The Bottom Line
If you're looking for a quality, basic pressure cooker, the Fagor Rapid Express 6-Quart is an excellent choice. Home cooks new to pressure cooking will find it easy to use and easy to clean, and those already experienced with pressure cooking will be pleased with standard Fagor safety features, durable construction and even cooking. Looking for something fancier? Fagor offers a full range of pressure cookers and accessories.
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- Easy and safe to use
- Made of durable and attractive 18/10 stainless steel
- Visual pressure indicator and automatic pressure release system
- Works on gas, electric, ceramic and induction cooking surfaces
- 10 Year Limited Warranty
- Only one pressure setting for cooking
- The Rapid Express is made of high-quality, heavy gauge 18/10 stainless steel.
- The pot has a thermo heat conductive base composed of a layer of aluminum sandwiched between two layers of stainless steel.
- Safety features ensure the stainless steel lid can't be removed while there's still pressure.
- The Fagor pressure cooker works on gas, electric, ceramic and induction cooking surfaces.
- The lid features a visual pressure indicator and automatic pressure release system.
- The Fagor Rapid Express pressure cooker comes with a 10-Year Limited Warranty.
- Instructional CD, product manual and recipes were included with the pressure cooker.
- Replacement gaskets and pressure cooker accessories are available from Fagor America.
Guide Review - Fagor Rapid Express 6 Qt. Pressure Cooker - Review
Fagor is a European brand name I encounter frequently in Morocco, so I was delighted to find that its pressure cookers are also available in the United States. When I contacted Fagor for a lower end pressure cooker to review, I was quickly set straight – although the Rapid Express model may be the most affordable model Fagor offers for sale in the U.S., it's anything but "lower end."
The Rapid Express Pressure Cooker features sleek, durable stainless steel construction with no sharp edges on the lid or rim. (Yes, I really do encounter sharp edges on cookware in Morocco!) The lid fits easily and securely, and safety features make it impossible to open while there's still pressure in the pot. The rubber gasket removes easily for cleaning.
I tested the Rapid Express 6-quart model with a recipe I typically prepare in my old Moroccan aluminum pressure cooker – Tagine of Peas and Artichokes. It cooked up beautifully in the Fagor model with no adjustments to liquid quantity or usual cooking time. I found the stainless steel a breeze to clean compared to the more-common aluminum in Morocco.
The 6-quart capacity was large enough to stew a meal for nine people, but it's not over-sized for everyday cooking. A larger model is essential if you want to can, however, and Fagor sells a home canning accessory kit which fits its 10-qt. pressure cookers.
The bottom of any cookware is very important, and while aluminum-clad bottoms are nothing new to stainless steel pots and pans, Fagor sandwiches the aluminum between layers of stainless steel. The magnetic properties in the extra layer of stainless steel make the pot compatible with induction cooking surfaces.
Had Fagor's Rapid Express had both high and low pressure settings, I would have rated it a full five stars. It's a petty complaint, however, as a lower burner heat can compensate for this.