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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent choice for a truly useful appliance, March 7, 2009
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This review is from: Cuisinart PSC-400 Stainless Steel 4-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker (Kitchen)
We have had this slow cooker for three months, using it twice a week. So far we are very satisfied.

In researching our purchase and reading numerous reviews, we found that the Cuisinart generally received positive evaluations. There were a few negative ones, but obviously we discounted them and went ahead with the Cuisinart anyway. Some reviewers criticized it for overheating food, but overheating in a slow cooker is usually a sign that the pot was underfilled. A good slow cooker should have the power to heat a full pot to over 200 F, so it should come as no surprise that the heater can boil a low pot. The Cuisinart instructions specifically warn against underfilled pots, and we have had no overheating problems with even half-full pots.

We have not had this cooker long enough to comment on durability. Contrary to some opinions, our impression is that the Cuisinart is a solidly constructed, well-designed appliance, made with high quality materials. No sign of a lemon here.

We use our 4 qt cooker to make meals for a family of four. We debated whether to get a larger size, but in retrospect we realize that a one gallon pot holds more than enough for our family.

Programmability was important to us, and we like the userfriendliness of this unit. A few reviewers have lamented the lack of a delayed start program, but a feature that encourages you to leave raw food at room temperature for a prolonged period did not sound that desirable to me. The cooker will automatically switch to a safe warming mode in case you are not around at the end of the cooking cycle.

A cookbook is included, but most of the recipes are one or two steps beyond the convenience of a mix-and-go meal. We have bought cookbooks with simpler recipes, and have been happy with the results.

There are other slow cookers that will perform the basic tasks competently for less money than the Cuisinart. For the extra cost you get programmability, a nice appearance, superior quality, and a few unexpected extras.
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Initial post: Sep 14, 2010 1:59:09 PM PDT
Lynn says:
An extremely informative review. Thanks so much!

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 7:25:30 AM PST
This is a well written review that helped me decide whether to purchases a 4 QT or 6 QT unit as a gift. Thank you!

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 11:29:33 PM PST
francoz says:
Wait, why is there a review for a 4 qt. slow cooker under the description of a 6.5 qt. product?

Posted on Feb 21, 2014 11:55:22 AM PST
Your statement " leave raw food at room temperature for a prolonged period did not sound that desirable to me" assumes that all food contains animal products. Many of us do not eat any animal products, and many more don't eat animal products in every dish they prepare.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2014 7:38:07 AM PDT
pjo says:
Actually, raw vegetables are prone to carrying bacteria as well. Raw vegetables laying out at room temperature and/or cross-contamination from other sources, are the culprits. I came down with food poisoning from eating a salad which contained no meat. So, I would not want to leave raw veggies in the slow cooker, unrefrigerated, for a long period of time, with or without the addition of meat.
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