Focus Electrics, LLC West Bend 84866 6-Quart Versatility Slow Cooker, West Bend

I had my old west bend for 51 years, and it has been well used, and it had it’s problems. The stainless looks wonderful, is easy to clean, and cooks beautifully, and is a larger capacity. I hope i get as many years of use as the old one.

I love the versatility and the option of being able to use the pot on the stove and in the oven. It makes browning meat, etc. The size is also a major plus. Great for storing, but not lacking in space.

I had a very old version of this slow cooker and loved it. The base broke from dropping, but still worked with duck tape, and the pot lost its no-stick surface, so i decided it was time to replace it. This newer version is no longer made in the usa, and the quality is not quite as good, but it still works like i want it too. After my first time to use this new pot it became warped and was not able to sit flat upon the cooking surface. I was unable to remove spots within the pot from searing my meat before cooking. I complained about the pot and immediately received a brand new pot (and a new glass cover, which i really didn’t need) at no charge. So i am very grateful to west bend for their excellent customer service. Despite the replacement and the excellent customer service, i must report that the new pot also warped. The company desperately needs to do something to replace these poorly made pots.

Key specs for West Bend 84866 6-Quart Versatility Slow Cooker with Glass Cover, Stainless (Discontinued by Manufacturer):

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  • 275-Watt cooker comes with adjustable temperature control with griddle setting
  • Base doubles as a mini griddle perfect for grilling a burger, eggs, toasted cheese sandwiches and more
  • Made of stainless steel with premium non stick interior
  • Safe to use in dishwasher,oven or freezer

Comments from buyers

“Beats the $300 versions hands down, but not a “real” crock pot
, Perfect for me !
, True “slow cooker”.

This is the third cooker like this that i have purchased and i have loved everyone of them. The only thing that i don’t like about this one is the handles are hot to touch. It would have been nice if they were manufactured so that a person could pick the pot up without getting burned. Other wise i would have given this cooker five stars.

This cooker was a disappointment in the fact, the actual cooking vessel did not sit flat on the cooking base. It had a left to right wobble. I would imagine that is why some people said it had hot spots (center was higher than the sides) i was upset about this fact and my better half took it to the work shop and i have no idea what he did but it is now flat to the cooking surface. Be aware of this and you will not be disappointed.

I’ve wandered into those kitchen shops where you drool over everything and can’t afford anything. And i lusted after one of their upscale brand slow cookers that move from stovetop burner to oven to fridge with ease (for a few hundred dollars). And it made me wonder whether there wasn’t a cheaper way to have the utility (if not the cachet) of those things. Enter the west bend versatility slow cooker. Because the pot is really just a stainless steel dutch oven (with a teflon base to prevent sticking), you can do whatever you want with it–including putting it on the burner unit that comes with it. But you can also use it to brown your meat on the stove in the same pot you use for slow cooking (saving you the trouble of putting a second pot in the dishwasher). You can also dispense with the base and put the thing right in your oven, if you choose. And it’s light enough that you won’t dislocate a shoulder doing so. But the mystique of the crock pot, with the stoneware container emitting radiant heat all around your roast or stew–is gone. What you get here is–just a pot and a spare burner.

I highly recommend the west bend 6-quart versatility slow cooker in stainless. I had to replace my 35+ year old butterscotch-color west bend slo-cooker plus. The glass cover was chipped on the edge. The no-stick interior had worn spots, but no peeling. It continued to cook well, so i was lazy about doing the research to replace it. My husband bought a crockpot slow cooker for me in december, 2014. All it did was boil no matter what setting it was on. The cooking elements in that type of ceramic crockpot go around the bottom and up the sides. We returned it, thanks to a very liberal warehouse return policy.

