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Hamilton Beach Stay or Go 33163 4 Star Rating: Cheapism Good Pick
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Several bonus features enhance the appeal of the Hamilton Beach Stay or Go 33163 (starting at $25, Amazon). On sites such as Target and Amazon, Hamilton Beach 33163 reviews cite the user-friendly serving spoon that attaches to the top of the lid, the latches that lock the lid in place, and the gasket around the lid that seals in the contents. These little extras are intended to enhance portability, and reviews indicate that they make it easy to take the finished product, pot and all, to wherever it needs to go, be it backyard, picnic, or neighborhood potluck, without spills or leaks. Users also like the simplicity of the manual dial with its high, low, warm, and off settings, and say the steady and even heat turns out tasty soups, stews, chili, whole chickens, and more, including meals fit for holiday celebrations. One grandmother tells of giving one Hamilton Beach 33163 to each of her four single grandsons, another consumer reports excellent results for a first-time slow cooker user, and other reviews crow about years of ongoing reliability.

And yet, users have a few bones to pick. We read a few Hamilton Beach 33163 reviews that carp about tell-tale odors from the rubber gasket released back into the pot's contents (scrubbing with baking soda and vinegar has no effect, asserts one reviewer), locking latches that are hard to snap in place, a hot and full pot that's hard to remove from the base, and the occasional pot that cracks.

The 6-quart Hamilton Beach 33163 is oval-shaped and comes in black or white. It has the standard three heat settings plus an off setting; there's also an indicator light to let you know whether the unit is on or off. As noted above, the lid has a rubber gasket for a tighter seal and two latches to fully secure it in place. There's a groove in the handle on the lid for storing the included serving spoon and a holder on the side for a name or recipe tag. The pot and lid are dishwasher safe.

Marketed as "stay or go," the Hamilton Beach 33163 lives up to its travel-ready billing. This is a basic, cheap slow cooker with a few frills and commendable performance that together add up to good value.

by Maralyn Edid (Google+ Profile) – May 28, 2012
Filed in: Appliance, Cooking, Family,
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