Hamilton Beach 33141 Review

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Hamilton Beach 33141 reviews indicate this simple slow cooker is well liked by consumers. With its 4-quart crock, this model is the right size for a household of four people (the review at How Stuff Works says it can serve six, but we're skeptical) and the right shape for roasts and chickens as well as the usual stews and soups. Several reviews posted at Amazon note that standard slow cooker recipes should be downsized but stress that food cooks thoroughly and evenly. That said, users don't seem to agree whether the Hamilton Beach 33141 cooks too fast or too slow. A number of reviews, including one at Overstock, insist this slow cooker has a hot streak while some say it runs cooler than other slow cookers. Bottom line: see how it goes and adjust timing accordingly.

And finally, a few Hamilton Beach 33141 reviews note that boil-overs occasionally happen and some units have reportedly broken mid-cycle (cracked crocks and shattered lids, for example), which leaves quite a mess, not to mention hungry diners.

The Hamilton Beach 33141 (starting at $24, Amazon) is an oval-shaped, 4-quart model with a wraparound stay-cool plastic handle that encases the heating base. It features four settings (high, low, keep warm, and off) that are controlled by a dial, a stainless steel shell, removable ceramic crock, and glass lid; the latter two components are dishwasher-safe and consumers say clean up is no big deal. This model lacks an indicator light, which disappointed at least one buyer.

There's nothing fancy here and the value pricing of the Hamilton Beach 33141 makes up for what some might consider its shortcomings. Moreover, the majority of users seem pleased with the performance of this straightforward slow cooker.

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