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Power Pressure Cooker XL Review

Updated: August 15, 2016

Bottom Line

Pros

  • Safe to use
  • Cooks food as advertised

Cons

  • Poor instructions
  • Durability issues
  • Should not be used for canning
  • Poor customer service at official online site
Our Analysis
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The Pitch: Prepares all of your favorite slow-cooked meals in a fraction of the time!


The Verdict: Of course it does, because it's a pressure cooker, not a slow cooker, and not the best one at that.

Comparing a pressure cooker to a slow cooker is disingenuous, at best, but that's the least of our problems with the Power Pressure Cooker XL. It also claims that it "Meets USDA standards for canning." The USDA begs to differ, and in November 2014 it issued a statement via its offshoot organization, the National Center for Home Food Preservation (NCHFP), saying they do not recommend electric multi-cookers for safe canning. The Power Pressure Cooker XL is an electric multi-cooker, also known as countertop or electric pressure cookers.

But back to the slow cooker claim: the Power Pressure Cooker XL contends you can whip up succulent, wholesome meals with one touch of a button, 70 percent faster. Their pitch implies that they mean faster than a slow cooker, but that makes no sense as slow cookers and pressure cookers are two different products and are used differently.  

All pressure cookers are designed to cook food faster than traditional stovetop or oven methods, and many also double as slow cookers and/or rice cookers as well. The Power Pressure Cooker XL brings nothing new to the table and, compared to other countertop pressure cookers, gets very poor reviews from owners for durability. Those who ordered from the Power Cooker's official website also complain of bad customer service and extremely long shipping times. It's also more expensive if you go that route, $99.99 plus $29.99 shipping and handling -- nearly one-third the price of the cooker -- for a grand total of $129.98. Walmart sells it for $80, as of this review date.

Having said all that, the Power Pressure Cooker XL really does cook like it says it does, and those who are happy with it say they love how quickly it cooks delicious, succulent roasts and other large cuts of meat and poultry. It also excels at soups, stews, broths and more. Like virtually all electric pressure cookers, the instruction book is reported as short on specifics, so there is a learning curve, and many users say it's helpful to purchase a separate cookbook. However, if you do purchase this product, we strongly recommend that you do so at a local retailer, like Walmart or Bed Bath and Beyond; both stores carry it at most locations, or go to a reliable online source such as Amazon.com. Owners who go that route are much more satisfied than those who purchase it from the Power Pressure website.

We love pressure cookers, and there are few countertop kitchen appliances more awesome than the electric pressure cooker, but we suggest you forget about the Power Pressure Cooker XL. There are a lot of countertop pressure cookers that get much better reviews, like the Instant Pot IP-DUO60 (Est. $100). Yes, it's a bit more expensive, but it can also make yogurt and it has a stainless steel pot. If you prefer nonstick, the Fagor 6-qt. Electric Pressure Cooker (Est. $90) is a good choice that gets better reviews overall than the Power Pressure Cooker XL. We discuss several excellent electric pressure cookers in our separate report on pressure cookers.

If you want to can, a stovetop pressure cooker is a must. Our Best Reviewed canner, the ), and a less expensive model, the are both great choices. Do not use electric pressure cookers for canning. They may claim they're safe, but until the product is tested and approved by the NCHFP, don't risk it. Food borne illnesses are not something you want to take a chance with.

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