Summary: While I have never owned this product, I thought I'd give my reasons for never buying it and maybe the manufacturer will listen. 1. Way too many complaints about how hot the outside gets. Fix it. 2.
Excerpt: We have used the removable searing/braiser twice now and it is a great feature for a one pot slow cooker. This is our forth slow cooker(wore out the others) and we are generally pleased with its proformance. A glass lid would be a great add-on. The capacity increase is also very nice.
Summary: After reading some of the reviews, I was a bit reticent to purchase this item, although we have a Breville toaster oven, which we love. I have none of the concerns about this slow cooker that others have expressed.
Summary: I checked the internal temps of this slow cooker using an oven thermometer. I was especially interested in the "low" temp because the newer slower cookers, or "crockpots" as they are oven called, cook at a temp too high for slow cooking at the low setting.
Summary: Nice slow cooker, can brown ingredients on the stove and transfer to slow cooking easily. Cleans very easily both inside and out. Really like the hybrid switch that cooks on high for a couple of hours and then lowers the temp. Doesn't have a lot of settings but just a few practical ones.