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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648 Customer Reviews for Power Pressure Cooker XL

Average Customer Rating: 2.5
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 156 4 stars: 65 3 stars: 40 2 stars: 58 1 stars: 329
Bottom Line: 39% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Works great!

    • Van Nuys, CA,
    • Mar 26, 2017

    I bought the 8-qt deluxe at Costco a few months back, and it was discounted when I bought it.

    I read the manual and recipe book back to back a few times before using it because it is a delicate machine. I did NOT read anywhere in the manual that the parts are machine washable, so I have to clean it with warm water, sponge, and soap.

    I cooked a whole chicken today, and even though the recipe did not mention anything about the addition of water before starting the cooker; I put in one cup of liquid and use the rack to levitate the chicken so that it doesn't touch the liquid. The result was good. It tastes like broiled chicken, however. In effect, it is a pressure steamed chicken. Afterward, it finished cooking in the pressure cooker; I put the chicken in the oven at 425 F for 15 minutes, so the skin is crispy.

    Overall, it is a great product, but it does require a lot of maintenance; everything has to be washed by hand.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Not that great

    • Cape Cod, MA,
    • Mar 23, 2017

    First, what they don't show you in the commercials is that it takes 15 minutes or more just to heat up. Sure something might take 6 minutes to cook, but that's on top of the 15 minutes it took to heat up the machine. Therefore you're not truly saving too much time.

    The first recipe I tried was the ziti one. I thought it came out okay but the pasta was a little too mushy, and the cheese too melted so that the children did not like it. Neither did my husband. I ended up throwing most of that out.

    I find that when meat is cooked in it, it comes out mushy too. Even when I browned it first (in the machine). The packet that comes with it does not provide many recipes or specific step by step instructions, so I had to check YouTube.

    One time I made rice, and it came out good. I just tried it again and I could not get the top to fit properly onto the machine, and therefore, it would not steam properly. I literally just spent 15 minutes trying to get the top to go on, as well as checking for videos and Google to see why it would not fit properly. I could not find anything about it.

    Needless to say, I'm throwing it in the trash today. Don't waste your money. More scam than useful in my opinion. I really wanted this too, and am glad I got it on sale right before Christmas or I would have been really mad considering how expensive it is. Bye, bye XL.

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

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Power Pressure XL

    • Illinois,
    • Mar 22, 2017

    I just brought the Power Pressure XL 10-quart and the recipe book. Am I supposed to brown my meat on the stove then put in cooker? The directions don't make sense and it's confusing. Is there a video I can learn from? Thank you.

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Cannot be used as a canner

    I was really excited when my Power Pressure Cooker XL arrived and envisioned all the meals I would be preparing using all the canned garden veggies. I was shocked, greatly disappointed, then somewhat angry when I discovered in the pamphlet that it can't be used as a canner above 2000 feet. Nowhere have I found in the advertising a statement to that effect. If I had known that tidbit, I would not have purchased it!

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

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  • 5 out 6 people found this review helpful

    It sucks

    • Nevada,
    • Mar 18, 2017

    We don't know if our cooker is defective or what, BUT what we have found is that it SUCKS! The food burns on the bottom and is raw in the middle and top. Ran it through a second cycle and it was no better. We're not at all happy or amused. We bought the 10" as we have a big family, and it's going back to the store.

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

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  • 8 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Problems

    • Oregon,
    • Mar 12, 2017

    I was so excited about my Power Pressure Cooker XL, and my plan was to buy four more for my adult children.

    I made my first payment and I called their customer service because I could not get the lid to seal. At one point I pushed really hard on the top to creat a seal and steam came out of the handle, so their customer service said I need a valve rubber washer (?). I have one, so I asked if I need two, and he said yes. It's free but I have to pay $6.99 for shipping. I looked on YouTube and Eric Theiss said that was normal (?).

    Did I spend money on something I don't need?

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

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  • 15 out 15 people found this review helpful

    Waste of money and food!

    This is horrible! I purchased the Power Pressure Cooker and made my first meal with it.

    First, let me say that the directions were very nonexistent. I used the recipe book that came with it. I chose to make the Baked Ziti with Meat Sauce. I followed the directions exactly. The eight minute cook time is really about 20 minutes. When it was done "cooking," I moved the pressure release valve to the open position like it says to, and no steam came out. When I opened the lid, there was just about no pressure. So I checked the food. It was cold, the pasta was still hard, and the bottom was starting to burn! So I stirred it and tried again. Another 20 minutes later, the food was warmer, but the bottom was more burnt, and the pasta was still raw!

    I gave up and am returning this tomorrow. But I would like to know who is going to reimburse me the money I spent on the food that was ruined?

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

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  • 4 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Canning made easy

    • Pennsylvania,
    • Feb 20, 2017

    I purchased my power cooker in 2015. I wanted it to can vegetables. I have the 6-quart one, which handles 4-pint jars. I like this size because some days only small amounts of veggies get harvested, and the 4-pint one works. I also like it for canning because I don't have to babysit the canner while it is working and I can leave the kitchen.

    My son was so impressed with it that we gave him one for Christmas. He makes all kinds of food in his, including making chicken soup and then canning it for future use. Clean up is a breeze.

    I bought mine from the infomercial but bought my son's at Bed Bath & Beyond when they had it on sale, and they allowed me to use a coupon to boot.

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

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    • Mar 4, 2017

      Diane Smith

      I bought mine specifically for canning, and we have the same problem with small batches needing to be cooked. What have you canned, and have you had any issues? I keep reading that they don't recommend canning, due to botulism. After reading that, I bought the Power Cooker XL.

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  • 3 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Made macaroni and cheese in just six minutes!

    I bought the eight-qt Power Pressure Cooker XL for my daughter for Christmas, ordered through Bed Bath & Beyond.

    It arrived well packed with bonus items and small recipe pamphlet, with the XL in excellent working condition! She loves it, and has made macaroni and cheese for her family in just six minutes. She has since used the slow cooker feature for a delicious vegetable soup. She said the directions to use it were simple and easy for her. She has a family of four and sometimes a grandpa or grandma for dinner, so the eight-quart is working out well.

    She is finding shared recipes online and is VERY happy!

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

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  • 12 out 13 people found this review helpful

    Rip off

    Let me start by saying that I love what this item can do. The food cooked with this pressure cooker turns out really good.

    The issue that I have is that I have barely had this item for seven months and it no longer works properly. I checked the warranty, and of course, it has expired. I attempted to purchase another rubber gasket, thinking that this may be the issue, but I cannot locate a place to purchase the gasket online.

    The bottom line is I shouldn't be having issues with this item given that it is not even a year old. It is a good idea, and would be even better if you put out a quality product.

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

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  • 3 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Pressure Cooker XL

    I've had my Pressure Cooker XL for about a month. I so enjoy using it for cooking meals. I've made about six meals; two not so great (time cooking issues) but the other meals were just great! More recipes being provided with the product when mailed would be very helpful.

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

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