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The Instant Pot VS The Power Pressure Cooker XL

If you are looking to buy the ultimate pressure cooker that will replace other cooking appliances, then you are reading the right content. We have created this comparison post for those of you who are in search of versatility. Numerous brands are bombarding the market with their multipurpose cooking appliances. However, two such machines that have caught the attention of the consumer in recent times are Power Pressure Cooker XL (PPC XL) and various models from Instant Pot (IP).

Each of these models has their strengths and weaknesses, and something you prefer doesn’t mean that it is a top priority for all others as well. But we do guarantee you that each of the models that we are considering in this article has something to offer that you will love. So, let’s begin!

Overall Comparison: Instant Pot vs. Power Pressure Cooker XL

Both the brands have their own positives attributes. For example, they both come with various pre-set programs that you can use to prepare different meals as per your requirements. Power XL emphasizes on 70% faster cooking as compared to the traditional cooking techniques while Instant Pot underlines on utility and convenience.

All products from IP don’t go over 8 quarts whereas, Power Pressure Cooker XL goes up to 10 Quarts. Instant Pot focuses on offering functionalities that the user can reprogram according to the needs and requirements while PPC XL stays focused on presets. Both the brands can’t do everything, but they do offer plenty of value for the money that you spend for them.

If you prefer preset programs, then you should opt for Power XL and if you like to set your own presets the go for IP cookers. Furthermore, Instant Pot comes with a Yogurt Maker while Power Pressure cooker XL comes in 10-Quarts capacity which none of the Instant Pot models have to offer.

If the price is a deciding factor, then XL takes the lead again over Instant Pot because it is a lot cheaper than most of the models of Instant Pot excluding the Lux Series which has the same price as Power Pressure Cooker XL. Therefore, overall PPC XL has the edge over IP only when we talk about price and capacity. Regarding technological advancement, safety and versatility IP will always come out on top.

Instant Pot Lux Series vs. Power Pressure Cooker XL

The significant advantage Instant Pot Lux Series has over PPC XL is its price. Lux Series pressure cookers come with a similar price tag as that of Power Pressure Cooker XL, and it comes with almost all the functions that its competitor has in it.

On the other hand, Power Pressure Cooker XL offers greater capacity at 10 Quarts which can cook a full turkey, as compared to the Lux Series. However, PPC XL has lesser manual options or programs for the users as compared to Lux Series.

It might not matter for some user, but others may like to change a few options around. Lux Series is equipped with a feature that allows the cooking process to be delayed for up to 24 hours which is not available in Power Pressure Cooker XL. Preset programs are a preference for some of the users because if you have to set a program manually, then you won’t need a multipurpose pressure cooker.

However, manual setting is for those people who know what they are cooking and how much time does the dish need to prepare adequately. Instant Pot Lux Series turns out to be the winner because you might not be able to go for higher capacity Lux Series but it does come with some handy features with manually preset cooking programs at an affordable price.

Instant Pot Duo Series vs. Power Pressure Cooker XL

The Instant Pot Duo Series takes lead over Power XL due to its “Yogurt Maker” feature. You can make yogurt with a simple setting in your Instant Port Duo Series pressure cooker but not with Power Pressure Cooker XL.

The only advantage of Power XL over Duo Series is that it comes cheap and offers a higher capacity of 10-Quarts as compared to Duo Series. The Duo Series comes with various manual presets and its construction is based on safety as well.

The XL lags behind Duo Series concerning functions because it lacks the safety features that Instant Pot provides to its consumers. The simplest of the safety features of this type of appliance involves an auto steam release feature that is not present in the XL.

Power XL only has one feature that is not there in the Duo Series, and that is the canning system, but NCHFP and FDA don’t recommend pressure canning your food. Furthermore, the quality of the cooking pot is a significant comparison factor. The cooking pot of the Duo Series is made of stainless steel while that of the XL is non-stick coating pot that is more prone to sticking or burning food.

Apart from price tag and capacity, there is no other reason to choose Power XL over Duo Series or if you intend to use it for canning. Therefore, Duo Series turns out to be the winner because it provides you with cooking safety, a stainless steel cooking pot and of course you can manually set your cooking programs as well.

Instant Pot Smart Series vs. Power Pressure Cooker XL

Instant Pot Smart has everything which makes it a next-generation pressure cooker. Regarding features, it is way ahead of the competing brands in the market. You can connect this cooker with your phone and control it remotely to delay the cooking times as per your requirements.

The Power XL only has an advantage when it comes to price or the capacity. Otherwise, Instant Smart Pot is miles ahead of it. As claimed by Instant Pot website, the Smart Series is million-in-1 multi-purpose pressure cooker, and you can preset almost anything you want into it. It is not available in Power XL.

