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The Presto 01362 Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker is a 6-quart pressure cooker designed for use with multiple cooking appliances. With the glut of similarly priced (currently $49.99 MSRP on Amazon.com) stainless steel cookers on the market, we had to do a deeper review of the Presto cooker to decide whether it deserves a place at the top of the list.
Too many low end kitchen product manufacturers rely on buzzwords like “stainless steel” to try and convince customers their cookware is worth the cost. Surprisingly, the Presto 01362 Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker proved to be an economical advantage in the kitchen when tested and is the best in its class.
To compare the Presto 01362 to other models, please see our best pressure cooker comparison guide.
The Size and Weight
The Presto 01362 is often listed as a 6 quart pressure cooker, which means it has a 4 quart liquid capacity. The weight of the pressure cooker comes in at just under 3 pounds (2.9lbs). This makes for an easy lift from the stove top when you estimate that a full pot will weigh between 6 and 8 pounds.
With the locking handle, most people will be able to lift and maneuver this pot with ease. The Presto 01362 Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker is sized to fit on the standard kitchen stove top. The cooking pot measure just under 10 inches in diameter with just under 10 inches in depth (9.9 X 9.8). The handle makes the overall length of the pot 19 inches so it is easy to set it up in the average kitchen and not have it interfere with the rest of your cooking preparation.
The shipping weight will come in at over 7 pounds; this can impact the cost of the unit depending on where you live. The extra shipping weight comes from the packing material, associated warranties and manuals, plus the included 64-page cookbook.
To view the Presto 01362 user manual, please visit Presto’s website by clicking here.
The Presto Pressure Cooker Review
The Presto 01362 Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker is not a complicated cooker so its features are simple, but each one is essential.
It is made from stainless steel with a locking lid that is secured by a “helper handle.” This helper handle has a cover lock and pressure indicator that prevents it from being opened when the pressure is too high.
It has a pressure regulator right in the center of the top and the whole unit is dishwasher safe. It comes with cooking racks that you can use to cook different types of food such as meat, vegetables or chicken all at the same time without having any of the flavors mix.
The included 64-page cookbook lists a number of different ways to use the cooker, many of which feature the steamer basket (which is not included and must be ordered separately).
What’s to Love?
The size of the Presto 01362 Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker and its ability to deliver on fast even, heating make this a winner in the kitchen.
This is an uncomplicated pressure cooker that can work for one or a small family without turning the cleanup into an hour’s long hobby. The entire unit is designed to be dishwasher safe, although you may want to wash it by hand to keep the rings in good condition longer.
The locking handle is designed to stay locked until the pressure inside has dropped, which is an excellent safety feature. The stainless steel finish is spot on and done right as well. There isn’t anything fancy about the Presto 01362 Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker, and that is one of the reasons it scores great reviews with buyers.
This is a simple piece of cookware that works. One other bonus is that replacement parts are easy to come by. Being able to replace rings and valves easily is essential. You won’t have a problem finding the small pieces to keep your cooker in the family as long as you want.
What’s not so great?
One of the reasons that stainless steel is preferred for cooking ware is the evenness and predictability of how the metal distributes heat. It is also provides a long lasting surface that is resistant to scratching and rusting.
This is why the biggest complaint about the Presto 01362 Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker is that the bottom and bottom tray are not made from stainless steel, but an aluminum alloy. Aluminum is not the worst for non-professional cooking surfaces, but it does lower the quality of the pressure cooker.
You may not even notice the difference as the rest of the cooker is a solid stainless steel which can contain and manage the heat. Even with daily use, the aluminum bottom will hold up well. It can make some of the cooking times unpredictable and the aluminum can be more easily scratched. The single aluminum screw attaching the handle is also a point of concern for many, but holds up no better or worse than other screw handled attachments in the kitchen.
The other issue with the Presto 01362 Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker is one that may and may not bother some people. This is a small pressure cooker that even fully loaded with food and water will not weigh in at more than 10 pounds. Presto decided to make this cooker without an extra top steam release valve to reduce the internal pressure.
With the 01362, you have to wait for the cooker to cool in order for the pressure to come down enough for the lid to be unlocked. Not an ideal setup, but the cooker cools rapidly because of its size so this type of issue may be more nit-picking than a real problem.
The Presto Pressure Cooker Review Rating
The Presto 01362 Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker pulls in a solid 4 out 5 star rating for being a high-value pressure cooker in the mid-value price range. To do better than the Presto 01362 you can expect to be looking at cookers that start with an MSRP of $70 and above.
There is little to complain about this appliance, although much to nitpick about. Its biggest drawback is it may not be large enough for your family. It can be great for side dishes or for family size of 3-4 people.