Its easy to clean and looks really nice. I haven’t had any issues with the handles or knobs. It seems like the temperature is a little warmer than it should be ( i have crockpot brand cookbooks and i have to significantly cut the cooking time for the recipes). The lid does rattle a bit, but that’s fine. My only complaint is that i think the cord is way too short. I get that you want the crockpot back against the wall and away from the edge or the counter, but it ends up getting too close to other appliances and i then have to move a bunch of appliances to get it back against the wall.
I was going to replace this because i’m afraid someone will get hurt carrying hot food. The handles are badly cracked. But it does a great job on cooking. Seems like they could fix the handle issue.
This is a great designed product, essentially true to the original avocado green crock-pot built by rival. Now available under rival – sunbeam – crock pot brands. The problems with this particular pot is that it is now being made in china and not in the usa. The quality of the plastic used in the handles is not per the original specifications. The assembly bolt that is use to hold the unit together is now a press-fit locking washer rather than a threaded bolt/screw. I also know the original did indeed get very hot, but it does seem that this particular unit gets just a little hotter on either of the two settings when compared to the original. The original did indeed have a different designed lid, which minimized the loss of moisture and hence less spattering. Most of the problems can be overcome, and i suspect all the problems are caused by some management decision within the chinese manufacturer rather than a design change done by the rival/sunbeam/oster company ((jarden consumer solutions)). *** place the crock pot on a bread board or trivet to help protect a formica counter top. This was also a recommendation with the original.
This item met and or exceeded my expectations and does a very good job.
When i worked at a sandwich shop last summer, we used these crock pots to keep sausage and meatballs in sauce hot. They do have the ‘spitting’ problem and the handle problem. On the other hand they were on 12 hours a day and held up to fairly intense use. They were as good as the crock pots previously used (i think they were replaced every couple of years, but the older, green style apparently has been discontinued. So the boss bought these new metal ones. ) the crocks heat faster than the old ones, so you might need to watch leaving it on high for long periods of time. Overall, it’s as good as any other crock on the market. All of them burned out after being used 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, 360 days out of the year.
Gift for my daughter– she loves it. They have a family of four so it’s great i think it is very big.
- Great Crockpot
- solid workhorse
- Five Stars
Overall i am quite happy with this product. I don’t have much experience in using a crockpot but this was very well priced and is extremely easy to use. The only thing that i do not like is the fact that there is no light to show whether it is really on or not.
My 4-quart cooker model 3040 only held 3 1/2 quarts to the very top.
If not aware, there’s a product safety recall available for this model and others. All effected models and info here: [.
I have made chili in this slow cooker twice, and both times it was nummy. I have also made vegetarian baked beans, and those were great, too. It cooks evenly and thoroughly. The see-through cover is great, so you can tell if you need to turn the heat up or not. It’s heavy and solid, much more durable than my other slow cooker, which i’ve relegated to craft projects only now, thanks to uneven heating. This is a good looking appliance as well, and clean up is pretty darn easy.
It does everything i need it to and is easy to clean. I’ve seen others with more bells and whistles, but this does the job.
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I was actually looking for a new crockpot when i saw my current crockpot has terrible reviews so i figured i’d post my own experience. After reading all the other reviews, i figured that i must have got the crockpot that was made during employee evaluation week or when the government safety inspector was dropping by. I haven’t had a single problem with the handles or temperature knob falling off and i have never noticed the outside of the pot being dangerously hot. That’s after using it at least 15 times. Also, i fully endorse the removable pot for washing and i honestly can’t imagine a crockpot without this feature. That said, i was looking for another crockpot because this one seems about a quart shy of what it should be. It also doesn’t help that the design of this particular pot makes it so that the condensation doesn’t remain trapped in the crockpot. Instead, the lid burbles and rattles and the entire countertop surrounding the crockpot gets a splattered coating of whatever you are cooking. In summary: i haven’t had the same problems as those 30+ negative reviews as far as product quality is concerned but i do think that the poor design without those problems makes this a non-purchase for anyone looking for a new crockpot.
I’m so impressed to see a lot of bad reviews because i have had this slow cooker since 2010 and i have never had problems with it. I have prepared garbanzos and others beans that actually are so difficult to cook at time. I let the crockpot all night so in the morning i wake up with the smell of hot- rich- mouthwatering meals. The metal base may be hot when it is cooking but as i use it at niche or when theres nothing in the kitchen i don’t have problem. I recommend this slow cooker. I have prepared a few different meals and i’m happy with my purchase. You need to know your crockpot to understand the times for each meal.
