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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628 Customer Reviews for Power Pressure Cooker XL

Average Customer Rating: 2.5
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 150 4 stars: 65 3 stars: 38 2 stars: 55 1 stars: 320
Bottom Line: 39% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    I call mine "my magic pot"

    I'm not much for giving credit, but I love this appliance!

    It makes the best cinnamon applesauce EVER, the best beef stroganoff EVER, and the best roasted chicken. I can put it on the second layer rack and load with baked potatoes, and it PERFECTLY cooks everything, including BBQ ribs, ribs with kraut, the list goes on and on. Sometimes I have to adjust the cook times for MY personal liking, but the flavors in this appliance are UNMATCHED by anything! And the time factor, unreal.

    I'm seriously considering buying a SECOND one to do more with, like a dessert while the meal is cooking. I haven't canned in it yet because I have all my canning equipment, but this is the best appliance I've bought in years, and I'm PICKY!

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Customer service

    I purchased a ten-quart Power Pressure Cooker on October 14, 2016, for $272.85 total, which was debited from my account on that date. I received the cooker on the 19th, and it was damaged, so I sent it back on the 20th but never got a replacement.

    I called customer service four times to check on the status and was told it was on high priority. I called the fifth time and was told they were out of stock. So I asked for a refund and was told it would take ten days before it would be credited to my account.

    I called two more times in November and still got nothing. Once again, I called in December was told it would be reimbursed in three days, but still got nothing. Now here it is January 8, 2017, and I still have NOTHING.

    I have no thought other than that I have been ripped off $272.85. My alternative is to go to the BBB and lodge a complaint, but I am assuming I am not alone in this experience.

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

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  • Love the Power Pressure Cooker XL

    • Minnesota,
    • Jan 20, 2017

    I really enjoy this pressure cooker, so much so that I purchased a few for other family members. It does take a bit of practice in using the cooker, but there are wonderful digital pressure cooker recipe books that really help in walking you through making wonderful meals. I'd say I use my cooker 3-4 times per week and it has basically replaced my crockpots.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Bought 15, none of them worked!

    • Chattanooga, TN,
    • Jan 17, 2017

    Thinking these would make great Christmas gifts I bought five at Sam's Club about six weeks ago. Since one was a gift to ME, I bought a roast and couldn't wait to use mine.

    Being fired it up after reading the VERY POOR instructions, I waited for the pressure and cooking. Got an error code "E3". Thinking I had done something wrong, I the read instructions again and tried again. Same thing.

    I called customer service (which I always found to be pleasant) and they tried to help. Finally, they told me it was defective and to return it for another. Since I had four more, I transferred my food to another one and got another error code. Went through all five units with either E3 or E2 error codes keeping it from cooking.

    So I returned all five to Sam's Club and tried again. I got the SAME RESULTS with all five. I waited for Sam's Club to get a new shipment, another batch and unbelievably got another five, and none of them would work. Took them back and gave my kids cash for Christmas!

    Thought I was done with these, another infomercial just came on and damn if I wasn't ready to order one right then and there, it just looks so slick. Of course, I did not, my wife would have killed me. Then I read more reviews which certainly are not good. I sure wish it worked as advertised. I do the cooking, and it would have been fun!

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

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  • New and exciting

    • Ohio,
    • Jan 16, 2017

    I agree with lots of other reviews, the service is terrible, delivery time is dreadful and I did not receive a recipe book.

    I've only cooked two meals in my cooker, both being chicken. The first was a solidly frozen chicken, I smothered it with plenty of seasonings, and it was better than a rotisserie! The second was chicken quarters, and instead of coating the chicken with seasonings I put them into the water, the flavor was bland, but the meat was super juicy! Three days later the chicken is still as juicy as the moment it came out of the pressure cooker.

    I am very pleased so far and would recommend it to everyone. Trial and error, keep trying.

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

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  • Saves time but does not keep food safely warm

    • Greenwood, Indiana,
    • Jan 9, 2017

    The Power Pressure Cooker XL does save me time for soups and stews, but it only keeps food at 120 degrees in the warming mode. This means that it is unsafe to cook most foods overnight. The first dish I slow cooked burned on the bottom, and it is impossible to clean the burned food out of the honeycomb pattern on the bottom of the inner pot.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Second favorite cooking tool

    I love this pressure cooker. That said, you have to choose your battles.

    It will always make things soft and mushy, so don't expect a crisp skin on anything. If you want a nice chicken cacciatore, it is perfect. You get super soft chicken in a nice gravy, then make your rice or pasta separately.

    It also makes perfect eggs, which is a big deal, since they always peel perfectly and are always cooked in 7 minutes. You can throw potatoes on the bottom, add string beans, then make a 1.5-pound meatloaf and put it in a pie tin with ketchup and brown sugar on top of the meatloaf, then place the pie tin on top of the vegetables. Everything comes out perfect at one time.

    So, pick and choose. It is my second favorite tool, next to my Ronco Rotisserie. I am using it right now to make a 9 pound chicken (for three hours) and it smells and looks great. I use it outside on the deck not to smell up the house.

    For the most part, everything goes into the dishwasher. I will be doing a leg of lamb in it for Christmas, and have been making turkeys using it (15 pounds) for years. I love turkey and we have it more than just on Thanksgiving. You just put a small, 15-pound bird in the freezer and it does not take up much room.

    I hope you just enjoy cooking. Everything is trial and error.

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

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  • 5 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Fraud

    We order 2 of these ten days before Thanksgiving. The sales lady told us it would be a week to 10 days. I checked on the status at 15 business days. It stated that it was out of stock. I called the CSR and was told they had no idea when it would ship. She was pleasant but would not tell me if they were in stock when I ordered. I asked for my money to be refunded and it was three days later.

    I have never seen a company have so many people sold items that don't exist. I believe if they don't convey this, it's considered FRAUD in many of the states.

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

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Error Code E4

    The first time it worked great. Now it is a piece of junk. Tried everything, checked seals. I plug it in, set it for chicken, then E4 appears. Tried 20 times and can not get it to work. I ordered it from QVC and it was not cheap, plus shipping. Thought I would try it yesterday, only to find out it was junk. The pot turned nasty the first time I used it and now I am out over $130 or more. Junk.

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Doesn't Work Now

    • Michigan,
    • Dec 29, 2016

    I bought this cooker through QVC. I loved it at first, it saved about 10-15 minutes in cooking time. Which was fine. I went to use it recently, I heard this huge pop and now the thing doesn't work. It's going in the trash this weekend when I take it out. I've heard this from others who had this same cooker. I've had mine for about a year now. Just paid it off too.

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Pot is OK but inner pot is poor quality.

    • El Paso, TX,
    • Dec 29, 2016

    I've had a 6 qt. cooker from another brand for 5 years and it still looks like new. This 8 qt. Power Pressure Cooker is a big disappointment. The serrated inner pot is hard to clean, the coating is coming off. I cooked spaghetti sauce in it, the smell won't come out. Cleaned it with nylon scrubbers, soaked in Dawn - NOTHING. Worried now that coating me be coming out in food and harmful to my family. Big waste, don't buy.

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

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