Presto offer some of America’s best selling pressure cookers today. As well as choosing between different sizes you need to pick which metal finish you prefer. Today we’re looking at the Presto Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker range.
or read on for more detailed information to help you decide if Presto have the pressure cooker for you
Stainless Steel Pressure Cookers from Presto
Even though aluminum is the better conductor of heat, and thus perfect for pressure cooker construction, many of us prefer a stainless steel coating so that we can cook anything at all, including high acid foods, in one pot. So for serious canning you might prefer an aluminum Presto pressure cooker, but for dual purpose, or simply ordinary one pot cookery, the stainless steel version is preferred.
- Economical. Yes, the price really is very low considering what you get, and probably explains why these are best sellers. These are far cheaper than the Chefs Design pressure cookers, and not too dissimilar in terms of quality.
- Strong 18/10 stainless steel construction. Means they will last, and be easy to clean.
- Tri-clad base with aluminium core which provides even and quick heat distribution.
- 12 year warranty.
- Parts are easy to come by, should you need them.
- Steamer basket included (can double up for canning purposes).
- Stay cool plastic handles (okay they don’t look great but they are practical).
- Strong-lock lid with steam vent, pressure indicator and overpressure plug.
- Good selection of recipes included in the instruction booklet.
There is nothing we can really find “wrong” with the Presto pressure cookers. But you should know that you will need to assemble the handles yourself, which isn’t exactly arduous but will require you finding your small Phillips head screw-driver.
Also, only newer models are able to be used on induction hobs. Check your model number if you already have one - 0134106, 0136208, 0137001, 0137003, 0136705 and 0136707. (Note: The full 7 digit model number must match.). Newly purchased Presto cookers will be fine.
One thing to consider if you are very precise, is that these cookers come with only one 15 lb valve, so you will need to adjust some recipes if they call for a lower pressure.
Presto Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker Models
There are 3 sizes to choose from; 4, 6 and 8 quart.
- Presto Model 01341 has a 4 quart capacity, and a compact size (for a pressure cooker at least) of 16-1/2 by 6-1/2 inches.
- Presto Model 01362 has a 6 quart capacity and a 17 by 8-1/2 inches size.
- Presto Model 01370 has an 8 quart capacity and a more family friendly size of 15-1/2 by 8 inches
Even the 8 quart is not going to be much good if you have a lot of home canning to do. But for meal-time cooking made super speedy they all have their place.
Presto Pressure Cooker Reviews
For our money, this is a good range of economical practical pressure cookers. The price (from just over $40 to around $70) is fantastic when compared to other famous kitchen brands, and the build quality is fine.
At the time of writing the range of 3 models have over 700 customer reviews, giving an average of 4.5 out of a possible 5 stars. Considering the low price, and the huge number of customers we think this is pretty impressive. If you want a simple, economical and perfectly functional stainless steel pressure cooker, Presto are worth a look.