Never used a pressure cooker before, but since I have two boys very active in after-school sports & activities, I looked into it. I LOVE the Fagor! My first attempted meal took 30 minutes from slicing/dicing the ingredients to the meal coming out of the cooker!! The meat was nice and tender and very flavorful. My family loved it too. I used the larger pot to steam corn-on-the cob - so quick! I also bought the Miss Vicki cookbook. The book that comes with the cooker is very limited. The instruction manual says that the cooker pot (not the lid) is dishwasher safe, but I still hand-wash it - very easy clean-up.
This pressure cooker does a great job, and is very safe to operate. The only complaint I have is the recipe book which is very limited, and the instructions. There is only 1 setting (high), and many directions found in books and online will lead you to think that you can use two different settings (high and low). This model however is only designed for high. On a good note - I have used it successfully to pressure can peaches and was able to fit 6 quart jars in the pot.
I love this pressure cooker. It's high quality, does an excellent job and seems very safe. Fagor is one of the most recommended brands and I'm happy I bought this. Good price on the overstock site as well.
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