Summary: This was bought for us off our wedding registry, and it has been a big disappointment. Basically, whatever time the recipe says cook on high, you have to subsitute "low", and whatever the recipe gives as the cooking time for "low", you have to substitute "keep warm". Even the "keep warm" setting starts boiling -- and keeps boiling -- until you turn it off.
Summary: I am a working mother of two small children with a husband that travels 90% of the time. Needless to say, it is a struggle to provide a home cooked meal for my kiddos. I thought a slow cooker would be the answer. Yesterday, after fighting my way through a snowy rush-hour with two moaning kids, I was not greeted with the good smells of a home-cooked meal.
Summary: Twenty years ago, the Cuisinart brand was reputable. Now, not so much. I've tried several appliances and their quality control (as well as their design department) are nothing like they used to be. After various bad experiences, I just avoid this brand. For example, I tried to get some help from their customer "service" people when the dial markings on my pannini grill smeared off after one use. No help. The "service" person just denied that the smearing happened.
Summary: I hate to say but my husband actually picked one of these units up, BRAND NEW, from an estate sale. The lady was moving and didn't want it, so she was parting with it. For the $12 she was asking, my husband couldn't pass it up. I have a Rival slow cooker already, but I can always use 2 slow cookers. I went on line to see the reviews on this unit and possibly a manual to download and Boy! was I scared to use it!
Worked really great for 3 years, FIREHAZARD now!!!!
4 May 2008
Summary: I chose this product because of the brand so I expected premium quality even though it's made in China. The cooker looked and worked wonderfully for about 3 years. It started functionally erratically and so I removed the cord-winder and found that the electrical connection between the cord roller and the main unit had gotten so hot that the insulators and connectors were charred and the plastic near them melted.
Summary: I was excited when I bought this item. It looked wonderful! However, it boils/burns everything. Forget leaving it on if you leave the house. And, Cuisinart Customer Service is impossible to deal with. Now they're telling me I can box it up and send it back for a replacement. Do I really want another one? NO!! Would rate it zero stars if I could.
Summary: I bought this slow cooker thinking "AHHHHHHHHHH Cuisinart" - replacing my old Rival. Used it 3 times - had it on low and it burst the apples the first time in 1 hour. Burst the beans the 2nd time in 1 1/2 hours - the 3rd time - the potatoes turned to mush. Even on low it boils, not even a slow simmer. Most disappointed. Returned it and went back to Basics.
Summary: Hmmm,...I hate to bash this thing because it really does produce some great tasting food but it does it really fast. Faster then I want it to. I did happen to find the following comment at "Wikipedia" regarding slow cooker thermostats: "Many slow cookers have two or more temperature settings (e.g., low, medium, and high). A typical slow cooker operates at 80°C (176°F) on low, 90°C (194°F) on high, and 1 hour at 90°C followed by 80°C on medium.
Summary: I waited years to find the right slow cooker. The closest thing I came to one before was my crock pot of 20 years ago. It's just great to be able to put everything together in the morning (and that is still a lot of prep work) and be able to serve and enjoy an absolutely delicious meal at night when you feel, after a long day, you deserve only the best. If you are in your home all day, beware of the aromas from the chicken cacciatore.