It’s well known that product manufactures always grapple with the idea of making a product that offers the functionality that consumers want, but with the simplicity they need to make the product useful. Maybe you’ve had the experience of purchasing a product only to find that it’s not worth the time and effort to actually get it working.
This article will be comparing two pressure cookers that approach this issue from different ways. I will be focusing on the Cosori Electric Pressure Cooker and the Power Pressure Cooker XL.
Both of these pressure cookers are presented as easy to use, yet full of options. By the end of this article, you’ll be able to decide which one fits this model more and will be a better choice for you.
Overview of the Cosori Electric Pressure CookerCosori 7-in-1 Multifuntional Pressure Cooker
The Cosori Electric Pressure Cooker comes in two sizes, 6-quart and 2-quart. It is advertised as a 7-in-1 multicooker. The seven functions being; pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, sauté pan, stock pot, steamer and warmer.
It has 15 preset cooking modes; Meat, Poultry, Vegetables, Steam, Sauté, Slow Cook, White Rice, Brown Rice, Beans, Broth, Curry, Soup, Multigrain, Congee, Chili. It also has a manual mode to choose your own cooking options.
The Cosori electric pressure cooker has cool touch handles and 9 built-in safety features to ensure pressure stays at a safe level while in use.
The inner pot is stainless steel, and the pot comes with an extra silicone sealing ring to keep you using the pot longer before you may have to get it serviced.
Overview of the Power Pressure Cooker XL
The Power pressure cooker XL comes in three sizes, 6-quart, 8-quart, and 10-quart. It comes with 7 cooking presets; canning/preserving, soup/stew, slow cook, rice/risotto, Power Pressure Cooker XL – 10 quartbeans/lentils, fish/vegetable steam, and chicken/meat.
The pressure cooker comes with a non-stick inner pot. However, customers frequently report that the coating rubs off and food sticks easily, especially when over cooked. Another frequent customer complaint is that odors tend to linger in the gasket and pot long after use and thorough cleaning.
The Power Pressure Cooker XL touts seven built-in safety features intended to prevent pressure related accidents.
Which one has more and better features?
As you read earlier both of these pressure cookers offer pretty much the same main functions. The differences are seen in the presets. The Cosori pressure cooker has 15 presets, while the Power Pressure Cooker XL only has 7. Among the presets of the Cosori you will also find a wider variety options.
One feature the Power Pressure Cooker XL does have that the Cosori doesn’t is the canning/preserving option. However, to ensure your safety and health, it is best that you don’t use this option.
If you’ve read any of the other reviews on this site concerning electric pressure cookers that offer a canning feature then you know that the FDA and the NCHFP recommend against using electric pressure cookers for pressure canning.
The fact that a product manufacture advertises this feature on their product may make it seem like it is safe, but it really isn’t.
The manufacture of this pressure cooker and others that offer the option are permitted to do so because they meet the minimum qualifications of size, capacity, and presence of a steam vent, that deems a product a canner by the FDA.
However, when developing safe canning methods, the FDA and National Center for Home Food Preservation only use stovetop pressure cookers. Any information you find that presents safe canning methods using electric pressure cookers has not been verified.
Which one is easier to use?
When it comes to programming a pressure cooker, the Power Pressure Cooker XL is about as simple as you can get. Each option has a one touch preset button, and there is a large display for the countdown timer.
The Power Pressure Cooker XL also has one large button in the center used to select the cook time; either quick, medium or well. This same button is used for your rice setting; white, brown or wild. A corresponding light will indicate which setting you have chosen. To add time, you simply used the time adjustment feature.
The Cosori Electric Pressure Cooker also has a simplistic interface. Each of the 15 presets are displayed with a corresponding button.
There are buttons for your cook timer, pressure level, keep warm, and manual setting. It also has a simple display for the count-down timer and corresponding lights to indicate pressure level.
The one thing that may be more intuitive on the Cosori is manual programming. With the Power Pressure Cooker XL, you choose a preset and then add or subtract time to manually program. The Cosori makes this process simpler with a dedicated manual setting, and the ability to easily select pressure and input time.
Which one is right for you?
One of the first decision you would need to make when choosing one of these pressure cookers is first, the size you would like. If you must have a larger capacity pressure cooker, then your only option from the ones presented in this article will be the Power Pressure Cooker XL.
Earlier I mentioned the choice between functionality and ease of use. If you are looking for something that is one touch and done, and have little desire to make adjustments, then the Power Pressure Cooker XL would be a sufficient option for you.
If you want to do more manual programming of recipes then you may run into some trouble at first when learning to adjust the presets to fit a recipe. Once you get the hang of it, it isn’t difficult.
If you want a wide variety of options that are easily programmed, go with the Cosori. The 15 presets will likely keep you busy exploring your culinary options for a while, and are laid out in an easy to read and easy to use menu.
The other benefit is the easy manual programming options. Instead of making adjustments to presets, simply input all your options.
The bottom line is, if high capacity is your main concern then go with the Power Pressure Cooker XL. For anything else, there’s really no contest. The Cosori Electric Pressure Cooker seamlessly provides a wide selection of functions with an easy to use interface.