About Power Pressure Cooker XL

The Power Pressure Cooker XL is a digital pressure cooker that claims to be a “one button, one pot kitchen miracle” assisting you in preparing all of your favorite slow-cooked meals in a fraction of the time.

Because of this, this As Seen on TV Power Pressure Cooker XL is claimed to help you create succulent, wholesome meals with one touch of a button and up to 70% faster than conventional methods, saving you time, energy, and money.

Admittedly, the Power Pressure Cooker XL’s advertising raises some interesting selling points. After all, who wouldn’t want to be able to create delicious, home-cooked meals in minutes as the manufacturer claims? The commercial is definitely compelling and you've come to the right place to learn more about the Pressure Cooker XL.

Since writing our original review, more than 500 HighYa readers have chimed in about their experiences with the Power Pressure Cooker XL, which has given us much better insight into the slow cooker’s performance. So how do these experiences match up with the product’s claims? Let’s find out.

Understanding how the Power Pressure Cooker XL Works

Using Flavor Infusion technology that traps super-heated steam inside the pot, which forces liquid and moisture into your food and locks in intense flavor and nutrients, in addition to its intelligent one-touch settings, the Power Pressure Cooker XL is claimed to be ideal for cooking all you favorite foods, including meat, fish, vegetables, beans, rice, soup, stews, and much more.

In addition, according to the Power Pressure Cooker XL website, this “As Seen on TV” slow cooker is claimed to save you prep time by allowing you to put all your ingredients into one pot (including un-defrosted frozen foods), and its one-touch pre-set operation means that you simply turn it on, choose your setting, and walk away. On top of this, because you’ll only be using one appliance, the manufacturer claims that the Power Pressure Cooker XL can help conserve energy and keep your kitchen cooler.

Also, you can adjust the pressure of your Power Pressure Cooker XL between 10-80 kPa, which means that you’ll be able to brown and sauté your food, as well as can your choice of fruits and vegetables. Other features of the Power Pressure Cooker XL include a 6, 8, or 10-quart capacity, stainless steel housing, digital display panel, safe lock lid, reinforced, and built-in steam ledge.

Once your food is finished cooking, the Power Pressure Cooker XL is claimed to automatically change toKeep Warm” mode, which, like it sounds, will keep your food warm until you’re ready to enjoy it. Afterward, the manufacturer claims that cleanup is a breeze, thanks to the Power Pressure Cooker XL’s removable, non-stick inner pot that is dishwasher safe (see more about this in the Bottom Line section).

Power Pressure Cooker XL Pricing & Refund Policy

If purchased directly through the company, the Power Pressure Cooker XL is priced as follows:

  • 6 Quart: $99.99 or three payments of $33.33
  • 8 Quart: $129.96 or three payments of $43.32
  • 8 Quart Deluxe (adds a canning lid, steaming rack, and copper, cobalt, and cinnamon colors): $159.93 or three payments of $53.31
  • 10 Quart: $159.93 or three payments of $53.31

Regardless of which option you choose, you’ll be charged $29.99 S&H. A power chopper, power cooker, and power canning recipe books are included.

During checkout, you’ll also be able to add a Micro Knife 4-pack or Titan Peeler for $7.99 S&H, as well as a Fusion Booster for $14.99 S&H.

The Power Pressure Cooker XL comes with a 60-day money back guarantee, less S&H charges, as well as a 60-day limited warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. However, you can also add a 3-year warranty for an additional $15, and a 6-year warranty for $30 at checkout.

In order to initiate a warranty claim or to begin the refund process, you’ll need to contact customer service at (973) 287-5159.

Where Can You Buy a Power Pressure Cooker XL? Is It Available In Stores?

The Power Pressure Cooker XL has become a runaway hit for the company, so it’s also available through dozens of third-party retailers (both online and off).

These include JCPenny, Bed Bath & Beyond, Walmart, Home Depot, Target, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Sears, Fry’s Electronics, Amazon.com, Newegg.com, QVC.com, and more.

What Do Other Consumers Have to Say About the Power Pressure Cooker XL?

Based on 500+ HighYa reader reviews, the Power Pressure Cooker XL has an average rating of 2.0 stars. Below, we've broken down some of the most consistent complaints that consumers are citing.

