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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588 Customer Reviews for Power Pressure Cooker XL

Average Customer Rating: 2.5
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 139 4 stars: 62 3 stars: 35 2 stars: 51 1 stars: 301
Bottom Line: 40% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Excellent after getting over learning curve

    Really love how cooker tenderizes the meat and chicken. I don't saute meat/chicken in the pot - instead I use frying pan. Just to brown/crisp them, then pretty much follow recipe for the pressure cooking. Great with beans. Tip: tablespoon of olive oil to prevent beans from splitting. I've canned over 16 jars of tomato sauce, salsa, and diced tomato with great success. One does have to do it several times to find the perfect time for particular meat or chicken or rice. The recipe book that came with the cooker, I realize, really is just guide. Only by experimenting do you find right cooking conditions. So I recommend the cooker with a caveat.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    No problem with the product, just the extra payment.

    Extra payment showing as due. It shows 3 payments of four, when the 6-qt. was only 3 payments of $33.99. Just made the 3rd payment, but it still lists 4th payment due. Will contest if they try to take it out of my bank next month.

    Gave it to my daughter and she loves it.

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

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Doesn't work

    In 2015, I purchased a Pressure Cooker XL to be ready for the 2016 season. On the first attempt at using this "wonderful" appliance the lights all went off and it stopped working. Since there is a 60 day warranty, I am out of luck. If you purchase this item, make sure you use it several times within the warranty period so you can return it when it stops working.

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

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Fraudulent business practices

    • Jul 28, 2016

    Ordered the PPC online. After going through all the marketing "and don't you also want this and that at a zillion % discount?", found not one, but 2 charges against my credit card. The actual order, and another completely bogus $167 charge. Customer [we don't] Care, apparently somewhere off shore, could not find the fraudulent charge, and hung up on me twice. I finally had to work from the other end disputing the charges with my bank.

    Looks like a good product, emphasis on looks, because I am not dealing with these scammers.

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

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  • 8 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Disappointed

    I purchased the 10 qt Power Pressure Cooker with the understanding I can do some of my canning in it. I have searched and searched as well as chatted on line and no one has yet to tell me how long you Pressure Cook Green Beans for canning. Now I am having to do them on top of my stove. Not a Happy Camper!

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

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  • 4 out 5 people found this review helpful

    We love our Power Pressure Cooker XL

    • Louisiana, MO,
    • Jul 26, 2016

    I am totally floored that people don't like the Power Pressure Cooker XL, but each to their own. I am in love with mine. I couldn't get by with out it. I take a frozen roast right out of the freezer and cook it. I want the 10 qt. now.

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

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  • 7 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Disappointed

    The cooker worked fine, a couple of times. It then started to not build pressure without re-seating the lid 2-3 times. It then overheated. When it overheats, the power is cut off and CANNOT be re-set. You have to send it back to the company along with $19.95 to get it working again AND YOU have to pay for shipping, both ways! There is probably a little switch inside the unit that gets switched to restore power. All in all, I was very disappointed with the product. I would definitely NOT recommend this to a friend unless I wanted them to become an enemy.

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

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  • 6 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Short lived satisfaction

    Good cooker. Bought it a couple of months ago. One day I used it and put it on the top of the stove below the exhaust fan to get the steam out of the house once I open the lid. By mistake I had pushed one of the stove buttons on and it melted the plastic bottom of the cooker. Now here lies the headache. I paid $100 for it and they don't have spare parts that I can buy to replace the simple plastic bottom. Next time I need to buy from a serious established company that carries parts for their products. Live and learn.

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

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  • 4 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Somewhat disappointed

    • MA,
    • Jul 21, 2016

    I purchased the 10 QT cooker rather than a smaller size because the infomercial demonstrated a "Members only, lifetime access to recipe library" for only those that purchased the larger size (other sizes could purchase a cookbook). The site was demonstrated on the infomercial. I could never locate the site, only a public site with about 50 recipes's not the 100's promised.

    I contacted customer service by chat and started by saying that I had received the cooker but was looking for the "members only" library. After being asked to wait, I was pushed a link to my item tracking showing it was delivered.

    I continued by saying, I already told you I had it, where is the library. After a wait, I was pushed a link to the pubic site. I said, I already mentioned that I found that, where is the "members only" library? Was pushed a link to buy the cookbooks.

    I called customer service after reviewing the infomercial, recording it, and pausing it at the library demonstration. I was told that it does not exist and that I could purchase the cookbooks. What a bait and switch. After threatening the BBB I was told that they would ship me a gratuitous copy of the cookbook. Better, but still not what was promised.

    I have only made one meal in it so far, chicken, and it came out wonderful. So I cannot speak too much for the way it works, doing another dish this weekend.

    I am going to say I would recommend it, as it thus far seems to be a good pressure cooker. However with trepidation, as you can't count on the other promises or much from customer service.

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

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  • 4 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Burns pot when browning.

    I have used the browning setting two times and burned the pot two times. Last time resulting in Teflon coming off with Teflon scrub brush. I love the pot. Just NEVER use the browning setting.

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

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  • 4 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Meh

    • Maryland,
    • Jul 14, 2016

    I like this product. It's especially good for vegetable beef soup. The only problem I have with it is that the pot is not non-stick.

    The very first dish that i made was chili and the hamburger burnt and stuck to the bottom of the pan. You can scour the pan and never get it completely clean. I've gotten used to it. I do like to cook with it.

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

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