets which attach the handles. The pot itself is thin and flimsy.
I purchased this for a gift, and we used it on Xmas Eve...Little disappointed as it was to be a 18/20 stainless steel..The bottom was this gauge however the sides of the main pot was much thinner. I have another brand which in comparison is much sturdier. I purchased this because of it's 12 qt capacity for soup along with the pasta strainer and that was and exceed expectations. The discription said it had heat resistant handles but the handles got extremely hot while cooking. The person who received this as a gift was thrilled in spite of the above flaws...but then again he isn't the cook I am....it is a good value but you really need to know these things. I wouldn't call it a Pro line.....
I've used this pasta cooker a few times now. The only complaints that I have: (1) the holes are just a little large (a large quantity of my angel hair pasta slipped through and ended up stuck on the bottom of the pot ... I had to boil more using the old boil and drain way) and (2) it isn't quite as sturdy as I thought it would be. The inserts are heavy duty but the pot itself is quite thin.
I would have given it 4-1/2 stars if I could have because, overall, I'm thrilled with this pot. Would I buy it again ... Definitely. Would I recommend it to friends ... Definitely.
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