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Hamilton Beach 33155 5 Star Rating: Cheapism Best Pick
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Enthusiasm abounds in Hamilton Beach 33155 reviews for the value this slow cooker provides frugal consumers. There aren't many slow cookers in the $20 price range and fewer of these are family-size, as is the 5-quart Hamilton Beach 33155 (starting at $20, Amazon). Reviews posted at Walmart indicate that more than nine out of 10 users would recommend this model to a friend and several note it makes a welcome present for the newly married. According to reviews, consumers like the large oval cooking surface, the depth of the pot, the gasket around the glass lid, the red color of the outer shell, the accurate heat settings, and of course, the price. Users write about preparing perfect pot roast, chicken cacciatore, meatballs, even frozen chicken with vegetables. One consumer who commented in a review on Amazon roasted a chicken on a steamer rack placed inside the pot so the fat could drain off, removed the meat (and fat), and filled the pot with the bones, vegetables, water, and seasoning and enjoyed delicious stock the next day.

The handful of critiques we found in Hamilton Beach 33155 reviews mention plastic parts that broke, the difficulty of adjusting the strap that's meant to hold the lid in place, off-putting odors associated with the rubber gasket around the lid, and a thin outer shell that's prone to denting.

The Hamilton Beach 33155 features a 5-quart, oval-shaped stoneware cooking vessel that the specs say can hold a 4.5-pound chicken or two small roasts. There's a glass lid with a rubber gasket that helps seal in moisture and keep the lid from rattling when steam escapes, and a strap to tightly secure the lid and prevent spillovers. This manual slow cooker comes with high, low, and keep warm heat settings, as well as a setting for off; what's lacking is an indicator light to signal whether the power is on or off. All the removable components are dishwasher-safe.

This low-cost slow cooker is one tough competitor. It may lack the finesse of some models, but given its price point and performance, the Hamilton Beach 33155 easily earns the top spot on our list.

by Maralyn Edid (Google+ Profile) – May 28, 2012
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