Power Pressure Cooker XL Problem #1: Long Shipping Times

By far the most common complaint HighYa readers referenced is very long shipping times. Although it appears that most customers experienced delivery times within the 4-6 week range, some were as long as 4 months. In fact, one reader claimed that it took 137 days to receive their Power Pressure Cooker XL.

On top of this, numerous HighYa readers claimed to have received the Power Cooker Pro instead of the XL model. And even though these instances appear to have been the company’s fault, customers were required to pay for shipping back to the manufacturer, and were then charged another $29.99 S&H for the company to send them the model they originally ordered.

Note: Most of the reviews referencing shipping problems are older, so the company many have addressed the root of the problem.

Power Pressure Cooker XL Problem #2: Poor Customer Service

A very close second in regards to the most popular complaints from HighYa reader was poor customer service. These included representatives who were unable to answer questions about the product, difficulty processing returns (several customers even claimed they had to dispute the charges with their credit card company in order to avoid being charged), long hold times/frequent transfers, difficulty understanding representatives, duplicate/fraudulent charges, and no response to repeated emails.

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Power Pressure Cooker XL Problem #3: Poor Quality/ Doesn’t Work as Advertised

Like many other As Seen on TV products, many customers appear to have been dissatisfied with how the Power Pressure Cooker XL performed and/or its overall quality. As such, numerous HighYa readers claimed that the Power Pressure Cooker XL won’t maintain adequate pressure, that it burns food on the inner pot and is almost impossible to clean, and comes with vague directions. Additional complaints referenced that the timer doesn’t work, the unit takes 20 minutes to pressurize before you can begin cooking, and that canning does not work 2000 feet above sea level. Even for those below 2,000 feet in elevation, some readers claimed that the Power Pressure Cooker XL has a tendency to break jars.

Also, it’s interesting to note that one of the Power Pressure Cooker XL’s promotional videos shows pulled pork being slow cooked over the course of 10 hours. However, most pressure cooker recipes recommend between 50 minutes and 1 hour 15 minutes (see here and here as examples) to cook pulled pork, which means that the device may not always cook food 70% faster as the manufacturer claims.

In fact, this is something we learned in our testing, which is what we’ll discuss next.

Does Power Pressure Cooker XL Really Work? Our Test:

As we just saw, there are a lot of polarizing reviews for the Power Pressure Cooker XL, so we decided to test it and see if it delivers on its promises:

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During our testing, we cooked four different dishes listed in the included recipe book:

Pot Roast Recipe

We were instructed to sauté vegetables directly in the cooker, but the recipe book provided no direction on exactly how to do this. We ended up choosing the chicken or meat program, waiting for the inner pot to heat up, and sautéed our veggies reasonably well.

After cooking was complete, we found that the flavor was good, but definitely not perfect. The vegetables were a little overcooked and the meat a bit undercooked (it didn’t fall apart like most pot roasts should).

5 lb Frozen Chicken

Our frozen chicken ended up looking more boiled than roasted, and not very appetizing in appearance. After cutting in to the chicken, we found the meat closer to the bone was completely raw, so we put it in for another 20 minutes.

It turned out this was probably too long, as the chicken came out dry and didn’t taste all that great. Despite this, it still wasn’t roasted.

Crème Brulee Recipe

The results were fairly impressive and tasted very good. However, although crème brulee might cook a little faster in the Power Pressure Cooker XL, you’re limited to cooking only 3-4 servings at a time, depending on the size of your ramekins, compared to an oven where space isn’t a concern.

Cooking Rice In the Power Pressure Cooker XL

Now that we figured out how to sauté in the XL, cooking the onions before adding the rice was a snap. After 6 minutes (in addition to the time to reach pressure, of course), the rice had good flavor with no sticking or burning—unlike what many HighYa readers have reported—but was a little underdone.

