Slow Cooker - Consumer Reports Ratings
Here are the 3 highest rated slow cookers. (rated in this order)
1. All Clad 99005
2. Rival Crock-Pot SCVC604H-SS
3. Hamilton Beach Set 'N Forget 33967
Does anyone have experience with these models? (..or these brands?) Any particular slow cooker recommendations?
I like quality and features; though who doesn't? I would like to keep the price within the $50-100 range. And would like at least a 6 quart capacity.
I am not familiar with using those brands, but did buy a Cuisinart 4-qt model with a timer on it, and like it very much. It is great to have the cooker switch to "warm" after the prescribed amount of cooking time because it is very rare that I actually get home in time to turn it off.
ConsumerSearch has its own set of recommendations, and only one are on both lists: the Hamilton Beach. http://www.consumersearch.com/slow-co... However, CS recommends the 33966 (as opposed to the 33967), and it's reasonably priced.
Personally, while I LOVE my AC products, my current crock pot is a cheap Rival (http://tinyurl.com/5mpgxn) which I'm happy with.
I have 2 crockpots, both inexpensive models, two different sizes. If I had to do it all over again, I would like a few more options than I have. Always want a timer and the 'warm' setting as the OP mentioned. Also, my sister has a Rival that has a place where you can store the spoon and a locking top. I think both of those options would be very useful if, for example, you want to bring the dish to someones house for a pot luck or even just to always know where your large spoon is. The locking top keeps the top sturdy and in place in the car if you are traveling with a full pot of food. Also, an on/off light is useful as one of my slow cookers has a knob, but no light.
I don't have any of those but I do have this Rival.
I got it for Christmas last year. Now, the hinge part on the lid is broken, the front little tab to open is broken as well. I don't know why these parts broke. I don't abuse it!
I have a smaller Hamilton Beach slow cooker that is over 2 years old and still looks like the day I got it.
I have a Rival one that I think is the same model or one close to the one listed. It works great for larger pieces of meat or big batches of things like chili. I can roast two chickens at once. The big oval model works better than the smaller crock built in round models. I like the multiple cook time settings and the warming cycle. My only complaint is that the plastic handle broke after using it a few times. I tried to get someone at Rival customer service to respond with no luck. All I wanted was to BUY a replacement handle. No such luck. I ended up buying a cupboard door knob, some washers and a small bolt and rigged a new handle.
I would say "None of the above." I have the Cuisiart PSC-400 4 qt slow cooker.
I like the electronic controls on it. I also like that it will start on "high" no matter what you set it for until it comes up to temperature and then shift to your setting. (Heating quickly past the "Danger Zone") When your cooking time is up, it will shift to "keep warm". The only thing I wish it would allow is dual programming. (Say, 2 hours on high and then 4 hours on low) .
Overall it works well and ;has some nice features. I recommend this one.