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4.3 Reviewed by SusanRating:
The Elite Platinum Pressure Cooker is a good choice for beginners who want to get up and running quickly, and its extra large size appeals to those with larger families.
This is an 8-quart electric pressure cooker with a non-stick inner pot. A stainless steel pot can be purchased separately but makes your total cost much higher. Most important to know up front is that while it’s very easy to operate, the trade-off for that simplicity is a lack of certain features. This model does not work like a slow cooker, and it does not allow you to have complete control over the cooking temperature and pressure. Whether this is the best choice for you depends on how you plan to use it. Below is an explanation of what you will – and won’t – get so you can decide if you think you’ll be happy with this model.
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Read our complete Elite Platinum Pressure Cooker Review below: Model – MaxiMatic EPC-808 Elite Platinum 8-Quart Pressure Cooker
There is a newer 8 Quart model that includes a browning feature, the Elite Platinum EPC-813 Maxi-Matic 8Qt Electric Pressure Cooker with Glass Lid and 2 Racks
This manufacturer also makes a 10 quart size electric pressure cooker, the Elite EPC-1013 Platinum Electric Pressure Cooker, 10 quart, Stainless.
- 8 Qt. Capacity
- Brushed Stainless Housing w/4 Choices in Lid & Trim Color
- Non-Stick Inner Cooking Pot, Removable
- Multifunction, Including Reheat, Browning, Rice Cooking & More
- 24 Hour Delay Timer and Automatic Keep-Warm
- 7 Built-in Safety Protections
- 1 Year Limited Warranty
NOTE: The warranty is only valid with a dated proof of purchase, so keep your receipt!
Price shoppers take note that the Black model shown in this review is the most expensive. The Elite Platinum Pressure Cooker is also available in Blue and Red for about $5 less, and in Orange for about $15 less that the Black model.
A non-stick inner cooking pot comes with the unit, but a stainless steel pot is available for purchase separately. (See Optional Accessories below.)
The 14 multi-function settings on this model are as follows:
- Brown Rice
- White Rice
- Wild Rice/Grains
- Keep Warm
The “Brown Rice” option is used for sautéing and for browning meats and other ingredients.
Be aware that this model does not have the option to use it the way a typical slow cooker works. That is, you can’t load it up in the morning and set it to cook all day while you’re at work. The maximum amount of cooking time you can set is only up to 99 minutes.
You do get a delay timer that lets you program the unit to wait up to 24 hours before it starts cooking, and you don’t have to be present to turn it off. When it finishes the cooking cycle it will beep 3 times and then automatically switch to the keep-warm mode.
If you’re looking for an electric pressure cooker that will also serve as a slow cooker, this model is not a good choice for you. Before you buy it, go here to read the instruction manual to be sure you understand exactly what this model will and will not do.
In those instructions you’ll also find a section titled “How to Use the Pressure Cooker for Canning”. As noted in our review of the Power Pressure Cooker XL – “About Food Safety”, the National Center for Home Canning and Preserving does not recommend using any electric multi-cooker for home canning. For details about why this is a bad idea see this NCHFP page, or see this information about Botulism.
For those who just want an electric pressure cooker with a good variety of pre-sets for various foods, the Elite Platinum is in the top 20 bestsellers on Amazon. It has also been wildly popular on HSN. Consumers who are happy with their purchase rank it high for being easy to use and for getting good results. To my mind, the instruction booklet is lacking in that it doesn’t give you a good close-up view of the control panel. However, if you read, it’s fairly clear because operation is not terribly complicated.
Those who are cooking for a larger family enjoy having the extra capacity of this 8 quart model, and it makes very quick work of turning out delectably moist chicken, fall-off-the-bone beef, and dozens more meat, poultry, and vegetable dishes. It does a good job cooking rice and brown rice, though depending on personal taste you may end up adjusting the recommended time to your personal preference. It even does well on frozen foods, and meats turn out flavorful without that “boiled” taste.
If you plan to do a lot of sauces and gravies, one possible drawback of this model is that there is not an option to select a specific temperature. Basically, the heating element is either on or off, so you can’t set it to simmer slowly at a very low heat. If your food gets too hot or starts to burn, the only way to cool it off is to shut it down.
What about safety features on the Elite Platinum Electric Pressure Cooker?
