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Aside from the mixed reviews for cooking, the Pasta Express has a few other drawbacks. One reviewer at Epinions.com notes that it uses polycarbonate (No. 7) plastic, a type that's not usually recyclable and may contain the chemical bisphenol A (BPA), which has been linked to cancer and other health problems, according to the Environmental Working Group. Also, the lids can be hard to secure, posing some risk of burns from the boiling water.
We found the best comparison review of the Pasta Express at KOMO (Seattle), where the tester times it against cooking spaghetti in a pot of boiling water. Testers at KOMO and at KLTV (Dallas) also try to cook items other than pasta. Tests at KDKA (Pittsburgh) provide a clue about getting past the gummy undercooked stage. Reviews at KBTX (Bryan/College Station, Tex.) and at KFVS (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) are worth noting because the tests are performed by professional Italian chefs. We also found useful owner-written reviews at Epinions.com, Amazon.com and The Cutting Board forum.