High marks on build quality, usability, durability, performance and safety make the WMF Perfect Plus the best pressure cooker on the market. A superb addition to your cookware collection.
If there’s one piece of kitchen equipment that deserves your investment dollar, it is the pressure cooker. Buying a sub-par pressure cooker not only lowers your cooking experience, but more importantly it could put you and your family in great danger if the pressure cooker malfunctions. Therefore, build quality, durability and safety should be higher concerns than price when selecting a pressure cooker.
- Absolutely superb build quality. It’s built like a tank, which it should be.
- The disc bottom is very thick and heavy, which is great for heat transfer and retention.
- The all-in-one removable handle is ingenious and easy to use. It combines 3 things in one: release mechanism, lock and pressure indicator.
- The manual pressure release mechanism allows you to control and set how fast or slow you release pressure, so you don’t have to stand by the cooker for 10+ minutes to release steam anymore.
- Contrast to other models where it requires you to release pressure by putting your hand near the hot lid and steam, the WMF handle release mechanism is situated near the end of the handle, far away from the hot steam and lid cover.
- The manual release also functions as a lock and safety mechanism. You can’t open the cooker until pressure is released. This also means pressure won’t build until you lock the cooker.
- Easy to read pressure indictor knob with several colorful rings that indicates pressure levels.
- Numerous safety valves and mechanisms are in place to ensure if one fails, the other is activated.
- The snap on and off handle makes cleaning and storing a breeze.
- There is a tooting sound warning when the cooker is over-pressured. It gets progressively louder as pressure builds up.
- While it’s pressured, it operates very quietly with only minimal hissing sound here and there.
- Very easy to operate and maintain. Nothing complicated or confusing about the pressure cooker.
- Interior has markings to prevent over-filling.
- Rim has a pouring edge.
- Suitable to use on any stovetop.
- PSI level. This is not a con per se but there seems to be a fuss with the WMF pressure cooker that it only reaches 13 PSI and not the standard 15 PSI. Here are 2 factors you should consider:
- The difference of 2 PSI is unimportant in the grand scheme of things. It merely means 1-2 min of cooking difference. How fast or slow you release pressure most likely cover the difference anyway.
- Most North American pressure cookers that say it operates at 15 PSI actually operates at around 14.5 PSI, but most manufacturers round up to 15 for marketing and convenience purposes. The WMF pressure cooker operates at slightly higher than 13 PSI (13.8 according to source), so the real difference is less than 1 PSI. In another word, yes, WMF operates at a lower PSI level, but the difference is inconsequential and negligible.
- The inside part of the handle where pressure is released seems to pick up on food smell, even with proper cleaning after each use. This is minor and doesn’t affect your cooking.
- 3 year warranty is short compared to other manufacturers.