It is definitely a beauty to look at but I don’t want to look at it, I want to cook with it. I have used it five times now and it’s been great every time. The one mistake I made the first two times was locking the lid while I was cooking, which you are not supposed to do but somehow I missed in the manual.
It heats up quickly and the warming unit doesn’t get unusually hot to the touch which is important when you have kids. I haven’t had any issues with food overcooking so far and you can fit quite a lot of food in the 6 quart oval crock. You definitely want to stick with the recommendation to fill it no more than ¾ full however or you won’t be able to close the lid. The lid has a little rubber seal on it which I think serves to both insulate the food and keep the lid from banging around or cracking when you lock the lid for travel.
I love that it has a warm setting so I can keep dinner warm if it gets done a little earlier than we’re ready to eat. I had toyed with the idea of getting a programmable slow-cooker but thought it was better to stick with simple. So far I haven’t regretted that decision.
Clean-up is easy too! The stoneware crock and lid are both dishwasher safe but I’ve cleaned it by hand 4 out of 5 times because it cleans so easily. Nothing stuck to the crock at all and I’ve cooked everything from stew to chicken. I love how much easier it has been to clean than my old one!
The locking lid is great for transporting your food from one place to another or storing leftovers in the fridge. My only complaint is that there aren’t handles or much of a lip on the crock to grab on to in order to get it out of the heating unit. Otherwise this was a great crock-pot for my needs. I purchased the Crock-Pot on Amazon.com for $31.49 (the price has since come up). The stainless steel version of this model is a little lower priced at $29.47 right now and there is a $5 printable rebate available from Crock-Pot on certain models up until 11/30/2011. So if you are looking for a great crock-pot with a locking lid, I can recommend this one for you.
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