All-Clad LCD Screen Slow Cooker, 6.5-Quart
Last updated: December 27, 2021
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In our analysis of 35 expert reviews, the All-Clad LCD Screen Slow Cooker, 6.5-Quart placed 11th when we looked at the top 13 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
From The Manufacturer
Come home to dinner ready and waiting with this 6-1/2-Quart fully programmable SD700450 slow cooker from All-Clad. Ideal for everything from breakfast foods, soups, and stews to appetizers, main courses, desserts, and more. The oval-shaped slow cooker offers exceptional versatility when it comes to making healthy, delicious meals at home. The slow cooker’s easy-to-read digital display and 26-hour programmable timer allows for prepping ahead of time and walking away—the unit slow cooks food to perfection while you are busy at work or out running errands. Use the buttons on the control panel to choose from three temperature settings: warm, low, or high. The slow cooker automatically switches over to keep-warm mode at the end of the cycle, keeping food at an ideal serving temperature. Riveted stainless-steel handles on the base and integrated handles on the insert allow for a secure hold and easy transport, while the cooker’s tempered glass lid traps in heat and moisture and allows for at-a-glance monitoring. The slow cooker’s black ceramic insert lifts out of the base for use at the table for serving and can go in the dishwasher, along with the lid, for quick cleanup. With its polished stainless-steel body and large 6-1/2-quart capacity, the All-Clad slow cooker not only presents beautifully, but it’s also the perfect size to accommodate a larger family or a group of people when entertaining.
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Slow cookers are the preferred way to make a delicious, hot meal even when you’re busy and on the go. From soups and stews to meats and even oatmeal, all you have to do is prep your ingredients, dump them into the crock, set it and the slow cooker does the rest.
Slow cookers were first introduced in the 1950s, and many of the basics are still the same. However, there are a variety of different brands, sizes and features available. To get the most out of it and choose the best slow cooker for you, learn about the parts, functions, uses and added extras available in some of the top slow cookers available today.
Every slow cooker has a base that houses the heating unit, a ceramic insert — also called a crock — and a glass lid. Original models from the 1970s and 80s had a dial that could be set to high, low and off. As time went on, some models added an auto-shift feature which would start out high and shift to low over the course of the cooking time. You can still get slow cookers with a dial, like some models, which have basic high, low and warm settings.
A slow cooker heats starting from the base, up into the ceramic insert and then finally into the food. Stoneware is used for the insert because it keeps a constant, even heat. The lid helps traps steam to retain moisture, which is why it’s recommended not to lift the lid during cooking.
One important modernization of the slow cooker available in almost all newer models is the removable crock. The base and stoneware used to be attached, which made slow cookers a huge pain to clean. Now the ceramic insert can be taken out to handwash or put in the dishwasher. Some models even allow you to put the crock in the oven or microwave for reheating purposes.
Another update to new slow cookers is time and heat settings. Many models now have programmable interfaces that go beyond high, low and warm. The Hamilton Beach Set & Forget takes it a step further giving you the option to set a specific cooking time or temperature. Both automatically switch to warm when they’re done.
Even slow cooker lids have seen some improvements. Slow cookers have always been ideal for feeding larger groups and keeping food warm at potlucks, tailgating and other events. But without a tight seal, they were difficult to transport without risking a major spill. Now, slow cookers, like the Hamilton Brach Set & Forget, have locking lids with gaskets making them much easier to tote around, without the worry of making a mess.
Glass lids are also preferable to plastic or metal. Because glass is heavier it should lock in heat and moisture better. Plus, you can see what’s going on inside your pot without taking the lid off!
When choosing a slow cooker you will also want to consider the size. Slow cookers typically come in quart sizes. A smaller unit may be perfect for people with limited space or who only cook for one to two people at a time.
You may want to consider a larger size if you plan to cook for big groups frequently or will be cooking larger cuts of meat. A slow cooker should also always be at least 1/2 to 2/3 full to work properly, so a larger size won’t work if you’re cooking smaller portions.
If you’re looking for extra features you should definitely expect to go up in cost from the standard slow cooker price. If you’re new to using a slow cooker you may want to stick with a more standard model so you can get the hang of it before you spring for more bells and whistles, like hold temp and searing functions.
Lastly, think about how you will use it. If you plan to use your slow cooker to do the majority of cooking you may want to pay for a more robust model. A manual option may be better if you plan to be around while food is cooking so you can check for doneness. If you’ll be using it while being gone for most of the day, a slow cooker with programmable settings would be more ideal. This way, it has the ability to automatically keep food warm if you’re home later than expected or keep cooking even if the power goes out briefly.
The shape can also be a consideration, but most slow cookers these days are oval. If you plan to cook a lot of meats oval is probably best, while round will work well for soups, stews and just about anything else.