Item: Kuhn Rikon Duromatic Pressure Cooker, 5-1/4 Quart
Overall Impression: Called "the Mercedes-Benz of pressure cookers" by The New York Times, this well-crafted stovetop pressure cooker is quiet, easy to use and equipped with a number of safety features that make it ideal for the first-time pressure cooker user.
Until I tried it, I approached pressure cooking the way many American cooks do — with some curiosity and a lot of nervousness. I loved the idea of quickly cooking beans, whole grains and cheaper cuts of meat, but the reputation of pressure cookers as potentially dangerous and difficult to use made me wary of devoting cupboard space and money to a new piece of cookware. I jumped at the chance to give Kuhn Rikon's Duromatic pressure cooker a try and was immediately impressed by its reliability, ease of use and multiple safety features, which has quickly made this pot a weeknight workhorse for quick, healthy meals in my kitchen.