Excerpt: This slow cooker was purchased to replace a very old one that finally stopped working. It heats up so quickly and gets quite hot even on low. I have cooked thawed meats on low in an hour or less and have cooked a 3lb.
Summary: Do not pay $200 for this item! The only main difference between this slow cooker with removable aluminum stovetop insert and the 6 quart version is that the 6 qt version has a timer, and this one does NOT. AND the 6 qt version (model 33567 or 33567T) is only about $60.
Excerpt: I am a total crock pot cooker! The Hamilton Beach 5.5 Quart Oval Slow Cooker Crock pot is wonderful! It's very large, super easy to use, and to clean up!I love to cook in the crock pot, because I can start my dinner first thing in the morning, cook it all day, and have it ready when the family comes...
Summary: The features I like the most are the removable pan, which is nice for cleaning, the shape, which allows you to put long cuts of meat in, the warm setting for keeping food, the ability to brown meat right in the removable pan, and the cord holder underneath.
Summary: Bought this on Amazon for $56 in January 2012. Used it 4-5 times a year. It was convenient to brown meats and veggies and then put that into the base to continue cooking. Low generally was hotter than other slow cookers, but it seemed ok.
Summary: I checked out so many slow cookers before I bought this one that my brain ached. According to the reviews on Amazon, a number of slow cookers were either unsafe or simply shut themselves off prematurely, leaving nearly raw, cold food sitting for hours in the pot.
Summary: Performed as expected. It is a good all around slow cooker. I took off one star for the fact that the handle should be insulated. Make the handle insulated so you don't need a pot holder to lift the lid and it is a 5 star product.
Summary: I don't know why I didn't always have a pot like this one! So convenient. It makes cooking so much easier. Easy to clean. My only complaint is that the handles get very hot. Be Careful when removing the hot lid.
Summary: I've had multiple slow cookers before but this is the best one ever. It's light weight, has a nonstick coating, and cooks evenly and at the proper temperatures. Clean up is a breeze - couldn't be more pleased with this. Will give another as a gift.