Our Takeaways Regarding the Power Pressure Cooker XL

Overall, based on our testing, we came away with the following:

  • It takes 17-20 minutes for the Power Pressure Cooker XL to come to pressure before the cooking begins, so be sure to factor this in to your overall preparation time.
  • We found that it can be confusing (even a bit counterintuitive) as to which settings you should use for which dishes. For example, sautéing something required the chicken or meat setting, while cooking the frozen chicken used the vegetable and the stew setting. So, if you’re cooking a recipe not found in the included book, you’ll probably have to experiment a lot to see which functions work best for different foods.
  • We didn’t encounter any burning or sticking during our testing, although the inner pot does become stained fairly easily.
  • Speaking of which, the inner pot and lid really hold on to some of the more flavorful smells, even after repeatedly washing, scrubbing, and thoroughly airing them out. We found that soaking them in warm water for a couple hours seemed to work best.

In the end, based on our experience, we think the Power Pressure Cooker XL might help you save some time on certain dishes—as long as you’re already fairly comfortable using pressure cookers. If not, the pressure cooker seems to have quite a bit of a learning curve, and it’ll probably take a lot of experimentation before you feel fully comfortable.

Also, we didn’t find the Power Pressure Cooker XL to be universal or one-touch, and when cooking, it wasn’t always “up to 70% faster.”

Is the Power Pressure Cooker XL Safe?

One additional thing we experienced during testing: We found that XL’s pressure seal/vent valve was really loose and moved with even just the slightest touch of a finger. As a result, it doesn’t always stay in the position you set it in, which can quickly become frustrating.

Not only this, but since the valve quickly releases hot steam, it could potentially be dangerous if your skin (especially your face) is over the vent when you accidentally touch it—or even just lightly bump the pressure cooker itself.

For these reasons, perhaps more than anything else, we found this to be Power Pressure Cooker XL’s biggest design flaw. Perhaps in future updates the company will implement a design that locks this vent more firmly into place.

Where Can You Find the Power Pressure XL Manual?

What happens if you lose your manual? How can you become comfortable with your Power Pressure Cooker XL?

Under their Customer Service page, the manufacturer provides complete documentation for each of their different Power Pressure XL models and sizes. Here, you’ll find quick start guides that can get you up and running as quickly as possible, as well as more in-depth manuals that can help you can learn about features, program settings, and more:

What about recipes?

Power Pressure XL Recipes

What happens if you lose your original Power Pressure Cooker XL recipe book? You can download a digital copy here and find many of these same recipes in video form here.

Looking to move outside of these limited options? We also found 29 Pinterest Recipes for Power Pressure Cooker XL, which appear to be meaningfully different than those provided by the company. Here are some additional video recipes:

Need even more? Try searching for “Power Pressure Cooker XL recipes” on YouTube. In addition to the company’s own recipes—many of which are duplicated in their guide—you’ll find enough to keep you busy for weeks.

Now, if you’re on the hunt for electric pressure cooker recipes in general (not related specifically to the XL), you have hundreds of other options, including popular sites like AllRecipes.com, Food.com, Pinterest, PressureCookingToday.com, and many more. Again, just to reiterate: You’ll likely have to do some experimenting in order to “translate” these recipes from traditional pressure cookers and to get acceptable results with the XL, since it operates meaningfully different than many other electric pressure cookers.

Can You Cook Chicken with Power Pressure Cooker XL?

As we can see in the previous section, there are many different ways to cook chicken in the Power Pressure Cooker XL, although this typically constitutes cut or shredded chicken. You’ll even find recipes for braised and BBQ chicken directly on the product’s website.

However, during our testing, we found that the Power Pressure Cooker XL didn’t provide great results when trying to “roast” a whole frozen 5 lb chicken, which was completely raw close to the bone after following directions. Even after cooking it an extra 20 minutes, the chicken didn’t taste very good and was quite dry.

With some experimentation, we (and anyone else attempting the recipe) might be able to get better results, although even under the best circumstances, we don’t think the XL will deliver a true roasted chicken.

Bottom Line: Is the Power Pressure Cooker XL Worth Your Hard-Earned Money?

Despite how attractive the Power Pressure Cooker XL infomercial and TV commercials make it seem, can it really help you cook more delicious meals with less effort? Perhaps, but in order to avoid some of the potential issues HighYa reviewers claimed to have experienced in their reviews, including excessive shipping times, very high S&H charges, and poor customer service, you’ll likely want to purchase the pressure cooker from a local retailer, such as Walmart. However, even by doing so, most HighYa readers appear to have been dissatisfied with the Power Pressure Cooker XL’s overall performance.

