Initially, I was hesitant about leaving my Crock-Pot 4-Quart Smart-Pot Programmable Slow Cooker Silver on a high setting when not at home due to concerns about overheating. The unit even shut off once, which led me to rate it one star. However, after monitoring it while cooking at home, I found that cooking on low didn’t pose any problems. The issues seemed to occur only when I placed the cooker on a wooden cutting board at a high setting. Now, I use it on my ceramic cooktop stove and haven’t faced further issues.
Despite the initial challenges, I’ve decided to continue using it while at home and not to invest in a new one. This model holds sentimental value as I had a similar one for many years until it was damaged by a power surge. After a lengthy search, I finally found this model on Amazon, which meets my needs with its size and features, particularly the automatic switch to “Warm” after cooking.
The cooker performs well, maintaining appropriate settings for cooking. However, cleaning can be a bit challenging as food sometimes sticks to the sides, even with greasing. It’s an excellent choice for cooking for two and is reasonably priced. A minor drawback is the lack of a display for the countdown timer, which I missed during my first use. For new users, I recommend using liners for easier cleaning. The warming feature is particularly useful.
I rate this product four out of five stars. Unlike my larger Crock-Pot, this one lacks a countdown timer, so I have to note the start time manually to determine when it will switch off. Despite this, it’s very easy to clean and is an ideal size for two people. However, I do miss the countdown feature and might not choose this model again for that reason.
Replacing my old crock pot of twenty-five years, this one has been straightforward and efficient. I’ve used it to cook meals like pot roast with great results. Overall, this Crock-Pot is arguably the best slow cooker I’ve used, especially for smaller meals. The flexible cooking options and automatic warm cycle make it an excellent gift for friends and family.