Power Pressure Cooker XL Test

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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 the 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

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.”

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.

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  • Love it

    • By JD,
    • Indiana,
    • Aug 6, 2015
    Overall Experience:

    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.

  • I Am Happy.

    • By Kishor Dutt,
    • Sacramento, California,
    • Jul 9, 2014
    Overall Experience:

    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

  • Great product shipping and receiving are bad though!

    • By Danny Sanchez ,
    • Los Angeles ,
    • Jul 17, 2014
    Overall Experience:

    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

  • Great Product

    • By John, C.C.P.,
    • Apache Junction, AZ,
    • Aug 4, 2015
    Overall Experience:

    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.

  • expensive but worth every penny!

    • By sande jaff,
    • lehigh valley pa,
    • Sep 17, 2014
    Overall Experience:

    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

  • Cooks fast

    • By Dale Tripp,
    • Las Vegas, NV,
    • Oct 14, 2014
    Overall Experience:

    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

  • Nice deal and good product

    • By Trey,
    • Garden City, NY,
    • Jul 7, 2015
    Overall Experience:

    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

  • I love mine!

    • By Wanda Figueroa,
    • Gainesville, GA,
    • Oct 17, 2014
    Overall Experience:

    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

  • Sweet machine

    • By Gil,
    • New York,
    • Jul 7, 2015
    Overall Experience:

    Go and get one at a big box store, like BBB. I can't believe everyone is ordering it on the phone, seems insane, and BBB takes anything back, so quality concerns were not an issue, It cooked a nice stew in 15 minutes, everyone at home and the office (it makes enough for 6-8 adults) loved it. Cleanup was easy. But, I seared my meat in a cast iron skillet first, which is what I did for the crock pot in the past and is what I recommend. Love it so far.

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

  • Great product

    • By John ,
    • St. Martin, MN,
    • Jul 7, 2015
    Overall Experience:

    This is a great product and it does what it's suppose to do. It cooks. And the food is excellent, with the right seasonings. It's like anything else, you and only you can make it work. l myself love this product, for soups, stews, and chilly. It's awesome and so easy to use .My only beef is that I wish it had more recipes.

    And for negative reviews, if you never used a pressure cooker before, it is different cooking, it's not for everybody. My wife loves it too because I do most of the cooking with it.

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

  • Love cooker not accessories

    • By Vicki Kirby,
    • Hustonville, Ky.,
    • Oct 21, 2014
    Overall Experience:

    I love my pro cooker. I've used it almost every day. The food taste great. I was raised with my mother and grandmother using a pressure cooker. It always takes time for pressure to build up. Depending what your cooking you may have to estimate time for cooking. I ordered my cooker and got it in less than 2 weeks. When ordering the lady said it may be 4 to 6 weeks. The only thing I didn't like was the accessories. The lady made it sound more like I was ordering utensils to cook with. I thought it might be a big spoon maybe some tongs or something. I thought that I was getting a set. I couldn't believe they wanted to charge me for what they call accessories. Over all I do love my cooker.

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

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