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.

Now read: Your All-In-One Buying Guide to Pressure Cookers

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608 Customer Reviews for Power Pressure Cooker XL

Average Customer Rating: 2.5
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Bottom Line: 39% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Cookbook offer "RIP OFF"

    I ordered a 200 recipe cookbook off of the infomercial for $19.95! When I received my order it was nothing more than the pamphlet that comes with the cooker new!

    I called customer care only to be told that I got what I ordered and they don't have a cookbook for $19.95 but in fact, it is $29.95!

    I asked to speak to a supervisor only to have her tell me that I got what I ordered! She said I could send it back and they would refund my purchase price. I told her that the person I talked to just before her offered to send me the more expensive cookbook at no additional charge. She said that they could not do that.

    This is not a reputable company and I don't recommend doing business with them! Do so at your own risk.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Scam

    • Woodinville, WA,
    • Dec 5, 2016

    They do scam. I received the 10 QT and called them for a return label because it was too big for my family of 4 (2 little kids and they suggested me to buy 10 QT). One week after I returned the 10 QT, they shipped me an 8 QT. When I called them, they said someone ordered it for me using my credit card so I need to talk to my bank who issued me the card for the transaction. I told them I am the only user of the card and it has nothing to do with my bank. Then they told me I ordered it because they could not place order without my permission and credit card information. Then I told them they already had my card information from my first purchase and required to talk to the manager. The manager told me to sell it to my friend or neighbors. I told them I will ship it back and get a refund but they refuse to do that. So I said I will report them to related agencies, then they provided me the return number and address. Besides these unprofessional and sneaky way doing business, they let me wait on the phone for 45 minutes each time I called (about 4 times to require to speak to managers). Please do not deal with this company.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Used 3 times and broke - learned my lesson.

    • NH,
    • Dec 4, 2016

    Used it once or twice and was just OK. Put it away for a few months. Tonight my son and I decided to try a mac and cheese recipe after seeing another infomercial. We followed the directions and about 10 minutes later the lights went out. Smelled a burning metal scent, unplugged it, tried another outlet, would not work.

    Called customer service and was told they'd replace it for $24.99 if I shipped it back. (How much would shipping it back cost?)

    I feel for the 3 "easy" payments of $33.33 I got almost 3 meals out of this. Would've been cheaper and better to have 3 meals served to us at Olive Garden!

    And as far as the 60 day warranty which is not mentioned in the infomercial, I've had haircuts warranted longer than 60 days. Are you kidding me, 100 bucks for 60 days? Fool me once...

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Love it

    This is one of the best kitchen tools I have owned; enough that I purchased an 8 quart as well. I will point out, as a first time user, there is a bit of trial and error when learning, but only to perfect the process. I am surprised when I hear negative reviews, maybe I just got lucky. I would recommend buying from a store vs web if there seems to be a problem. I bought my first on at Kohl's using the Kohl's bucks and a coupon for 49 bucks. Saw the 8qt on sale for $99 at Target.

    If it's undercooked, turn it back on, if it's overcooked, make soup and cook it less next time. Follow the FB page for your brand and get all kinds of help. I give it an A+. Would recommend buying a stainless insert pot for easier clean up. Flavor is so much better, less time and no babysitting the stove.

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

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    A few precautions to take

    • Buffalo, NY,
    • Nov 29, 2016

    I have been cooking in the Power Pressure Cooker XL since I first I ordered it from the infomercial in early 2015. After using it for a little while I learned a few techniques to keep making good food.

    As far as the complaints of food sticking to the pot, for instance when making chili, the practice of deglazing the pot with some type of liquid, be it wine, broth or even water gets the stuck on food (fonds) off of the bottom and incorporated into the food where it imparts a great flavor.

    As far as meals burning in the cooker, that happened to me and as soon as I turned the lid over I noticed that the seal was not sitting directly onto the lid which caused the unit to loose moisture and food to burn to the bottom. I then added two cups of water, adjusted the seal and put the lid on and set it for "chicken/meat" and after 15 minutes I released the pressure and gently scraped the bottom with a wooden spoon and all of the burned food was released.

