About Power Cooker

The Power Cooker is a 6-quart digital pressure cooker that claims to cook food up to 70% faster than conventional cooking.

Only available at Walmart stores or by ordering online through the Walmart website, the Power Cooker is a TriStar Product Inc. item, sold under the As Seen on TV brand. TriStar Product Inc. is based in New Jersey.

The Power Cooker’s website claims that it uses “flavor infusion technology” that retains all the natural moisture, flavor, nutrients and vitamins of every ingredient. With the Power Cooker, the website claims, you can do the work of 8 kitchen appliances and cook healthy meals much quicker than cooking in a conventional oven.

Power Pressure Cooker Features

The Power Cooker has built-in safety features, it is fully automated and the makers claim it retains moisture, nutrients and vitamins. It has an automatic keep warm function, a dishwasher-safe cooking pot and supposedly saves on both energy and time by cooking quickly. The makers claim that you can make dinners from “frozen to done in 20 minutes” and that it gives you “slow-cooked flavor in minutes.”

The Power Cooker has received mostly favorable reviews on the Walmart website, with the few negative reviews focusing on either a lack of manual coming with the product, or complaints about the recipe book that it comes with. It is worth noting that most reviewers simply called the product a pressure cooker and did not note anything special about it in terms of saving time or any health benefits. The Walmart website itself just lists the product as a pressure cooker.

Related: Power Pressure Cooker XL Review

Power Cooker Pricing, Shipping & Return Policies

The Power Cooker retails for $79.80 through the Walmart website and in stores. For that price, you get the cooker, a steamer tray, a measuring cup and a ladle. It also comes with a bonus recipe book.

The makers of Power Cooker offer a 60-day limited warranty that states they will, at their option, repair or replace any defective Power Cooker that is returned. All parts and components are warranted for 60 days from the date the product is received. The warranty has several clauses that can be viewed on the website.

It also comes with a 60-day money back guarantee. However, you have to ship the product directly to Tristar Products Inc. at 500 Returns Road, Wallingford, CT 06495. It does not appear that you can just take it back to the Walmart store where you purchased it, although that is not made clear.

Pros

  • Appears to save time for cooking, but no more time than a regular pressure cooker
  • Most reviewers seemed to like it

Cons

  • Some people have complained about not receiving a manual with their product.
  • The claims that it retains nutrients and vitamins of the food it cooks are unsubstantiated
  • Despite what the website makes it out to be, it appears to be just a regular pressure cooker

See also: Your All-In-One Buying Guide to Pressure Cookers


Update:

  • It appears that one of our readers have found the missing recipe booklet. Click here to download the PDF.
  • The most recent Power Pressure Cooker Manual could be found here.

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209 Customer Reviews for Power Cooker

Average Customer Rating: 2.0
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 30 4 stars: 18 3 stars: 11 2 stars: 21 1 stars: 129
Bottom Line: 26% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Buyer beware

    • Oconomowoc, WI,
    • Oct 29, 2016

    I tried to make the chicken pot pie, I had to push the start button 3 times before it would pressurize. It went through its 15-minute cooking cycle and when I released the pressure it sprayed cream of chicken soup all over the place. After it was all done and over the chicken was raw, the biscuits that you put on top were raw. I called for a refund and they don't want to refund my money, they want to send me a different one and take $20 off my next payment. I don't $20 off my next payment, I don't want a different one, I want my money back before my 60 days are up.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Poor Manual Instructions

    I agree with one reviewer that the instructions on how to program are very poor. This leaves it up to the user to determine which button to push first. Well after some trial and error, I was able to program my 8 qt. model PC-PRO8.

    First, do not press the cook button if you need to pressure cook for a longer time. If you press the cook button, the cooker is already programmed for 15 minutes and you cannot adjust either the cook time or pressure adjust. Then you will have to cancel the cook operation and start over.

    Here's how to program it for the pressure and time needed for your food. The only buttons you need to touch when the 4 zeros are displayed are the pressure adjust button and the cook time button. Set your pressure and then set the cook time needed according to the manual. (Again, do not press the cook button.)

