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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694 Consumer Reviews for Power Pressure Cooker XL

Average Consumer Rating: 2.5
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 166 4 star: 66 3 star: 43 2 star: 65 1 star:  354
Bottom Line: 38% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Horrible customer service

    • Vermont,
    • Feb 13, 2018
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    While using my power pressure cooker, a fused burned. I called the company, and they require one to send in the cooker to be repaired and to include $24.99 for shipping product back. So $50 round trip to replace a $2 part. Their competitors sell the fuse needed for their products.

    I will never purchase this brand again. I strongly advise against purchasing this brand.

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

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  • PPC780 Pressure Cooker XL

    • Blanchard, OK,
    • Feb 13, 2018
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    I have a PPC780 Pressure Cooker. I was cooking with it and it stopped heating up and the control board in the bottom is burned up. I am trying to buy a new control board, but no luck yet. I am waiting to hear back from the company.

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

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  • Why did I wait so long

    I hesitated for years on buying one of these. I always said it was too good to be true. When someone in the family bought one and began to talk about it on Facebook, I found that someone else in the family had one for years. They had nothing but high praise for it. End of hesitation. I ordered one the next day and have not one regret. You do have to acclimate yourself to how it operates, but once you do, you will love it.

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

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  • Poor communication/shipping, wrong/damaged product.

    • San Diego, CA,
    • Feb 1, 2018
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    I ordered online. I ordered the 6-quart Pressure Cooker, an extra 6-quart Inner Pot, and was "awarded" the 9 and 1/2-inch copper pan.

    I got one FedEx tracking number but didn't even receive an acknowledgment or invoice until we called and inquired why we only received one item (the "free" copper pan.) I had to request the invoice to get one. It came in three shipments. No packing slips were included with any of the shipments.

    No foam/popcorn/paper packing of any kind with the copper pan or an extra 6-quart inner pot. The inner pot was simply placed in a box and naturally was oblong by the time it arrived.

    I ordered a 6-quart cooker, but received an 8-quart. The reason was they were "out of the 6-quart and they upgraded to the 8-quart." What good is ordering an extra 6-quart inner pot (sounded like a good idea at the time) with an 8-quart cooker?

    It is gonna cost $30 and all the hassle and time for this, including writing a stinkin' review. So much for the convenience of having it shipped to your home. While the product may work as advertised, this sort of service is unacceptable. If you really want one of these, do yourself a favor and get it from a retail outlet.

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

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  • Don't buy it!

    They do not disclose that if you live above 2000 feet, you cannot use the canning feature. I am moving to a new home and will not be able to use that feature.

    It came with two cookbooks. Almost every recipe is incomplete. You will need to use the internet and try to find a video that shows them making it. The recipes online have the same issues.

    I tried to use it. I made dill pickles and got mush. I made strawberry jam and got syrup. Followed recipes exactly.

    I have to pay for shipping to return it for a refund.

    I believe the reviews are fake. No one mentions the incomplete recipes, ever. I am trying to get the word out there. Hitting all social media.

    I dare you to publish this.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    More time on customer satisfaction, less on infomercials

    • Oklahoma City, OK,
    • Jan 29, 2018
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    I received a 6-quart Power Pressure Cooker as a Christmas gift. I used the cooker two times and was very pleased with the finished results. HOWEVER, the third time I went to use the cooker, it was locked on the canning mode. I did the complete trouble shooting several times. I contacted customer support. They were less than accommodating.

    Because this was a gift shipped from another state, I do not have the receipt. However, returning the faulty product to the manufacture seems proof of purchase enough. They spend mega dollars on infomercials, perhaps it would better serve them to concentrate on customer satisfaction. Please consider this when you go to purchase this item. If the manufacturer won't stand behind the product, be cautious.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Not worth it

    • Foxwarren, Manitoba, Canada,
    • Jan 23, 2018
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    I received it as a Christmas gift, and when washed out, and the little metal pressure pin in the handle fell out in the sink and went down drain. I reordered the part and it came ok. At first, it worked great, but as time went by, the so-called nonstick interior failed miserably. Everything I made burnt to the bottom or scorched badly. I made ribs and half of them stuck and burnt black to the bottom. I am not even going to try soaking (again) but am boxing it up in the garbage. I wasted expensive ribs and had to make standbys for supper. Good thing I didn't have company over that night!

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

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  • 2 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Unhappy

    I bought the 10-quart Pressure Cooker XL. Don't waste your money! I am unhappy and will be returning it.

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

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  • 2 out 2 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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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    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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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    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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