Cuisinart CSC-650 6-1/2-Quart Slow Cooker
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- Versatile 6-1/2-quart slow cooker doubles as serving dish
- Brushed stainless-steel housing with chrome-plated handles; cooking rack included
- High, low, and warm settings; convenient timer; nonslip rubber feet provides added safety
- Dishwasher-safe ceramic cooking pot and glass lid; retractable cord for easy storage
- Limited 3-year warranty
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America's Test Kitchen recommends West Bend Versatility slow cooker. It is a truly versatile model, but I didn't like its aluminum insert. As you may know, aluminum can be hazardous to health, so this slow cooker was scratched off my list pretty quickly.
The other models I looked at were All-Clad Stainless Steel Slow Cooker (available from William Sonoma only), Farberware Millennium (also recommended by America's Test Kitchen), Cuisinart CSC-650 and various Rival models ("various Rival models" has an interesting ring to it :) ).
All of the latest slow cookers are made in China, so I was somewhat concerned about the construction quality. One of the main reasons I picked Cuisinart model was a 3-year warranty, compared to just 1 year for the rest of the competition.
Another factor was the generally positive feedback from CSC-650 owners. Cooking.com is probably a better place to check for reviews, because they let you post a review only if you actually purchased that particular item from them.
I had this baby delivered to me about a week ago, and I put it to work right away. I must say I am satisfied with my purchase decision. Having said that, here's a list of things that I do and don't like about this machine...
- 3-year warranty (1 year for every other slow cooker I researched)
- retractable cord (I wish every appliance had it!Read more ›
The three units I've had do not just get a little too warm at the Low setting, they get boiling hot (literally) within 3-4 hours. The instructions say that the on the Low (timed) setting the unit will heat up above 140 degrees F and then go back down to the low temperature. My experience with all three I've had is that, when set on Low (with timer), they quickly heat up to 140 and then just keep going up, and up, and up.
Once the contents reach boiling (212 degrees) they continue to boil until the cooking cycle is over (up eight hours). Even when the cooker switches to Warm, the contents continue to boil for a couple of hours. Other web sites I've looked at seem to agree that the final temprature after eight hours of low, slow cooking should be about 185. I suspect the crockpot itself may get considerably hotter than 212F , but had no safe way to test it alone. This might explain the burning and sticking some users have reported.
Interestingly, the third one, when tested on High, was still slightly below boiling after 5 hours.
I've read quite a few positive reviews of this product on different sites, but I've also seen the overheating issue brought up on those sites.Read more ›
The sleek, brushed aluminum housing gives it a professional-quality look that will compliment or upgrade any kitchen counter to restaurant-chef status. And such a deal from Amazon! Take it from me, I spent hours researching this product and this is the best place to buy it - especially with free shipping and (when) available discount coupons (do a Google search).
Before writing this review, I wanted to test it out on a variety of recipes. All came out flawless and tasty. This is not a hot pot - on the low or high setting, this unit heats up slowly and evenly - not like some pots I've had that actually scorch food. Using the built-in timer, it actually lowers itself to keep warm only when the cooking phase is done, so handy when the subway is delayed.
What is it about slow-cooking? So many recipes today are geared towards fast-cooking and preparation, that you lose the finesse of the food. The Cuisinart allows meats, veggies, herbs and liquids to slowly mingle, macerate and mellow into a satisfying home-cooked experience. Just throw the ingredients in the crock, set the timer, and when you get home the place is filled with a lovely aroma and your dinner is ready to enjoy.
And talk about big, at 6.5 quarts; this baby can handle a family of five and big cuts of meat easily. A see-through glass lid, rubber non-skid feet and (what a joy!) retractable power cord makes it a portable wonder! If you have a small oven or stove this pot will double your cooking space.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Both knobs broke within several uses (we only use it several times per year). Cuisinart has no replacement knobs and it is past the three-year warranty. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Emily Nye
Low setting is too hot for slow cooking. My Ceramic insert pot developed hairline crack which is now not easily replaced. Read morePublished on January 10, 2014 by Charles A. Haigh
generally, i've used my crockpot a fair amount. it does tend to cook things faster than indicated....even on the low setting. its served me well. Read morePublished on March 3, 2013 by tristanflight
Not a bad slow cooker, but the knobs on the front cracks and you are not able to set to proper controls. Read morePublished on January 18, 2013 by JAG001
I bought this for my husband as a gift. He was very excited. The first time he used the machine, it burned the food to a crisp and dried up all of the liquid while it was on the... Read morePublished on November 29, 2012 by MELISSA
All I can say is that I'm truly grateful we live across the street from the fire house! Boiling mad, ha, I must be on warm!Published on April 29, 2012 by Fool me once
We received this slow cooker as a wedding gift, and I've used it at least once a week for over 4 years. Read morePublished on April 12, 2011 by amznquen
When will I learn? My Cuisinart bread maker was a dud, the food processor worked about 10 times before the motor died and now this... Read morePublished on February 28, 2011 by Elizabeth Maxwell
The CSC-650 was what I thought I was ordering, what I got was the PSC-650... The unit is easy and intuitive to use. Read morePublished on November 17, 2010 by SoloGuy