The Presto 8-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker is a relatively small and compact pressure cooker, best suited for individual use in occasional applications. While the 8-Quart model may not be very large, it is extremely well liked by its users, with an average 4.5 star review across nearly 200 reviews.
Presto 8-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker Product OverviewsWhen we first looked at the Presto 8-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker, we initially brushed it off as being too small to be practically useful. After poring through hundreds of reviews, though, we came to the conclusion that even though it’s not a big pressure cooker, its quality and performance makes it more than worth it.
Nearly 150 customers gave the Presto 8-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker a 5-star rating, saying things like “it's one of the best pressure cookers I have ever used” and that it’s a “quality pressure cooker” as well. Users tested it under a variety of conditions, subjecting it to both electric and gas stoves, and it was able to quickly cook food just like you would expect from a larger, more expensive pressure cooker.
The small size was a negative for a few people, but most users expected it to be smaller than other pressure cookers, and were pleased with how well it worked despite its small size. One issue that a few users pointed out is that it only goes up to 15 pounds of pressure and this isn’t adjustable.
This is definitely not a pressure cooker that you can use for canning, due to its small size. If you try to can in it, it will technically work, but it will take you a long time since it can’t hold nearly the amount of volume a larger pressure cooker/canner can hold. Multiple users owned the Presto 8-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker for several months or over a year, and none of them reported any serious problems or performance issues with it after that period of time. One person did point out that this particular model seems to be more lightweight than previous models, but didn’t notice a performance impact from this fact.
There were a few negative reviews associated with the Presto 8-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker, but they seemed to relate to things like delivery times, accidental breakage during transport or the size of the unit. In the cases where the Presto 8-Quart was broken during transport, it was quickly replaced by Amazon or the manufacturer (Presto). Size was an issue for many users, who neglected to measure their stovetop space to ensure that the unit would fit. Remember that you will have to lift cans and other items out of the cooker while it is on your stovetop, so ensure you have plenty of room for it before you place your order.
If you’re looking for a small pressure cooker for individual or occasional use, the Presto 8-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker is a perfect buy and we strongly recommend it as a great buy.