Kuhn Rikon Stainless Steel Stovetop Pressure Cooker, 8.5-Quart

Last updated: January 18, 2023

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Product Details

In our analysis of 65 expert reviews, the Kuhn Rikon Stainless Steel Stovetop Pressure Cooker, 8.5-Quart placed 19th when we looked at the top 21 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Kuhn Rikon has revolutionized pressure cooking by inventing the automatic lid-locking system and the spring-loaded stationary safety valve. The only thing that hasn’t changed is the principle by sealing ingredients and liquids in, foods cook in a very short time retaining flavor and vitamins and conserving energy

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Julie Chernoff
Culinary Expert

Julie Chernoff is a long-time member of Les Dames d’Escoffier (past president of the Chicago Chapter, and current co-chair of the LDEI Legacy Awards Committee), the Association of Food Journalists (AFJ) and the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Chernoff is the dining editor of Better, a lifestyle website and print magazine. Her journalism started in the test kitchens of Weight Watchers Magazine. She holds a BA in English from Yale University and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. She has spent the last few decades styling, photographing, teaching, developing recipes, editing, thinking and writing about food.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

Made from 18/10 stainless steel, with an aluminum "sandwich" bottom for even browning. Available in a variety of sizes up to 8.4 quarts. Has five different over-pressure safety features, including a lid-locking system. Good quality. Quiet operation.
It’s sturdily built (barring any lemons), but at this price, you’re better off paying a bit more for the Fissler Vitaquick.
10-year warranty, very quiet, extremely durable
This stovetop pressure cooker is made from thick and very sturdy 18/10 stainless steel. It features a spring pressure valve to reduce noise and improve pressure regulation.
Although it looks simple and basic, this pressure cooker is among the best stainless steel pressure cookers in 2018. It has a decent capacity and is suitable for the home, restaurants, catering units, and other situations. I love its nice weight that makes handling easy and the solid feel. It can tolerate daily usage, bangs, knocks, and mishandling. The smooth surface makes wiping and cleaning easy while the integrated lid-lock ensures no pressure escapes and protects the user.

What reviewers didn't like

Handle is plastic and flimsy; some issues with it breaking within a few months. Some buyers say this cooker is a little hard to use and get comfortable with, particularly the pressure gauge.
Getting it to hold a certain pressure was difficult, so we found ourselves standing over the pot fiddling with the burner half the time.
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