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Old 12-29-2007, 02:45 PM   #11
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I must have a cheapy! Mine has a low and high setting but I am looking for something with a timer that would switch that over.

My first crockpot ever was a Rival. I had it for twenty years. I threw it out when I bought a newer one (since it really had lost it's beauty) but it was a huge mistake. The newer doesn't cook the same. Not being an expert, I do know that the newer one seems best for keeping chili (for example) warm at a party but actually cooking in it is inferior.
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Old 12-29-2007, 02:57 PM   #12
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I like the Rival because the heating elements are on the sides not on the bottom, as some do, it has a crock inter vessel, which is basically non stick, and can be put into an oven; and most important it is inexpensive. I just bought a 4 qt oval for $25. at Target. Seeing that you are out of country I am not sure what you will find. They sell them on the INTERNET, I am sure shipping will be a bear.
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Old 12-29-2007, 05:18 PM   #13
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I think the general consensus is that you can't go wrong with Rival, which is usually one of the least expensive ones, too. Probably other more expensive brands are good, too, but we seem to be a "thrifty" crowd here. Rival has lots of different styles now but a basic 4qt. should meet your needs nicely. Do they have them at the PX (or BX)?
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Old 12-29-2007, 05:27 PM   #14
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I would like to further add that the newer crock pot I bought was not Rival. It is a Hamilton Beach. I do not like it.
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Old 12-29-2007, 08:59 PM   #15
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I think the general consensus is that you can't go wrong with Rival, which is usually one of the least expensive ones, too. Probably other more expensive brands are good, too, but we seem to be a "thrifty" crowd here. Rival has lots of different styles now but a basic 4qt. should meet your needs nicely. Do they have them at the PX (or BX)?
I like thrifty...especially since I don't know how long something like this will last me. Unfortunately they don't have the Rival brand here so I'll have to stick with what I got so far. If I can stay consistent and cook for at least a year then I would say I got my money's worth.

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Old 12-29-2007, 09:24 PM   #16
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I love my crock pots! I think both are actually Rival but I usually just pick according to price & looks.
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Old 12-29-2007, 10:03 PM   #17
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I have the Hamilton Beach "Stay or Go" model. It is large enough for any meal that I want to cook and has three settings, high, low, and keep warm. It also has fasteners that keep the lid in place and keep the food inside from spilling out while traveling. This feature has been a life saver for me while transporting soups, chili, and other meals to various functions and charity meals. The Hamilton Beach model also has very sturdy handles that will carry any weight I might conceivably have in a slow-cooker.

I had two other slow cookers, the first, a Rival Crock Pot, and the second, a GE Slow cooker. Both the Rival and the GE cookers had plastic handles. A handle broke on my Rival as I was carrying a full batch of chicken soup to a pot luck, right over my living room carpet. I had soup and broken crockery all over the place. I was more fortunate with the General Electric product as the handle broke 2 inches above the counter-top as I lifted a full batch of chili, heading to a different pot luck. The Hamilton Beach unit does the cooking job every bit as good as the other two brands, but has steel handles that will not break, and an attached lid that prevents spills. The heating element is a band that circles half-way up the sides and provides very controlable heat.

Because I have had broken handles on the other two brands, I won't by another Rival, or GE slow cooker. I expect to be able to lift a batch of food from my counter-top to any place I might want to transport it.

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Old 12-30-2007, 10:17 AM   #18
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That new Hamilton Beach that comes with the 3 diff size pots looks like a good one. You could use it for dips to large meals. I'm going to look at them at a store when I get a chance.
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Old 12-30-2007, 01:57 PM   #19
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I've been eyeing that one myself, Sage - especially since I'm nearly always just cooking for myself & the husband. I know it's relatively new, but still wish I knew someone who has it & has used it. Hate being the first - lol!!
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I've been eyeing that one myself, Sage - especially since I'm nearly always just cooking for myself & the husband. I know it's relatively new, but still wish I knew someone who has it & has used it. Hate being the first - lol!!

Breezy, have you looked at epinions.com and Amazon for reviews?
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