Crock-Pot Cook & Carry SCCPVL610-S Review
Pros: The portable and programmable Crock-Pot SCCPVL610-S (starting at $49, Amazon) stands out for its ease of use and flavorful results. On Amazon, nearly 2,800 reviewers award it an average of 4.2 stars out of 5. They say the gasket on the tight-fitting lid helps trap moisture, and the digital timer is a simple and welcome convenience.
Crock-Pot SCCPVL610-S reviews also report that the 6-quart capacity leaves plenty to freeze for future meals. One reviewer notes that the edges of whatever is in the pot simmer slightly when on low, while the warm setting is just right for reheating leftovers. Another tells of setting the timer to roast a frozen cut of meat on high for three hours and letting it switch to low to finish the job.
Cons: The avalanche of 4- and 5-star ratings aside, there are things about the Crock-Pot Cook & Carry SCCPVL610-S that grate on some users. A bunch of reviews on the company site tell of problems with excessive heat, even when set on low for traditional slow-cooking dishes such as chili and soup. They say meats cook way too fast and emerge tough rather than tender. Crock-Pot has responded to these complaints by noting that newer models run hotter than older units, reaching a maximum 215 degrees regardless whether the setting is on high or low, and that cooking times may need to be reduced from what some recipes say.
Cracks, large and small, in the stoneware inserts and complete breakage are another source of irritation for consumers, largely because no replacement crock is currently available. Crock-Pot has not supplied any information about when that will change.
Features: There are three heat modes on the Crock-Pot Cook & Carry SCCPVL610-S: high, low, and warm. Cooking times can be set in 30-minute increments up to 20 hours, with a countdown readout on the display. The unit automatically switches to warm (165-170 degrees) after the designated cooking time has elapsed and holds at that setting for up to six hours. The portability features include clips that lock the lid in place, to prevent spills, and storage for the cord. The tempered-glass lid and crock are dishwasher-safe; the stoneware can also be used in the oven or microwave. With a 6-quart capacity, the oval-shaped Crock-Pot SCCPVL610-S serves seven or so people and can hold a 6-pound roast. Crock-Pot also makes a manual version of this cooker, the SCCPVL600-S, which has the usual three heat settings and the same Cook & Carry features, and sells for about $30.
Takeaway: Hundreds of consumers are totally satisfied with this model, and it's hard to argue against the crowd. But the lack of replacements for a key component and a feature set that lags the offerings on the competing Hamilton Beach Set & Forget 33969 relegate the Crock-Pot SCCPVL-610S to a second-tier finish.