So here’s an interesting one for you readers. How would a mid-tier cooker like the Cuisinart CPC-600 compare to the higher priced Breville Fast Slow Pro? While both are fairly similar, at the same time, they are both incredibly different. For their price points, both of these cookers are of incredible value, I’ve covered the Fast Slow pro in other articles on this website. You can view those here.
The CPC-600 for its price point has a few limitations compared to the Breville’s cooker. These limitations, as a consumer, you should be aware of.
In this article, I’ll be comparing these two pressure cookers and which one is better for its cost so that you can get the best value when deciding what you want to spend your money on. So hopefully after reading this article you’ll put a little more thought into what you want from a pressure cooker. It can be difficult to determine what is worth spending a little more on.
It is worth noting, however, that the Breville Fast Slow Pro being almost $150 more than the CPC-600, is superior. If you don’t mind throwing the extra cash in on your cooker then you should go for the Fast Slow Pro.
But for the less expensive option, while still providing a great value cooker, the CPC-600 is definitely still a competitor.
Let’s take a look at the most important differences between the two.
The Most Important Differences Between The Breville’s Fast Slow Pro and The Cuisinart CPC-600.
So here’s a quick list of what you really need to know about how the two cookers compare to one another.
- The Cuisinart CPC-600 has a fairly complicated interface, more on that later. whereas everything on the Fast Slow Pro’s interface is simple and straightforward allowing for streamlined use and quick setup for a meal.
- The Cuisinart also has no steam, or pressure release valve, which can potentially cause issues.
- The Fast Slow Pro is quite expensive when compared to the Cuisinart, but is well worth it.
- The Fast Slow Pro has several preset programs to allow simple setup for a standard recipe whereas the Cuisinart’s cooker does not.
- The Cuisinart cooker has no option for slow cooking, but the Fast Slow Pro does.
A good rule of thumb here is that if you just use the pressure cooker sometimes, the Cuisinart cooker will do just fine, but if you are an aspiring chef or have the extra cash to throw at it, I definitely recommend getting the Fast Slow Pro instead.
So What Even is The Breville Fast Slow Pro?
The Breville Fast Slow Pro is one of 3 pressure cookers manufactured by Breville. It is arguably one of the easiest to use and best value cookers on the market. It is a high-tech pressure cooker boasting an almost fully interactive LCD interface. The interface changes color based on what function the cooker is performing; Pressurizing, Cooking, or Releasing Steam.
It does this by using a computer in the machine to monitor the temperature, pressure, and steam level in the pot.
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- A 3-way safety lock system to prevent possible harm as well as other safety features.
- A keep warm function so it’s always ready to serve.
- The pressure and temperature in the pot and the time left on it’s cooking cycle automatically adjust the cooker between Pressure and slow cooking.
- The control area is quick and easy to use, saving time when setting up a meal.
- The cooking timer has no limit, while the Cuisinart cooker does have a limit.
With all it’s increased functionality, it is not without fault;
- all these extra features move the price point up.
- Moisture can damage the LCD interface, as there is no protection on it.
The Cuisinart CPC-600, Chef On A Budget
This is reinforced by the lack of a release valve anywhere. it is purely designed to keep food tender.
Other than it being a straight electric pressure cooker there is nothing too unique about it.
- Cool touch handles so you don’t have to worry with a mitt.
- The lid locks in place and stays locked while it is cooking.
- The locking lid keeps in vitamins and minerals and keeps any meat moist and flavorful.
- Has a non-time limited keep warm function.
- Much cheaper compared to the Fast Slow Pro.
- The timer is small and thus complicated to use without knowledge. it goes up by 1 minute from 1-40 on the timer, and 41-99 goes up by 5-minute increments. This feature makes it a nuisance for the average consumer, and not entirely worth the hassle.
- Lacks any preset programs, requiring full manual setup for any dish.
- The lack of a release valve anywhere can potentially be dangerous on the high-pressure setting.
- devoid of any truly special features that make it better than the Fast Slow Pro.
So Which is the best?
Ultimately, if you can afford it, without question purchase Breville’s Fast Slow Pro cooker but if you aren’t looking for anything special or something you want to use on a regular basis, or simply cannot afford it, the Cuisinart CPC-600 is still a good option to go with, as it functions well and with a little bit of effort can work almost as well as the Breville cooker.