Calphalon 7 Qt. Digital Slow Cooker
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- The Calphalon Kitchen Electrics collection features our exclusive Opti-Heat System. Designed to provide accurate temperature control and even heat delivery, Opti-Heat ensures that foods cook evenly and thoroughly, for reliable results you can count on - every time.
- Auto-setting cooks for 2 hours on High, then switches to Low for the remainder of the cook time.
- 24-hour digital timer automatically switches to Warm at the end of the cooking cycle.
- Easy-to-read, high contrast LCD display.
- Dishwasher-safe 7 Qt. ceramic crock.
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Top Customer Reviews
The Calphalon 7-Quart Digital Slow Cooker was still very new on the market when I was scouring the web for reviews. One or two sites featured this slow cooker (people who were lucky to get one from Calphalon to review) and I saw their feedback was positive. Despite only seeing very few reviews, I felt with the strong Calphalon reputation and its modern design, this slow cooker would be a good fit -- after a few months of use, I can say it's been a joy to use, easy to clean and seems to heat up very quickly. I've heard newer slow cooker models tend to cook faster, which seems true with this model too.
If you have a large family, or like having leftovers, the 7 quart capacity will be perfect. Make sure to check the dimensions to be sure you have enough countertop real estate for this slow cooker, as it's footprint is a bit larger than the usual 4-5 quart sized models available from other brands.
For those on the fence about ordering such a large sized slow cooker, I can offer you a few major perks - 1) the insert easily holds a whole chicken, which is a breeze to make for a healthy meal that could serve a small family (or provide multiple meals for 1-2 people), 2) homemade chicken broth (save the bones from that whole chicken) and you can easily freeze the broth if you don't plan to use in the next few days, 3) homemade chili, and lots of it.Read more ›
After reading reviews on here and other sites, I decided on the Calphalon 7 quart model. Pricey, but it had some nice features. I was able to find it locally at the nearby warehouse store for a very good deal.
The Auto setting is wonderful. It starts on high for the first two hours and switches to low for the remainder of the cooking time. It emulates the way I used to braise roasts in a dutch oven, where I would start it on the stovetop until simmering and finish it off in the oven at a low temp. There's no more heating the kitchen to braise meats and having to handle a heavy hot pot.
The High and Low settings are very close to the temps that are listed as the factory presets in the manual. I know this, because the first thing I did when I got it was to fill the crock with water and test the temperatures. When it's done with the programmed cooking time, it automatically switches to the Warm setting - another great feature.
The capacity of this slow cooker is HUGE. I can easily fit a large roast, two smaller ones, or two chickens in it. I like to make double batches of dishes, so I have enough for lunches during the week and frozen meals for busy days. The size is a definite plus for our family. The couple of times I did want to make less, it handled cooking half filled just fine.
As stated in another review the exterior does get pretty hot.Read more ›
Very nice appearing, not too heavy, solid feeling and the liner is nice. Easy to use even without the instructions, very intuitive.
For the name, I own some of the company's stainless and nonstick cookware, and been very pleased with the performance. I was surprised to find they made small appliances as well.
For the extra $ I paid I am satisfied I got my $$$ worth. This is a good middle sized slow cooker.... I own from one quart warmers to 3 and 4.5 qt to now this one, I still want a very large industrial sized rectangular one (next purchase). My 4.5 quart round is good for some things, but I like to cook in bulk then freeze in smaller portions and reheat as needed. This will be the perfect size for baked beans,a couple cut up chickens, or a moderate (10-15# cryopac) roast or brisket; or for potlucks or club functions on my turn to provide food.
It is easy to clean up (although I have issues with getting the crock into my sink, I am glad to have a high arc lots of clearance sink faucet) both crock and outside of the unit. I hope to get many years of use out of it.
The crock insert is straight with rounded ends, not oval. It is not too deep and it's not shallow. A good depth to sink a good size roast or tuck a couple of chickens into it. You do have to be careful to get the lid fitting FLAT after filling to seal it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love the size and the looks, it cooks well, but I wish the lid fit betterPublished 3 months ago by Anthony
It looks great, I love the settings, but it cooks hot. I find that even on low for shorter cooking times the food overcooks.Published 3 months ago by Stephanie
Similar experience as many others here. The ceramic insert cracked without any improper use after a few months. No response from the Calphalon website after several inquiries. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Catherine S.
Loved the features and performance on this since purchased in Sep 2013. I had only used the Low setting, with excellent results, until today. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Saltyseadog
I have owned this product three years. It has become a habit to replace the crock insert each year. This time I can not find the replacement insert. Read morePublished 8 months ago by M. Bohn
Very good slow cooker.
Very very hard almost impossible to find replacement parts.
This thing is fan-freakin-tastic!!! I did SO much research before buying this. I wanted the ceramic pot, the large size, the glass lid, the rubber covers on the handles. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jeffrey konen
Received it broken with box torn and no styrofoam inside the box only 1 sheet of tissue over crockpotPublished 10 months ago by Nancy Reed
I received this as an gift from my husband before we had our 4th child because the crock in my good ol Kitchen Aid slow cooker had cracked after 9 years of frequent use. Read morePublished 10 months ago by K. Cowart