The Smart Series also has a stainless steel cooking pot which is not there in the XL, and it is also equipped with additional safety measures such as an auto steam release.

If you want pressure canning, then XL will provide you with that feature, but Instant Pot continues to focus on regulation from FDA and doesn’t include in its Smart Series as well. The only disadvantage that the Smart Series has as compared to the XL is it is very expensive, but it does allow you to save numerous cooking program settings too.

The winner of this roundup turns out to be Smart Pot Series because it comes with a remote feature to delay the cooking time whenever you need it. You can also pre-set many programs, and it won’t burn or stick the food in its stainless steel pot as well.

Instant Pot Duo Plus Series Vs. Power Pressure Cooker XL

The Instant Pot Duo Plus Series has all the features of Duo Series. However, it does come with a ‘sterilize’ setting in addition to ‘egg’ and ‘cake’ programs in the Duo Series. However, it is slightly more expensive as compared to the Duo series.

It also features a Yogurt Maker that is not there in Power XL. The only advantage of Power XL over Instant Pot Duo Plus Series is the price factor and 10-Quarts capacity. Apart from the manual settings, the Power XL lags in foam and functions as well.

The XL doesn’t come with an auto steam release which is a standard for most multi cookers. Furthermore, just like the Duo Series, the Duo Plus also doesn’t come with canning system because FDA doesn’t recommend it, but Power XL has it. In addition to that, the cooking pot of the Duo Plus Series is also made of stainless steel whereas; the XL comes with a non-stick coating pot.

Apart from capacity and price tag, the Power XL doesn’t have any other advantage over Instant Pot Duo Plus Series. Therefore, the Instant Pot Duo Plus Series turns out to be the winner because it provides you with a stainless steel cooking pot, safe cooking, and you can set your cooking controls as well.

Conclusion

Both Power XL and all the models of Instant Pot have their positives and negatives. When we talk about price and capacity Power XL takes the lead over Instant Pot. However, besides that, there is nothing much to discuss. Instant Pot, on the other hand, enables you to take control of whatever you are cooking for your family.

It is expensive as compared to Power Pressure Cooker XL but it does offer plenty of versatility, quality, and safety. If you are willing to invest more and want more capacity, then go for PPC XL. However, if you genuinely want to enjoy the benefit of multi-purpose cooking, then bring any model of Instant Pot to your kitchen.

Power Pressure Cooker XL Review

Power Pressure Cooker XL or PPC XL is a digital multi-cooker that assists you in preparation of all slow-cook recipes that you like within a few moments. It will help you in the making juicy and succulent food with a just single button. According to the company, it cooks 70% faster as compared to the traditional methods and techniques. It means that this pressure cooker will save plenty of your energy, time and hard earned money and during the process, it will create some of the most wholesome meals for you and your family.
There is no doubt the advertisements regarding this cooker raises some intriguing selling points because everyone wants some scrumptious home-made foods within a few moments. Let’s find out whether this pressures cooker lives up to them.

Understand how it operates?

The Cooker XL comes with Flavor Infusion feature that keeps the steam within its pot and it stays highly heated. It forces the moisture and liquid to remain in the bowl along with the nutrients and their flavors.
One-touch operation cooks all your meals within a few minutes including beans, fish, meat, rice, vegetables, stews soups and others. It allows you to save plenty of preparation time and make it easy for you because you just have to add all the ingredients in a single pot.
You can also add frozen foods into it along with all the ingredients of the recipe you are cooking, and that’s it. Just turn on, choose the program you want to use and leave the kitchen to attend to you other unfinished chores. It will not only save you some precious time but will also conserve energy for you because you are only dealing with one unit.
This pressure cooker allows you to set its pressure in the range from 10kPa to 80kPa. It will enable you to sauté or brown your food including a variety of vegetables and fruits.

Prominent Features

The XL cooker features a unique Flavor Infusion technology that keeps all the nutrients and moistures within the pot so that you can cook wholesome dishes for your family.
It features a digital panel for display, and there are different pre-set operations that you can use to cooks a variety of foods. It also comes with a lid that is safe to lock and a manual steam release along with an automatic mode for maintaining warm mode. There is a sturdy and large lid arm handle that allows you to grip it conveniently.
There is a safe release valve, auto lock handles, locking lid and a pressure indicator as well. The cool touch exterior is made of stainless steel that you can wipe off clean in a matter of seconds. The cooker is covered under one year warranty as well.
It is available in three different capacities or size including 6 Quart, 8 Quart, and 10 Quart. There are not many differences if we talk about the features in all these three sizes apart from the capacities. All these cooker sizes can easily replace six other appliances in your kitchen including a pressure cooker, a slow cooker, a soup maker, a canner, a steamer, a rice cooker, and cookware.

