Reviews on Power Pressure Cooker XL.
The Power Pressure Cooker XL is a digital pressure cooker claimed to help you cook your favorite dishes up to 70% faster than other methods.
About Power Pressure Cooker XL
Being a digital pressure cooker, thePower Pressure Cooker XLis claimed to be a “one button, one pot kitchen miracle” which will assist you in preparing all kinds of your favorite slow-cooked meals as quick as you can imagine. They claim this “As Seen on TV” Power Pressure Cooker XL can help you create wholesome and delicious meals with only one button touch while saving your time, energy and money compared to traditional methods.
It should be admitted that by advertising the Power Pressure Cooker XL they raise some interesting selling points. Who would not like to be able to prepare home-cooked, delicious meals in just a few minutes according to the manufacturer? Their commercial is definitely working and we are here to learn more about the Pressure Cooker XL.
We have encountered more than 500 reviews from the customers who shared their experiences with the Power Pressure Cooker XL. So, basically we had a chance to get much better insight into the slow cooker’s performance. Now, let’s find out how these experiences match up with the manufacturer’s claims.
How the Power Pressure Cooker XL Really Works
Featuring the Flavor Infusion technology, which allows trapping super-heated steam inside the pot, Power Pressure Cooker XL saves all liquid and moisture inside your food as well as its intense flavor and nutrients. Moreover, its intelligent one-touch settings are claimed to be perfect for cooking all kinds of your favorite foods, including fish, meat, vegetables, rice, beans, soup and much more.
What is more, according to the Power Pressure Cooker XL website, this “As Seen on TV” slow cooker allows you saving your precious time – you need just to put all your ingredients into one pot (including your frozen foods), and use its one touch pre-set operation, simply turn it on, choose your setting, and walk away. Also, the manufacturer claims you will be saving energy and keeping your kitchen cooler as you are using only one appliance instead of several others.
Also, the Power Pressure Cooker XL features the pressure adjustment, so you can put it between 10-80 kPa, which means that you will be able to brown and sauté your food, as well as you can choose the fruits or vegetables setting. Among the other features of the Power Pressure Cooker XL there are 6, 8, or 10-quart capacity, digital display panel, stainless steel housing, safe lock lid, reinforced and built-in steam ledge.
After the Power Pressure Cooker XL finishes cooking your food, it is claimed to automatically change to“Keep Warm” mode, which, like it sounds, will keep your food warm until you are ready to eat and enjoy it. As the manufacturer says it is very easy to clean it up, as the Power Pressure Cooker XL’s removable, non-stick inner pot is dishwasher safe.
Power Pressure Cooker XL Pricing And Refund Policy
If you buy directly from the manufacturer, the Power Pressure Cooker XL will cost you:
- 6 Quart for $99.99 or three payments of $33.33
- 8 Quart for $129.96 or three payments of $43.32
- 8 Quart Deluxe(including canning lid, steaming rack, and copper, cobalt, and cinnamon colors) for $159.93 or three payments of $53.31
- 10 Quart for $159.93 or three payments of $53.31
No matter what option you choose, you will need to pay additional $29.99 S&H. Although, you will get a power chopper, power cooker and power canning recipe books along with your order.
Also, they will offer you to purchase a Micro Knife 4-pack or Titan Peeler for $7.99 S&H, as well as a Fusion Booster for $14.99 S&H at the checkout.
The Power Pressure Cooker XL comes with a 60-day money back guarantee, less S&H charges. Also the products come with a 60-day limited warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. However, at the checkout you will be offered to buy a 3-year warrant for only additional $15 and a 6-year warranty for $30.
If you want to request a warranty or to begin the refund process, you will need to contact customer service at (973) 287-5159.
Where to Buy And Availability In Stores
Actually the Power Pressure Cooker XL has become rather popular, so it can be purchased from dozens of third-party retailers, both online and off, including: JCPenny, Walmart, Target, Macy’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, Home Depot, Kohl’s, Sears, Fry’s Electronics, Amazon.com, Newegg.com, QVC.com and more.
