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Old 11-06-2012, 11:10 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by code View Post

- programmable timer
- good tightness
- very slow mode 12hour +
- start timer - not necessary (example: I go to work and the slow cooker automatically star in 3 hours)
I think you'll need a programmable slow cooker that has over-the-day keep-warm time, right? I don't know much about your choice, but, from my experience, rather agree with MrsLMB that an oval shaped crock is more useful.

Lots of people recommended Hamilton Beach Set 'n Forget. But I ended up with this one, 4-quart Cuisinart. It works very well for me and has 24-hours keep warm mode.
Before buying, I searched around and found these information sites:

Slow Cooker Reviews | Best Slow Cooker | Crock Pot As Joshatdot recommended.
The Best Slow Cookers | RealSimple.com
Top 10 Slow Cooker Reviews & Ratings 2012

Think this can help you. (or not )

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Old 11-06-2012, 11:25 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by code View Post
Thanks for the replies. Does anyone have an experience with Sunbeam?
Also I read in reviews the new croc-pots cook food too fast. Does anyone have experience with it?

Thanks a lot!
I have a Sunbeam slow cooker, works well. No problems so far.

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Old 11-07-2012, 01:24 AM   #13
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We have a Russell Hobbs slow cooker....works a treat
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:51 AM   #14
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I have 3 slow cookers. Rival 4 qt.round, Rival 5 qt.oval, Kitchen Aid 7 qt.oval digital. All with removable ceramics. One w/travelling case hi kylie.
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Old 11-07-2012, 07:04 PM   #15
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I have a Rival. Did anyone else have to look at it to see what kind they had? ;)
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Old 11-07-2012, 07:07 PM   #16
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I have, um, at least 8 of varying makes, and I trust them all!
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Old 11-07-2012, 07:53 PM   #17
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After breaking my trusty West Bend, I did a bunch of research and bought a Hamilton Beach, just a basic one. It works perfectly without boiling the heck out of stuff.
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Old 03-09-2013, 09:09 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by MrsLMB View Post
My only addition to this conversation is that you really need to get an oval as opposed to the traditional tube style. It makes such a huge difference in the way your food will cook and also taste. I bought an oval several months ago when my old one died and I must say I am completely satisfied with it. I can put a whole chicken in it, roasts, anything larger and nothing is crammed or stacked .. just a wonderful thing !

I have to agree.. Our old one was a Sunbeam and round. It was great for chili and soops..sic... but lousy for roasts and all-in-one meals. The one we have now is programmable with a probe and it is great for roasts, pork loins and can leave it to cook while doing other things, like shoppping and going to church.
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:45 AM   #19
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How many different brands of slow cookers are there? That will be how many different recommendations you're going to get here. Everyone has their favorites and their not-so-favorites.

For myself, I bought a Krups 5 cup rice cooker that also steams, slow cooks, and makes oatmeal. It's called multi-tasking, like reading a book in the bathroom. I used to have the 10 cup version of the same cooker, but it was never more than half full, so when it needed to be replaced after 10 wonderful years, I opted for the smaller unit.
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Old 03-10-2013, 02:08 PM   #20
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Here's a recipe for perfect rice every time. Place 1 cup of rice and 2 cups water or broth in a microwave-safe dish. Add seasonings as desired - herbs, spices, salt, pepper. Cover and microwave on high for 7 minutes, stir, and microwave for another 8 minutes. You can keep it warm in the micro till ready to serve.

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