Favorite Crock Pots


Hamilton Beach 33461 Stay or Go Portable Slow Cooker
hamilton beach crock pot

Pros:
Do you want to keep this at home to help you with the cooking? Fine. This product, however, becomes all the more stunning whenever you choose to bring this to potlucks and other events that are far from your humble abode. This has a super tight lid that doesn’t go astray no matter how tediously long the travel time may take. This Hamilton Beach genius is just enemies with spills. Also, the handles are completely ergonomic so carrying them wouldn’t be that much of a hassle. All you got to think about is you getting to the venue on time!

When it comes to its capacity, it could hold a pretty decent amount of foodstuff—somewhere around six quarts. If you want a more specific estimate, it could seamlessly accommodate up to six pounds of chicken and four pounds of roast. The temperatures go from warm to low to high. That “warm” thing right there is actually used to keep your food hot and fresh. As per users’ reviews, not all crock pots have this kind of innovation. Therefore, this one’s a sure find. Moreover, never will the bottoms get burned. All good. Another great thing about this is that it isn’t expensive. The price is very much reasonable, the primary reason why lots of folks prefer this over the others.

Cons:
There’s an issue regarding the pressure build-up. It could go out of control sometimes, which could damage the lids. Based on recent reviews, however, this problem has already been addressed by Hamilton Beach. The lids now have steam holes, which prevent the aforementioned glitch to happen.

Crock-Pot SCR300SS Manual Slow Cooker
Crock-Pot SCR300SS Manual Slow Cooker

Pros:
This one’s great for small families or small cliques. It could serve three to four people at once, thanks to its three-quart capacity. You could use this for almost everything. Sauces, appetizers, soups… name it! Also, this is equipped with different temperatures, of course, for various purposes. There are “high” and “low” selections, which you could play with according to how thick the meat that is in the cooker. Never worry about the bottom part getting burned.As long as there is a bit of liquid in there that will never happen. Also, the “warm” option is used to keep the meals hot and fresh even after they have been cooked to perfection. You could also count on this if you want to re-heat leftovers.

The lid, the stoneware and the heating base have perfect designs. Using this Crock-Pot product makes you feel like a pro. It is made out of brushed stainless steel, which looks, yes, sleek! The slow cooker is a beauty—looks modish and contemporary. The loop handle may be just a small part of this appliance, but it makes everything more comfortable. Removing the lid couldn’t get easier. Moreover, the two side handles make it a breeze to transport the cooker from one place to another. Lastly, the price—considering the quality you’d get—could easily take your breath away.

Cons:
After using this for stews and soups, the cooker may get a little too messy. So, if you’re the kind who doesn’t love cleaning up that much, this product may somewhat upset you. Also, when cooking, the water that builds up on the lid tends to flow down to that part where the lid and the stoneware meet. As a result, the lid may rattle. And, this case is a turn-off for others.

Hamilton Beach 33182A Slow Cooker
Hamilton Beach 33182A Slow Cooker

Pros:
Hamilton Beach caters to the wants and needs of bigger groups and families with this eight-quart slow cooker. Eight quarts means eight pounds of chicken or about six pounds of roast—massive meal this is! With this, any kind of meat gets super tender, and everybody knows how awesome it is when the meat falls to pieces of the bone. Notably, the cooker heats up very fast, so there’s not even a need for waiting. Just drop the ingredients a short while after turning this device on. By then, you’re good to go. This has three different temperature options, namely low, high and warm. If a crock pot got this kind of thing going on, excellence is almost automatically guaranteed.

This comes with a glass lid, but don’t get it wrong. That, together with the stoneware, is dishwasher-friendly. If you’ve always hated manual washing, this cooker would definitely make you less stressed out. The full grip handles are some of the best in the industry. They don’t look fancy to the point of being so frail. They got this conventional and traditional design, meaning they are superbly ergonomic. Transporting the cooker from one place to another is as easy as pie. Of course, the price… not too shabby. Getting all those revolutionary features with such cost is flat-out fantastic.

Cons:
Sadly, the light indicator is nowhere to be found. You really got to come close to the cooker just so you’d know it’s already on work mode. And, if you’re not really careful, you might even burn yourself. When cooking, the exterior gets extremely hot, so don’t get touchy with it. The cook pot is dishwasher-friendly, yes, but may be a little too heavy for your own taking. Whenever it’s slimy or greasy, it could easily fall off of your grip. You know better what could possibly happen if that’s the case.

Hamilton Beach 33969A Set ‘n Forget Slow Cooker
Hamilton Beach 33969A Set 'n Forget Slow Cooker

Pros:
Having the capacity of six quarts, this could surely serve your regular household. Or, say, a medium-sized group of friends. The full grip handles are big enough to make it easy for you to transport it, and cozy enough to avoid bringing some annoying tension to the hands. Also, the gasket lid couldn’t get any tighter so to avoid leaks and spills. The design may look a little bulky, but not really too cumbersome.  Anyway, if it’s Hamilton Beach, you know your dealing with quality.

Wait, we haven’t reached the most interesting part yet… until now. What really does “Set n’ Forget” mean? Simply put, this marvelous cooker is programmable. Say, if you’re busy all the time and you can’t even find an ample amount time to prepare a decent meal for the family, this very product could benefit you over the long haul. Pour the ingredients in there, set things up, and you could just leave it there doing its own stuff until it’s done. And, never worry if you can’t beat the deadline. When it’s finally cooked to perfection and you’re not around to attend to it, the cooker itself would effortlessly budge to “Keep Warm” mode. Now, that’s how you do it. There’s also this “Probe” mode, which has been specifically designed to make large chunks of meat achieve that kind of tenderness the gods above are obsessed with.
Of course, this one’s supposed to be more expensive compared to the others. Fortunately, this product’s cost is as awesome as its quality.

Cons:
Others have complained about the lid being not too tight, as what Hamilton Beach claims in its product description. Also, the LED display could get a little too faint when put in brightly lit places.

Crock-Pot SCCPVL610-S Programmable Slow Cooker
Crock-Pot SCCPVL610-S Programmable Slow Cooker

Pros:
This slow cooker is packed with state of the art features; it’s no wonder that this one’s a bestseller. It could carry up to six quarts of foodstuff, which means a six-pound roast perfectly fits in here. It could serve more than seven people at once, and that’s more than enough for a regular household. Lids are very important, and this appliance takes that into full consideration. Aside from the main lid, it possesses an added lid gasket to further avoid leaks and spills. Portability has already been mastered by this product. There’s no problem whatsoever with regard to carrying this stuff to parties and potluck events. The lids and the handles are to take care of it, and they never fail to deliver. Guess this cooker loves to travel, doesn’t it?

The programmable settings, of course, are mostly the center of the many positive reviews this product has gotten. You could just set things up and leave this device do what it does best, and the results would always be impressive. It could work unattended in as long as 20 hours! So, buddy, if you’re busy as hell, this one’s exactly for you.

Cleaning this thing up is never rough. The stoneware and the lid are dishwasher-friendly. On one hand, the outer part of the heating base could easily be washed using water, soap and a soft cloth. After that, you could just leave it flaunting its beauty on the counter. Because it’s super sleek, no need to keep it out of anyone’s sight.

Cons:
There are just very few pressing concerns about this product. The “Keep Warm” option may not literally be warm. Some think that such selection is actually super hot. Also, the cooker smells of plastic at first. Good thing such thing doesn’t affect the taste of food.