    Then you are all set. The cooker will start and as soon as it reaches the pressure that you set, then the timer will activate.

    The manual says it takes 15 minutes before reaching the set pressure. But that is a ball park figure. So depending on how much food and liquid you place in the pot, it may take up to 30 minutes before the timer will activate.

    Some notes:

    If you need to change either the time or pressure you can only do it when the pressure is between 2kpi and 14kpi (14kpi is equal to 2 psi) which does not leave you much time.

    And keep in mind that any time you change the pressure, it sets the default time back to 15 minutes and you have to reset your time again. Now this has to be performed before the cooker reaches 14 kpi. This is why you should set your pressure first, then your time. The only negatives I see so far are the ones that others have sent in.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Canning

    • Idaho,
    • Sep 9, 2016

    I purchased this canner due to the positive reviews I read, However, when I went to use it for canning, the rack for canning was not included. It's canning season and I am unable to use this product so going back to store. Frustrated!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Not recommended

    The Power Cooker did a few things as advertised, and didn't do a few things as advertised. My favorite was ribs, really good. Next would be rice, really a good rice cooker. Going from freezer to delicious never seemed to work for us "as seen on TV." After about a year, it quit working all together. Nothing. Very disappointed.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 8 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Ripped off for "free cookbooks"

    • Clackamas, OR,
    • May 28, 2016

    We called and ordered Power Cooker XL 10 qt and paid $190 with shipping. Their rep didn't bother to tell us that if we bought the larger capacity that we would no longer get the free cookbook & canning book. After I complained, it was pretty much tough luck, you can buy the books for $30 each or return it, no one cares. I noted that my packaging from China listed my box as #7141 of a shipment of 28,566. Clearly these people are going for quantity and not quality of service.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 11 out 14 people found this review helpful

    Unhappy.

    • Colorado ,
    • Mar 4, 2016

    I cooked a 10 lb turkey. Instructions said 45 minutes. I added 5 more for 50 minutes. Turkey is bloody raw. I cooked chicken breast yesterday according to instructions. Raw!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 12 out 14 people found this review helpful

    I love my cooker

    I placed an order for the 10 quart Power Cooker two months ago, and was told that it was on back order. I called their customer service and was on hold for less than a minute. I received my cooker last week, and I am so happy with it. I have cooked wings, short ribs, and low country boil (by the way, you must try the low country boil in the cooker). I love my cooker, and the wait was worth it.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 13 out 16 people found this review helpful

    Unhappy

    • Mokelumne Hill, CA,
    • Jan 27, 2016

    Same as for most people here, works for a time then stops. Called, was put your on hold, then hung up. Bought two, both had quit within six months. The pot is really light and bends easily. Ordered and paid for a new one, never got it.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • Feb 5, 2016

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      I'm grateful for the blog article. Much thanks again.

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  • 13 out 15 people found this review helpful

    Don't waste your money

    • Palm Beach County, Florida,
    • Jan 18, 2016

    I was SO excited to return mine. My crock pot does MORE than what this piece of garbage does. So many steps, food is under or not cooked half the time, burnt, mushy, you name it.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 12 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Stopped working after only 5 times.

    • New Britain, CT,
    • Jan 16, 2016

    This product broke after using it only 5 times. I can see why the warranty is good for only 60 days. What a waste of time and money.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 10 out 10 people found this review helpful

    Quitting problem / thermal fuse.

    • Ames, Iowa,
    • Jan 12, 2016

    Ours quit during the first year, I found the thermal fuse at the bottom was bad, replaced it ($2 from Radio Shack) and it worked.

    It blew up for some reason this afternoon, the black round pressure release disappeared -- fortunately I was using it outside. Perhaps I put too much Hubbard squash on the steamer plate. I may have done something wrong to cause this problem.

    It has been great for pressure cooking rice quickly and pressure steaming winter squash and sweet potatoes on the steamer plate. We'll probably purchase another one -- I cannot find the missing part.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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