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Crock-pot Oval Manual Slow Cooker, 8 quart, Stainless Steel (SCV800-S)
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- 8-Quart Oval Manual Slow Cooker Serves 10+ people
- High/Low cook settings, and convenient Warm setting
- Crock-Pot features removable, dishwasher-safe stoneware insert
- Dishwasher-safe glass lid
- Polished, brushed stainless steel exterior with black accents and plastic handles
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This Crock-Pot 8-Quart Oval Manual Slow Cooker provides you the flexibility to prepare a meal early, and then have it slow-cook all day. You can carry out your full day's activities and still enjoy a nutritious, home-cooked meal in the evening. The 8-quart extra-large capacity is also perfect for larger families or entertaining! It's a healthy, cost-efficient, and convenient way to serve tasty, satisfying meals. This Crock-Pot Manual Slow Cooker cooks on High or Low settings and the Warm setting can be used to keep your dish at an ideal serving temperature.
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How does this one compare to the others?
…but not as big as the MaxiMatic. Both slow cookers claim to be eight quart size but in reality eight quarts of liquid fills the Crock-pot all the way to the lip of the lid, which isn’t realistic for actually cooking that much liquid. Still, it’s pretty HUGE, especially compared to Calphalon’s biggest size (7 quart). The MaxiMatic gives you a little extra room above the eight quart point BUT…
Crock-pot has better temperature control.
In the Crock-pot “Low” could cook a 4 lb pot roast all day (6+ hours). On “High” it cooks in about 4 hours. “Warm” keeps it warm. The MaxiMatic, on the other hand, cooks it in less than 2 hours ON LOW (and it leaves the meat tough as rubber) and the MaxiMatic “high” setting approaches temperatures comparable to the depths of Hell. Calphalon had accurate temps but it didn’t make up for the constant leaking, smaller crock and lack of customer support.
The outside is very hot.
This is one of those “duh” moments. Anything that cooks WILL get hot. Don’t touch hot things. Don’t put them near the edge of the counter where kids can touch them. Again: Duh! The Calphalon is the only model on the market that claims to be “cool to the touch” and guess what? It’ll still burn the crud out of you! It’s not as hot as other brands, but it’ll still do damage if you touch it, especially on the exposed areas of the crock liner. So as much as everyone complains about this aspect, I have to wonder if their moms never used the old 70’s Crock-pots with the wheat patterned orange shells that made delicious soup and seared the flesh off your bones if you touched them (so you just didn’t touch them). Shoot, my mom STILL uses hers. The moral of the story? Grow up! And stop shopping for cooking appliances that don’t feel hot.
There is no timer.
This is NOT a digital slow cooker. “Digital” slow cookers have specific temperature controls, fancy timers and auto shutoff options. They also break down faster, have things go wrong more often and (if they are Calphalon brand) their manufacturer discontinues selling them completely. There’s a reason those 70’s Crock-pots that I mentioned previously still walk the earth serving fondue at your grandma’s Bridge Club potlucks: simplicity. There are no buttons on this Crockpot. There is no digital screen. There is only a single knob with four options: Off, Warm, Low, High... Just like Grandma’s Crock-pot! What you give up in convenience you’ll make up for in durability, longevity and simplicity though. And you’ll just have to be *slightly* less lazy than slow cooker “dump it, leave it, eat it” style cooking permits by, you know, setting a timer. ::Ding::
The crock liner is dishwasher safe.
MaxiMatic and Crock-pot both allow their stoneware crock liners to be washed in the dishwasher. Calphalon does not. But even with dedicated handwashing, the Calphalon liner developed hairline cracks. Twice. The MaxiMatic did too, after a few months of regular use. This Crock-pot has been used and run through the dishwasher every other day (literally) since I bought it and has absolutely no issues whatsoever. It also notice the glaze on the stoneware is much more even on the Crock-pot. It had thin spots, pits and irregularities in both the MaxiMatic and the Calphalon. I have to assume there is better quality control on the manufacturing end at Crock-pot.
That pretty much sums it up though. If anything changes, breaks, acts up, smells funny or does anything else unusual I’ll be sure to update this review. As it stands though, no news is good news. Buy this Crock-pot. You can thank me later.
CAPACITY: It will hold a -measured- 8 quarts which puts the liquid to the rim where the bottom of the lid rests. It will hold slightly more but the lid would then touch the liquid. Of course a good -cooking- level would be between 7 and 8 quarts.
LID: The lid has a 'loop' handle, which is easier to grasp than a round knob handle.
HEAT CONTROLS: Poorly made cookers cycle the heating element -completely- on/off to maintain temperature. This does a better job of maintaining an -even- heat by just lower and raising the applied heat. (see below about power)
LINER: This is heavy Ceramic, not some -painted- other material. (as is a complaint about some other manufacturers)
The only con I can come up with is that it doesn't have a -light- to say it is on.
Remember, ALL slow cookers get HOT on the outside as does this one.
Approximate power consumption:
NOTE: Mine has OFF-LOW-HIGH-WARM markings on the control
WARM = 105 watts
* On low an high the power use -cycles- between the lower and upper numbers to maintain the temperature.
LOW = 288 - 295
HIGH = 388 - 395
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I've had this Crock for several years and it's produced many a delicious meal!!Read more