Power Pressure Cooker XL Review: Features, Test, and More

By HighYa Staff
Updated on: Jul 10, 2016

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, as 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 and 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?

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.

A Look at Power Pressure Cooker XL Customer Reviews

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:

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 may have addressed the root of the problem.

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.

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 is 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.

Our Test: Does Power Pressure Cooker XL Really Work?

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 into 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.

Creme 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 into 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 repeated washing, scrubbing, and thoroughly airing them out. We found that soaking them in warm water for a couple of 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:

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 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 a Roasted 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 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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  • 18 out 29 people found this review helpful

    Love it

    • Indiana,
    • Aug 6, 2015

    I had not checked the reviews before I bought and if I had I probably would not have purchased. I have used mine and love it. I am very pleased with my purchase. Received mine in 10 days. I even bought one for my daughter. I am still looking (on line) to find out how to purchase an extra seal and have not found anything.

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  • 52 out 61 people found this review helpful

    Good things come to those who wait.

    • South Carolina ,
    • Jul 2, 2015

    I ordered mine on May 7th. I just received it today, July 1st. I was curious as to why it didn't ship in a timely manner but I surely didn't get my panties in a wad over it. I'm using it right now and it's super easy to use. Everything came as ordered. I wasn't charged until it shipped and it was well worth the wait.

    You can try to find a comparable item, but I highly doubt you're going to find the same quality. I totally understand wanting something right now, but I am happy I waited for the real deal. There's no scam with this company. It's just slow to arrive. Sometimes when things are super awesome, they run out and do get back ordered.

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

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    • Jul 6, 2014

      Sherry,

      Just got mine ordered in April, now July, but really worth the wait. Have tried several things, steaming, stews, and meats. All came out as promised.

      Worth the wait and price. Plus, pretty idiot proof, as I had never used a pressure cooker ever and everything was pretty self explanatory. The only thing I haven't used it for is canning. That's my next adventure. We will see how it goes.

    • Jul 14, 2014

      Roz/MD,

      I ordered mine in early May. I just received it today and cannot wait to use it tomorrow night! Although I was told that they would give me some of my money back for not cancelling the order, that hasn't happened, yet. They also did not charge my cc until the 7th of July, so I knew it was on its way!

    • Jul 20, 2014

      Shoe,

      Just go buy it at a retailer like Walmart and forget about waiting for it in the mail. It's also cheaper.

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  • 39 out 43 people found this review helpful

    I Am Happy.

    • Sacramento, California,
    • Jul 9, 2014

    When I made my order it was late getting delivered. I was told they had a back order. However when I did receive the cooker and used it, I was excited at what could be achieved in a shorter cooking time. It is true that flavor is retained as it does not vaporize. I loved using my old stove top pressure cooker in the past so I like this one better for the added features. I had to buy a second one to give my son as he would keep borrowing mine. I love my pressure cooker.

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

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  • 25 out 31 people found this review helpful

    Great product shipping and receiving are bad though!

    • Los Angeles ,
    • Jul 17, 2014

    Great product. I'm very happy with Customer service. However, as far as the shipping goes, it's bad but once you get the product everything is great!

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

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    • Jul 23, 2014

      deedee,

      I feel the same way, and after I read these reviews, I got my fast compared to others. Awesome cooking!

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  • 22 out 31 people found this review helpful

    Great Product

    • Apache Junction, AZ,
    • Aug 4, 2015

    I received my Power Pressure XL within 8 days of ordering and have had no problems whatever. This unit has preformed just as advertised. Have cooked roasts, stews, chicken, chicken wings, chilies, etc. I have used my recipes and also some of those in the Power pressure XL cookbook without an issue. To those who are having issues, might I suggest that you may find your issue in the instruction booklet that comes with the machine. These instructions must be followed to the letter or your performance is going to be less than expected. I would not want to be without the Power Pressure XL. A wonderful technology.

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  • 19 out 19 people found this review helpful

    Scam.

    • Louisiana ,
    • Jul 6, 2015

    Today, I called to order the Power Pressure Cooker XL . I was told I won a $100 gift card for Walmart and all I have to do it pay $1.95 shipping. I did that even though I felt it was a scam. Well it is, so please do not give these people your credit card number. I was never actually able to order the pressure cooker either. I am not hard to please but I don't want to pass over my hard earned money to these people. You can get the same cooker at the store without the hassle of returning it. Stay away.

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

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    • Sep 24, 2014

      swiker,

      Why did you give this a 5-star rating?

