Presto 01370 8-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker Review

Up for review today is the Presto 01370 8-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker. This is a pressure cooker from a company that’s known for making products that consistently get high ratings in pressure cooker reviews, so I was pretty anxious to see if they had produced the next best pressure cooker or at least one that came pretty close to being the best.

When I unpacked it, I noticed that it was very durable looking and was made out of stainless-steel. I also noticed that it had a base that Presto calls a Tri-Clad base. This base allows the heat of my stove-top to be equally distributed for fast and even cooking. And when I tried it out, I found that it worked really well.

I also noticed that when I tested it for the first time, that it easily maintained its pressure. That’s thanks to its pressure regulator. I was able to throw in the fixings for a soup that I wanted to make, close it up and the device easily maintained its pressure throughout the whole cooking process. I really have to give it a thumbs up for that handy feature that means that I can stray from the pressure cooker once in awhile.

When cooking, I noticed that this thing really cooked the food quickly. That’s probably because it gets up to 15 PSI of pressure. Which is what I like to see in a cooker. However, while I like cooking at a higher pressure, this cooker didn’t have any other option. So let’s say that I had a recipe that I needed to cook at 10 PSI. I would have to adjust my time. I kind of wish that it had at least a low setting that I could switch to if I was going to cook something a little more delicate.

Another thing that needs to be mentioned is that I would not recommend using it for canning. Most of the canning I do I do so at 10 PSI and this device doesn’t provide that option. That’s not even mentioning the fact that this cooker is a bit small to do any heavy-duty canning. 8 quarts is a spacious size for cooking for the family, but not so much for canning.

What I did really like on the Presto 01370 8-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker was that it had a quick steam release. When I needed to remove the lid, the quick release allowed me to sap off the steam so I could open it quicker.

All things considered, I think this device is a really good pressure cooker. It’s durable, easy to use and has a few nice features. It not only cooked my food really quickly but also did an exceptional job. While it wasn’t really good for cooking more delicate foods or for heavy-duty canning, I do think that it’s a good value and worth taking a look at. I think that it will be put to good use in most kitchens and won’t break the bank while it’s doing it.

9.6 Total Score
Bottom Line

I think it's really good. Durable, easy to use and has a few nice features - a good value and worth taking a look at.

Operating Temperatures
10
Cooking Quality
9
Value
10
Safety
10
Features
9
PROS
  • Durable
  • Heats Uniformly
  • Maintains Proper Pressure Automatically
  • Quick Cool Option
  • Cooks Quickly
CONS
  • Not Recommended For Canning
  • Pressure Isn't Adjustable
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