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

By HighYa Research Team
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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  • 78 out 78 people found this review helpful

    SCAM! Disputing charge and reporting them to the BBB

    • Riverside CA,
    • Aug 13, 2014

    First they charged my card $30.0 too much. I called and they refused to issue a credit until it arrived. Delayed on back order. Finally here and they issued a credit for the correct amount after I insisted.

    It takes over 20 minutes to pressurize - FALSE ADVERTISING.

    Finally used it and it is defective, we had to toss out a $20.00 roast. I called for a refund an a supervisor (Camile ID G40) refused to issue a refund. I watched the infomercial and it is all a scam.

    DO NOT PURCHASE THIS PRODUCT - IT IS A SCAM!

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

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  • 58 out 59 people found this review helpful

    Do not buy. Complete scam

    • Phoenix, AZ,
    • Jul 4, 2015

    Ordered one unit for three payments of 33, got charged 3 times of 147, for over $450. Tried to cancel the order and no one speaks good English and can't do anything about it. Said I need to call my bank. The bank says I need to get the company to cancel. 

    Do not order one of these. Go to a reputable retail store.

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

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  • 55 out 56 people found this review helpful

    Horrible and I will never order from them again.

    • Woodbridge, VA,
    • Jul 2, 2015

    This company is a scam. I ordered and paid in full on April 29th. It is now June 19th. I have called three times to check the order and each time I was informed that the order was back ordered and my order was being expedited. Today I spoke with someone named George who apologized for the delay. I told him to cancel my order and refund my money immediately. He stated that the account was not charged and the money was placed in the account because they couldn't fulfill the order. When I told him the money was not in the account he hung up on me. This is company is a scam.

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

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  • 55 out 55 people found this review helpful

    Rip off,scam

    • Arizona,
    • Jul 2, 2015

    These people don't tell you they have no stock on hand until you call to ask where your order is. When I called after eight weeks to cancel the order they conned me into not doing so by giving me a $45 discount. Took nearly four months to get, then it was broken. They can't fix it so offered to replace but guess what? Once again on back order. Say it's against their policy to refund if they've given a discount. I have returned and filed fraud charges with my credit union to get my money back. We all need to contact the Connecticut State's Attorney General to get them stopped. Exact same item available at Walmart online for $75. Different brand - exact same item. Free shipping if sent to the store. Oh, while I was complaining they hung up on me. Big mistake.

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

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  • 53 out 56 people found this review helpful

    Delivery time

    • Humble TX,
    • Apr 27, 2014

    Can't track the order or talk to any body. Is this a RIP OFF?

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

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  • 53 out 56 people found this review helpful

    Not happy with the pro

    • Illinois,
    • May 1, 2014

    So after a long wait I get my box. No books included so how can I use it without the books. I call them they said they will send them. Then I look at the pro which I paid more for and there are no preset buttons like they said there were. Really mad now, might return and get the cheaper one. Very unhappy.

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

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  • 53 out 54 people found this review helpful

    Piece of junk

    • Des Plaines, IL,
    • Aug 13, 2014

    Took forever to arrive, well over a month. I have to fight with the lid to get it on and off. The meat was tough the first time I cooked it, I don't think it was even under pressure, I had to cook it another 30 minutes. For the money you would think it would have a smooth no stick surface, but no, I had to scrub burnt stuff off the first time I used it. The cookbook they claim is a $20 value is a joke. It is a paperback with about 20 pages. If I didn't get it as a gift I would send it back. Do Not buy this junk!

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

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  • 52 out 52 people found this review helpful

    Sorry i ever bought it. Bad experience

    • PA,
    • Aug 15, 2014

    Waited 4 weeks to find out it was back ordered. No one called me I had to call them. When I complained they had it shipped in three days. Shipped me the wrong one, not what I ordered. Used it one time for canning and could not adjust the time for the canning process. Called and spoke to 6 employees, was hung up on at least 3 times, after all was said and done I was on the phone over two hours. Makes me so mad, I was looking forward to canning my vegetables. I paid for shipping to have it arrive and now I have to pay to ship it back, what a racket. Not worth the money or the hassle.

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

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  • 51 out 51 people found this review helpful

    Not delivered when promised; inner pot burned on second recipe

    • Airville, PA,
    • Aug 6, 2014

    I have spoken to Customer Service on several occasions concerning the long wait for the machine to arrive; then upon arrival, the second time I used the machine, the pasta burned the bottom of the pot. They tried to get me to pay to ship it back and then pay for the shipping on the new replacement. I refused and they did send me a return label which was prepaid. I am still waiting for the new inner pot to be sent to me and they now say they have not gotten it back. They sent me a parcel post return label without a tracking number.

    Again, I asked to speak to a supervisor and they hung up on me. This company is just after your money and do not produce the product they advertise; they overcharge on shipping; I had to pay $29.99 for shipping.

    DO NOT BUY THIS UNIT!

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

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  • 50 out 50 people found this review helpful

    Lousy Customer Service and Shipping

    • North Carolina,
    • Jun 20, 2014

    This company is terrible. I ordered one of these on April 29, 2014 and here it is June 20, 2014 and the status on their tracking says it is still being processed and has not shipped. I have called at least twice and get the same "it's on back order and will be in this week" that everyone is getting.

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

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  • 49 out 51 people found this review helpful

    Not Happy So Far.

    • Northbridge, MA,
    • Jun 18, 2015

    I ordered the pressure cooker on July 13, 2014 and it said I would have the pressure cooker in 2-3 weeks. Here it is Aug 8th and it hasn't arrived yet. I did call the company and spoke to someone that was difficult to understand. I was told it would ship soon. Duh...soon? I should have canceled my order then. Called back the next day ready to cancel my order and was told my order shipped? So now when I check it on line, it says I should have it by Aug 14th. I am not feeling too good about this especially after reading all the other reviews. In this day and age, it should not take five weeks to get a product, especially after shipping is $29.99!

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

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