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Easy to use non stick cooker,
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This review is from: Prestige Smartplus Hard Anodised Duo Pressure Cooker - 6 Litre (Kitchen & Home)
I bought this for my parents' Christmas present and I got to try it out this week.
The anodised pan seems sturdy overall although the outside of it showed scratches through to the metal after only 2 uses, and no one can remember scratching it on anything! It has a shiny metal lid so you have to be careful when storing it so as not to damage the surface. The guage for selecting the pressure and for letting off steam feels loose and jiggly, it works but the plastic is cheap and made me feel a bit nervous. The thing that made me feel the most nervous was the handle. You can easily tell when it has locked because a little dial moves over to the right, but the handle on the lid doesn't really match up tightly to the handle on the base. It moved around from side to side and it made me wonder whether I had locked the lid properly. It was on correctly but it just didn't feel like it was!
I used it to brown foods before adding liquid and bringing it up to pressure. When at pressure it doesn't leak much, just a tiny dribble of water next to the handle and it is fairly quiet, it makes a low hiss while cooking. The pressure indicator is a little red button which pops up very obviously so you can't miss it. When it is time to open the lid you can release steam by turning the jiggly knob thing to the picture of the steam cloud and it shoots out the steam in a long jet sideways. It doesn't release it near your hand so in that respect it is very safe. It was overall very easy to use.
It is easy to clean, although already looked slightly worn after a few uses.
Food cooks quickly and tastes great. No sticking!
Instruction book: Easy to follow instructions but the recipes are fairly basic and not particularly inspiring, although enough to get you started with.
There aren't many non stick pressure cookers around but this does the job adequately. The quality could have been a lot better; my 6L stainless steel Tower cooker is much more robust and well-made (and costs less). In the end, the food that came out of it was good, but I am not convinced that this would last for years and years. I prefer my Tower one overall, but this non-stick one is easier to clean.