My sister told me she didn’t have a slow cooker and asked to borrow mine. So i told her she could have my 4 qt west bend and i could get this new 6 qt one. I love versatility, so i knew i wanted another west bend. I like making pots of chili, soups and casseroles. The stainless steel pot looks so nice is easy to clean. My daughter likes to make scrambled eggs and pancakes on the grill and has no problem with cleaning it. The glass cover makes it nice to see inside and the big handle keeps my daughter from burning her knuckles when she lends a hand to stir the pot. This slow cooker has my vote and my daughters.

I would recommend this product as it cooks the food good, and i love the grill part where you can cook a grill sandwich. The only thing l was concern about was that the inside part coating has scraped off some. But the looks of it is very appealing and l love the high and low temps.

This holds a lot, can go on top of the stove and even in the oven.

Way nicer to use than the typical crock pot. One bought for myself and one for my sister-in-law.

This is the only slow cooker i enjoy. With seperate pot and heater unit you can brown food first, or get it boiling, then place on heater to slow cook. I have notticed lowest setting is too cool for serving temperature.

I had one like this years ago, and i loved it. It’s taken me a long time to find this one. It’s much easier do deal with than the crockpots with the stoneware insert – those weigh a ton.This one is light and durable. It cleans up well – goes right in the dishwasher. The pot is totally separate from the base.

As long as i live, this is the only slow cooker i will own. It doesn’t stick, it doesn’t burn, it cooks evenly and i can leave it on all day long even if i’m away from the house. I’ve owned only this slow cooker for many years.

This is my second versatility, the first one being the basic black version. I ordered the second one because the nonstick coating on mine was coming off after quite a lot of use. The only problem with this one is that the bottom of the pan tends to warp when used on the stovetop. Also, i don’t need the grill feature. Otherwise i’d recommend this line of slow cookers if you want to brown meat straight in the pan, something i prefer. There is another make of versatile cooker out there, but it costs in the order of $250 so this is a good low cost alternative.

I grew up knowing the west bend slow cooker as the go-to cooking appliance in our home. From appetizers to desserts, my grandma & mom cooked it all. So of course i received one when i moved out and used it for many years until the internal coating became too scratched up. It was difficult to find a replacement as this particular slow cooker is not found in stores. Once i located them on amazon, i purchased the 6 qt. As i now feed a growing family. I am happy with the cooker’s performance and results (tender roasts, perfectly cooked one dish meals, soups, using the griddle in camper trailer, having a temp control dial not just low-high, etc. ) but the construction is disappointing. At purchase, i realized it had a different lid than its predecessor ( glass lid could be used as a serving tray) and it just doesn’t provide the same fit\seal as older version. The pot is also a lighter material and it was ‘warped -wobbly’ from first use.

I have purchased at least 5 of these cookers in the last 10 years. My only issue with them is that the teflon coating is thin and even using wooden or plastic spoons does not prevent wearing away of the surface. What i love is the fact that the pot can be used on top of the stove thereby making starting dishes on a burner possible( i. Browning hamburger to put in spaghetti sauce, sautéing onions). Also the temperature setting is unlimited- not just low, medium or high. I use mine all of the time and love it.

As i said we still use the old one to keep things warm. Trusting this will last 10 years plus. Service at amazon was again wonderful. Package came in a few days very well packed ******** we will buy from amazon again and again.

It was time to retire my 26-year-old west bend slow cooker. Not because it quit working, but because the non-stick surface was beginning to fade a little. As i shopped at a lot of local stores, the only slow cookers i could find were the ones that had temperature settings of just low and high. Not good enough for me, as my west bend had a sweep-able thermostat that went from low, to medium, to high. What really surprised me was fact that i could not find the west bend brand anywhere. I figured they must have gone out of business. So maybe retirement wasn’t going to happen after all. And i was not going to compromise. Not being able to find anything locally, i turned to amazon. And as you have found out as well, west bend is alive and well here. After reading some of the reviews, i settled for this model. Now first off, i’m not a slow cooker fanatic. I use it for spaghetti sauce, beef stew, chili, roasts, and soups. Yes its got a sweep-able thermostat. That in itself was enough for me. Some folks dislike the fact that this cooker is probably not one to leave unattended all day. Which is true, to some degree.

