Slow cookers are just great, especially during those days where you are not home most of the time, or you just want to sit back and relax without having to worry about dinner. Today, we’ll be showcasing two Slow Cookers that really stand out from the bunch
Hamilton Beach 33967 – The Best Programmable Slow Cooker
This slow cooker is nothing small, it has a 6 quart pot, made of stone, really big, I could cook up extras with this pot, and 1 pound of sliced chicken is not a problem for this large cooker. The pot has an oval shape, so you could get creative, think about leaving a whole chicken in overnight and having it the next day. The thing about this crock is that it’s made of stone, and its heavy, but that’s a good thing, because it’s almost as similar to the ceramic ones which would break really, really easily, it’s also dish washer safe, but I think that this crock is washable by hand just fine, all you have to think about is the weight.
The functions on the Hamilton Beach 33967 is amazing, it’s got almost everything that a slow cooker needs. The program function allows me to set the time and temperature I need, this is really great for simple things like meat, I just set the time to how long I want it to cook and I leave it, after a few hours I return with a ready and always warm meal waiting for me. It has an easy to see LED display, very useful especially at night when you don’t want to turn on the lights in the kitchen.
The handiest feature that comes with this slow cooker is the probe function. This monitors the temperature of the cooking and keeps it at a controlled level. When it reaches to a point where the temperature is suitable it will maintain that temperature by switching itself to keep warm and back to cook again if it were to drop. The reason why they call it probe is because you have to stick the thermometer they gave you into the pot, that’s right, set it to probe and probe the thermometer into the pot and leave it.
The clip on the tempered glass lid is really something, it may be really troublesome to lock and unlock but it’s crucial for a slow cooker, as some ingredients tend to bubble more than other and possibly causing a mess, well I for one do not want to come home to my dinner which is on the floor instead of in the pot. The lid also houses a spoon; I mean the spoon clips itself onto the lid for safe storage.
This slow cooker may be almost perfect, but it does receive some complaints from users about power interruptions. Imagine leaving your food for 7 hours, but the cooker stopped itself during the first 2 hours, that would leave you with uncooked and spoiled food. This is actually a programming error that causes the cooker to stop itself too early, maybe Hamilton Beach should have made the controls easier.
Overall it has a great performance, is easy to move around, just a tad heavy. If you need a programmable slow cooker, Hamilton Beach 33967 is a great buy and comes at an affordable price.
Hamilton Beach 33135 3-in-1 Slow Cooker – Best Value Slow Cooker
Usually I would set my crock pot on during the night, I would place some veggies and chicken with some herbs and a dash of wine, this makes a wonderfully healthy soup for breakfast which my family and I enjoy, especially in the cold morning hours. If you were thinking about investing in a crock pot try Hamilton Beach 33135 3-in-1 Slow Cooker because this best value slow cooker comes with not one, but three crock pots.
Most Versatile Slow Cooker – Best Value
More slow cooking action with versatility, that’s the specialty of this slow cooker by Hamilton beach. The most unique looking one so far, not because it has a base which doesn’t cover the entire pot unless you nest them in for packing, but because it has three stone pots, ranging from 2 quarts to 6 quarts. The benefit of having 3 different sizes is that if you are preparing smaller servings it is better to use a smaller pot, this will prevent the food from burning or cooking unevenly. I did have a large slow cooker and cooking just a handful of things seemed very unnatural, and the end result of using a large pot for small servings left me with an awful tasting sticky pile of charred vegetables.
Another fancy feature which this “Crocker” had was that it only used one lid, well some may want three lids for the three individual pots but for someone who loves to save space like me (because there was no space to begin with) I really do appreciate the ability of using a single lid for all three pots.
Speaking of space saving, the pots fit into the stainless steel base when they are not in use that saves me three pots worth of cabinet space, how nice and compact. And another bonus feature is that the parts that get into contact with food are 100% dishwasher safe.
So that was all the good that I could say about the Hamilton Beach 33135, let’s take a look at the ugly side. For someone like me, the three pots were something I would pride this for, well earlier in the review I did mention of the convenience they gave me in storage and usability, but they are really heavy. There is nothing to be fixed regarding this problem, so all I can say is that you might break your back trying to lift this, I may be over exaggerating a little but it is the only way to tell you how heavy it is.
This unit might have some flaws when it comes to electronics. A few users have complained that the pot overheats and plastic parts have melted. The materials the buttons were made of are said to be able to disintegrate and break off, I have never experienced it yet but by the looks of it I could see some truth in those bad reviews.
Some users have also mentioned hot spots with the pots and that the bottom of the pot is lined with crusty and burnt foodstuff which is not pleasant at all, but not entirely difficult to clean off.
So the verdict is entirely up to you, I had this Hamilton Beach 33135 and it was good, it might not be great or reliable in the long run but for the price I’d say it gives value for the money.
Compared to the 7-quart capacity of the KitchenAid line, the 6-quart Hamilton Beach slow cooker are not too bad at all at half the price. It doesn’t skimp on features either, because it has a glass lid, digital timer and a keep warm mode, which helps keep your food warm after you’ve cooked it. I like that it is oval, and can accommodate chicken if I want to cook a full bird.
It is a very solidly built model and has removable stoneware. I like that it is very programmable, with a manual mode where you can specify exactly how you want your food to be cooked. This helps you fine tune recipes for optimum flavor and taste.
Other people are quite satisfied with it and can overlook its flimsy handles because of its very programmable nature. If you’re looking for a large slow cooker that will do a great job with your food, this is the model to buy at only half the price of a Kitchenaid slow cooker.