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T-fal P45009 Clipso Stainless Steel Dishwasher Safe PTFE PFOA and Cadmium Free 12-PSI Pressure Cooker Cookware, 8-Quart, Silver
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- Encapsulated base distributes heat evenly
- Durable stainless-steel construction ensures long-lasting performance; side handles for a secure grip
- Won't open when in use; one-hand system for risk-free opening and closing; variable steam-release valve for added control
- Dishwasher-safe (with gasket and pressure valve removed); steam basket, stand, and recipes included
- Compatible with any cooktop, including induction
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Make healthy, delicious meals in a fraction of the time with this T-fal Clipso pressure cooker. Compared to standard cooking methods, the pressure cooker reduces cook times by up to 70% for fast results—without the loss of valuable nutrients and flavor. The cooker's roomy 6.3-quart capacity makes it easy to create large batches, whether preparing make-ahead meals for the week or cooking for a crowd during the holidays. The pressure cooker’s durable stainless-steel construction ensures optimal cooking and long-lasting performance, and its encapsulated base distributes heat evenly and can be used safely on any cooktop, including induction. Safety features include an innovative one-hand system for simple risk-free opening and closing, the inability to open when in use and under pressure, a variable steam-release valve for added control, and side handles for a secure grip. The Clipso stainless-steel pressure cooker can go safely in the dishwasher (with gasket and pressure valve removed), and a steam basket and stand are included for multi-level cooking, along with a recipe book with cooking tips and tasty ideas for getting started.
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The T-Fal has a 6-quart nonstick pan, a plastic steamer rack, a rice paddle/stirrer, a plastic condensation catcher, and a measuring cup. The lid is not easily detachable, but, attached, it lifts and locks easily in place. The top has a valve and a separate pressure release knob that keeps your hand away from the actual steam valve. The front panel lists the different cooking options: rice, oatmeal, baby food, pressure cook, bake, DIY, stew/soup, steam, brown, simmer , slow cook, and reheat. The Instant Pot 7-in-1 also has a 6-quart capacity and the same accessories, although its steamer rack is stainless steel. Oddly, if you count the functions in the same way, the Instant Pot is also a 12-in1, with a yogurt and bean/chili functions instead of baby food and bake. The similar-function buttons are merely labeled differently -- for example, with brown (T-Fal) instead of sautée (Instant Pot). Basically, you can cook the same meals in both pots with the exception of yogurt, which really needs a program the way Instant Pot has done it with temperature control for the initial heating of the milk and an incubation period at a much lower temperature. The only thing the T-Fal does better is its pressure release mechanism which keeps your hand (mostly) away from the steam and which can be done with a single touch.
The T-Fal fails almost entirely with its instruction manual -- or what passes for one. Newcomers to electric pressure cooking are going to find this especially frustrating. The manual is mostly illustrative without explaining what the diagrams are supposed to mean. My favorite is the diagram labeling the parts with letters on page 1 but not supplying the key until page 14. And then there's the picture that describes each function key by repeating the name of the function key. I still don't know if natural pressure release can occur since the timer starts counting up after it beeps the completion of the cycle -- on one page, this says that it's a keep warm function but on another it states this is "pressure retention." I guess that you must always release the pressure manually, either immediately (quick release) or after a set period of time (usually 10 minutes.) It comes with a cookbook that can act as a set of lessons on using the pressure cooker, although even that falls short at the end when it lists cooking times. For instance, in the cooking guide for vegetables, it completely ignores various kinds beans, a common use of a pressure cooker. The table doesn't even bother with meats. Owners will likely have to turn to the web for recipes, but the same is true of Instant Pot owners who are given more guidance but still a limited number of recipes.
I have no idea what the baby food cycle is since there's no mention of it anywhere in the materials, although a customer says in the comments below that it can be used for beans. It's nice that T-Fal has additional keys to adjust the main settings for the ingredients -- for example, you can use the stew setting and select vegetable to set pressure and timing automatically. That said, I find that I always have to adjust the timing to suit a recipe instead of using the defaults.
Despite identical capacities, the T-Fal is noticeably larger than the Instant Pot, primarily because of the lid. It takes a little longer to get up to pressure. The T-Fal's inner pot is dark ceramic non-stick over metal and not dishwasher-safe while the Instant Pot's is stainless steel and dishwasher-safe. The T-Fal's lid is attached, which makes it somewhat awkward to reinstall the silicone gasket until you figure out how to remove it (you have to unscrew the nut on the inside-middle of the lid); the Instant Pot's lid is easily removable, which makes it difficult to find a spot to place it (you can insert the handle into the open handle on the base.) The T-Fal has a baking cycle, while the Instant Pot has a yogurt cycle. For most recipes, both yield identical results for the same time once they get up to full pressure. I made two pots of spicy black-eyed peas, and I couldn't tell the difference between them.