I love this versatility slow cooker. It is the 3rd one i have purchased. One for my main residence and one for my winter home. The first one was damaged in shipping from one place to the other that is the reason for purchasing the next 2.

Nice slow cooker , like the element being at the bottom.

I liked this slow cooker when i got it and used it until the bottom warped and had to be replaced. I went back to the crockpot. I feel i have better control over the cooking in the crockpot.

It is a replacement for one i’ve had for 25 years & i love it. Works great & it’s bigger than the one i had.

Aroma Housewares 20-Cup – to the person rating this before me

Love my rice cooker, its fast and every batch of rice comes out just how i like it.

Well i,m not a big rice eat works fine looks nice well see how long it last the rice cooker lasted 15 year my wife thinks the rice she cooks in this one taste different then the old rice cooker i think it,s the same if it,s a 10 dollar or 300 dollar rice cooker it just cooks rice rice and slow cooks works fine.

Here are the specifications for the Aroma Housewares 20-Cup:

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  • Multi-Functional Use – Whether you are in the mood for a hearty jambalaya, steamed veggies and rice, or even a fluffy cake (yes, cake!) you can accomplish it all with your ARC-900SB cooker. The possibilities are as creative as you are.
  • Nutritious & Delicious – The built-in steamer function allows for nutrient-rich meals to be prepared above while rice, soup, or any other meal addition cooks below, allowing you to save time without sacrificing quality. This multicooker not only includes all of your favorite cooking options, but also possesses the unique options of Slow Cook and Saute-then-Simmer STS, making meals rich, tasty, and a guaranteed family favorite.
  • Capacity & Dimensions – The ARC-900SB has a 20-cup cooked capacity yielding anywhere from 4 to 20 cups of cooked rice and measures 11.6″ x 11.6″ x 12.1″ inches
  • User-friendly Programming – This product is also a proud member of our simple one touch technology. The cooker is incredibly simple to operate using our user-friendly digital panel that switches to Keep Warm automatically once cooking is finished allowing you the freedom to take back your time instead of worrying while you cook.
  • Accessories – This rice cooker includes a non-stick inner pot, rice measuring cup, and a plastic rice spatula.
  • Capacity: yields up to 20-cup of cooked rice
  • Steams meat and vegetables while rice cooks below
  • Simple, one-touch operation with automatic Keep-Warm
  • Great for soups, jambalaya, chili and so much more!
  • Easy-to-clean, nonstick removable inner pot
  • Includes Steam Tray, Rice Measuring Cup and Serving Spatula

I’ve bought this unit since sept 2009, it worked perfectly and still working like new now. Everything is made of high quality and is similar to other rice makers out there. It seems like you are just angry that you were unlucky and received a defective unit which you can easily send back for a replacement.

I bought a rice cooker thinking it would be less of a mess and quicker. It can still be messy and it is slow and it keeps turning off.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Good quality and fast cooking
  • GREAT rice cooker!!!

Cooks quicker than most and always perfect. Steamer tray adequate, but i wish it was a little deeper, as anything you are going to steam ‘must’ fit within its space. There is little to no extra room on top.

Love it works after 4 years just fine.

I bought this rice cooker for my wife and we were both amazed at how fast this cooker works. The rice was perfectly cooked, and the cooker is very easy to clean and maintain. Would definately reccomend this appliance to any one needing or thinking about a rice cooker. I did have some questions about cleaning the cooker and received excellent response from their customer service depaertment.

I had a larger rice cooker but when the kids moved out,i needed something a bit smaller. This is the perfect rice cooker. I measure 2 cups with the included cup. Fill with water up to the 2 cup line,close lid and press the button.Comes out perfect every time. I have had this rice cooker for about two years and it still works great. It also comes with a steamer basket for vegetables and a plastic scooper for serving the rice. This scooper is nice because the inside is non stick so the plastic doesn’t leave scratches. The rice comes out easily,leaving a simple rinse as your only clean up :).

