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post #1 of 17
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So now that the holiday rush is over I am going to do some shopping for myself with the money I received

I have decided that I want a crockpot so badly! Just wanted to know what kind everyone has and which you think is the best/most convenient.

When I was Upstate visiting the BF's Fam. they had one where the dish lifted out so you could serve and wash. I want one like that but was hoping to get one as inexpensive as possible, the Christmas bills are piled up
post #2 of 17
Jess and I have a little 2 quart one, since it's just the two of us. The inside thing lifts out, and it's SO easy to clean. I forget the brand; when I get home, I'll look it up. I don't think it was terribly expensive, and it works great!
post #3 of 17
I have that one-its Hamilton Beach perhaps??? It was around $30.
post #4 of 17
I have a Rival 3qt and a Hamilton Beach 7qt, both have lift out crocks, but, the 7qt has a band that holds the lid on securely, and an isulated bag to put it in.

GREAT for cooking stuff up and taking it with you to potlucks, etc.

The 7qt was an after Christmas sale 3 years ago, I think it was $9, MIL bought it and got herself one as well.
post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by GailC View Post
I have that one-its Hamilton Beach perhaps??? It was around $30.
That's pretty much what I'm looking to spend. I can't wait to get a bunch of yummy recipes from everyone!
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by Arlyn View Post
I have a Rival 3qt and a Hamilton Beach 7qt, both have lift out crocks, but, the 7qt has a band that holds the lid on securely, and an isulated bag to put it in.

GREAT for cooking stuff up and taking it with you to potlucks, etc.

The 7qt was an after Christmas sale 3 years ago, I think it was $9, MIL bought it and got herself one as well.
Oooh, that sounds really perfect! I'm hoping I can still catch some good leftover holiday sales!
post #7 of 17
I have a 3qt rival crock pot, I use it a lot. Very useful for teaching the girlfriend easy recipes (yeah thats right im the cook). I'd say look for one that has both high, low, and warm settings. Its nice to have that 3rd heat option if dinner is a bit away but it's done cooking, you know, keeps your ribs from turning into shredded beef. As far as specific brands I cant really comment on that, this is my first one.

Also get those throwaway liners, I cant stress enough how great they are for cleanup.
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by Jaws808 View Post
I have a 3qt rival crock pot, I use it a lot. Very useful for teaching the girlfriend easy recipes (yeah thats right im the cook). I'd say look for one that has both high, low, and warm settings. Its nice to have that 3rd heat option if dinner is a bit away but it's done cooking, you know, keeps your ribs from turning into shredded beef. As far as specific brands I cant really comment on that, this is my first one.

Also get those throwaway liners, I cant stress enough how great they are for cleanup.
Thank you for the very helpful advice!! I will make sure to look for one with 3 settings and the liners are a must!!
post #9 of 17
they have crockpots that have timers too now, they'll cook for so many hours than automatically turn to warm, that's something I need since I'm gone for so long
post #10 of 17
We have an older Crock Pot. It's the standard size though. 3 qt I think. Not sure, the box and crock pot are at home. If it weren't for the Grillin' Machine and Crock Pot, Mike would probably never get anything edible. He got me a Rival Crock Pot recipe book from Barnes & Noble for Christmas. I'm going back for the other book I wanted tomorrow.

We're going to make a ham dinner in the crock pot this weekend.

I have heard from relatives that the newer crock pots don't last as long. So when garage sale season comes along you may want to keep an eye out for an older one. I know several people who have the newer oval ones and the ceramic crock part has cracked.
post #11 of 17
I have a Rival 3.5 qt. CrockPot. I usually cook for two, with a few meals worth of leftovers. I've been happy with it!
post #12 of 17
No gimmicky crockpot liners here, waste of money IMO, and about $4 for a box of 4.
My 7qt cleans easily, even if I've simmered ribs in BBQ sauce, no scrubbing or soaking needed.

Not to mention the safety issue, the slow cooker liners are made of the same stuff as the oven bags, and the oven bags caused a lot of pet bird deaths due to fumes.
post #13 of 17
I have a Rival too and we love it. We use it alot this time of year.
post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by Arlyn View Post
No gimmicky crockpot liners here, waste of money IMO, and about $4 for a box of 4.
My 7qt cleans easily, even if I've simmered ribs in BBQ sauce, no scrubbing or soaking needed.
I don't use those either. If I have tough stuff, Dawn Foam gets it right off.
post #15 of 17
DH and I have the Rival® 6-Quart Oval Countdown SmartPot™ Stainless Steel Slow Cooker (I copied and pasted from Bed, Bath, and Beyond's Web site). Looking at some reviews, it seems many are having issues with "hot spots" but DH and I haven't had any at all.

Good luck in finding the right one for you!
post #16 of 17
Thread Starter 
Wow, thanks for all the help guys! So scratching the liners off my list. I'm heading to Walmart tonight or tomorrow to pick one up. I am very excited!!
post #17 of 17
I have a Rival 6qt crockpot. I like to fill it with home-made soups and then freeze them in individual serving size bowls. I loooove the liners. Haven't died yet due to the fumes (I don't have any birds). Honestly, the liners are totally worth the money IMO. The only problem that I have encountered with them is that you can't cook something in them, then put the crockpot full of whatever in the fridge, then reheat at a later date. The liners aren't meant to do that.
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