Hamilton Beach 33138 Slow Cooker : Just okay

Out of all five of my slow cookers this one is by far my favorite. And not just because of the cute design 🙂 i have various different size slow cookers for different purposes. This one is my go-to when i want to make a smaller quantity of something, a side dish or drinks like homemade pumpkin spice lattes, homemade apple cider, etc. It’s the perfect size for a smaller family. There are some dishes that i want to make smaller quantities for like soups, chili, bbq pulled chicken, etc. And with my larger slow cookers it’s nice to make larger quantities and freeze the leftovers, but some certain meals don’t freeze well and i just don’t need to make as much so this one is perfect to make one to three servings of something. I have used it almost every day since i received it and it works amazingly well. It’s also great for side dishes. I’ve used it on low and high and had great results with both. Overall i definitely recommend this and give it 5 stars :).

However, this cooker holds 2. 5 quarts when filled to the brim at the very best.

Hamilton Beach 33138 Slow Cooker, 3-Quart

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  • Low, High and Keep Warm Settings
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My other crock was round, but i am really enjoying this oval shape – roasts fit better, for one thing. Size is perfect for my husband and me, even has enough room for food for 4 people. Design is whimsical and colorful, looks cute on the counter. Cooking heat levels seem appropriate, and the ‘keep warm’ setting is a nice touch. Other reviews mentioned some issues with the lid not sitting evenly – mine is perfect. For those concerned about the ‘hole’ in the lid, it does not let out much, if any, steam. Meals i’ve made are super moist. Cleanup is easy – especially when i spray with pam before adding food.:-)i would definitely recommend this crock pot – and would buy it again.

This is the 1st time i’ve ever used one, and have devoured every dish i’ve made in it to date. Being that there’s only 3 people in my household and most of the time there’s only 1 to 2 people eating the dishes i make, i decided to get this 3 quart sized cooker. I still is little large for my needs, but the leftovers aren’t so bad. 1st day i got this in the mail, it was washed and put to use. I cooked 2lbs of boneless beef steaks, along with cut potatoes, carrots, greenbeans and seasoning. I cooked it on low setting for 9 hrs and the meat was soooooo tender, flaked with my spoon. It fed 3 people that night, with a little leftover -to give a general idea on serving sizes provided. I have used it every couple days since and loving every dish made with it -primarily some sort of meat. The ceramic bowl insert is easy enough to clean, which i prefer over the non-stick coating type.

Spending the summer in the mountains of north carolina. Our large slow cooker is in storage, so i bought this one. Works great and is a good size for two or three people. The bowl and lid are small enough that you can marinate in them in the fridge and then put in the cooker saving washing a bowl and eliminating a step or two.

Hamilton Beach 33138 Slow Cooker, 3-Quart : First use for mulled wine at a christmas gathering.

Perfect size for someone living alone. I can cook enough chili or stew to freeze several single portions for myself at a later date or i can cook enough of any dish to serve generous portions for four or less-generous portions for six. The cooker is handsome enough to leave on the counter and small enough to put on a shelf if that is the choice. It arrived well-packaged and in a timely manner and i’m extremely pleased with my purchase.

Perfect for making dishes for 2 people with a perhaps enough left for a third helping of most dishes. I have a very large one for dishes that i need more quantity or if i want plenty of left overs. Really like that is has a warm setting as well as the low setting for slow cooking and the high.

I ordered a second one, which had a problem & the company took care of it right away.

This is my second one of this model so i can tell you that it’s a good one. The first one lasted many many years.

Works just fine for two people. The ceramic bowl is much easier to handle then the larger versions that we used to use. My wife loves to cook sweet potatoes in this cooker. Just wash them off and place them in the cooker and six hours later they are perfect. Slow cooked pork chops come out beautifully and very tender.

Does not burn my food and/or boil it. I had to return 3 other makers’ slow cookers because they cooked too hot and ruined my food. 5 qt proctor silex too and it cooks just as good as this one. Glad somebody makes a product that works right.

When i ordered this slow cooker, the listing was labeled as proctor silex, and the model that arrived was, indeed, made by proctor silex and not hamilton beach. In any case, this works very well. It doesn’t run too hot and burn food, as i’ve heard that other recently manufactured cookers do. It’s the perfect size for two people (with leftovers to spare). It’s incredibly easy to use and very convenient for busy work days. It’s great to have a healthy meal ready by the end of the day. I use it for soup, beans, lentils, stews, and even (smallish) whole chickens.

I just ordered a replacement as mine was caught in a gravitational incident. )for starters, it’s the perfect size for two people. Smaller cookers are adequate, but just barely. 3 quarts are just right for two with a bit left over for lunches. I like the oval design as opposed to a circular design as i can put a small chicken or a roast in it. I find the heat control works fine, but it takes a bit of practice depending on what you’re cooking. I never tested it, but it may have a continuous rheostat, which means you could adjust the heat without being locked into the settings provided. I never did and i’ll experiment with the replacement and offer an update.

The top of the pot that the lid sits on allows the lid to move around and rattle when pressure builds up. What on earth were they thinking ?. Capacity is about 2-1/2 quarts actual.

Only room for a 1 1/2 lb roast. A trivet would be handy since the bottom gets hot, though i haven’t had any problems.

Perfect size for doing smaller dishes. And i like that it has the warmer setting, another slow cooker i bought did not. So far has worked great, cooks and keeps food warm as slow cooker should.

This is a great little slow cooker. I was looking for something small as i hated using a full size cooker for just two of us. Mmit’s a little challenging altering recipes to fit, but it has been really worth it. Can leave for golf and come home to a complete meal without a weeks worth of leftovers the hubby won’t eat anyway. The little hole in the lid does a great job dissipating the condensation so the lid barely drips once you remove it, but it doesn’t seem to release much through evaporation.

This is a great little crock pot. Just right for meals for one or two people. The ‘warm’ setting makes it really nice to keep things hot without burning or scorching them around the edges. I use this for all my favorite crockpot recipes. Just cut them in half and they fit perfectly.

I purchased this nifty little slow cooker over four years ago in order to make homemade yogurt. Admittedly, this means i haven’t used it for other uses much and thus my review can only be very narrow in scope. But it is still working a charm for me now. I don’t think the capacity is quite a full 3 quarts.

This slow cooker makes about 4 moderate size servings of soup or stew. That’s just the right amount for the two of us to have a meal on the day i make the soup, and more the next day. A couple of our favorites are chicken stew, and green beans and potatoes with ham. I usually use the high heat setting since we eat our main meal at noon. If i start the food at 8:30, it’s ready by 12:30. I don’t have much experience with slow cooking, but our meals are turning out so well that i’m going to experiment with making things like dried beans, brown rice, and whole grain breakfast cereals. This cooker is expanding my cooking horizons as well as freeing me up to run errands in the morning.

Perfect size and works well. . Like the range of temps and the small hole in the lid keeps it from bubbling over like our old one did.

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Hamilton Beach 33138 Slow Cooker, 3-Quart
Rating
4 of 5 stars, based on 295 reviews
Price
$34.95