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 135 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.

On top of this, you can adjust the pressure of your Power Pressure Cooker XL between 10-80 kPa, which means that you can 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-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

The Power Pressure Cooker XL is priced at 3 payments of $33.33 or one single payment of $99.99, plus $29.99 S&H, bringing your total to $129.98. With your order, you’ll also receive power chopper, power cooker, and power canning recipe books.

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.

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

Based on 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.

Why the 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 a 10 weeks. In fact, one reader claimed that it took 137 days to receive their Power Pressure Cooker XL. Consumers stated in their reviews that the long delivery times were a result of the pressure cookers being on constant backorder, as they were told by customer service when calling to check up on their orders.

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.

How is Customer Service Treating the Customers?

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.

See also: What to Do if You’ve Been Scammed by a Company.

Are Consumer Saying That the Product Doesn't Work?

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.

Our Final Review & Observation on the Power Pressure Cooker XL

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 several 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.

To conclude, the vast majority of consumer reviews here on HighYa are related to shipping times and customer service issues, not necessarily to the Power Pressure Cooker XL itself. Because of this, if we were to filter out these reviews, the Power Pressure Cooker XL would likely receive a much higher rating.

With this said, as consumers ourselves, we might recommend that you purchase the pressure cooker at your local Wal-Mart for about $80. And should you be dissatisfied with its performance, you'll then have the convenience of an absolutely hassle-free return process, without any additional fees.

321 Customer Reviews for Power Pressure Cooker XL

Average Customer Rating: 2.5
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 59 4 stars: 32 3 stars: 17 2 stars: 26 1 stars: 187
Bottom Line: 32% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Disappointed

    • by Kwillia,
    • Arlington, TX,
    • May 12, 2015

    I bought it for my husband for Christmas and he tried the lasagna followed the recipe exactly yet it came out very dry, with not enough sauce.

    They claim you can put the wings in frozen with all the ingredients. The sauce was no where near what the commercial said. They were very watery. All it did was defrost them so we had to put them in the oven and make more sauce.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Food sticks

    • by B J Walker,
    • Utah,
    • May 12, 2015

    I am unhappy with the non stick. Also, I am unhappy that it is scratched and I don't see how I could have scratched it. There are groves in the bottom and food sticks. When browning something, the pot is not level and the oil is around the edges. I want something easy to clean.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Don't buy this cooker

    Don't BUY -- BAD SCAM. I called in to order one and as I was trying to ask some questions about ordering. I wanted to know how much the the shipping was and she kept talking over me. Then the phone was clicked off on their end. I had no confirmation number, total cost, or order number. But they had already got my credit card number. I had no idea if they had the order or not. After 6 to 7 weeks we purchased another one elsewhere. Then last Thursday we got a post card that says if we do not want the order to sign the card and send it back. Friday we found the cookers on our front porch. Today is April 13th, I called the number on the box and I was trying to explain what happened, but I could not understand her accent. I asked her if she could let me talk to someone who spoke better English, explaining it was not her fault but because of my hearing problem. She said no one else was there. She said to send it back, but I had to pay for it. I did not get an order number or charges. They say they are recording the conversations. So they should have a tape to prove what was said. They already charged my credit card.

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

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  • 4 out 6 people found this review helpful

    DINNER in no time!

    • by Jeri,
    • Denver, CO,
    • May 11, 2015

    My husband ordered this and at first I thought, oh no, no another gadget in the kitchen. Was I ever wrong. he's been using it at least 3 or 4 times a week and has gotten the cooking down to a science. It did take a few tries before meals came out like he wanted. No longer cook with veggies and especially onions. He lightly seasons the chicken, pork, roasts and they come out falling off the bone, tender and juicy!

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Disappointed

    • by Queen E Cross,
    • St Petersburg, FL,
    • May 11, 2015

    I got my Power Cooker in Aug 2014. It worked great until May 9 2015. My cooker just stopped working. No lights, pressure or any signs of life. After calling Power Cooker's customer service line I was given upsetting information.

    PC wanted me to ship the pot back with check for $24.99. In addition, I'd have to pay to return the cooker either via USPS which costs $87.00 or UPS for $10 packaging and $34.95.

    I didn't have this cooker for a year yet. Please read the fine print. To return this item will cost you half the price of a brand new one.

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

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Power Pressure Cooker XL

    • by Patricia Gelser,
    • Zephyrhills, Fl,
    • May 9, 2015

    It burns everything I've cooked in it. It is almost impossible to clean without scratching the finish. It has a bee hive design on the bottom of the pot that makes it hard to clean as the burned food gets caught in the crevices. If they made the bottom smooth and a little thicker (it's very thin) it would improve the performance of the unit. It does take 17 minutes to pressurize so it really doesn't save a lot of time unless your cooking something that usually takes hours. I would not recommend this to anyone unless the company redesigned the inner pot. And if they redesigned the pot, they should send a new pot to everyone who has bought one. a recall of the inner pot!

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

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Poor job.

    Firstly, there is barely any room to cook a small roast much less ribs. With the steamer plate so high, there's no room for food. Instructions look like it may have been written by a teenager with absolutely no idea what they are talking about. They did not think this through. I'm better off with my real pressure cooker that has more room, and a lot easier to work with and cooks same thing in same amount of time.

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

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Poor Product and even worst customer service

    • by Velma Hernandez,
    • Sunnyvale, CA,
    • May 6, 2015

    I received the product (and purchased the warranty). I was excited to receive it and try it out. Much to my dismay, the product did not work as well as the infomercial. In fact it took twice as long to look and took twice as long to even start the process of cooking.

    When I first called I asked it the shipping/handling would be refunded and they said yes (wish I would have read these reviews first). Because they said yes, so I went ahead and ordered it. Now they claim that isn't so. So what now... I have to lose the $30 and pay an additional $30 to send it back?

    I asked to speak to a supervisor, which the agent did send me to, only to wait on the line for 30 minutes and then be disconnected. I also tried the "chat" line and kept being disconnected. Do not order from this company. If you really want it, go to WalMart and buy it there.

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

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  • 5 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Feels like I have been conned in buying two of the XL

    Food burns, hard to clean inner pot, very few recipes. Most of the food needs to be prepared before cooking. Not as quick and easy as shown on TV. Why roast a chicken and not show how to roast veggies. I personally would be happier if I could cook my own recipe rather follow what is provided. But how?

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

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  • 9 out 9 people found this review helpful

    The worst mistake I ever made!

    • by James McKinney,
    • Mineral Wells, TX,
    • May 3, 2015

    This is by far the worst purchase I ever made. The buttons on the front don't work right, some do nothing at all. It does not pressure up.The manual is not very explanatory and kind of vague. I ordered the pro model that is supposed to be an upgrade from the XL. This thing is a piece of junk and I would not recommend it to an enemy let alone a friend.

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

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  • 9 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Don't buy this product

    • by M.L,
    • Indiana,
    • May 3, 2015

    They say it cooks fast, that's a lie. They don't mention you have to allow 10 minutes to let the pressure build and as far as the cooking time it does not work as fast as they say, it's a lie. They don't mention you have to boil noodles before you can make macaroni and cheese. It is a scam, it is not worth the money. And as far as the instructions on how to use your pressure cooker, they suck. All they want you to do is upgrade this, upgrade that, they want more money. The product is not worth the money. Don't waste your money.

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

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