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.

Related: What to Do if You’ve Been Scammed by a Company

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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686 Consumer Reviews for Power Pressure Cooker XL

Average Consumer Rating: 2.5
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Bottom Line: 38% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Flaking cook pot and poor customer service.

    The cook pot bottom interior began flaking with the first use. After a few more uses, it became unusable with a lot of flaked-off coating. The food burned in the "brown" mode setting and stuck to the bottom of the pot. The increased flaking could not be seen until the pot was soaked for careful washing. It did not clean very easily and never seemed to be fully clean.

    Poor customer service. The service person just kept saying that the warranty was past the 60-day limit and that I would have to purchase a new pot at $29.99.

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

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  • Hunk of Junk

    • Elnora, Alberta, Canada,
    • Jan 18, 2018
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    I bought this for my mother for Christmas 2 years ago, but she never used it and gave it to me two weeks ago. I have used it three times. It starts on whatever it wants to. The cancel button is just there for looks (actually, all the buttons are just there for looks). They worked the first time, and that's it. I had to cook on soups and stew both times after.

    No, I certainly would not recommend this.

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

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  • Not happy

    I am on my second Power Pressure Cooker XL. The first one, the screw in the lid fell out and went down the garbage disposal. I was unable to use it after it was damaged by the disposal. Also, the plastic seal on the lid smells like onions. I tried to clean it with numerous obvious solutions, but the smell would not come out. When it is stored in the box, the smell is pungent even dry.

    I replaced it, used it once, and the plastic piece smells terrible again. And during washing, one of the screws came out again (this time I caught it and reattached it). I am not happy with those aspects, but I like to cook fast meals in the pot.

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

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  • Customer service

    Cover cracked and will not seal. I contacted customer service to purchase a new cover. Apparently, you cannot buy just the cover. I tried other sources to buy the cover, but nowhere is it available to purchase the cover only.

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

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  • 0 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Video recipes are TERRIBLE!

    I'm OK with the pressure cooker. I recorded Eric's video advertising his pressure cooker. He shows all these easy quick recipes. They look so good.

    Well, my wife and I tried three of them, and they were so bad, we took a few bites and threw the rest in the garbage. What a waste of good ingredients. We have used pressure cookers for probably 40+ years and have lots of great recipes. If you purchase this pressure cooker, find OTHER recipes.

    Just as an example, he shows doing pasta, cheese and frozen meatballs and some other stuff. We followed his directions precisely from his video. He starts by throwing the pasta in the bottom and then adding all the other ingredients on top. The pasta is right on the bottom. When you start the pressure cooker, the pasta is directly on the heat source. It just BURNS! He says to cook it for I think 7 minutes. My frozen meatballs (his female assistant who was about to climax at every word said they were frozen meatballs) were still cool on the inside. We also tried the chicken pot pie. It was terrible. The biscuits were just mush! It was like trying to eat goop! Yuck! His TV ad is FAKE!

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Scrap cooker

    I bought this XL Pro Pressure Cooker one year ago, and I never succeed to start cooker (tried many times).

    Don't return this cooker under guaranty since it costs 66% of the value for shipping to USA (Triad Cie).

    I will never buy any other product from this company even if given to me.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Awful!

    • Denver, CO,
    • Jan 5, 2018
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    We originally got our Power Pressure Cooker XL and loved it. However, over time, the inner pot coating started to chip away. No big deal since it was about two years. I ordered a new inner pot. It was super tight to get in and out of our unit. Within two months, the coating was literally deteriorating into our food.

    I called to get a refund, and they told me too bad. I had ordered 65 days ago, and the warranty is only 60 days. But I could buy a new one. NEVER AGAIN! Gross, and so unhealthy.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Love the Power Pressure Cooker

    We bought the Power Pressure Cooker a few years back and we love it! We use it often, and once you get the hang of it, it’s very easy to use! I use it mostly for chicken! I can take frozen breasts and it’s done in minutes. So I can pre-make shredded chicken for chicken salad, soups, quesadillas, and many other things. The chicken always comes out moist, never dry!

    We have also done a large corned beef for St. Patrick’s Day and it came out way better than the oven or crockpot, and it’s literally done in 35 minutes. Definitely happy with our purchase!

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

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Awful product, do not buy!

    • Brooklyn, CT,
    • Dec 7, 2017
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    The inside of the pan that is nonstick and on the outside chips off! The company does not warranty anything! This is a scam. Worst customer service ever. DO NOT BUY! You can buy all new parts, but they will not warranty anything!

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

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Disappointed

    • California,
    • Dec 6, 2017
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    When I first purchased this cooker, it seemed okay. I disliked the inner pot as it is very difficult to clean. I used my cooker maybe 12 times only to find it falling apart. The lid has come apart, missing a part as all the steam just rushes out of the hole on the handle. The inner pot is extremely difficult to keep clean with the waffle design it has on the bottom. Also, with the inner pot, Teflon comes off when cleaning.

    Needless to say, I was excited to use this item when I purchased it. For the price of this appliance, I believe I should have gotten much more use from it. Sad to say, I cannot recommend this product. I will be trying a different brand, which I understand has a stainless steel inner pot along with great reviews.

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

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Crappy cooker

    • Oregon,
    • Nov 8, 2017
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    I purchased it over the phone. After receiving it 10 days later, we tried it. We watched the video on YouTube and we put it all together and the steam kept coming out. They never tell you, that's not right.

    So I wrote to them and they told me no steam should be coming out and to take it apart, and clean the seal in hot then cold. We did that four times, and it did not work. I'm so tired of the crap they sell and make it so easy to use.

    Then we called our credit card company to find that they charged me for a roaster I never ordered. Then they shipped it to my old address and wanted us to pay for their mistake. The supervisor I talked to, of course, I could not understand a word she said. More or less made me look like a liar. She said that they sent me an email telling us they shipped it.

    So be careful. We were charged over $300 for this crap and I don't know where the other thing is since they just left it at our old house, so I'm paying for something I don't even have, so be careful. It's your word against theirs. Well, this piece of crap is going back. I'm calling them tomorrow to send it back.

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

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    • Jan 8, 2018

      Mark Schymanski

      You can have charges reversed on your credit card and get you money back. Because of you, I will not order this product.

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