Spanish cookware and kitchen company Fagor recently introduced a line of highly efficient pressure cookers called Futuro. The pressure cookers are available in 4, 6, and 10 qt sizes.
I had the chance to use the 6 qt Futuro pressure cooker and let me say I was impressed. It is a beautiful unit featuring sleek European design and high quality construction. Unlike many of the pressure cookers sold in the U.S. the Futuro does not have its own built in electrical heating element. The unit works with any existing stove including induction - so its design is more like another pot than a totally separate appliance.
If you live in an apartment like I do or have limited kitchen space you'll heavily value Fagor's design choices on this pressure cooker.
Fagor's Futuro is made from 18/10 stainless steel and its lockable lid features several steam settings. Inside the Futuro comes with a removable stainless steel steamer insert. The unit is made in Spain and has a 10 year manufacturers warranty.
Using the Futuro is remarkably simple. The pressure cooker comes with detailed instructions and a substantial cookbook/guide with many different recipes and tips. The main task in using the Futuro is to initially heat up the unit on a stove burner. After it is sufficiently heated you simply reduce the temperature and let the unit do its work. Honestly the process of using the Futuro reminded me of cooking rice on the stove top - where you bring the water to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer and cover.
The construction quality of the Futuro is high. I could easily see this product being one I'd have for many years. Its design is excellent and is reminiscent of classic modern European cookware.
Fagor says their pressure cookers reduce cooking time by up to 70% and are therefore a highly efficient cooking method. I'd agree the pressure cooker is a time saver and is certainly efficient but I also think the product is very well built which is a key component in determining a products sustainability.
Overall I am impressed. I'll follow up with a recipe after using the Futuro more.