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I've been very happy with my touchscreen Crock Pot! I got it because I wanted an upgrade from the simple knob design, and I've liked the programming features and the auto-warm setting.
I'm so glad the OP decided to ask this. I was about to post the same thing. I found this:
The reviews seem to suggest that it's better than other crock pots because the heating is extremely even, the "low" setting is a true "low simmer" and it's pretty decently sized for serving a meal for 4, with leftovers. Also something about it being "true ceramic" instead of non-stick coating. I don't know what that means entirely (I know what non-stick is, but I'm not sure why they are touting ceramic as better), but if they're happy, I assume it's good.
Is any of that something that the pros here can confirm? Does that crock pot look legit? Can anyone suggest a better one? I'm willing to spend money to make my first time with a crock pot go well. If it helps to know this, I'm going to be using recipes from /r/slowcooking to feed me, my son, and my girlfriend. That's all. No big meals, no big groups.
Thanks for any tips!
This website summarizes the crockpot reviews from America's Test Kitchen and Consumer Reports.
>To find out what to look for in a slow cooker, we spoke to two bestselling slow-cooker cookbook authors: Phyllis Pellman Good, author of the New York Times best-selling Fix-It And Forget-It cookbook series, and Stephanie O’Dea, author of the New York Times best-selling Make It Fast: Cook It Slow cookbook series and the blog A Year of Slow Cooking. They recommended programmable models with timers, locking lids, and a silicone gasket to prevent spills.
>America’s Test Kitchen seemed to run the most rigorous testing, trying three different recipes—pot roast, meat sauce, and French onion soup—in each cooker, as well as measuring the precise temperatures at which each ran on the high and low settings. The editors were particularly mindful that modern slow cookers seem to generally cook too hot, and they found that the best models heated above 190 degrees, but below 212 degrees (the boiling point). Based on their findings, they highly recommended Crock-Pot’s 6½-Quart Programmable Touchscreen ($79), with All-Clad’s 9009 6½-Quart Slow Cooker ($147) coming in second. Neither of these models come with locking lids or gaskets.
>Consumer Reports, on the other hand, tested four recipes—spare ribs, pulled pork, honey chicken wings, and apple Brown Betty. They found that the price of cookers didn’t seem to predict performance. Editors chose All-Clad’s 9009 6½-Quart Slow Cooker as their top pick with the Crock-Pot 6-Quart Programmable Hinged Smartpot Slow Cooker (no longer available on Amazon) a close second, and the Hamilton Beach 6-Quart Simplicity Slow Cooker ($46) coming in at third.
Crock-pot touch screen, top pick by cooks illustrated.
Usually $129, on sale at amazon for $79.99.
It's extremely easy to use, and can be set to high for more than 6 hours (something not all slow cookers can do).
I just got mine, and it's been amazing.