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.

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708 Consumer Reviews for Power Pressure Cooker XL

Average Consumer Rating: 2.4
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 168 4 star: 66 3 star: 43 2 star: 66 1 star:  365
Bottom Line: 38% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Love this product

    • Phoenix, AZ,
    • Jul 25, 2018
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    I find it interesting how people tend to trash something early after purchase. I will say that I have both a 10 and 6-quart version of this product. Both are great. The 6-quart is used a lot. It heats faster and is good for just two people. The thing that most people don't take into consideration is learning about your product. Like any other product for cooking, you have to learn it. Most ovens have hot spots. You have to find them. Well, that's true with this, you need to learn to cook with it because it is different than a stove or oven or any other cookware. If you think you can just drop some meat in it and cook it, you aren't following directions. The recipes for this and any pressure cooker are substantial. Follow the directions, and you will love your Power Pressure XL as much as I do.

    Finally, my only downside to this product is the pot. It can be difficult to clean at times. And the lining will wear over time with a lot of use. I just called their customer service line. I was on the phone for about two minutes and a very friendly service person explained that they don't have a stainless steel pot replacement but without me even asking, she set up a shipment for a new inner pot for my 10-quart unit free of charge! I think that is fantastic service if you ask me.

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

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  • Stop! Do not buy!

    • Oregon,
    • Jul 19, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I order two Power Pressure Cookers from this company. One from me and one for my sister-in-law. After around two years, my pressure cooker went out! I called customer service about eight times with operators hanging up, or they tell you the system is down, or we can't help you with the shipping because it's out of warranty. They also told me to get and place in the machine with a note and money order for $19.99, which I did. The shipping cost $80.00 to ship back, but it only cost $19.99 to ship back to me, which I'm paying for. The numbers don't add up as you read this. I am out of a money order of $19.99 as well because you are actually buying a new machine.

    This company is a con job. Customer service is horrible and will horse you around and they took my money indirectly with them not doing a reimbursement for my money order. After two years this machine is going to crap out on you! Please do not trust them. Also as for the $100 food coupons we never received ours as promised. This is a BS company, beware!

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

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  • Bad product, horrible customer service

    • Richmond, VA,
    • Jul 18, 2018
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    The lid on mine needed to be wiggled after heat up to create a seal. I noticed flakes of non-stick coating in our food after only two weeks of use. The keypad on my Power XL quit working less than a week later. The grifters at TriStar Products claimed that I had a "faulty unit" that can't be replaced without paying a $24.99 shipping fee to return and another $24.99 to send.

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

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  • Stopped functioning in 6 months

    • Bryan, TX,
    • Jul 18, 2018
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    We received the Power Pressure Cooker XL as a Christmas gift and were excited to put it into service. We've used the cooker 1-2 per week for meals and canning. The cooker worked well until this past week when the heating element failed. We've only had the cooker for 6 months! The warranty is only 60 days and just the shipping expense to send in for repair is about the cost of the new cooker! We are very disappointed with the warranty and service options. Pity their product does not hold up. We will not reinvest in this brand.

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

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  • Not happy

    • Elmira, NY,
    • Jul 13, 2018
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    I ordered the pressure cooker. Changed my mind. Refunding money. Charged me for canceling the order. They would not wave it. Plus the operator I talked to said I had to submit to a damage waver. That was a red flag. Plus she was trying to get me to spend more money. Plus a identity theft program. Plus a shipping charge protection. I will never do business with them again! Crooks!

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

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  • Bad quality

    • Clermont, FL,
    • May 30, 2018
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    I bought my unit at Walmart. It works fine. My only problem is the inner insert, it did peel off the first time I wash, and I couldn't use it again. Everything sticks, and I use wood utensils. I can't find the replacement.

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

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  • Parts for PCWAL1

    For all who are looking for parts for this pressure cooker are obviously not getting them.

    I called the company and was told to send $24.99 for shipping and handling and send it to Fairfield, New Jersey, 07004, for a replacement unit.

    They don’t have parts for this one anymore.

    I went to UPS to have it boxed and shipped; $64 from Rhode Island to New Jersey. I can buy a new one for cheaper than that, which I won’t because their unit while good is good, but not the policy. I would hope for from this company for a crap pot.

    Do NOT buy the Pressure Cooker XL!

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Defective non-stick insert

    • Nova Scotia, Canada,
    • Apr 20, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    After using my sister's Power Pressure Cooker XL, I received my own. I was very excited.

    Unfortunately, after three (that is correct, three) uses, the non-stick coating started to come off the insert.

    My local store wouldn't take it back, so I contacted the company, to be told the following:

    Please stop using the pot.

    I was told to make sure the liner was cooled off before washing it.

    You will need to purchase a new liner.

    Given a phone number that is long distance (no toll-free number).

    Their lack of empathy, sympathy and terrible customer is like none I have ever experienced before. I am dealing with a manufacturer's defect. I have not ever used anything but a soft spatula in the pot. In the video on the website - Eric uses a metal spatula.

    I am so very disappointed, as now I have a Power Pressure Cooker XL that I can't use, and the company won't help me.

    Sadly, I don't recommend the pot based on my customer service.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Teflon peeling off

    I purchased the 10-qt pressure cooker. The Teflon in the bottom of my pan is peeling. When I called customer service, they informed me that I was going to have to purchase another inner pan at the cost of 20 something dollars. And that these inserts need to be replaced every six months. No one ever mentioned that to me when I purchased this pan, had I known that I would have never spent that kind of money.

    I would not recommend this company to anyone, they do not back up their product when this is actually a defect. I don’t use harsh chemicals of any kind nor do I use and metal utensils in my cooker. There are no scratches or anything in the pan, so therefore this is manufactured defect. Very disappointed.

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

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  • My Power Pressure Cooker worked for about 6 months

    • Carson City, NV,
    • Mar 19, 2018
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    My Power Pressure Cooker worked well for about six months, up until the timer system went haywire and just did this ding dang thing and failed altogether. Yes, it cooked my ribs just fine as well as making pulled pork, but the company needs to recognize the cooker's problems and get back to the drawing board.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Use and satisfaction with the Power Pressure Cooker XL

    My wife and I bought this cooker 3 years ago at Walmart with the thought that if it didn't work well, we would return it.

    We had vegetables at home so I bought a chuck roast, figured it would be a good test. We got home late but unpacked and washed the unit. I browned the roast, cut up some onions, added celery, potatoes, carrots, garlic, and about 3/4 cup of beef broth. I put the lid on set it at 80 kPa for 45 minutes. The end result was a great pot roast in about 1 and 1/2 hour. You can't do that in an oven.

    Since then I use it at least three times a week for everything from oatmeal to mac & cheese. We love the easy cleanup and the speed you can cook things. I don't like to cook from frozen, but I have done chicken and pork chops from frozen and had great results. Dried beans are a breeze, so easy; I always use them in my chili now.

    There are some things you can't do in a pressure cooker like roast chicken, but I cook my chicken in the cooker for 40 minutes and then brown it in the oven, which cuts cooking time way down, and by using chicken broth and/or sherry and some veggies, you force the flavor into the meat. These work the same as a stove top pressure cooker with less work; you have to add some time to your cook times as they don't get to 15 lbs or more of pressure. I love it and couldn't do without it!

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

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