Sharp R1874T 850W Over-the-Range Convection Microwave : Performs Well

Actually 4,5 but i did not know how to put in a half. The old one had slowed down after 8 years on speed/power as it could not be cometely cleaned. Wow what a difference with the new one’.

When our old sharp ‘over the range’ started to die (14 years of service and the display had become very dim and door starting to crack with quite large chips falling off we decided it had to be replaced). Finding an over range (gas) with convection and a good extractor fan proved difficult and so we decided on this sharp product. At 71 lbs and with different mounting points from it’s predecessor it was a difficult installation task – could not have been done by one person on their own. Once in place however it is the greatest .It is better designed than the one before with 2 extractor inlets placed to handle the heat from the gas range very well , a large ceramic turntable that is easy to clean plus it can be selected to ‘not rotate’ which permits bigger dishes to be used as needed. Best of all it has a ‘keep warm’ feature that allows warming serving plates as well as keeping unserved food ready for ‘seconds’ without the whole reheat cycle. Great product – would have given 5 stars but for the physical difficulty of installation ( in fairness that would have probably been much the same for any brand).

Sharp R1874T 850W Over-the-Range Convection Microwave, 1.1 Cubic Feet, Stainless Steel

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  • 850-watt, over-the-range convection microwave browns, bakes, broils, crisps, and roasts
  • 2-color, 7-digit, interactive display; Smart and Easy sensor settings
  • 1.1-cubic-foot, stainless-steel interior with light; 13-inch turntable provides even heating
  • Built-in exhaust system; hood light, powerful fan, low and high racks included
  • Outer Dimensions: 29-15/16 by 16-11/32 by 15-9/32 inches
  • Inner Dimensions: 13-13/16 by 8-1/16 by 17-1/8

We used this microwave as a replacement for a microwave that had been installed incorrectly in our rv ,which did not fit. This sharp fit perfectly, and a door which opened correctly. We are extremely pleased with this sharp.

September 13, 2013 over one month after delivery and still not usable. The rating reflects the fact that it is not working yet so i can’t be sure that it will. The unit was delivered and it is what i wanted because it is exactly like the one i had for 14 years (newer model of course); but it has not been working as it should. I wonder if the tech will really getting it to work correctly. Waiting now for parts to fix the oven portion of the unit. The tech tells that the microwave portion only cooks on the sides and the center does not get the ray to cook the food, how can that be possible??. Anyway here i am one full month after purchasing the oven and can’t use it. I still will be happy if they get it to work properly. Love the fact that the color is not bisque — thankfully it is almond like the previous one although the bottom of this one is white.

It was easy to install and has operated smoothly and as expected, both microwave and convection settings.

Sharp R1874T 850W Over-the-Range Convection Microwave, 1.1 Cubic Feet, Stainless Steel : My wife wanted this item after conducting a great deal of internet research on it. I had been used to using a 10 year old microwave and did not think i would be that impressed with this new model. This is one of the best appliances that i’ve ever purchased.

Fits perfectly in previous sharp model space. Heating seems the same as the previous model although this one states 850 watts and the old one said 1100 watts. Exhaust does not work as well as the other model. Fan seems to work same on low and high speed, no difference in sound or intensity of fan sound. One would think the low would seem quieter.

My wife said she wouldn’t use it well 3 days later guess what. Very nice i use convention all the time. I’m the master in cooking and this is the guy.

Had this for two years and had no issues with it, works very good.

We renovated our guest house making a nice efficiency apartment. No stove top or oven making this sharp convection oven the perfect way to cook and bake. We had this exact one in our motorhome and love it so had to buy another when the opportunity arose. This one runs even more quiet than the other one. Does a great job of baking and microwaving anything we need.

