Fagor Duo 8-Quart Stainless-Steel Pressure Cooker Review

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Bottom Line

Reviewers say for the price, the Fagor Duo 8-Quart Stainless-Steel Pressure Cooker is a safe, high-quality pressure cooker with above-average capacity. It's a good beginner's choice, as it's very easy to use according to both professional and owner reviewers. The pressure indicator is straightforward and the cooker offers several additional safety features. There are a few scattered durability complaints and Fagor's customer service is frequently panned.

ProsDurable, stainless-steel construction, Numerous safety features, Automatic pressure release, 10-year warrantyConsLid doesn't lock automatically, Some durability issues with handle

Breaking it down

Performance

High marks from pros and owners, alike. Available in four different sizes (4-, 6-, 8- or 10-quart), the Fagor Duo is packed with features. It gets a lot of praise from experts after comparison testing on cooking performance, including soups, beans, rice and risotto dishes, and various cuts of meats -- excelling at all. Reviewers say that the generously sized stainless-steel base on the 8-quart model is great for caramelizing foods before cooking, and a steamer basket is included. The pressure cooker offers the standard high-pressure setting as well as a lower setting for cooking delicate foods.

Ease of use

Straightforward to operate. While one expert source says the lid of the Fagor 8-Quart Stainless-Steel Pressure Cooker doesn't lock quite as easily as a competitor's pressure cooker, most owners disagree. They say the unit is easy to lock and use and they like that the safety valves and pressure sensor are built into the handle, so the lid is free of busy buttons and knobs. Thanks to the visual pressure indicator, reviewers agree that the pressure is very easy to monitor. The Fagor Duo is also dishwasher-safe and relatively compact for easy storage. The included recipes and instructional DVDs are also helpful to most owners.

Durability/safety

Sturdy, stainless steel construction. We saw very few complaints about breakage or other durability issues with the Fagor 8-Quart Stainless-Steel Pressure Cooker. A few say the handle broke off over time, although usually when dropped. The handle is not covered in the 10-year warranty, either, and, from what we saw, customer service won't budge on that policy even if you've only had your pressure cooker a short time. We also saw plenty of complaints about how difficult it is to reach an actual human when you call -- navigating the phone tree is said to be a nightmare. This Fagor pressure cooker has a full range of safety features that lower the risks of cooking with a stovetop pressure cooker -- something that puts many people off from even trying one. Many owners who say they were nervous about trying a pressure cooker say that this Fagor is a great choice for the beginner, although experienced users like it as well.

Our Sources

1. Cook's Illustrated

Stovetop Pressure Cookers, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, Jan. 1, 2013

Testers for Cook's Illustrated include eight pressure cookers in this roundup, including the Fagor 8-Quart Stainless-Steel Pressure Cooker. Each is tested for cooking performance, ease of use and evaporation loss.

2. MyShinyKitchen.com

Pressure Cooker Reviews and Buying Guide, Kelly Rockwell, Not Dated

MyShinyKitchen.com reviewer Kelly Rockwell writes an informative and well-researched buying guide on pressure cookers based largely on her own experience. She names the Fagor Duo her favorite mid-priced pressure cooker; the handle is comfortable to grip, and the unit is easy to use.

3. Amazon.com

Fagor 8-Quart Stainless-Steel Pressure Cooker with Steamer Basket, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2016

The Fagor 8-Quart Stainless-Steel Pressure Cooker earns an overall rating of 4.4 stars out of 5 in more nearly 800 reviews. Owners say it's easy to use and is very durable, which is good, since Fagor's customer service does not get very good feedback.

4. Wayfair.com

Fagor Duo Pressure Cooker, Contributors to Wayfair.com, As of April 2016

There are more than 85 reviews of the Fagor 8-Quart Stainless-Steel Pressure Cooker at Wayfair.com and it earns an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Most agree that it performs very well and is easy to use and clean. Quite a few say it's expanded their cooking repertoire.

5. Macys.com

Fagor Duo 8 Qt. Pressure Cooker, Contributors to Macys.com, As of April 2016

The Fagor Duo 8-Quart Pressure Cooker receives about 4.9 stars out of 5 from around 45 owners. Reviewers agree that less expensive cuts of meat turn out tender, and it's easy to use and clean. Users appreciate the recipes and DVD that come with the cooker.