I have an 8 qt Cook's Essentials EPC that I purchased from QVC about a year and a half ago. I love it. Despite some bad reviews that I found on QVC after I bought it, I have had no problems with it. I particularly like the oval shape -- much like an oval crock pot -- because it holds larger, longer roasts (like a pork loin) more conveniently. It has a browning feature, a steam feature & high & low settings. Unfortunately, it did not come with a steamer basket or a trivet for the bottom, items that I now wish I had.
I am now searching for an EPC to give to my daughter and to my DIL for Christmas, but cannot find the oval Cook's Essentials model (I think it was actually made by Farberware). They may have pulled it off the market because of the problems described by QVC users, specifically that they had difficulty getting pressure after several uses. I had a problem with that too until I made sure the gasket was clean and properly aligned; once I did that I had no further problems.
Can anyone give me some recommendations? I have seen a few that have a programable feature (delay start), which would be particularly useful. I am thinking that 8 qt is the size best suited for them. So far I haven't turned up any oval ones -- just ones that are round and tall. Deni has one that they call "oval", but the picture on the website doesn't look very oval to me (more like a squished round?) . If there is a nice one with a delay start, I may even get one for myself.
Thanks in advance for any input.