What Are the Reviews of Other Consumers About the Power Pressure Cooker XL?
What we have learned from customer reviews is that the Power Pressure Cooker XL has an average rating of 2.0 stars. Below we tried to break down the most consistent complaints left by consumers.
Problem #1: Long Shipping Times
One of the most common complaints referenced by customers is very long shipping period. Actually some of the customers admitted their delivery time took about 4-6 weeks, while some claimed it took about 4 months. One customer even claimed that it took 137 days to receive their Power Pressure Cooker XL.
Moreover, lots of customers claimed to have received the Power Cooker Proinstead of the XL model. Even though this seemed to be the company’s fault, the customers had 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 primarily ordered.
Problem #2: Poor Customer Service
Another popular complaint from customer was poor customer service. These customers had to deal with representatives who were unable to answer questions about the product, troubles processing returns (several customers even claimed they had to dispute the charges with their credit card company in order to avoid being charged), long times on hold and frequent transfers, difficulties in understanding representatives and no response to repeated emails.
Problem #3: Poor Quality And Failure to Work As Advertised
Similar to many other “As Seen on TV” products, customers used to be disappointed with the Power Pressure Cooker XL’s performance and its quality. Lots of customers claimed that the Power Pressure Cooker XL did not work with the proper pressure, sometimes it can burn food on the inner pot and it is very hard to clean. Another people complained about failure of timer work, before cooking the unit takes 20 minutes to pressurize and also, the canning does not work 2000 feet above sea level. Moreover, some customers noted that the Power Pressure Cooker XL used to break jars even below 2,000 feet in elevation.
It is important to note that one of the Power Pressure Cooker XL’spromotional videosshows slow cooking of pork for the course of 10 hours. Although, most pressure cooker recipes recommend cooking pork for 50-65 minutes. This means that the device may not always cook food 70% faster as the manufacturer claims. Basically, this is what we have learned during our tests, which will talk about next.
Our Test on Power Pressure Cooker XL’s Performance
As you can see there are lots of different reviews for the Power Pressure Cooker XL, so we decided to test it and see if it works as advertised.
During our test, we tried to cook four different dishes according to the included recipe book. Let’s see what we have got.
Pot Roast Recipe
According to recipe we should sauté vegetables directly in the cooker, but they did not provide any direction on exactly how to do this. We finished the program for cooking chicken or meat and then, waiting for the inner pot to heat up and sautéed our veggies reasonably well.
When we completed cooking, we tried our dish and the flavor was good, but we cannot say it was perfect. The vegetables were a little overcooked and the meat a bit undercooked.
5 lb Frozen Chicken
When we finished cooking our frozen chicken, it looked more boiled than roasted, and the appearance was not very appetizing. Cutting in to the chicken, we noticed that the meat close to the bone was completely raw, so we put it in for additional 20 minutes.
In the result this was probably too long because the chicken ended up dry and its taste was not great. Although, it still was not roasted.
What we got in the end was rather tasty and impressive. Even though the Power Pressure Cooker XL might cook crème brulee a little faster, you are still limited to cooking only 3-4 servings at one time, compared to an oven where space is not really a concern.
Cooking Rice In the Power Pressure Cooker XL
Cooking rice the Power Pressure Cooker XL appears to be easy. Once we put rice and waited for 6 minutes (in addition to the time to reach pressure, of course), it had a good flavor with no sticking or burning. However, several customers complained about the contrary.
Our Conclusions Regarding the Power Pressure Cooker XL
So, based on our test results we have made the following conclusions:
- The Power Pressure Cooker XL needs 15-20 minutes to come to pressure before you begin cooking. So, keep this always in mind when you consider your overall preparation time.
