Which crock pot should I buy?

I am planning on buying a crock pot soon and was wondering which brand name you might recommend; also, are all crock pots the same as far as size, function,etc.?

Thanks in advance,
Debbie

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sharebearmomof2

Asked by sharebearmomof2 at 8:17 AM on Jan. 26, 2009 in Food & Drink

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  • I have three. Two of them are the original Crock-Pot brand. The other is made by Hamilton Beach. They all work beautifully.
    NannyB.

    Answer by NannyB. at 8:24 AM on Jan. 26, 2009

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  • I am not sure the name of mine but I just got a new one for christmas and its a digital 6.5 qt crock pot and I like it. I actually like the ones that arent digital better. If I had a choice I would not have gotten the digital one if I knew how it cooked. It doesnt seem to get as hot and takes even longer to cook things then I was used to. If works fine but ok for instance making a roast would take me 6-8 hours, now it takes me 7-10.
    gemgem

    Answer by gemgem at 8:25 AM on Jan. 26, 2009

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  • I have a Crock-Pot brand and LOVE it, but I have the tall one and every time I put in a roast or ham I think man I wish I had gotten the oval one! Also if your family sometimes eats at different times the warm function on some models would come in handy- geez now I want to go get new one!
    goaliemom93

    Answer by goaliemom93 at 8:33 AM on Jan. 26, 2009

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  • I've had 3 Rival brand Crock Pots and LOVE them. Some of them do cook a bit on the fast side, so some cooking times need to be adjusted.
    CookieMom108

    Answer by CookieMom108 at 9:03 AM on Jan. 26, 2009

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  • The original Crock Pot is made by Rival. They are notorious for cooking hot, which isn't always something you want, especially if you are out of the house during your cooktime.

    I would suggest a Hamilton Beach. I've owned many, and the one I've liked best has been the Hamilton Beach I'm using now. There are a ton of styles and features to choose from from any slow cooker on the market, its just narrowing down your needs and what will suit you best.

    There is a group here on CM called 'Crock Pot Moms.' Its a great group filled with more info on slow cookers than you could possibly need, as well as tons of recipes.
    Ginger0104

    Answer by Ginger0104 at 9:05 AM on Jan. 26, 2009

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  • I have a Rival Crockpot, an oval one. There are different sizes and shapes. I also have a smaller round one, but prefer the oval as I have a family of 5. Whatever you decide...you'll love it.
    I just cooked a great meal in mine...so easy!
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    Chicken

    I cooked for about 6/12 hours on low. Shredded the chicken and served with tortillas and all the fixings; shredded chz, refried beans and sour cream.

    My family loved it!
    good2me

    Answer by good2me at 9:08 AM on Jan. 26, 2009

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  • Thank you so much everyone!! This helped a whole lot!
    I plan on shopping around for it today; we're expecting freezing rains (mid-week) and the thought of cooking crock-pot dinners sounds especially wonderful for those cold winter nights!

    P.S. Ginger 0104, I will be sure to check out "Crock Pot Moms"!

    Once again, thank you,
    Debbie
    sharebearmomof2

    Answer by sharebearmomof2 at 9:58 AM on Jan. 26, 2009

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  • I have three. A very small one to make oatmeal in. A medium and a large. Two are Rival Crockpots and the little one is Chefmate. I like making oatmeal it, from steel cut oats, because I don't have to worry about stirring or scorching or watching a pot. I prefer dial pots instead of digital, since if the electricity flickers, a digital would stop cooking, but a dial pot would start up as soon as the electricity resumed. (Obviously, a long electric outage would mean the meal is lost anyway.)
    Bmat

    Answer by Bmat at 3:04 PM on Mar. 20, 2009

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