Karen Wiggins on July 15, 2016 0 Comments Why Everybody Is Talking About This Popular Slow Cooker Table of Contents Get to Know the Unit List of Features Customer Reviews What I Liked About It What I Didn’t Like About It A lot of people love to use crockpots and slow cookers to create healthy, delicious meals. The problem is that there are so many different models to choose from on the market, ranging in price from about $30 to a few hundred dollars or more. This leaves people a bit perplexed about which slow cooker would be best for their needs. In my opinion, you need to start at the beginning, and ask yourself a few questions — How much experience do you have using a crock pot? What do you plan to cook in them? How often do you think you will use your cooker? If you have the answers to those three questions, then and only then should your budget become part of the equation. With so many different slow cookers to choose from, it can be a bit difficult to know which one is best. I personally love the Crock-Pot brand, so when I had the opportunity to review one of their units I jumped at the chance. I chose to get hands-on with the Crock-Pot SCCPVL610-S, and I hope this review will help you to see what is so special about it. Find The Best Price: Meet the Crock-Pot SCCPVL610-S The Crock-Pot SCCPVL610-S slow cooker is a relatively large model, with a total capacity of six quarts. This means you can easily cook for seven people, all of whom are good eaters. Or, if your like me, prepare weekly dishes for your entire family. This slow cooker has many intelligent features not available in comparable units, such as a digital display and countdown timer. The timer itself is unique, as you can the unit to cook for as long as 20 hours. Once the timer runs out, your Crock-Pot will automatically switch itself to warm, stopping the cooking process but keeping your meal warm and ready to serve. Crock-Pot also released a manual version of the SCCPV610-S cooker, the 600-S. If you’re looking for a more affordable slow cooker that doesn’t have all the bells and whistles, this may be a better fit for you. The SCCPVL610-S sets itself apart from the lesser model thanks to the digital timer, which allows you far greater flexibility in the meals you cook. Thanks to the timer, you can tell the device not only how long to cook, but also when to start cooking. But make sure you remember to choose the right setting for the meal you’re making, which is either high or low. This Crock-Pot slow cooker is incredibly portable. It comes with a clampdown gasket that can be fully sealed; therefore, you won’t spill any food if you move it. It even has two strong carrying handles, so you can literally pick up the entire unit and just set it on the table after cooking. In fact, it’s not uncommon to use the SCCPVL610-S slow cooker for outdoor gatherings, whether you’re serving meatballs or chile con queso. Because of its portability, you will also have fewer dishes to manage since you don’t have to transfer the contents into serving trays; which in turn conserves energy and water usage. Furthermore, since the dish itself is made of stoneware, it is really good at containing heat — particularly when compared to aluminum or stainless steel dishes. The stoneware dish is also very easy to clean, as it and the lid are completely dishwasher safe. If you don’t have a dishwasher, cleaning it by hand is a breeze by using warm soapy water. The dish is also microwave and oven safe, so you can use it for other methods of cooking as well. You cannot, however, use it on a hob, as this will damage it, so if your recipe does call for something to be fried first, you will have to use a different pan. This Crock-Pot slow cooker has been designed to be user friendly. All you have to do is set the timer and cooking time, decide whether you want it on low or high temperature, and that is it. You cannot further adjust the temperature, and there is also no display telling you what the current temperature is. However, cooking in a slow cooker is quite basic, and cook time is far more important than temperature. List of Features: 6-Quart Capacity Durable stoneware interior. Locking glass lid with that locks, complete with rubber gasket for complete sealing to take-on-the-go without worry of spills. Digital & programmable timer gives you maximum versatility in cooking various meals. Dishwasher safe, including lid and stoneware interior. Side handles allow you to move your slow cooker at ease. Customer Reviews The Crock-Pot SCCPVL610-S has been available for some time, during which it has received thousands of reviews from customers, both critical and positive reviews. While analyzing the reviews left on Amazon, I noticed a lot of people commenting that older models, or models in a similar price category as this Crock-Pot cooker, often get too hot. Even when they are on the “warm” setting, they continue to cook the food, which can lead to scorched or over-cooked meals. Many people have mentioned that they believed this was normal with slow cookers until they decided to switch to the SCCPVL610-S, which stopped this from happening altogether. Many reviews also mentioned that this slow cooker is their favorite kitchen appliance, and they use it quite often to cook meals for their family. The majority of people do not follow incredibly complex recipes when they use a slow cooker. Instead, they put in their chosen meat, add some vegetables and some stock or chopped tomatoes, and then leave it running for four hours on high or eight hours on low. While this is what the majority of people seem to use it for, the Crock-Pot SCCPVL610-S is designed far you to make more complex dishes, while minimizing the effort and time in which you have to put in. But, don’t take my word for it, see what others customers are saying. At the date I write this, there were over 2,600 reviews with 80% of reviewers giving it either 4 or 5 stars. Click here to read all of the customer reviews on Amazon. What I Liked About the Crock-Pot SCCPVL610-S: It is very easy to use with only a few cooking settings to choose from. It is highly portable thanks to the carry handles. It is safe to use and carry because the lid clamps down and the gasket is fully sealable. You can choose to add a jacket to the Crock-Pot for further ease of portability and keeping dishes warm. What I Didn’t Like About the Crock-Pot SCCPVL610-S: It doesn’t have a clock, nor does it enable you to program it other than setting the timer. All that the timer really does is count down the number of minutes; it is not linked to the actual time. So, if you want the device to start cooking at a specific time, you will have to manually calculate the number of minutes to wait. While the Crock-Pot automatically switches to keep warm at the end of the set cooking process, it does not automatically switch itself on. You always have to do that manually. The Final Verdict Overall, the Crock-Pot SCCPVL610-S is a fantastic slow cooker and a great appliance for anyone looking for an easy way to prepare healthy dishes. It does everything you would expect from a slow cooker, and as an added benefit, this Crock-Pot model is designed to be highly portable. This extra features truly sets it apart, as you can cook dishes and bring the entire pot with you wherever you go. It isn’t an overly flexible machine and doesn’t come with a clock, so you have to be there to get it going. But because it has few additional features, it is really easy to use. You simply pop your ingredients in, set it to the cooking mode you prefer and turn it on. Before you know it, you’ll be enjoying a delicious, tasty meal at the end of the day.