All-Clad Programmable Slow Cooker

Last updated date: March 11, 2019

DWYM Score
6.6

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We looked at the top 1 Slow Cookers and dug through the reviews from 4 of the most popular review sites including New York Times Wirecutter, Good Housekeeping, Digital Trends, The Spruce Eats and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Slow Cooker you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 36 expert reviews, the All-Clad All-Clad Programmable Slow Cooker placed 6th when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 16, 2019:
Checkout The Best Slow Cooker for a detailed review of all the top slow cookers.

Expert Summarized Score
5.7
4 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.3
545 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
In our tests, it delivered a delicious fork-tender beef stew, with none of the dryness or stringiness that are the signs of overcooking. After the program is completed, the All-Clad automatically switches to "keep warm" for up to six hours or until you turn it off.
- Good Housekeeping
The stainless steel exterior makes this a durable investment and also an aesthetically pleasing addition to your kitchen counter. The black ceramic insert has integrated handles that make it easy to grip and remove, and the glass lid helps to keep heat trapped inside for more moist and delicious food. The digital display is easy to read, and the intuitive push-button controls make it easy to select different programs for cooking your food. Both the insert and lid are also dishwasher-safe, meaning you can pop them into the washer for an easy clean-up.
- Digital Trends
April 10, 2018 | Full review
This cooker has a polished stainless steel exterior that looks pretty enough to sit on a buffet table to serve warm foods. It holds 6½ quarts, which is plenty for large roasts and whole chickens, and it has a timer that will run for up to 26 hours. It has a black ceramic insert that can be removed for serving or cleaning, and a glass lid so you can see what’s cooking. The digital display is easy to read, and it has sturdy stainless steel handles for carrying the cooker.
- The Spruce Eats
September 20, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Receives poor user reviews. Very expensive compared with the competition. O’Dea told us that of all the models she’d tried, All-Clad’s was one of her least favorites: “I think All-Clad made a mistake. They need to stick to high end, and slow cookers don’t need to be high end.”
- New York Times Wirecutter
October 27, 2016 | Full review
The dishwasher-safe black ceramic insert can only be used for slow cooking, not in the oven or microwave like some others. At over 17 pounds, this unit is heavy; you'll want to move the bowl and base separately.
- Good Housekeeping

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.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Hamilton Beach Set & Forget
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 10
2. Cuisinart PSC-350 Slow Cooker
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 3
3. Crock-Pot Programmable Cook & Carry Slow Cooker
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 7
4. Crock-Pot Manual Slow Cooker
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 1
5. Philips HD9630/98
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 3
6. All-Clad Programmable Slow Cooker
Overall Score: 6.6
Expert Reviews: 4
7. Hamilton Beach FlexCook Stay or Go Slow
Overall Score: 6.4
Expert Reviews: 1
8. Proctor-Silex Manual Slow Cooker
Overall Score: 5.5
Expert Reviews: 3

An Overview On Slow Cookers

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.

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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 cook time. You can still get slow cookers with a dial, like the Crock-Pot Manual Slow Cooker, which has high, low and warm settings.

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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 like the Crock-Pot Programmable Cook & Carry 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 Crock-Pot Programmable Cook & Carry and 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.

The Crock-Pot Manual Slow Cooker has one of the largest sizes available at 7 quarts. 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.

DYWM Fun Fact

The slow cooker was first sold in the 1950s and was called the Naxon Beanery, after the inventor, Irving Naxon. It was originally marketed as a way to cook beans, chili and stews. Its roots are in the Jewish religious practice of not cooking on the Sabbath. Rival manufacturing bought Naxon Beanery and rebranded it as the Crock-Pot we know and love today in 1972.

The Crock-Pot was initially very popular among women who were joining the workforce in higher numbers at the time. It allowed them to balance work and home by still having a hot meal waiting for their family at the end of the day. It also helped during the oil crisis in the 1970s because slow cookers require about as much power as a light bulb. At their peak, there were eventually 40 different companies making slow cookers.

As time has gone on, the convenience factor is still attractive to families and single working people alike. Now, slow cookers are used for everything from morning oatmeal to potlucks and even tailgating. In 2002, Betty Crocker Kitchens found that 80.6 percent of U.S. households had slow cookers.

The Slow Cooker Buying Guide

  • Modern-day slow cookers are fairly easy to clean. Most have removable crocks and some can even be put in the dishwasher like the Crock-Pot Manual Slow Cooker. Even so, if you want to make clean up even simpler you can buy liners the go inside the pot before you add your ingredients. After you’re done cooking and eating, just scoop out any leftovers and toss the liner. Clean up done!
  • As tempting as it may be, try not to open the lid of a slow cooker unless the recipe requires it during cooking. Every time you open the lid it lets accumulated heat and moisture escape. It also increases cook time by 15-20 minutes every time it’s opened. In most cases, there isn’t a need to stir ingredients, just follow the recipe instructions for how to layer properly for optimal cooking.
  • Depending on the recipe it’s usually not necessary to cook ingredients before placing in the slow cooker. Still, many recommend sauteing or browning ingredients in a pan prior to adding it to the crock to help deepen the flavor.
  • Always thaw meat and veggies before placing in the slow cooker. Putting frozen items in the cooker will keep the temperature too low and put your food in the danger zone for bacteria growth. Keeping raw foods in the fridge prior to starting your slow cooker is also key to food safety.
  • Another important safeguard is using a thermometer to test doneness. The Hamilton Beach Set & Forget has a built-in temperature probe that gives you a readout on the interface. For other models without a feature for checking the internal temperature, you’ll want to use a separate thermometer at the time your recipe says your food should be done. Keep cooking if it’s not over 165 F.
  • Always take extra food out of the slow cooker as soon as possible and store in reheatable leftover containers. It’s not safe to use the slow cooker itself for storage or reheating.
  • Whether you’re feeding a crowd or prepping a stew you can eat for a week, the budget-friendly benefits of a slow cooker are clear. But did you know that slow cookers also only use as much electricity as a light bulb? Plus, they’re the perfect way to cook inexpensive cuts of meat like beef or pork shoulder because they stay juicy and tender even with long cook times.
  • As a general rule of thumb, place harder ingredients like root veggies or potatoes on the bottom layer in the slow cooker and softer items on the top. The bottom will have more moisture and heat for faster cooking.
  • Because liquid doesn’t cook off in a slow cooker you don’t need to add too much. Same goes for wine and fat on meat. The alcohol content won’t diminish and the excess fat can cause oil to pool, so it’s a healthy choice to reduce both.
  • With any luck, your food should have a deep, rich flavor. You can also always add fresh lemon or lime juice and fresh herbs once it’s done to brighten your dish and add more dimension.