I purchased the Hamilton Beach 33155 5 Qt. Slow Cooker from local Walmart store at price of around $20. It has four settings, off, warm, low, high heat. Since I am using it I haven't felt as I am missing the automatic setting, because this product takes about 2-3 hours on high heat to cook the food. And if the food is not to be served immediately, I just keep it on warm and works great.
Recommend this product?
It doesnot take much space on my countertop. It is so lightweight that if I dont like it to sit on my countertop, I just put it away in one my kitchen cabinets and pull it back on the countertop whenever I feel the need to cook in slow cooker.
Its a correct size to cook whole chicken ranging at weight of 4 lbs to 4.5 lbs. Easy to cook stews and soups in it. The slow cooking for the stews gives the best flavor to my recipes.
If the dishes cooked in Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker is to be taken to parties or get togethers, it is very portable and it comes with lid latch strap that fits on the gasket lid and to the handles to avoid the spills. One less thing to worry about, as we usually tend to worry about spills when transferring food.
With the Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker in my kitchen, I just need to preplan my meals and cook it without any worries. Just add all the ingredients, meat or veggies, plug in and the meal is ready in 2-3 hours. I dont need to keep stirring or give all of my time as I would do with the Stove top cooking.
What I seriously like about this product is it does not over spill. It makes cleaning so easy. The stoneware and the lid are dishwasher safe.
It comes in two colors, red and silver. It has one year warranty.
Amount Paid (US$): 20