If you’re like me, you don’t want to waste money on anything, especially when it comes to the kitchen. This can make choosing a stovetop pressure cooker can be difficult sometimes. They all seem so similar so how can you really know what’s the best value for your money?
When you think electric pressure cookers the name Fagor typically comes to mind among the more valuable ones. Fagor is well known for its high-value cookers, and the stovetop cookers are no exception. Today I’ll be comparing to stovetop pressure cookers, the Fagor Duo stovetop pressure cooker, and the Fagor Splendid stovetop pressure cooker.
This article will go as in-depth as possible for each cooker as well as what some differences there are. Hopefully, this article will help you decide which cooker is right for you so that you can make an informed purchase.
Without further ado let’s take a look at the main differences in these cookers.
How are The Splendid and the Duo different?
These cookers are non-electric stovetop cookers. This doesn’t leave much room for diversity as it lacks programming.
The Fagor Splendid is the Fagor pressure cooking entry-level model. It is a simple and inexpensive cooker, perfect for someone who doesn’t pressure cook very often. This cooker, as with all Fagor cookers, is made with thick stainless steel, rather than aluminum. This cooker only comes in a 4, 6, and 10-quart size.
The Fagor splendid may lack the multiple Psi settings of the Duo cooker, but it does have a 10-quart model which allows for pressure canning.
The Fagor Duo cooker is also an affordable pressure cooker. It comes in 4, 6, 8, and 10-quart sizes. This cooker is closer to the more expensive stovetop cookers from Fagor in that it has a low and high-pressure setting. It also has the ability to pressure can foods with the 10-quart model.
For most families, however, the 8-quart model will be the perfect size as 8-quarts is still small enough to make storage and cleaning relatively easy, while still being able to cook for a whole family.
So with all that said, let’s take a look at each of these cookers individually and see what they offer.
The Fagor Splendid Stovetop Cooker.
The Fagor Splendid Stovetop Pressure Cooker is Fagor’s entry-level stovetop cooker. It is generally the cheapest of all the cookers and provides the basic functions of a cooker while still being considerably better value than most cookers on the market not from Fagor.
The Splendid, as many other Fagor cookers, is made of heavy duty 18/10 stainless steel. This alone puts it above most cookers in sustainability, most cookers are made from an aluminum alloy. The stainless steel wears out much slower than the aluminum.
The stainless steel also helps with heat distribution to ensure an even cooking rather than some portions being more done than others.
This cooker also comes in a 10-quart size that is good for pressure canning. Fagor sells a pressure canning home kit that can make pressure canning much easier if you decide to do it. I want to make it aware that any size lower is not good for pressure canning because of the lack of space.
This cooker helps retain many of the important water-soluble vitamins and minerals to ensure you are getting the most flavor and healthiness from every meal.
This cooker, being an entry level cooker does lack some things more expensive stovetop cookers have such as a PSI setting and many other convenient things that make cooking easier.
This cooker comes in 3 sizes that don’t have really any differences.
- 10-quart; pressure canning available.
The Fagor Duo Stovetop Pressure Cooker.
The main difference from the Splendid is that this cooker has an 8-quart, family size cooker. Another difference that is fairly significant is that this cooker has a changeable PSI setting so that you can set how much pressure it holds.
The Low-pressure settings are 8psi while the high pressure is 15psi.
Another thing to note about the Duo cooker is its reliability. This cooker has a ten-year warranty and was voted best buy for stovetop cookers in some of the leading culinary magazines and shows.
This cooker will help with cost effectiveness. They last a very long lasting lifespan and as long as you don’t leave it on the burner they won’t be ruined.
The different sizes;
- 8-quart;family size.
- 10-quart; pressure canning available.
If You Choose Fagor Cookers, Should You Choose The Duo Or The Splendid?
Both of these cookers are great cookers and neither is a bad choice. There aren’t too many differences aside from the extra size option and the PSI option on the Duo.
If you are looking to save a bit of money, the Splendid will do you just fine.
However, if you want to spend the extra money, the Duo is a good cooker to choose because of the variable psi setting as well as the family size option.
We haven’t compared either of these cookers before on our site however if you want to take a look we have covered each of these cookers and will have an in-depth review up as soon as possible.