West Bend 84384 Review

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Consumers generally like the West Bend 84384 (starting at $23, Amazon). The favorable West Bend 84384 reviews point to the size and shape and the end product. About its physical characteristics, reviews at Walmart note that the 4-quart capacity feeds two people nicely without worries about throwing out food if you're not into leftovers, and the oval configuration nicely conforms to the contours of a chicken or roast. About its performance, users report good results with goulash, dumplings, soups, and the like, although enough reviews assert the temperature settings run hot To give us pause. One consumer says frozen meatballs and a jar of store-bought sauce require lots of stirring to prevent burning and another says beef stew bubbled and boiled even when set to low. A review posted at Amazon refers to other review comments about high heat and advises readers to always set the heat at low, regardless what's in the pot; cleaning off the burnt remains of pork barbecue took two days.

The West Bend 84384 is a basic model with a couple of nice extras. Like most slow cookers in this price range, it features a dial with high, low, keep warm, and off settings; a removable dishwasher-safe crock; a glass lid; and stay-cool handles. But unlike many others, it boasts an on/off indicator light, a brushed stainless steel exterior, and rubber feet that prevent sliding.

At the $23 price point, this mid-size model provides decent value. But complaints about high heat levels prevented it from earning a spot on our list. With other good options out there, you might want to consider those first.

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