With this said, it's important to note that many consumers were pleased with the XL’s performance, and in response to other negative reviews, they stated that the bad experiences may be partly due to unfamiliarity using a pressure cooker from any manufacturer. Also, while some reviewers claimed that the Power Pressure Cooker XL often burned their food, this may be simple to avoid by reading the instructions and not over-cooking your food. As such, this specific complaint may not be directly related to the Power Pressure Cooker itself.

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661 Customer Reviews for Power Pressure Cooker XL

Average Customer Rating: 2.5
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 162 4 stars: 65 3 stars: 41 2 stars: 59 1 stars: 334
Bottom Line: 39% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Warranty is bogus!

    Claims there is a lifetime warranty, but the claim is BOGUS! I have a defective seal on the valve and asked for a replacement part and was told it would need to be purchased.

    I DO NOT recommend this product if it is this poor of quality and you have to pay $10-$30 for replacement parts that are as simple as a rubber gasket. If I could give a zero rating, I would. I am very UNHAPPY with the product and service!

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

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Not what it says it is

    I purchased two for my children. I am a good cook and followed all the directions, so I know I did everything right.

    In the sales pitch by the Chef, he cooks a pot roast that falls apart while he is taking it from the pot. He talks about how tender it is and even pulls it apart with a fork. He claims he achieved these results in just 40 minutes. No way! It took two hours to achieve those results with a three lb chuck roast.

    I am extremely disappointed, the commercial is very misleading, in fact, it is just an outright lie. I called customer service and talked with a manager. I was told if it wasn't tender just to keep cooking it and to cook it for two hours. They must hear this a lot. The idea of a pressure cooker is to cook faster with great results.

    I was also told if I returned I would have to pay shipping. Then she proceeded to try and sell me something else!

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

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Power Presser Cooker XL

    We bought the 8-quart Power Pressure XL Cooker from Costco a few months ago. We have cooked a Pork Butt Roast, Barbeque Chicken Thighs, BBQ Wings, and tonight we did BBQ Pork Steaks. My husband is the one doing the cooking, and we just love it!

    We thought the chicken was the best we had ever eaten. The Pork Steak was better than cooked on the grill outside. It was so tender! I have several friends that have one, and they love it too.

    We highly recommend it!

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

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Cooker is defective

    I have cooked with pressure cookers for years and thought I would invest in this electric model since it could also serve as a slow cooker. I managed to get it to work twice, but after that, it wouldn't work. I boxed it up thinking I would mail it after Christmas. I missed the 60-day return policy so now I have a defective cooker that I paid over $100 for.

    When you order an item, first you expect it to work, but you also expect to have more than a 60-day service protection. I'm going back to my stove top cooker.

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

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    • May 7, 2017

      Tammy

      I'd take it back to the store without my receipt and at least get store credit. Better than a total loss!

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    No pressure adjustment

    • New York,
    • Apr 27, 2017

    The Power Pressure Cooker XL does NOT have a pressure adjustment button. I believe the older model has it, but according to Customer Service Chat, none of their models have it. I have not used it enough to know if the standard lower pressure on the XL will make a difference.

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

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  • 6 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Love it

    • Bristol, VT,
    • Apr 27, 2017

    I bought mine at Costco after seeing the infomercial on TV! I'm a canner in the fall and cannot can on my glass cooktop so thought I'd give it a whirl! OMG, other than my KitchenAid mixer, it's the best appliance in my kitchen!

    This is not a scam. I used it the first night and have not stopped! Everything cooked comes out moist and full of flavor.

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

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  • 6 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Terrible company to work with

    We saw the ad and my husband purchased it. We wanted two, and afterwards we found out if you bought an extra one they didn't charge shipping and handling charges, so we ended up with three.

    I started looking online and found a difference link to the company, and they only charged $119.94 instead of $159.93, and we would have only been charged the one shipping and handling. We immediately contacted them by phone and email. By phone we were told they would look into it (they said they didn't see the order for 6-8 hours) and to follow it up with an email, which we did.

