Power Pressure Cooker XL is trying to tempt you with 3 things: delicious food, blazing-fast speed, and ease-of-use. They claim this digital pressure cooker will not only cook all your foods to perfection 10x faster but at the push of a button to boot.
Power Pressure Cooker XL is brought to you by Tristar Products, sellers of Genie Bra and Power Juicer. They get a C rating from the BBB because there have been over a thousand complaints about products in the last 3 years.
What is Pressure Cooking?
Pressure cooking is nothing new or that fancy. It’s essentially cooking with a sealed lid – air or liquids are not permitted to escape below a pre-set pressure (thanks Wikipedia!) This causes the steam from the boiling fluids to penetrate and cook food more quickly, up to 70% faster than conventional cooking in an oven. They often claim pressure cooking retains vitamins and nutrients that are boiled away in an open pot, but this has not been substantiated.
How Power Pressure Cooker XL Works
Pressure Cooker XL uses the aforementioned pressure cooking technology, albeit one with a digital interface with pre-set cooking times. Professional pressure cookers used by chefs are more hands-on, but most any home version is going to be electronic and offer similar features.
The Power Pressure Cooker XL “Bait and Switch”
If you visit the Power Pressure Cooker XL website and decide to buy it, you are instantly confronted with a conundrum: go ahead and order the Power Pressure Cooker XL as intended or take advantage of a “limited time offer” and switch to Power Pressure Cooker PRO. This is essentially the same product, except it offers a few more customizable/manual features and a few design tweaks. (There is an “ergonomic” handle and a “built-in spoon rest”. Everyone say “Ooooh!”)
They highlight you can “customize your cook time” and that it’s “chef preferred” to get you to take the bait. Instead of 3 payments of $33.33 (for the XL) it’s 3 payments of $43.32 for the PRO, plus S&H, hoping to disguise the true cost.
The Real Numbers:
Power Pressure Cooker XL is $99.99 plus $29.99 S&H TOTAL: $129.98
Power Pressure Cooker PRO is $129.96 plus $29.99 S&H TOTAL: $159.95
Power Pressure Cooker XL includes:
- Power Pressure Cooker XL
- Recipe Book
- Canning Guide
- Power Chopper
“A $70 Value!”
Products like Power Pressure Cooker PRO throw in items for free and give them a fake dollar amount as to their retail price. In this case, it’s a couple of recipe guides and a “power chopper” that probably only cost them pennies to make or buy at wholesale, but they say they are worth a total of $70. They claim they are giving you this “value” free. Don’t believe it!
Power Pressure Cooker XL Warranties
The Power Pressure Cooker XL comes with a 60-day limited warranty, which is fair enough (but remember S&H is never refundable). At checkout time, you have the option to “upgrade” to a 3 year warranty for $15 or 6 years for $30. Keep in mind that most people rarely use extended warranties and this is another pitch to pinch pennies from your purse.
Bottom Line: Is Power Pressure Cooker XL a Scam?
Pressure cooking is certainly a fine way to make food (and thinking about it is making us hungry for pulled pork that drips off the bone). But in addition to the slight-of-hand during your online purchase, there have been many complaints about using the electronic system via telephone that misplaces orders, hangs up on you, and/or adds mysterious charges to your bill. We suggest you find a pressure cooker that doesn’t put the “pressure” on at checkout.