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Happy so far, with two qualifications
on January 24, 2006
My husband and I purchased this unit several weeks ago from Target through Amazon, and have used it twice, both times with very good results. I read a number of negative reviews of some other slow cookers, many saying that the lids were flimsy; this cooker features a sturdy glass lid and a lovely French White cooking/serving dish. Clean-up has been quite easy, as well. And while I am not a huge fan of cooking (it's a means to an end for me rather than something to enjoy while doing), I have found that I enjoy planning and preparing meals using this slow cooker. (We also bought a big Betty Crocker slow cooker cookbook through Amazon, which has been useful so far.)
First qualification -- and I have e-mailed Select Brands (manufacturer) for more about this: we found a recall notice for this unit at the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website. The notice is dated August 2004, and specifically says that the recall is for a product with the same name and model number sold by QVC between Jan - April 2004; the notice was issued because QVC received several complaints that the heating unit melted the plastic base and scorched the owners' countertops (no injuries were reported, according to the notice).
Now, I am pretty confident that the problem has been fixed by now, or Target couldn't have sold it to us; so confident, in fact, that we're planning to use it to cook a pot roast tomorrow. But I have contacted the manufacturer just to be certain, and I will let you know if/when I hear back from them about it.
Second qualification (and this is mostly my fault): when we received the unit, I was disappointed to find that, though it is called "programmable," it is not programmable in the sense that you can say "Start cooking at 9:00 am for 6 hours on low, then shut off/down" -- it is programmable in that once you turn it on and start it, it will cook for the number of hours you've programmed, and then will revert to the warm setting.
Though I thought I read the description carefully, I must have misunderstood this feature, because I was looking for and thought we had bought a cooker that would turn itself on at a programmed time. Even so, we are pretty happy with it, so it's not a big disappointment.