Kuhn Rikon 3916 Duromatic Top 5-Quart Review

More and more people are beginning to use pressure cooker for cooking. Perhaps it has something to do with the recession through which we all are passing!

Homeowners are keen to find ways that help save energy and the resultant expense. The best feature of pressure cooker is that it helps saving money by reducing cooking time for food by about seventy percent. Additionally, the food cooked using a pressure cooker retains most of its nutrients in the form of vitamins, minerals and flavors, which would otherwise be spoiled on cooking in the traditional manner.

The Kuhn Rikon Pressure Cooker made using the best 18/10 stainless steel comes with an aluminum base that distributes heat evenly. Its operation is so simple that even a novice won’t have any problems using it for the first time. It comes with simple instructions for making mouth watering recipes. Once it’s filled with raw food and water, the lid gets locked automatically thus providing an air tight seal that prevent s it from getting opened while cooking is in process.

A new feature by way of spring loaded valve has been added. It informs you as soon as the required cooking pressure is achieved and also when the cooking is done. Just one quick look tells you all. The pressure is easily released by turning a knob. If you have had a chance of using the earlier versions, you’ll appreciate the silent operation of this latest model. There is no hissing sound. Rikon Duromatic Top 5-Quart is designed to offer complete safety by incorporating not just one or two but five of pressure relief valves! This easy to clean cooker is safe for being used with a dishwasher. The manufacturers offer a warranty of ten years against any bad workmanship or materials. Further, you are guaranteed to get spares for the next fifteen years.


- Saves up to 2/3 of cooking time
- Strong 18/10 stainless steel used for making it
- A solid aluminum core at its base enables even and fast cooking
- Enhanced system makes its operation safer and quieter
- Five pressure relief valves and a spring loaded precision valve
- Swiss make
- Safe for use in a dishwasher
- Comes with a 10-year warranty

We conducted a thorough search and found many reviews online about this brand of pressure cooker. Here’s what one reviewer says: We have many Kuhn Rikon models that we use almost daily, this cooker is frequently used for making dinners. As it quickly reaches the desired pressure and needs less cooking time, compared to other cookers, we save on fuel and thus money. Above all, the food cooked has a great taste. Another reviewer points out its convenience of use, unbelievably quiet operation and appreciates the recipe book provided along with which offers excellent cooking tips. It offers fearless working that any novice would welcome. I was always scared of using such devices, thinking they would explode. But having seen other members of my family using it, I overcame that fear and am pleased with its performance.

The only drawback of having Kuhn Rikon Pressure Cooker is that over a prolonged period of use, like any other pressure cooker, its gasket may wear off, as a result of which it will not seal effectively. But that shouldn’t be a cause of worry as the company assures you of the availability of spares for the next fifteen years. The only issue could be their high prices.

That apart, it remains a good option to own one. Keeping all its positive features in mind, it’s no wonder that the New York Time called it as the Mercedes of all pressure cookers. The Kuhn Rikon is a proficient cookware, good at its job. Moreover, we can’t overlook the fact that it’s produced by the Swiss, famous for their meticulous engineering.


Choosing 8 Quart Pressure Cookers

With a capacity to hold 7.6 liters food, the 8 quart pressure cooker is perfect for large families or when cooking for a number of guests at home. It is natural for such a large sized vessel to be bigger and heavier than the normal ones.

The 8-quart pressure cooker perfectly suits the requirements of making variety of stocks, cooking soups, vegetables, rice, meats, soups and even desserts. The food cooked in pressure cooker certainly has more flavor and tastes better as the process of cooking needs low volumes of water. In addition, the high-pressure trap within the cookware retains the flavor of beef, pork, chicken, or whatever type of food is cooked therein.

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Some of the renowned brands offering an 8-quart capacity include the Fagor, Kuhn Rikon, Magefesa, Mirro, WMF, Wearever, and Presto. Kitchenware companies offering this product have been around for years but each offers a model different in terms of features, design, price, and performance.

Though the Kuhn Rikon, Fagor, Magefesa and WMF brands of pressure cookers are originally European, they also have offices in the US. Most of these come in sleek and modern design made from finest 18/10 stainless steel. Their designs include multi-safety features, efficient working and guaranteed durability. The prices for these cookers of an 8 quart capacity are on the higher side, varying from $100-$300, depending on the brand and its features.

8 quart pressure cookers

However, cheaper brands like Presto, Mirro, and Wearever are also available. They offered 8 quart size made from aluminum for as low as $80. But the trouble with aluminum cookers is that they tend to react with acidic foods. They develop dents and get scratched easily, but we know that aluminum is an excellent conductor of heat. That is the reason for most of the stainless steel cookers to have aluminum base for quick heating.

At the end, all the 8-quart pressure cookers have the same functions and perform equally well. It all depends whether you are brand conscious or budget conscious!


WMF Perfect Plus Pressure Cooker - Too Expensive?

As you consider buying a new pressure cooker and start comparing the prices of different available makes, you will quickly learn that the model Perfect Plus from WMF is certainly not among the economical ones, for there are many brands available at much lower prices and one is left wondering what’s so special about this make to cost so steeply compared to other makes.

It’s only on a closer examination that you appreciate the design and craftsmanship of WMF pressure cookers. They are designed to offer ease of operation and the functionality of these cookers is simply beyond compare.

The Perfect Plus not only offers ease of operation, but also provides flexibility of operation. Because of its design you can use it for simultaneous cooking of a variety of foodstuff. The manufacturers refer to this cooker as “"your fitness center for culinary pleasures." It allows you to perform a number of cooking tasks so conveniently that you‘ll love cooking for the family. It’s indeed a pleasure to be suing this helping hand in your kitchen.

You can choose a model of Perfect Plus, depending on your requirements and the size of your family as it is available in varying capacities ranging from 2.5 to 8 quarts.

The crux of the matter is that the perfect Plus and other models from WMF are more expensive than other makes. Undoubtedly, your initial investment will be more, but considering its convenient design and the ease of operation, plus robust durable construction makes it worthwhile. You are not investing into a mere kitchen accessory, but for your convenience and the health of your family for the many years to come.