- It seems like the XL is rather confusing as to which settings you should use for which dishes. For instance, when you want to sauté something you need to set the chicken or meat setting, and when you want to cook the frozen chicken you should use the vegetable and the stew setting. As a result, if you want to cook a different recipe, not from the included book, you will probably have to experiment to see which settings work best for different foods.
- Also, while cooking we did not see any burning or sticking. Although, the inner pot seems to be stained fairly easily.
- We should also admit that the inner pot and the lid really hold on to some of smells, even after we washed them, scrubbed and thoroughly aired out. Only soaking them in warm water for a couple hours seemed to work best.
Basically, we can say that the Power Pressure Cooker XL might be a good helper for you in the kitchen – it can save some time on cooking certain dishes, if you are already comfortable using pressure cookers. If not, it seems to take even more time for learning and experimenting before you feel fully comfortable.
Furthermore, we do not agree with the advertisement that the Power Pressure Cooker XL is universal or one-touch. And, when we were cooking, it was not always “up to 70% faster.”
Is the Power Pressure Cooker XL Safe?
During our tests we experienced one thing: as it turned out, the XL’s pressure seal/vent valve was really loose and moved with just the slightest finger touch. So, it does not always stay in the position you set it in. It may quickly become frustrating.
Moreover, as the valve quickly releases hot steam, it could easily burn your skin, especially your face when it is over the vent, or when you accidentally touch it.
That’s why we think that this is the Power Pressure Cooker XL’s biggest design flaw. We hope in future updates the company will provide more safe design with the vent placed more firmly.
About the Power Pressure XL Manual
How to use your Power Pressure Cooker XL if you lose your manual?
The manufacturer provides the complete set of documents for each of their different Power Pressure XL models and sizes. Here you can find the guides that can help you start running the cooker as quickly as possible, as well as more in-depth manuals with explanation of all the features, program settings, and more:
- Power Pressure Cooker XL 6QT #PPC770 Quick Start Guide
- Power Pressure Cooker XL 6QT #PPC770 / PPC770-1
- Power Pressure Cooker XL 6QT PRO #PCXL-PRO6
- Power Pressure Cooker XL 8QT #PPC780
- Power Pressure Cooker XL 10QT #PPC790
Power Pressure XL Recipes
For those who do not want to be limited with recipes options we found29 Pinterest Recipes for Power Pressure Cooker XL! These recipes seem to be meaningfully different than those provided by the company. Check some additional recipes:
Not enough? Looking for more? Then try to search for “Power Pressure Cooker XL recipes” on YouTube. We are sure you will find plenty of them which will keep you busy for weeks.
When Cooking Chicken in Power Pressure Cooker XL
As we already learned, there are many different ways to cook chicken in the Power Pressure Cooker XL, but this typically constitutes cut or shredded chicken. Also you can find recipes for braised and BBQ chicken on the product’s website.
However, based on our test results, we found that the Power Pressure Cooker XL could not provide great results when trying to “roast” a whole frozen 5 lb chicken. After following all the directions, we found them completely raw close to the bone. Even after cooking it an extra 20 minutes, still the chicken’s taste was not very good, it was quite dry.
Probably we would be able to get better results, although we do not think the XL will prepare a true roasted chicken, even under better circumstances.
Coming to Conclusion: Is the Power Pressure Cooker XL Worth Purchasing?
So, based on the attractive Power Pressure Cooker XL infomercial and TV commercials, can it really help you cook more delicious meals with less effort? Maybe, but if you want to avoid some issues the reviewers claimed to experience in their reviews, such as very high S&H charges, poor customer service, we would rather recommend purchasing the pressure cooker from a local retailer.
Actually, a vast number of customers remained very pleased with their Power Pressure Cooker, so those who left negative reviews might have had bad experiences due to unfamiliarity using a pressure cooker. So, if you decide to purchase the Power Pressure Cooker XL, be sure to read the operation manual and follow all the directions in order to prepare delicious food which will meet your expectations!