Included probe tracks temperature to prevent overcooking, with four entry points to choose from. Once food is cooked, the pot automatically goes to "warm" so food doesn't get cold. Large enough for 6 lb. chicken or 4 lb. roast. Keeps at temperature for 24 hours.
The cord could be a bit longer. Can only set the timer in 30-minute increments. Clamps make it difficult to carry.
Handles clip on tight to prevent spills. Easy to use and clean. Lighted display changes color when the food is done. Users love the dual setting option and all of the different foods that can be made.
Some users feel the lid could fit tighter. Initial use can be confusing without carefully reading the manual.
Latch on lid locks into place. Handles flip out for easy carrying. Very simple to use. Temperature remains consistent. After cooking completely, the "warm" setting keeps food hot. Lid can be removed and is dishwasher safe, as is the ceramic crock.
Be careful when opening lid, as escaping steam can cause burns. No light to indicate if unit is on.
Perfect size for chicken breasts, lasagna, desserts, and casseroles. Heats evenly with the same temperature options as deeper slow cookers. Latches lock in place for carrying. Stoneware crock is removable and can be used in the oven. Stores well in smaller spaces.
Smaller capacity than other slow cookers, and will not hold larger roasts. Unit does get hot, so handle with pot holders.
Can remove the handle locks if they get in the way. Good capacity for cooking up to two people. Great for making dishes such as chili and stew. Various colors available.
While the latches are helpful in keeping the lid in place, the vent holes will leak, so pot should not be tipped.
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Hamilton Beach slow cookers come in a wide variety of styles and sizes. There’s a slow cooker for every use case, whether you need a three-quart model or an eight-quart model. There are Hamilton Beach slow cookers covered in stripes, shimmer, chevrons, and ginghams. Top-of-the-line models include a probe temperature tracker that turns the slow cooker to warm once the food reaches temperature. Some models can even keep food warm for 24 hours. If you find yourself invited to more than your fair share of potlucks, consider a model with a lid that locks for easy portability. And if your mouth waters at the thought of coming home to a hot meal, consider a programmable slow cooker from Hamilton Beach.
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