The diagram below shows the protections built into the design of this model, along with an explanation of each.(Back to Top)
Size and Capacity
Exterior Dimensions: 14″ x 14″ x 14″
Weight: 15 pounds
Interior Capacity: 8 Quarts
Any electric pressure cooker is going to take up a good bit of space, but this one is extra large and heavy. It’s worth it if you want the advantage of an 8 quart capacity cooker.
- Measuring Cup & Spoon
- Owner’s Manual
The owner’s instruction manual also includes some cooking time charts and a few recipes. You can view it online at http://s3.amazonaws.com/szmanuals/2f3096c478d1f75fcafc6f21ea67d143.(Back to Top)
To protect the non-stick coating of the inner pot, you’ll want to get a set of silicone or silicone-tipped utensils if you don’t already own any.
If you don’t want to use the non-stick pot all the time (or ever), there is a stainless steel pot made specifically for this model. The Elite EPSS-808 Stainless Steel Inner Pot, 8 quart, Stainless is available on Amazon. However, buying both the cooker and the extra pot will cost you more than the Instant Pot, which comes with a stainless steel inner cooking pot. To compare, click here to read about the Instant Pot.
Get a Grip! (on the cooking pot, that is)
Removing the inner cooking pot can be a little difficult when it’s full of food, especially when it’s still hot. An inexpensive pair of pinch-mitts will do the trick, and they’ll come in handy for tons of other uses in the kitchen too! The ones shown at right are Green Frog, but they’re available in about a dozen more cute animal shapes and colors. Click here to check them out.
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There are a number of complaints about units breaking down prematurely, but most of those comments are over a year old. In many cases it turned out that the problem was just a blown fuse. If you contact the company, they will send you a new fuse.
UPDATE 4/7/16: See comment section at bottom of this page for one customer’s experience in trying to obtain a new fuse. This certainly brings into question what kind of “customer service” you might get if you do have a problem.
Seasoned pressure cooker users find this unit less than satisfactory because you cannot manually select a specific temperature or select between low or high pressure. You can of course set your time as you like, but otherwise your only options are the pre-sets already programmed into the machine.
Yet what those experienced users don’t like is exactly what appeals to others. Beginners and those who prefer a machine that’s simple to operate view the limited control as an advantage. Instead of having to learn or remember exact settings for all the various foods you can cook, you simply select a pre-set, set the time and you’re done.
One other problem mentioned fairly often is steam leaking from around the lid during cooking. It can be a little tricky to get the lid locked on exactly right, but also the gasket can be bad. Replacement gaskets can be purchased from Amazon, but for a model under warranty the company should send you a new one.
Reports on customer service are mixed but lean to the negative side. The company does respond but can be a little slow, especially on shipping you a replacement part. (See comment below to read one customer’s experience with this.)
There are well over 2,000 online reviews on this model, and on balance the newer reviews are more positive than those that date back to 2011. Those who are most happy with this machine appreciate it’s simplicity and speed. If you forget to plan ahead, no problem. You can come home from work, take out frozen meat and vegetables, and still have a delicious dinner cooked in a very short period of time.(Back to Top)
- Extra large 8 quart capacity
- Pre-sets make it simple to operate
- Nice choice of colors (that might matter because it’s so big you may leave it sitting out all the time)
- Produces good results on the jobs it was designed to do
- Non-Stick pot makes for easier cleaning
- Can not be used as a slow cooker (as in typical all-day cooking)
- No manually controlled temperature settings
- Does not work well for simmering or gravy making
- Makes a very large footprint for counter top or cabinet storage
Elite Platinum Electric Pressure Cooker Review: Summary
This model is not for those who want a combination pressure cooker/slow cooker, or for anyone who prefers to manually control exact temperature and pressure settings. Also keep in mind that if you want a stainless steel pot, it will cost at least $40 extra.
The Elite Platinum Pressure Cooker could be an ideal choice if you want a non-stick cooking pot in a unit that is simple to use and turns out great food fast. Out of over 2,500 owners, it has earned a 5-star rating from 71% of them. The extra large capacity gives you plenty of room, and you won’t have to spend hours reading just to try to understand how to use it. The only question seems to be, if a problem develops, will customer service respond in a way that is helpful?
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One More Note…
Before you decide which model you prefer, we strongly encourage you to check out the highly rated Instant Pot, the number one bestseller.
Click here to read our complete Instant Pot review.
Click here to see the Instant Pot on Amazon.