Top positive review
A+ Customer Srvc & Great Deal
November 5, 2018
What I LOVE:
(1) Price: 1/3 the price of a brand name of similar size and quality.
(2) Cooking time & Energy: it’s the exact opposite of sous vide. Dried beans (after soaking for half a day) will cook in 12 hours in a slow cooker, 6 hours on a regular stove, and just an hour with this pressure cooker. It is saving you energy cost and time.
(3) Silent & Easy to clean: only makes noise when steam builds up. Unlike some pressure cookers, no food sprays out of the valve so cleaning is easy. If you turn heat all the way up, might get some spray. Turn it a bit down. It's a pressure cooker so temp should never be high. I never turn the knob more than half on my gas stove.
(5) Sturdy: surprisingly weight is manageable and as light as it is, I'm impressed how sturdy it is.
(6) works with all types of ranges: gas, electric & even induction
(4)Thick flat bottom for browning:
I use it several times a week to brown my meat and can't imagine doing without it. Heat transfer is great and really caramelized your meat in seconds when hot.
(5) replacement parts available and comes with an extra gasket. So the extra gasket means double the normal life without hassle. That's the only part that needs replacement. The rest is metal.
I bought the option that has a lid. I use the extra gasket around the lid to create a tight fit on the pressure cooker or any other pot of a similar diameter. Then, through the hole in the lid, I pass a digital thermometer and convert the pressure cooker (or other pots) in to a sous vide slow cooker. I put it on the lowest level on my stove, adjust the flame such that the pot reaches equilibrium at my desired cooking temperature based on the item I am cooking. Will set the cooking time on my stove. And I just saved myself $500 because this system works exactly like my sous vide supreme that I reviewed several months ago.
In the past 3 months, I bought two pressure cookers from William Sonoma and subsequently returned them as they both failed my initial water test--one had a leaky gasket and the other was missing a washer in the euromatic valve. Being a handyman, I even tried to find replacement parts and was willing to pay for them, but I was on hold for 47 minutes with one brand and the other brand could not find a replacement gasket. Disappointed, I searched on Amazon and Z&L product was on the top. With a price tag one third that of the brandnames at William Sonoma, with only 27 customer reviews, my skepticism was burning high; so, I thought to contact Z&L customer service first, before making a purchase. They responded within two hours and eased most of my worries. I definitely recommend the pressure cooker and considering its price the quality superseded my expectation. You can definitely go without buying the lid since chances are another lid in your kitchen will fit just fine. I am so glad that I purchased an induction cookware even though I myself do not have an induction oven. My sister, however, does. While she can use her cookware on my gas stove, I could never use my cookware on her stove. Now, especially during the Holidays I can use this pressure cooker and take it there without having to change the pot! I read on consumer reports website that induction cookware used on a regular gas or electric stove happen to cook food more evenly. I tend to agree with their assessment!