NuWave Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker, 6.5-Quart Review

Today I’m going to review the NuWave Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker, 6.5-Quart. This is a cooker that seems to consistently get praised in pressure cooker reviews but is one that took me awhile to get around to. Why is that, you ask? Well, probably because I knew it was a lower-priced cooker and I probably just thought that maybe it wouldn’t be able to compete with some of the best pressure cookers I’ve checked out lately. However, I’m glad that I was kind of wrong.

It was a lot better than I thought it was going to be from the very beginning. While you can obviously tell that it’s not the same quality as some of the more expensive cookers, it still is made out of stainless steel and has a few features.

One of the features this thing has is the ability to choose between a “low” pressure setting and a “high” pressure setting. The low pressure one comes in about 7.3 PSI and the high pressure clocks in at about 13 PSI. While I wish the high was a little bit higher (more specifically, 15 PSI), I did think it was adequate to do the cooking I needed. I also appreciated the fact that since this unit has a low I can also cook some more delicate dishes in it. That made me pretty happy.

Another thing that impressed me is that it was easy to use. Fill it up, lock it with the flip of a switch and put it on your NuWave PIC (which I don’t have at the moment, so I didn’t test it on) or on your conventional stove top.  Once your food is cooked, you can then release the steam and remove the top. Pretty easy, if you ask me.

However, that isn’t to say that the  NuWave Stainless Steel 6.5-Quart Pressure Cooker is without its flaws. For one thing, It’s smaller than I would have liked it to have been. It would have been better if it was in the 8-quart size range, although I guess that might not have been possible in its current price range.

I also had a few problems cleaning it. The stainless-steel wasn’t as stainless as I would have liked it to have been and I spent a bit of time cleaning it out. Not too big of a deal but definitely something that needs to be mentioned.

All things considered, I think this is a pretty good little pressure cooker. It was easy to use, cooked well and I could adjust the temperature easily. It also had an easy lock lid that I really liked and didn’t take much time to depressurize. While it wasn’t the easiest cooker in the world to clean, I do have to say that you’d probably be hard pressed to find another cooker that cooked as well as this one did for the price. I don’t think that’s possible, so I’d have to give this unit a thumbs up and a pass on the rest.

9.2 Total Score
Bottom Line

All things considered, I think this is a pretty good little pressure cooker. You'd probably be hard pressed to find another cooker that cooked as well as this one did for the price.

Operating Temperatures
10
Cooking Quality
10
Value
9
Safety
9
Features
8
PROS
  • Easy To Use
  • Dual Pressure
  • Inexpensive
CONS
  • Hard To Clean
  • Not Very Big
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