My mother had a Mirro pressure cooker for over 40 years (it was a wedding gift). Have used hers (after replacing the gasket, there were no "blow out plugs" back then#. Well surprise!! Can't buy a gasket anymore so I bought this. That was 5 years ago. Still works perfectly, heats fast and as for the lid being to hard to put on, well, if its new, its going to be! The gasket has not aged enough to just use the handles. The only difference is, my moms had a multi-pressure "rocker" 5#, 10# and 15#, this one is just 15#. Great for quick cooking, but there are times where you want a lower pressure #like pudding#. As for scratching a smooth top stove, no problems. Leave the pot in one place and do what you are supposed to, lift the pot straight up! Only thing I'm not to keen on is the new way to reduce pressure. Put it in the sink and run cold water over it. Know my mother and aunts did it in an "emergency" #like they forgot to watch the time#. Still prefer to turn the burner off and wait for about 10 min.
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