April 01, 1996

Pressure Points for Shoppers

When looking for what Lorna Sass calls a second-generation pressure cooker, those with updated safety features, built-in steam releases and sleek design, consider the following:

Size

The 6-quart (or 6-liter) size is the most popular, the 2 1/2-quart skillet-style cooker is ideal for risotto and an 8- or 10-quart for stocks.

Materials

Look for stainless steel with a bottom sandwiched with copper or aluminum, which conducts heat well and distributes it evenly.

Makers

These manufacturers are known for quality pressure cookers. Prices are for 6-quart or 6-liter models, unless otherwise noted.

Cuisinart

Beautiful, costly ($230); 800-726-0190

Fagor

Fine models in three styles: Splendid ($80), Rapid Express ($110) and MultiRapid ($140); 800-207-0806

Kuhn Rikon

The Rolls-Royce of pressure cookers ($156 for the 5-liter model, $164 for the 7-liter model); 800-662-5882

Lagostina

Solid, safe ($99 to $130); 800-263-4067

Magefesa

Excellent value for the money ($99); 800-923-8700

Sitram

Two lines: Prima ($123) and Squadra ($173); 800-969-2518

T-Fal

Solid construction and good safety features. Optima ($99 and $125) and Clipso ($149); 800-395-8325

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