Who doesn’t love a good baked potato? We have yet to meet such a person – yet the issue most often cited by people who enjoy this type of meal is that it’s far too complicated to serve. That’s because potatoes will take forever to cook in the oven and if you use the microwave oven, you might just end up with a potato that’s undercooked in the middle and burnt on the outside. What’s the solution? It’s the Potato Express Microwave Oven Bag, according to a popular as-seen-on-TV product infomercial. But does the product really deliver on its claim to yield perfectly baked potatoes with the mere use of a microwave oven? That’s the aim of this Potato Express review: to find out if potatoes cooked in this bag are really that scrumptious.
The Potato Express review we consulted online stated this product only costs $24 for the whole set, which includes two microwave oven bags, two guides for recipes, plus two graters for cheese. You can use the whole pack or gift half of it to a friend or family member. The seller also offers a 30-day money back guarantee, but it’s not for a full refund – only for $10, and you’ll also have to pay for having the pack shipped back to its producers. The way the product works is by inserting a potato inside either one of its sleeves and then putting it into the microwave to cook. According to the infomercial, the potatoes are supposed to come out fully baked, with crisp skins and a fully baked core in no more than 4 minutes. The ad also says that the bags can be used for cooking potatoes in a wide range of other ways.
Reasons to Buy the Potato Express
- It cooks far quicker
It takes 40 minutes up to a whole hour to bake potatoes in the oven. Several tests ran by the author of a Potato Express review have revealed that the microwave sleeve can actually produce edible, cooked potatoes in a far shorter span of time, ranging from 4 to 10 minutes.
- It provides variety
Since baking potatoes in a traditional oven usually takes a long time, most people opt to boil, mash, or deep-fry them. The Potato Express allows you to sample baked potatoes as a side-dish, with far less effort than actual baking involved.
Since it’s made out of a textile fabric, the Potato Express microwave oven bag can be used several times, after it has been washed and dried. In this sense, it’s an environmentally friendly product.
- It works with other foods, too
The Potato Express microwave oven bag can also be used for corn or bread. It comes with a recipe book, which is chockfull of microwave oven ‘baking’ ideas and recipes.
Consumer Issues and Concerns
- It doesn’t exactly help bake the potatoes
According to more than just a single Potato Express review, the product doesn’t really help bake potatoes in the microwave. The sealable bags generate a sauna-like environment, inside which the potato is steamed. As such, the taste and texture of the end-product will resemble that of boiled potatoes far more than that of oven-baked ones. They come out with a crisp skin, but not completely dried out, as when cooking potatoes in the microwave oven without the sleeve. The inside remains fluffy and moist.
- It has size limitations
The sleeve is not big enough to accommodate 4 large potatoes, according to one Potato Express review. Four smaller ones might fit, but will take a longer time to cook (roughly 10 minutes, according to the same source) than advertised in the infomercial.
- The purchase process is not very friendly
When buying the Potato Express, you are mandated to purchase a double pack and there is no way to opt out of this. Also, several consumers claimed they were charged more than they expected, as items they hadn’t ordered were added to their bill. Furthermore, returning the products is costly and inefficient.
One Potato Express review we found online noted that there is one supermarket product with similar features available in most grocery stores. To boot, you can also buy similar products online, via Amazon, and many of them come with lower price tags.
The number of Potato Express reviews we found online was rather scarce. Given this fact, as well as the costly price of the item, the complicated return process, and the fact that other similar products are available at lower costs, this Potato Express review will conclude that the product is only recommendable for potato fans. They are likely the only ones willing to spend this much money on what is essentially a cloth bag.