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  • 7 out 10 people found this review helpful

    expensive but worth every penny!

    • lehigh valley pa,
    • Sep 17, 2014

    after I figured out how to use it on my own since the directions were noon existent I love it! now I look for food to put in it since its so fast and fun to cook now... its also a slow cooker but I haven't use it for that yet...

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

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  • 8 out 10 people found this review helpful

    Cooks fast

    • Las Vegas, NV,
    • Oct 14, 2014

    Received the Pro version and after cleaning, cooked 2 chicken quarters with BBQ sauce, for 15 min. Of course it takes time to build up pressure, anyone who has used a pressure cooker knows this is part of the process. Cooked automatically as advertised, and the chicken quarters were ready to eat after only 15 min. and tasted great.

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

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  • 6 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Nice deal and good product

    • Garden City, NY,
    • Jul 7, 2015

    I bought an XL at Bed Bath & Beyond, so if there is an issue, they always take it back. $80 with a standard 20% coupon. Initial set up was easy and I changed a crock pot recipe and removed the extra water because it locks everything in. Browned the meat in a cast iron and then awesome stew was done 15 minutes later but added 7-10 minutes for the pressure to build up. Nice item, from a crock pot devotee.

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

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  • 31 out 32 people found this review helpful

    Great Product, But Needs More Instruction

    • Texas,
    • Aug 18, 2015

    My test was this: can it make my famous pinto beans as tasty as my old pressure cooker? The answer: yes. Thus, the five star rating. After reading many negative reviews, I have to admit, I know why! The infomercial makes it look so easy. However, when the product arrives, there is little instruction. And, what instruction there is, it is hard to understand. For those who have never used a pressure cooker, I can see where they might toss this product.

    For those who have used a pressure cooker, like myself, the product is a bit confusing. So confusing, in fact, that I finally went to the TV to see if the infomercial might be on! I was simply trying to figure out how to clamp down the lid; it was hard to understand by the book. Well, the infomercial didn't help either. Back to the book. After reading it once again, I finally found how to snap the lid into place. Next was to realize I did not set the pressure on my first round of cooking. Ugh. (It had actually been at 20 and was supposed to be at 70) I did not check the beans, just reset the time for 20 minutes, the pressure for 70 and cooked again. One thing that was difficult for me was the fact that there is no mechanism wiggling atop this cooker.

    I was convinced this was an error, therefore I was a bit hesitant to bring the pressure up and cook. Again, the book has very limited and poor information. These days we expect a DVD to be included, but you do not get it with this product. Further, I am accustomed to the noise of a pressure cooker. This unit makes no noise. I like that. However, it makes one wonder if it is truly cooking--it is. Lastly, when to open the lid? I am accustomed to gradually releasing the pressure on my old cooker by slightly moving the wiggling mechanism (what is the name for that thing-valve?). Once this cooker signaled it was done (beep-beep), I was like "Okay, so how do I know when to open it?" Again, I thumb through the book and try to find some information. Finally, I see the wiggly mechanism is actually up, (indicating pressure is high), but one has to look down in the hole to see this up mode.

    I touched the circle release thing and steam spouted, thus I had found the way to help pressure release a little faster. Finally, the hidden wiggly mechanism was completely down, thus I knew it was safe to open. When the lid opened, I saw my beautiful beans. Yay. So, why did I order this when I already have a pressure cooker? I liked the idea of setting a timer that would end the cooking on its own, something I do not have with my pressure cooker. Relying on an oven timer that I can't hear from another room in the house is a huge disadvantage. Just for the record, I cooked 2 pounds of beans with a large slab of ham, filling the rest of the way with water to the MAX line. I do not have the XL cooker, just the regular power pressure cooker. Originally, I thought it was too small to cook that many beans, plus ham--which would have been a HUGE disappointment but I was fooled.

    It held it all and cooked wonderfully. The only complaint I have is the poor instruction material. I did find a YouTube video by Alison Scutte that was helpful. Though the product she is describing has a different name, it looks almost exactly like the power pressure cooker. I hope this review will help someone else.

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

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    • Oct 18, 2014

      Dee,

      Karen/Texas, you could write an instruction book. Thanks for the detailed instructions. You're a peach.

      Dealer: you should use Karen's review to write an instruction book for the rest of us. It was very instructive with great insight.

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  • 10 out 14 people found this review helpful

    I love mine!

    • Gainesville, GA,
    • Oct 17, 2014

    I'm very happy with my Power Pressure Cooker XL. I use it almost daily and it's does the job well.

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

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