When making new purchases of any kind, what is one of the top decision making factors? Price. A difference in price between two products with the same purpose can encourage you to splurge and go for everything you could possibly want. Or it could push you to decide between needs and wants.
Today you won’t have to make that decision. The two pressure cookers I’ll be comparing in this article are nearly identical in price. This decision will come down to the quality and features offered by the two.
The two pressure cookers I will be comparing are the Fagor Premium Electric Pressure Cooker and Rice Cooker and the Power Pressure Cooker XL.
For two products that are priced similarly, there are some major differences. I’ll do a brief overview of each pressure cooker and then compare the key differences.
What does the Fagor Premium offer?
The Fagor Premium comes in two sizes, 8-quart and 6-quart. Both sizes come with a non-stick inner pot, but there is the option to purchase a stainless-steel pot separately.
The Fagor Premium has presets for beans and meat. It also has three different rice presets which are white rice, brown rice, and risotto. It also has an option for brown, simmer and sauté.
With the Fagor Premium you can pressure cook for up to 99 minutes at a time. It has a 6-hour delay timer for having meals ready later in the day.
The Fagor Premium also has a steam function but does not include a steam basket. A steam basket can be purchased separately.
What does Power Pressure Cooker XL offer?
The Power Pressure Cooker XL comes in three sizes, 6-quart, 8-quart, and 10-quart. It includes a Teflon coated non-stick inner pot.
The Power Pressure Cooker XL comes with presets for meat, fish, vegetables, beans, rice, soup or stews. It also has a time delay and keep warm function.
How do the two compare?
One major difference between the two is that the Fagor Premium Electric Pressure Cooker does not have a slow cook function, while the Power Pressure Cooker XL does. If your aim is to eliminate some of the kitchen appliances you already have, including a slow cooker, then the Power Pressure Cooker XL would be your choice.
One thing the two have in common, is that neither can be used to make yogurt, which has become a common feature among pressure cookers.
Another difference is the size options. While both have a 6-quart and 8-quart pressure cooker, the Power Pressure Cooker XL also has a larger capacity 10-quart option. If you cook in high volume then the 10-quart option will make cooking for groups quick and easy.
Both the Fagor Premium and Power Pressure Cooker XL have the steam option, but with the Fagor Premium you will have to buy the steam basket separately. The Power Pressure Cooker XL has the added convenience of including a rack that can be used for steaming.
Both of these pressure cookers have very simple displays. Each only has a single-line digital display that will show the time count on it. The Power Pressure Cooker XL has an additional indicator in the form of L.E.D. lights to indicate which preset option you are using.
In general, when it comes to programming, the Power Pressure Cooker XL emphasizes simple one touch cooking. The presets are aimed at being all you really need for cooking, and because of this, manually programming recipes can be difficult.
The Fagor Premium Pressure Cooker is aimed add ease of use in other areas. It has a simple plus and minus button for selecting between high and low pressure and adding time. The Fagor Premium allows you to manually program recipes with ease.
Can the Power Pressure Cooker XL be used for canning?
One important difference between the two is that the Power Pressure Cooker XL includes a canning preset. The Fagor Premium does not, and rightfully so.
Pressure canning and preserving is not an option you see often on electric pressure cookers. The reason for that is because it isn’t recommended. Despite the fact that there is clearly a button on this pressure cooker for canning and preserving, electric pressure cookers should not be used for pressure canning.
The agencies that develop safe canning methods, the FDA and National Center for Home Food Preservation, only produce and test methods for stove-top pressure canners, not electric pressure cookers.
One important aspect to canning using a stove-top pressure cooker is the rate at which it cools, and the time spent at a given temperature. These are two important factors when it comes to killing bacteria.
If the proper temperature isn’t reached throughout the entire batch, and note enough time is spent at a high enough temperature, deadly bacteria may survive the canning process, and grow in your food.
Electric pressure cookers are not made of the same material and may not have of the same features as stove-top pressure cookers. The FDA doesn’t test to verify temperature and timing during the canning process using electric pressure cookers.
Improper canning can lead to serious health risks. Improper canning procedures do not kill lethal pathogens like botulinum, which can cause paralysis and death.
If you do decide to go ahead and use this device for canning, the manufacturer’s manual does state that it cannot be used for canning at altitudes greater than 2,000 feet above sea level.
Which of these Pressure Cookers should you choose?
Like I mentioned earlier, both of these pressure cookers are similar in price, so your decision will come down to the available features offered, and your cooking preferences.
The bottom line is if you want an easy to use pressure cooker that requires little effort in programming, go with the Power Pressure Cooker XL. It has a preset for almost anything you would want to cook and also has the function of a slow cooker.
Another reason to choose the Power Pressure Cooker XL is if you are going to be cooking at a high volume. The 10-quart option is larger than both of the Fagor Premium Pressure Cookers.
If you can trade the option of a slow cooker for more ease of use when it comes to using non-preset functions go with the Fagor Premium Pressure Cooker.