Summary: I had the All-Clad slow cooker that Cook's Illustrated rated #1 in their tests-- it worked for two years, and then died. All-Clad customer service doesn't repair their slow cookers, and they only offered my 30% off toward a replacement. At $190 retail, that's $130 for a slow cooker that lasted two years-- no thank you! At 4 quarts, this Cuisinart model is smaller than my previous 6.5 qt All-Clad, but for our family of three, it's just right.
Summary: I am a long time slow cooker user. With my family downsizing I needed a smaller 4-quart capacity slow cooker. This model is great for a family of 4. It is compact - fits right into a small cabinet when not in use. No bulky electronic timer hanging off the front. The electronic controls are very easy to set. It has 4 settings - high, low, simmer and warm. The timer is settable in half hour increments. The unit heats and performs very well. The lid is very light weight.
Summary: Nancee Swartz. For a slow cooking device, I have found it to be well-made and durable. We have used it for several occasions. It holds 6 quarts which is a medium sized entree and large enough for most produce. It is also made of stainless steel and is easy to clean in the dishwasher.
Summary: Works very well. The only thing I am disappointed about is that although it is described as "programable" you can not set a start time. In other words, if you want it to come on at 10 AM and you leave for work at 8 AM you are out of luck.
Summary: wanted a smaller slow cooker for just the wife and myself. checked out several brands and read all the reviews. was concerned by the comments about cooking temperatures and boiling. yes it achieves a slow boil occasionally while on the low setting. pot has never boiled over, cooking temps and times work well with cookbook instructions (others as well as Cuinsinart) and size is perfect for 2 or 3 people.
Summary: I am enjoying my new slow cooker. I did not realize until after I purchased it that it did not have a delayed start, but it switches to the warm setting after the programmable time. It cooks fast on low so I am now trying to reduce the cooking time so the food is not over cooked. Overall, I am pleased with the purchase.
Summary: While this unit may look nice, the build quality is terrible. Mine did not work correctly right out of the box. The unit kept shutting off on its own, even with the timer and heat settings set correctly. Not worth buying, especially when you lose money shipping the large defective product back.
Summary: I bought the Cuisinart PSC-400 because I wanted to expand my cooking skills into the realm of slow cooker convenience--but at the same time, I wanted to avoid the wonderful varieties of bland, gray, tough, and mushy disappointment that slow cookers are so famous for. I previously owned 2 slow cookers, both Rival Crock-Pots. One was the original cylindrical model (with the crockery that didn't detach from the base); the other was a more recent 7 qt. oval model.
Summary: For the most part, this works as it should, and it makes awesome chili/etc. The only issues I have run into are with the fake chrome handles and the plastic on the lid. The stainless looks great, but the handles are painted plastic, and the plastic peels right off. It looks awful after 1 run. As for the lid handle, the plastic on that melted after one use. Lastly, the lid doesn't fit very snugly into the base.
Summary: This product is a blot on the Cuisinart name. It's controls are backwards, Hi means Lo and vice versa. For the first couple of times we used it, so long as we remembered the 'eccentric' controls, it worked fine. Now it won't heat above 160F. I'd happily trade in the 'state of the are' electronic controls for a simple rheostat and a separate timer. From now on, if I want something slow-cooked, I'll just put a pot on the simmer plate. Bleagh!