Just a quick addition. I had a perfectly good, old Rival crockpot, perfectly good that is until I tried taking a pot of chicken soup to a pot luck. I got no further than the living room when the plastic handle broke, leaving brocken crockery and hot soup all over my carpet! I then purchased a GE model with similar results. The plastic handle broke, but fortunately, just inches above the counter top. Nothing spilled, and now broken crockery. It's still in use, but never to transport food.
My current slow-cooker is a Hamilton Beach 6-quart model with a lid that holds its own spoon, and hooks that allow connectors to hold it firmly to the pot. It also has metal handles that are spot-welded to the outside metal of the cooker. It has proven to be an excellent model with three useful settings that allow me to make anything that is possible to make in a slow cooker, and is sturdy enough to allow me to take it on the road without fear of handles breaking. It's one of the few excellent products I've ever purchased from Wal-Mart, with that store carrying usually less than great products, in my opinion. And the price was great, about $25 U.S. I highly recomend this model for its versatility and for how sturdy it is.
And no, I'm not a salesman of any kind. I'm a telecom tech with a B.S. Electrical Engineering Technoloy degree. I just wanted to share my experience and what works for me.
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