According to reviews, the Presto 6-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker is a good stovetop choice for budget-conscious consumers. The one professional review we found had very few negative comments to report about this cooker, and owners agree that it's exceptionally easy to use. This cooker's small capacity and low price make it a good starter cooker, but it won't work as well for canning and lacks some standard features, like a low-pressure setting, quick release valve and steamer basket.
Workhorse for the price. The Presto 6-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker doesn't get attention from experts like other models do, but owners say they are surprised by the quality of this cooker, given its low price. Its tri-ply stainless-steel base effectively browns meat prior to cooking; however, this no-frills cooker lacks some useful features found on more expensive units, such as a low-pressure setting and steamer basket. Despite these missing features, Kelly Rockwell of MyShinyKitchen.com says it will still work well for most home cooks.
Basic, uncomplicated model. Despite fewer features, most owners are satisfied with the Presto and say it's easy to use. A pressure regulator in the lid makes it easy to gauge when cooking time begins, and the handle stays cool to the touch. However, the Presto 6-Quart does not have a quick-release valve, so cooks must run their Presto under cold water to immediately release the pressure. The handle also requires assembly after purchase.
Nothing special. The Presto 6-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker looks like a pretty standard stainless-steel pressure cooker (shiny silver finish, black plastic detailing). The vent on the lid makes it a little less sleek than some other brands. Presto pressure cookers, including larger sizes intended for canning, are completely immersible in water for cleaning. The unit is also covered by an impressive 12-year warranty.
Sufficient safety features. The lid automatically locks as pressure builds and unlocks only when it's safe to open. The Presto 6-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker also has multiple over-pressure release valves.
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Review Credibility: Very Good The Presto Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker (available in 4- or 6-quart sizes) earns a rating of 4.6 stars out of 5 in more than 950 reviews. Many owners say they were surprised by the quality of this no-frills cooker, given its low price. The vast majority of owners like the sturdy construction and locking handle. A few are dissatisfied either because it was damaged upon receipt or the regulator blew off during use.
Review: Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker by Presto, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of February 2013
Review Credibility: Good MyShinyKitchen.com reviewer Kelly Rockwell names the Presto 6-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker the best low-price pressure cooker. She says the Presto line is comparable to pricier models; is well constructed; and has a good lid with a strong lock, vent and pressure indicator. The only drawbacks she found are that the handle requires assembly and the unit isn't as precise as some others.
Review: Pressure Cooker Reviews and Buying Guide, Kelly Rockwell, Not Dated