    And for the unit holding the smell of past meals, I put 3/4 cup of water and 1/4 cup of white vinegar into the pot and run in "chicken/meat" mode for 15 minutes and the smell is gone.

    I feel that all it takes to make this a wonderful appliance is a little knowledge of cooking, of using a pressure cooker and of knowing the workings of this appliance and you have a great way to cook.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Love my XL Pressure Cooker

    • Mansfield, TX,
    • Nov 16, 2016

    I love my Power Pressure Cooker XL. I'm 71 and found it very easy to use.

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

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  • 4 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Out of stock

    Don't expect to get your cooker in 7 to 10 days. Mine is going to take a month I'm told. I did not receive a notification. I found out when I went to check on my order status.

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

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  • 8 out 10 people found this review helpful

    Works and is AWESOME!

    • Seattle, WA,
    • Oct 17, 2016

    I think those who aren't satisfied (unless they got some defected product) probably are just not using the thing correctly. It's not that hard, but some people forget to do things like, add oil, or not leave the thing on warm mode of hours afterward.

    This thing is similar to a slow cooker, where if you leave the warm mode on, and your food is already cooked, after awhile you're just asking for trouble.

    In the end, you can cook white rice or brown rice in 6-10min flat (minus heat up time). I always turn mine on ahead of time and heat it up a bit as I'm getting out my ingredients, and that way it comes up to temp a lot faster. I cook soups in here, beans from dry, stews. Great for even noodle dishes, but I'd recommend either cooking your noodles first and setting them aside, or, just making sure whatever veg/sauce you're cooking doesn't have a super-long cook time.

    I use bean-flour based noodles (non-wheat) and too much time in the pressure cooker breaks them down, so I more or less now cook them on their own then add to my dish later. I honestly don't understand people complaining about this thing (unless theirs did not work out of the box). For the price, it's pretty good value. I've used the slow cooker modes too (low is low and medium/high is high) -- just remember to keep the vent OPEN else you'll pressurize the chamber. For $100 this thing is pretty sweet (got it at Target), and as a result of getting it from a box store, you can return it there instead of going through the manufacturer, should something break.

    The only thing to avoid is canning feature, especially if living at altitude, as there is still a lot of back-and-forth on whether the electric multi-cooker canners actually reach high enough pressure for long enough to kill bacteria in non-acidic food preservation. Most likely at low altitude, it does, but questionable above a certain range (I believe they say 5,000 ft in the manual but internet debates it). Alas, this is the best product in my kitchen, saves my cooking times every day, I'd buy one for everyone I now if I could.

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

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  • 18 out 18 people found this review helpful

    Power XL Pressure Cooker

    • Orlando, FL,
    • Oct 13, 2016

    I bought it in June 2016 and used it 3 times. This garbage stopped working on my most recent use when it overheated. I did a live chat with customer service, which by the way is awful and they said to let it cool down and then use a lower heat setting. Don't buy this garbage.

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

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  • 13 out 13 people found this review helpful

    Power Pressure Cooker XL

    I ordered the 8qt cooker for $189.00 with the promise of 100-dollar food coupon and extra utensils. They sent me a copper pot with some utensils. I didn't get the pressure cooker, even though the box was marked as Pressure Cooker XL. Now I'm getting the run around trying to get a refund. Just sent it back today. I'm not sure what will happen yet. Don't by this thing from the TV ad, you can go to Walmart and get it for less than half price. This is a scam. I am so pissed off.

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

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  • 13 out 14 people found this review helpful

    DO NOT buy from this company.

    Horrible service! Two months went by without receiving my order then I got a post card stating they were back ordered and the item would ship in two weeks. If I no longer wanted it I was to return the card stating this, which I did. A week before the shipping date on the card, my credit card was charged for the item. I called customer service and asked why it had shipped when I said I didn't want it. Rep told me it hadn't left yet but that I should wait until I got it to decide if I wanted to return it. I told him I did not want it and to please stop the shipment and refund my credit card. He then said it had already left the warehouse and that I couldn't get a refund until I received and returned it. Bad business practices, bad customer service. Don't know what the product is actually like but don't want to take a chance in dealing with a company that doesn't do what it says.

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

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