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.
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.
- 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.