    Four days later we received notice that the order had shipped out and for us to just refuse the UPS delivery. Unfortunately, we found them on the porch, and therefore there was no one to refuse delivery to. After numerous attempts to reach someone, they finally agreed to send us return slips via USPS, which our post office said they were right. We tried talking to the company asking for a partial refund, to get it to the price that was now listed. They insisted it be returned, which we are now waiting on UPS to come pick up the boxes.

    Now we have received additional boxes, which we will also have to deal with. Their customer service sucks, and I am so worried that if I re-order under the new price and it had problems, I don't see them as being an easy company to do business with and feel I would be stuck with something junky.

    Plus, after reviewing the receipt from my husband, I noticed that they changed the $29.99 shipping and handling charges, then on the bottom they charged an additional $79.96 for processing and handling (I guess they have lots of people handling which comes out to almost $60 per unit for shipping, processing, and handling). When I asked why I was charged twice for handling, and they didn't respond. I would be very leery about buying anything from them.

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

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  • 3 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Did not last long

    • Maryland,
    • Apr 18, 2017

    I bought one of these, and then it just stopped working. The display had no power. So I called the number, and they sent me a return slip by email so I mailed it back. No questions asked. I figured they would say "you need a part" and I would pay for it. No big deal. This was in November of 2016.

    In February of 2017, I emailed them asking about the repair. Three weeks later, and four different emails conversations later, they respond on March 24th. They replied “Please be informed that we have received your returned order last 12/13/2016. However, your product is outside of our 60 days money back guarantee”.

    Not only did I get screwed out of around $100.00, I don’t even have the broken one to show for it. One of you out there will get my junk. I guarantee it. It’s a scam. Do yourself a favor and never buy off the TV and just go to Walmart. I can’t believe people sell their souls for money. Remember, I may have to forgive you, but God does not.

    Here is the email.

    Dear John,

    Please be informed that we have received your returned order last 12/13/2016. However, your product is outside of our 60 days money back guarantee.

    To ensure the fastest answer for your refund request, please call our specialists at 1--973-287-5159. Our representatives will be happy to answer any questions you have, Monday-Friday from 9AM-8PM EST and Saturday-Sunday 9AM-5PM EST.

    12/13/2016.

    To show our appreciation for our loyal customers and invite non-customers to become loyal customers, we are offering discounted pricing on several of our products. Please visit http://www.tristarproductsinc.com/promocodes to see a list of available promo codes.

    If you have any additional questions or concerns, you can visit our LiveChat by clicking here for immediate answers. Our LiveChat hours of operation are 7AM-11PM, Monday-Sunday.

    Sincerely,

    Customer Support

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Digital Control Panel does not work

    • Coral Springs, FL,
    • Apr 13, 2017

    We bought Power Pressure Cooker XL in February of 2017. I had plans on using the pressure cooker for the 3rd time today. The Digital Control Panel was blank, and I had no ability to control the setting at all.

    I called the customer service number and was told to send the pressure cooker back with a check/money order for $24.99. The $24.99 is to cover the cost of sending it back to me. A technician would determine if it was a user error or a malfunction. The customer service representative had no idea of what amount of returns are manufacturing errors.

    I won't be mailing in a pressure cooker at my cost and then pay to have it sent back to me. If I did mail in the pressure cooker and paid for the return, then I would have paid for it twice. I think the Power Pressure Cooker XL is a scam and not legit. A legit company would honor a receipt and replace the item bought less than one month ago. I just ordered the Instant Pot 7-in-1 programmable pressure cooker for $96 from Amazon.

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

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  • 11 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Free items

    • South Dakota,
    • Apr 1, 2017

    I love my Presser Cooker XL. I have the 10-qt one and love it, and use it all the time. I gave all four of my kids one and it gets used all the time also, but when I got mine they said I would get $100 in coupons and free access to the library. Well, I never was able to access it, so I never got them or the library. I was very disappointed in that aspect, and the recipe book that came with it should be bigger. I have had my cooker for about a year and love it.

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

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  • 5 out 6 people found this review helpful

    10-qt Power Pressure

    I used to cook on a stovetop pressure cooker, and the company's instructions are lacking, but the more I'm learning about the cooker's features and how to adjust the time, I call it awesome.

    There is an infomercial going on that is helpful too with those one-pot meals.

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

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