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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641 Customer Reviews for Power Pressure Cooker XL

Average Customer Rating: 2.5
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  • 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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  • 1 out 2 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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  • 2 out 2 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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  • 1 out 1 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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  • Takes longer than the commercial says

    • Nebraska,
    • Feb 16, 2017

    On the infomercial, they lead you to believe that the dish can be done in six to seven minutes, but it actually takes 17 minutes even to build up pressure to start cooking at high pressure. I believe it is a very deceiving infomercial.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Terrible product

    I got this thing for Christmas, and I opened the box to find that the seal was torn from the factory.

    I called the customer care line and was told that if I ordered it online they would send me a new seal. But if I bought it from a store, I would have to take it back to them. Well, I received it as a gift from someone who lived 50 miles away. Why would I travel 100 miles round trip for a $10.00 seal?

    I got online and ordered two seals, and a week later I got one seal that was half the size of the one I needed. I called the customer service again and was told that they sent the right part and was asked if I had tried the seal on the cooker. The one I needed was 10 inches across, the one I received was 5.5 inches across, and there was only one, not two as I had ordered.

    The gal got snotty and bent out of shape. I was put on hold for 15 minutes, and when she returned, she said that she would send a return order and the order would be sent again. She refused to admit that they sent the right seal or the right amount, even when I volunteered to send her the email I received when I ordered showing the right model and part number.

    A week later I received the seals, and now I can't get the cooker to seal, and it just leaked water around the top and all over the counter. Save your money and don't put up with a crappy product and their crappy customer service.

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

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  • Love it!

    • Idaho Falls, Idaho,
    • Feb 11, 2017

    I use mine almost every day, sometimes twice a day! It makes feeding my family of eight so much easier. Everything I make turns out so much better, and more tender. It's amazing!

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

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  • Power Pressure Cooker XL review

    I don't have an actual review yet because I ordered mine on December 25, 2016, and it's now January 30, 2017. I think a month is a long wait.

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

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  • 20 out 20 people found this review helpful

    Buyers beware of company

    I bought the 10-quart Power Pressure Cooker XL for my husband and I for Christmas 2016 from the QVC channel on the phone.

    The CSR told me they had a special for only $29.99 where you got a BOGO for little rice cookers. I told her "no thank you." I just bought a cooker, and I don't need two more cookers, it's only my husband and myself.

    My 10qt came in ten days after I ordered it. I was happy with the purchase. I received a Power Chopper XL as a free bonus. Upon opening the cooker and taking out the chopper, my husband was making peppers and onions with sausage for dinner that night, so I told him to use the new chopper for the garlic clove. He chopped one little pearl of garlic, and the whole chopper fell apart. To no avail, we cannot get the chopper back together. Cheap, no I mean it's just junk! I would recommend not ordering one for $29.99.

    About ten days later UPS delivers a package. I did not order anything, but it was right before Christmas, and maybe it was a Christmas present (?). I open it up, and to my shock, it was the two little rice cookers that I told the woman I DID NOT WANT when I was on the phone ordering my cooker. She sent it anyway. So I had to get on the phone and request that they be returned. She was nice enough and said she would send me a return label. That's all fine and dandy, but now I have to repackage it and get in my car and go to the post office, stand in line to return it. To this day I have never received an email about a return label.

    About ten days later I received a letter thanking me for buying the ten-quart Cooker and welcoming me to a $100.00 a month grocery coupon program. A membership fee will be applied to my credit card after the 30-day trial period and then each month after that unless you call the phone number 973-287-5159 to cancel. SO I called again by one day. I don't need to pay $7.95 a month for coupons of stuff I don't even use. There are only two people in my house, not a family.

    How did I get here? All I wanted was a cooker, not stress and aggravation, and billing my credit card with things I did not want. Buyers beware of these sneaky practicing.

    So I called again on Saturday, 01/14/2017 and spoke to a Mark. I was not nice to him. I told him if I get one more problem with this company I am sending the whole cooker back and canceling my credit card. He said he was going to give me a Walmart gift card. I told him again that I do not want one more thing from this company, period. Keep it.

    As for the cooker itself, I have used it three times since I received it. I'm so sour about the service with this company that no cooker is worth the $153.00 and all this aggravation.

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

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  • 12 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Cheaper at Costco!

    • Southern California,
    • Jan 31, 2017

    The Power Pressure Cooker XL is sold at Costco for approximately $70, and I paid $159.93, plus $15 for warranty, and plus $39.98 for shipping! Totaling $214.91. Please, I hope this saves someone from the extra hassles.

    I struggled with mine for over two hours to get it to pressurize. They do not mention on TV that you must pressurize it at least 17-20 minutes before it starts to cook. I put a roast in, and it was tough and without any flavor.

    I sent it back (it cost $58 to ship back), plus I wasn't refunded my $39.98 shipping charge! I am still waiting on getting my $15 warranty money back too.

    It was expensive mistake buying this online! Go to Costco, try it and you can always take it back if you aren't happy with it.

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

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  • 5 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Great tool in the kitchen

    • Saint Paul, MN,
    • Jan 30, 2017

    We purchased the Power Pressure Cooker XL from QVC.

    Since we received it, we use it almost everyday. We had never used a pressure cooker before, so when we bought the cooker, we also bought the cookbook to get us started. We have found the recipes to deliver what they say they do, it only takes approximately 3-5 minutes to come to pressure, and the cooking times are pretty accurate. Depending on what your cooking, we tend to add a minute or two to some things because we like our rice a little more soft, but overall it's awesome.

    I would recommend not cooking your vegetables in this on the meat recipes. Vegetables should be crisp, and a pressure cooker can make them soft to mushy. Once we started adding them at the end, or saute them first and mix at the end, all our meals have been fantastic. We made a mac and cheese lasagna with the noodles going in dry. The whole thing from prep to eat was a little over ten minutes, and it was delicious. Remember to cook with flavors you like, as it will infuse those into your foods. Also, use dry herbs when cooking under pressure and garnish with fresh. Dry herbs are more intense in flavor and provide more flavor to your dish.

    The only downfall is the pressure release valve, the design is a little more dangerous, but the instruction book does tell you to use tongs to release the pressure.

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

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