I recieved this crock pot as a wedding gift over a year ago, and i absolutely love it. I’ve used it to make pot roast, chili and chicken & dumplings, and it has performed wonderfully everytime. Mine sits on the counter and i have not had to lift it a lot, but have had no problems with the handles. I would highly recommend this crock pot, the stainless steel looks great, the black crock is easy to clean and doesn’t stain, it’s easy to use and lets me cook dinner while i’m at work.
It cooks hotter than my old one so food gets done much faster. So that is the only thing i don’t like because food is done faster than i want it to be.
Our handles are cracked too, the temperature is real high so it cooks great. Works well, but i’m upset the handles are broken, but it looks nice – and it still works, easy to clean too.
Cooks evenly, the pot is of better quality than most i have used in the past. Holds heat well, simple to use great value for the budget conscious.
4-quart slow cooker attractively housed in durable stainless steel
This was a gift for my wife at christmas. She had used her old crockpot until it stopped working. So i purchased this one as a replacement. She likes to make stew or stoup as she refers to it, in the fall. It is great to go out hunting all day and when we get home we have a warm stoup waiting for us. It works great, looks good and cleans up easily.
Have used this slow cooker for over ten years with no problems,, until one handle broke off,, checked google for replacement and foundthat rival has had a recall for this crock pot,, call 800-299-1284 for instructions to get a replacement cooker basecheck cooker base for model numbers; 3040,,3735,,5025,,5070,,5445,,, and the wall plug for the 4 digit date codei called and qualified for a new cooker base,,,,,.
Crock pot brand is nothing but the best, in my opinion. We use this crock-pot for all kinds of things at church throughout the year in our various meals, potlucks, luncheons, fellowships, etc. It works especially great for cream of tomato soup, chili, gravy for large luncheons, etc. It is also excellent for keeping garlic bread, pancakes, french toast, grilled cheese sandwiches, and the like warm for meals when bringing these items off the stovetop. We have an array of five different size crock-pots here for use besides two additional units at home for personal use (although they sometimes get transported to church for use there also). These are great additions to any kitchen, big or small, home or other.
We have owned this product for years but hadn’t used it. While while looking for misplaced instructions online this morning i came across these reviews and did some research. This model received horrible early reviews for issues that were subsequently subject to recall, as follows. ‘a date code is stamped onto the plug at the end of the power cord attached to each unit. The first two digits represent the week of manufacture and the last two digits represent the year of manufacture. Any plug with a date code from 0199 (1st week of 1999) to 1802 (18th week of 2002) is included in this recall. ‘ the manufacture date is literally stamped onto one of the prongs on the plug so look for it there. Our unit is dated subsequent to the recall – it appears that all or most highly positive reviews also post-date the recall. I will note that it looks like this model ultimately was discontinued, for whatever that implies. We finally used the crock pot tonight and it worked beautifully.
Works perfectly and was delivered at time promised.
For all of negative comments concerning the handles, please be advised that iwas informed of a product recall concerning this problem. I followed the recall instructions and received a replacement heating element in july of 2005 that so far has not been a problem. Why the other people did not know of the recall i can’t answer, but i did register my purchase with the manufacturer.
Stoneware crock insert with stick-resistant coating for easy cleaning
I found this site before getting to the real rival site. Like many, i was searching for the site for replacement parts. I realized that many of us were having problems with the same parts and that there was also a recall. After reading some of the negative reviews i decided to call rival for new parts anyway. After a rather long wait on "hold" i did get to speak to a fellow who was very nice. He gladly handled the problem and my new base is on the way. So give the company some credit for standing behind it’s product and having some integrity.
8 years ago, my wife and i were lucky enough to receive 2 crock pots for our wedding. This one and the larger programmable one also from rival. We love both of them and i couldn’t imagine life without these crocks. I love this one for the smaller size. This product is like an old car. It doesn’t come with any bells and whistles, but it works and it works well. Nothing has broke and nothing has burned (unless i left it on for too long). We use ours reguarly, about 3-4 times a month, so the crocks have seen their fair share of use. I love that the crock comes out and is very easy to clean because of that. I don’t have any complaints about this crock whatsoever.
As always, crock-pot is the definitive slow cooker, and it works just as you would expect it to, very well.