The Crock-Pot Slow Cooker, 5,7 litre is currently the 29th best selling slow cookers on Amazon.co.uk. This premium slow cooker maybe at the higher end of the slow cooker prices, at around £60, but it has obviously caught the eye of many buyers.
The large capacity makes it more than suitable for cooking for 5 people and it’s programmable timer allows for the meal to be cooked in a certain time and then the cooker switches onto warm. Perfect for avoiding that ‘very mushy’ texture that sometimes comes from a slow cooker cooking for longer than required. Many times I have returned home later than I thought to find that my slow cooker has continued to cook beyond the recommended cooking time and, although perfectly edible, I would have preferred it to have been warming instead of cooking. I just hope this fantastic function will be incorporated by manufacturers into more slow cookers especially the smaller versions.
What I absolutely love about this slow cooker is that is still gives you the option to cook on the cooker top too. This was why I chose my very first slow cooker as it meant I could sauté onions and brown meat in the pot on the hob and then transfer the pot into the slow cooker. Thus reducing the need for lots of pots and pans creating far less washing-up.
However where this slow cooker is also better than my older slow cooker (other than the warmer/timer) is the shape of the pot. This has a large oval shaped pot (rather than round) which is significantly better at accommodating joints of meat. A whole chicken, joint of beef or a leg of lamb would easily sit in this pot.
What really interested me and is perhaps the biggest endorsement for this slow cooker is the amount of experienced slow cooker owners who bought this when they needed an upgrade. Reading through the 166 reviews I saw, time and again, five stars from expert slow cooking fans. One in particular caught my eye:
“The thing I really love about this is the lid/bowl design. All my previous slow cookers had a problem with the fact that when they were being used almost full, the liquid would condense on the lid and bubble through the lid edge and either run down the outside of the cooker or run down the gap between the crock pot and the metal heating base (subsequently staining the metal which was difficult to clean). This one has a flexible rubber seal on the bottom of the lid which virtually eliminates any leakage but also the lid sits well inside a sort of collar on the crock pot which mean it will not leak over the edge.
Great product, great design features and the only thing that could improve it would be a delayed start. However I couldn’t find a slow cooker that had this feature. Strange as it seems an obvious design feature to include and would require little extra cost.”
We, at Best Slow Cooker Guide, like to present fair reviews on this site so it is worth noting that 3 out of the 166 reviews mention the pot cracking and not being able to buy a replacement which is a real pity for a great cooker. However sometimes pots crack due to the user not realising how best to care for their slow cooker. Some aren’t dishwasher proof or do not like sudden changes in temperature. I cover more ways to look after your slow cooker in my frequently asked questions section.
Our Overall Review
The size, shape and design are all well thought out and exactly what you would expect of Crock-pot. However it is definitely the ability to set a timer which has me sitting-up and thinking about adding it to my collection. If you have the money and are confident you will use it this slow cooker is a great choice.