Price and Refund Policy

The price and refund policy varies from store to store. If you purchase it from the company directly, then the prices will not include the retailer’s margin. There is an 8 Quart Deluxe model also available which adds a steaming rack, a canning lid and is available in cinnamon, cobalt and copper colors. This model will cost you the same price as 10 Quart model.
Your purchase will include a power canning, power chopper and power cooking recipe book and regardless of which model you choose the shipping charges remain the same. Your appliance will come with a 60-day money back guarantee excluding the shipping charges. 3-year and 6-years warranties are also available at additional costs.

Take a Look at the Downsides

We have conducted this research based on over 500 customer reviews associated with the Power XL. Many of them have provided positive feedback on this appliance, but there have been some genuine complaints regarding this pressure cooker as well. Let’s briefly asses those issues reported by the users of the PPC XL.

  • Shipping time is long


Most of the customer reviews that we have considered for this research were based on delayed delivery times. Many customers experience a delivery time ranging from four to six weeks, but some of them had to wait up to four months to get their hand on the cooker that they had ordered. One of the reviews claimed that the cooker the company took about a hundred and thirty-seven days to deliver the appliance as well. Some of them also received a model different from what they have ordered as well. Although it is the company’s error, the customers were charged for additional shipping.
A majority of the complaints associated with late delivery were old which means that the manufacturer addressed the issue promptly.

  • The cooker doesn’t work as claimed in the advertisements


Many customers also complained about the quality of the materials used in the making and they were also not pleased with the performance of the cooker. Some of the complaints mentioned that the cooker doesn’t maintain appropriate pressure and it tends to burn food which makes it very irksome to clean later on. Some also complained about the vague instructions while others were not too happy with the timer as well. The cooker takes at least twenty minutes for pressurizing before it starts cooking. Some of the complaints were about the issue that the unit doesn’t operate 2000ft over sea level while some users below the elevation of 2000ft said that the cooker has a tendency of breaking jars.

What does our test say?

In our test, we used four random recipes from the recipe book that comes with the Power Pressure Cooker XL.

  • The Recipe of Pot Roast


We remained focused on sautéing vegetables in the Power Pressure Cooker XL, but there were no directions included in the given recipe to do such a thing. Therefore, we selected the meat/chicken program. Then we waited for the pot of the cooker to adequately heat up. It allowed us to get our sautéed vegetables done. Their flavor was pleasant enough but not perfect because they were overcooked while the meat was a little bit undercooked because it was not falling apart as usual pot roasts do.

  • Frozen Chicken (5lbs)


The 5lbs. frozen chicken that we cooked in this Power Pressure Cooker XL was not roasted but boiled. It didn’t look so great in terms of looks as well. The inner side or the meat that was close to the bone, stayed raw. We had to put into the cooker for an extra twenty minutes. This might have been a bit too much for the chicken, and it turned very dry. It didn’t taste that good either, but still, the chicken was not roasted as it should.

  • Crème Brule Recipe


In this test, the outcome was very encouraging, and the Brule had an excellent taste. Though, the Brule cooked a little too fast in this cooker; we were only limited to prepare three or four servings in one seating based on our ramekins’ size. It is not much of an issue in your oven because space is not a concern at all.

  • Rice Cooking


As we have found out the right way to sauté in this unit, we cooked onions before putting the rice into the pot, and it was done in a jiffy. After reaching the required pressure and an additional six minutes, the rice tasted very good, and there was no burning or sticking, but they were slightly underdone.

Conclusion

  • The PPC XL takes at least twenty minutes to reach the pressure prior to beginning the actual cooking process. You must consider this time into your overall time of preparation.
  • The pre-set operations are a bit confusing because they don’t go with the settings for particular recipes. For instance, sautéing needed chick/meat program while the frozen white meat operated with stew program. Therefore, you will have to do plenty of experimenting with the settings for preparing different foods.
  • The internal pot of the cooker becomes stained quickly, but we didn’t experience any sticking or burning during our test.
  • The inner pot retains or holds different flavoring smells of various foods, and you must soak the pot in lukewarm water to clean it out entirely.


We conclude that the PPC XL does cook some dishes very quickly but not all of them. You need to do plenty of experimenting with the settings of this cooker before you start cooking various dishes with it. Most importantly, the cooker takes about 20 minutes to come to pressure before it is ready to cook anything. It means that the unit does live up to the claims that the manufacturer makes but you have to make considerable effort to be successful at using this cooker.

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