The year 2017 has already seen several new electric pressure cookers on the market. Some of the new trends we’ve seen are larger digital displays, more preset recipes, added safety features, and more flexibility in programming.
This article will be comparing the Fagor LUX and the Fagor LUX 360, to help you decide if the older model will suit your needs, or if it’s better to go with the updated version.
First I’ll be giving a brief overview of both pressure cookers. Then I’ll go over the key difference between the two. By the end of this article you will have all the information you need to help you make a decision between the two.
Overview of the Fagor LUX Multi-cooker
The Fagor LUX is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer and yogurt maker. It also has the ability to brown, simmer and sauté.
With the rice cooker function you have three options; white rice, brown rice and risotto.
You can use the time delay function to delay cooking your meal for up to 6 hours, and it will automatically switch to the keep warm mode after cooking is complete.
In the area of size and aesthetics, you have several options. The Fagor LUX comes in a 4 quart, 6 quart, and 8 quart capacity. With the 6 quart and 8 quart size you have the color options of champagne, silver and copper. The 4 quart size only comes in silver or champagne.
The Fagor LUX has a non-stick ceramic cooking pot that is dishwasher safe and PFOA free. It is also marked for easy measuring.
Here is our full review of the original Fagor LUX.
Overview of the Fagor LUX 360
The new Fagor LUX 360 is advertised as a digital 10-in-1 multi-cooker. The ten functions being: pressure cook, slow cook, yogurt maker, simmer, brown, grains, steam, sauté, dessert, and egg maker.
Like the original Fagor LUX, the LUX 360 also has a six hour time delay and a 12 hour keep warm function.
While the Fagor LUX 360 doesn’t have the aesthetic appeal of the striking colors of the Fagor LUX, there are some physical improvements.
The inner pot of the LUX 360 is stainless steel, also dishwasher safe, and easier to clean. Furthermore, it comes with a stainless steel trivet and steam basket.
The safety features are upgraded as well. The LUX 360 has a self locking lid, anti-overheating system, and two independent pressure control valves. These safety contingencies will make pressure cooking even more safe than with the Fagor LUX model.
The main improvements were made in the cooking options.
The Fagor LUX 360 has 33 preset recipes. You can also save three different settings combinations for each of the main cooking functions.
While both models have the functionality of a rice cooker; on top of the three rice settings of the LUX, the LUX 360 also has settings for quinoa and barley.
Another one of the major improvements made was in the display. The Fagor LUX has a single line LED display that shows the countdown timer. The LUX 360 has a full color changing digital display.
The user navigates through the menu using a large turn dial. Recipes are easily set with just a few turns of the knob. The display shows icon prompts throughout the programming process, and the screen will change colors to indicate the current stage in the cooking process.
Click here to see our full review of the Fagor LUX 360.
Key differences between the Fagor LUX and Fagor LUX 360
- The Fagor LUX has 7 main functions while the Fagor LUX 360 has 10 main functions.
- Fagor LUX 360 has more safety features with the self locking lid and dual pressure valves.
- The Fagor LUX 360’s large digital display is mainly used for programming, while the LUX programming is done mostly with buttons.
- The Fagor LUX 360 has more cooking options with the 33 presets, customizable cooking functions, and more rice options.
- The inner pot of the Fagor LUX 360 is stainless steel and in the Fagor LUX it is ceramic.
Which pressure cooker is better?
As I mentioned earlier, the Fagor LUX has pretty much all of the main features you come to expect in an electric pressure cooker. It also has features that are usually found in the mid to high range pressure cookers, like the yogurt making function.
While the Fagor LUX is a great pressure cooker, the Fagor LUX 360 improves upon the LUX in almost all areas.
The area where the LUX 360 outshines the LUX the most is in features. The number of presets on this pressure cooker is more than most other pressure cookers on the market.
In addition to the presets, the option to store settings for the main cooking functions increases your ability to make a variety of dishes with very little effort.
Overall when comparing features, functions, and safety, the Fagor LUX 360 is clearly superior to the Fagor LUX.
Which pressure cooker should you get?
So if the Fagor LUX 360 is the better of the two, is there any reason you would choose the Fagor LUX over the LUX 360?
The only area where you might say the Fagor LUX has the edge over the LUX 360 is in the design aspect. Wanting a pressure cooker in one of the three striking colors that the LUX is offered in, is really the only reason to choose the LUX over the LUX 360.
The seemingly endless options of the Fagor LUX 360 should be enough to persuade any consumer in its direction. If that isn’t enough, the fact that the suggested retail price of the Fagor LUX 360 is very close to the current price of the Fagor LUX, should make your decision even easier.
If your in the market for a new pressure cooker with all of the bells and whistles, than the Fagor LUX 360 is an excellent option.
Before you make your final decision you may want to look at the Instant Pot Ultra and the Instant Pot DUO plus 60, two other new pressure cookers coming out this year. You can also read about how the Instant Pot Ultra compares to the Fagor LUX LCD 360.