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Hip Notes:
Fissler makes two models of this pressure cooker – the one made for the American market is distinguished by having the letters “US” engraved in the metal near the lip of the lid, to the right of where the handle connects to the lid.  The Vitaquick is spring valve pressure cooker with two settings: low pressure (one ring displays) and high pressure (two rings display). Maximum operating pressure (second ring) is 8.7 psi or 60kpa.

When operating the pressure cooker, turn it with the handle to the left, so excess pressure is released towards the back of the cook top and not towards the cook. Pressure is released in two directions – turn cooker with handle of the cooker pointing toward the cook before releasing pressure to avoid being in the line of steam. Store with up-turned lid over the base with the detached handle in the lid.

The original Fissler Eurovalve (left) has a spring-loaded glass ball for overpressure safety, and the replacement (right) has a white ball.

Readers have reported steam leaking out of the handle when in use. If this is the case, tighten the handle screw under the lid before each use as it tends to get loose during cooking, cleaning and storage.

If tightening the handle does not resolve the problem, one reader who purchased two US Vitaquick sets (from different sources) was able to isolate the leaky steam problem in both to a faulty Eurovalve. The replacement sent from Fissler had a different-colored ball in the center (see photo) and resolved the problem.

Manufacturer Website: Fissler

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  1. There is a lot of discussion of this Pressure Cooker on Amazon, especially after “Cook’s Illustrate” ranked it number one. One of the main questions on Amazon about this pressure cooker is this: “The standard cooking pressure in cookbooks is 15psi. Why is the high pressure setting listed in the manual for this pot only 9psi (60kpa)?”

    Perhaps I can help in clearing up some confusion. In November 2014, I purchased from Williams-Sonoma the 8.5 liter US version of the Fissler Vitaquick pressure cooker, based in large part on the reviews and high recommendation in Cook’s Illustrated.

    I was miffed to see in the manual for the new product that its “high” setting corresponded to a pressure of 60 kPa, which is 8.7 PSI. (Hip Pressure Cooking states this as well at the top of this page.) The US standard for “high” settings on pressure cookers is 15 PSI. Indeed, the manual said that, as a safety feature, the control valve would automatically depressurize at 100 kPa (14.5 PSI). So, it’s safety system would engage before reaching the temperature/pressure required of most recipes. As I say, I was miffed.

    So, I called the Fissler customer service number. While they said that the high setting actually corresponds to 15 PSI, they could not/would not address the contradictory information in the manual. The rep seemed a bit wishy-washy about the answer to my question, actually.

    I was not sure who to believe–the manual, or the customer service rep from Fissler.. So, I wrote to Williams-Sonoma and described the issue, quoted from the manual directly, etc. I asked for them to get a written response from Fissler.

    On 26 November 2014, Williams-Sonoma provided me with the response they had received from Fissler: “Per your request, the manual has a typo and is being corrected-we noticed this as well. High setting for Underwriter’s Laboratory-approved Fissler pressure cookers are all 15 PSI. The operating PSI and temperature have been tested by 3rd party companies, including Cook’s Illustrated. Thank you for pointing this out to us. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.”

    So, the US models (stamped with “US” on the lid) do produce 15 psi at the high setting.

    I have made a number of recipes with the pressure cooker on High setting, and the high setting does produce appropriate final results at the times specified in recipes.

    By the way, I bought my unit from Williams-Sonoma because, if you buy it from a NON-authorized US reseller, then the warranty is not valid. I know that a number of buyers of the unit on Amazon had trouble getting warranty service because the two Amazon sellers were not authorized US reseller for Fissler. The unit cost $20 more at Williams-Sonoma, but at least I know the warranty will be honored AND they found out the answer to this question for me! (BTW, I posted a somewhat shorter version of this Amazon, so potential buyers of this product there will learn about the 15 psi issue, and the warranty coverage issue.

  2. Great information. I am waiting on my 8.5 qt Fissler Vitaquick cooker now as they are on back order until at least April 2015. :( I have used pressure canners in the past and I am very excited to get into pressure cooking as a way to use less energy and time for food preparation. I sincerely hope this cooker is worth the price. I bought it on the reviews of Cook’s Ilustrated. As YL stated, make sure you ask if the seller is an authorized retailer or you may be SOL if you have warranty issues.

  3. Could anyone please tell me if the capacity (e.g. 6 qt, 8 qt. etc.) of the Fissler Vitaquick is stamped on the bottom?

    1. Mine do. It’s written very small in liters before the words “Stainless Steel” – For example one says “6.0L Stainless Steel” while the other one says “8.0L Stainless Steel.”

      Liters are only slightly larger than quarts and are used interchangeably with quarts for pressure cooker sizes.

      That is the size of the base, not the cooking capacity.



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