Opens with clearance on left side so if you have a wall on the left hinge side there is still clearance to open without hitting wall.

My rv unit died after 17 years and this one is an upgrade and fits perfectly.

Our old r-1870 model in our motorhome was a tad under 30′ wide, and the amazon listing says that the stainless steel r-1874 is 32. 3 inches, while the white and bisque models are 29. The measurements listed for the stainless steel model are actually the measurements for the shipping box. The unit itself slips right into the space for our old r-1870. We have been traveling full time in this motorhome, with this oven, since it was new eight years ago. This is the only oven in the coach. The oven has given us excellent service over those eight years. We had a problem in 2007 in which the oven would run for exactly 59 seconds before shutting down. It’s a common problem with the unit and is caused by a failure of an inexpensive part, either the damper motor or the damper motor switch. We finally had to replace the oven this month when it broke down and needed $380 in repairs.

This replaced a 12 year old identical model that finally quit. While i considered a more recent model, the convenience of installing a microwave with the exact same dimensions and mounting hardware is hard to beat. There are a lot of buttons that i will probably never use.

Our old microwave was underpowered and falling apart, so we decided to replace it with this combo oven. Really like the overall size of this oven as the compartment is large enough for cookie sheets, but it was shorter than other over-the-range microwaves, which allows for more room between the microwave and the range. So far, the microwave cooking has been a welcome improvement and the functions are easy to use (some auto functions, but easy manual operations as well). We are still learning about the convection oven, but it has been really nice not to have to use the full oven and heat the entire kitchen when we are crisping items like egg rolls or crispy chicken snacks.

So far i love this appliance. It far exceeds my expectations: easy to use and very versatile. We purchased this exact replacement for one that was broken in an rv we purchased. My hope is that it continues to function as well as is does now.

Love this oven as it fits in my rv. It seems to be exactly like the one i was replaced. The 1st one lasted 9 years while he i think is good for an appliance these days.

We have had sharp microwaves for many years and when the microwave convection oven in our motor home got tired we shopped around and found that the sharp model 1874 would be a perfect replacement due to it’s measurements and the fact that the door opens within the framework of the microwave oven, not hinged on the side. We had a tight space on either side due to the exiting cabinets and most newer microwaves cantilever out from the side and would not work for our application. I was a little afraid that 850 watts in power would not be enough power but it seems to work very well. On the convection side it works great, seems to heat evenly when baking rolls browning nicely. Some have said that they think it is noisy but i do not find this to be so. Like anything you buy time will tell the tale but as of now i am a fan.

An update of my previous oven.

This arrived packaged very well and on time. We have used both the oven & microwave in our rv and love it.

I bought this to upgrade the original (1850-a) model in our rv. It took me around 15 mins to remove the old one; the 1874-t comes with a new backplate which is identical to the 1850-a one but i decided to renew it as the old one had 12 years’ worth of work supporting the relatively-heavy microwave – that was only 8 minutes and 24 screws extra. Once that was on, i prepped a raised surface on the stove cover, lifted the new oven up onto the temporary stand, threaded the power cable through the slot where it needed to go into the cupboard above, and again lifted oven so the back base caught the backplate allowing the top of the oven to be pushed back and into place. Held it, tightened the two long 45º bolts onto the backplate and drilled three holes through the existing over-cupboard frame into the oven top to fasten it with three 2½’ metal screws. Everything worked on the run-through so i’m happy it all seems fine. Case was a little damaged during shipping but it’s out of sight so didn’t matter to me. Lots of great features to play with so the better half is all smiles and i’m in the good books.

We bought this microwave for our kitchen remodel partly because we also have this same unit in our motorhome. The combination of an outside hood vent, range light, convection oven, and microwave made it a bargain as well. It was packed in 2 boxes, first the manufacture’s styro lined box, then that box was bubble wrapped and boxed in a separate larger box. The stainless steel matches our other appliances and looks greatthanks sharp, thanks amazon.