Summary: This is the only crockpot I would ever buy! Being able to brown meat in the same pot is the only way I would take the time to do it. Awesome for spaghettie sauce or chili: cook the meat, then add the sauce ingredients and let it cook!
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: I purchased this to replace a Cuisinart that had a ceramic bowl that cracked. This is WAY better! The fact that you can brown with it on the stove and then throw it right into the base is reason enough to get this. It cooks evenly too. I wish I'd gotten this the first time around.
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: Based on all the excellent reviews, I'm sure that the problems was unique to this unit. The heating element was out of whack. all temperature settings created the same amount of heat, too hot. Finally opted to go with a 3-in-1 unit.
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.
Teflon-like coating: If you're avoiding PTFE's, don't buy this
Maggie Magoo, Amazon
13 March 2013
Summary: Those who want to avoid Teflon-like, PTFE nonstick coatings need to know that this cooker's aluminum cooking surface is coated with Xylan. I couldn't tell that from the product description or picture, but when I started to unpack the pot it looked coated with something.
Summary: I am loving this slow cooker. I have so far done two meals for company, and both have been a great success. The size is a bit too big for my daily needs, being a single person, but I chose it primarily for entertaining. For this, the size is perfect.