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Dilemma with choice for Pressure Cooker: Which is better "Instant Pot IP Duo" or "Cuisinart CPC-600" or something else?

ymaz108 | Sep 25, 201404:50 PM     78

Hello,

Bear with me. It's a bit long story, but I would like to explain how I got to my current point...

Long long time ago (lol) when I was a single living in Japan (I'm Japanese), I was using an aluminum stovetop PC I got from my father, who was an awesome cook and selling them from Riken. I loved it, used it to cook my rice always, and plus more.

Then after I got married with American guy, we got involved with Amway (I'm longer a distributor), and purchased their Queen Cookware set. They were 18/8 stainless steel, 8 layered very awesome cookware, I loved, loved, loved...

We moved to US in 1995, of course, with both cookware (Riken PC & Queen Cookware), unfortunately, the PC got broken, so I had to throw away. But I was still enjoying Queen Cookware...

Then, my husband passed away 5 years ago, but my life moved on and I'm engaged with a wonderful guy.

Anyway, so he has a house build late 70's, and the stove needed to replaced. Due to we had TRI-Setting stove (2 x Electric Coils, 2 x flat ceramic(I think) stove & indoor grill/which we never used), the whole setting's width was easily 48"...
So, there was very limited stove choice to fit in the spot, and he decided to invest in Viking Electric (not induction)/glasstop stove, the widest home-use available.

After a month or so in, we noticed some weird ring-looking thing UNDER the surface of the stove...
We contacted Viking and their service guy came out, then told us that it was caused by NOT Flat bottom cookware... I thought Queen Cookware had smooth & flat bottom (which later found out they have Concave bottom). From the look, they look nice'n smooth, but when I touched them, they were all slightly wavy! :(

So, we needed to get the new set of cookware. We went to Williams-Sonoma to look for the new set. I wanted as close style as Queen Cookware, which I'm used to cook with less-water/less-oil, completely sealed interior cooking pots & pans! My fiancee wanted to go with Le Creuset cast iron set, but I said they will be too heavy. And I wanted stainless steel.

As we walked in to the store, we saw Le Creuset, he TRIED to pick one up, and right away, said "Uh-uh, it's too heavy!" So, we looked at some stainless steel ones, but they were too heavy as well (later I know WHY they need to be heavy...). Then we saw Calphalon Elite Nonstick 11-Piece Cookware Set (made in USA - Toredo, Ohio), and we went ahead with them...

Now, I'm used to using strong stainless steel cookware, that makes me crazy in a way to cook EVERYTHING in nonstick cookware...

Also, right away, I noticed my Japanese rice wouldn't come out the way it did with my Queen Cookware, so as Corn on a cob... It was so horrible in comparison, I threw away the corn after one bite, and almost cried... :(

So, I talked to him about how I miss my Queen Cookware (but Amway current-improved cookware, iCook is way too expensive), so I asked if I could get PC and a stainless steel pot for heating up cooked rice by steaming. Thus, my path to find the best (but not too expensive) PC started...

First I was thinking to get Stovetop PC... then as I researched and started thinking of "What will I be using it the MOST?"= Cooking Japanese rice.

I can't afford to get any Japanese FANCY rice cooker, so I need to find decent, but good quality PC. Also, since I wake up real early to go to work, and don't have much time in the morning, I might be better off with electric PC, which I can set it the night before...

But none of electric PCs come with longer (like 10 years for most of the stovetop PC) warranty, except Cuisinart has Limited three-year warranty... that bothers me.

Also, as far as I researched, all the Electric PCs are made in China... and only a few of stovetop PCs are made in Switzerland or Germany... My fiancee is very strong to support USA-made products, but there is just none... :(

I'm going to try to convince him to accept the issue of possibility of I can only find made in China, unless go with high-end stovetop PC...

Dilemma, dilemma... I've been reading so many articles & reviews...

Anyway, if you have reached to this point on reading, I sincerely appreciate you taking time to read my long story.

I think I came down to either Instant Pot IP Duo or Cuisinart CPC-600... but not sure still...

Anybody can shine some light on it???

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