I prefer my Instant Pot, mostly because of the stainless steel pot and the easier to figure out functions, although the T-Fal is certainly an excellent option even though you'll have to work harder to figure it out. The ceramic nonstick inner pan will appeal to many people. I give it only four stars, though, because of the comparison.
-- Debbie Lee Wesselmann
First I will address the sluggish ability to come to pressure. T-fal seems to take forever to come to pressure compared to the Instant Pot.
To prove this point to myself, I ran a test using 2 cups of cold water in each pot: (Instant Pot Duo, T-fal)
2 cups of cold tap water took 19 minutes to come to pressure after I pressed the start button on the T-fal
2 cups of same temperature water took 6 minutes to come to pressure in my Instant Pot.
That’s a difference of 13 minutes for 2 cups!
Even when starting with boiling liquid, the pot DRAGGED coming to pressure, where starting with boiling liquid in the Instant Pot will come to pressure very quickly.
Bad- I noticed when I was doing the water/pressure test that there was clearly a visual film on top of the water. Check photo below. (see update below, there is no longer a photo) I was pretty shocked so I tried it twice, making sure the pot was very clean and dry before adding more water. The same layer of oily type crud was floating on the top after the completion of my second test.
I’m not particularly fond of the lid that is attached an not removable.
It is certainly convenient to aid in the placement of the lid to lock. That feature is great. However, the word "Gimmick" comes to mind, because there is no practicality involved other than the ease of placement of the lid.
-The lid when opened drips water down into the tracks of the pot housing, because it is attached and can't be pulled away. Very unlike the removable Instant Pot lid which can drain away from the "tracks" of the round pot.
The water in the tracts must be wiped out before storing. I've picked it up and had water run down my shirt. Not so with Instant Pot.
WORST Feature of lid: The permanently attached lid on this device makes it impossible to clean under the faucet, with soap and hot water. That's a real bummer. The lid alone would definately keep me from buying this. Attached does not make sense.
Ease of user operation and options:
Pressure levels are not adjustable in many of the modes. (most of them) Not so with Instant Pot.
Timing limits are lacking when compared to the competition,… 70 minutes being the longest choice in “some” of the modes. (my Instant Pot goes to 120 minutes, and the newest models go for 240 I believe)
* Note that you’ll have to reset the TFal if you want to choose a longer cook time. For example, in the case of Brisket or corned beef which takes usually somewhere around 90 minutes or so, you will have to reset after a max 70 minute cook.
Overall function of the T-fal is not very user intuitive and easy to figure out. I find it rather confusing and the manual isn’t much help.
I use the Manual mode on my Instant Pot 95 percent of the time. It would be nice if the T-fal had a designated Manual mode.
TO USE T-fal in more of a manual mode choose one of the following programs: (in most all of the other modes pressures are set, and there are no adjustment options)
**Pressure cooking Program: Choice of pressures with a 40 minute time limit.
**DIY Chef program: Choice of pressures and 60 minute time limit.
You can also have access to manual control and 70 minute option via the Stew/Soup mode by choosing the Stew/Soup, then Menu button, choose food type, choose clock, choose time by utilizing arrows, choose power button. (way too complicated! and too many steps!) If you choose Veg, you will have medium pressure. (226 degrees) Fish will be low pressure. (219 degrees) Meat/Bean will be high pressure. (237) Same type of operation with same steps are available within Steam and Simmer modes.
The “Baby Food” program on the T-fal you can go to 70 minutes, but with a default of High and no pressure level adjustments options
**Again, I can’t stress enough how welcome a designated Manual mode would be, with options of all pressures and maximum time choice.
Since I use high pressure, Manual most of the time, more than likely Baby Food mode with the 70 minute limit will be my go to mode.
To conclude, the user interface on the T-fal could be improved.
there were longer time limits to choose from.
there were more pressure level options in each mode.
It was faster to come to pressure.
it had a stainless insert
that the lid were removable.
that it were more simple and less complicated. I feel there are too many unnecessary buttons. (Baby Food with no pressure options other than high?)
The T-fall is competitive in price when compared to the Instant Pot, but falls short when considering quality, performance, options, and user interface.
To be honest, I’ll have to go with 3 stars.
Update: Apparently the lid is removable by removing screws, but not conveniently for the purpose of cleaning.
Also, unfortunately, it appears that the photo I had posted has been removed.
Update June 2, 2016: This pressure cooker went back in the box.
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All my food and meat will be done in less than 30 mints