[b][url=http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00F2FVGME/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00F2FVGME&linkCode=as2&tag=latinkitchen-20&linkId=YE6N5ZXRKNBDZLKB]Hamilton Beach IntelliTime 6 Quart Slow Cooker[/url][/b]
[b]The Basics: [/b]This slow cooker features the IntelliTime with two options. In option 1, you can set it to cook for a certain period of time, and it gradually increases the heat over the course of those hours. (If you set it for four hours, the heat will increase very quickly. If you set it for eight hours, the heat increases slowly.) In option 2, you can set the heat (to low, medium, or high) and it will cook at that temperature consistently.
[b]Pros: [/b]It has great handles that fold down for storage and the lid flips up and catches onto a handy flap. It’s also huge: you could easily fit a large chunk of meat or chicken in it.
[b][url=http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00E3E34AC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00E3E34AC&linkCode=as2&tag=latinkitchen-20&linkId=Z4CQUVPXREL35K5N]Crock-Pot Digital Slow Cooker with iStir Stirring System[/url][/b]
[b]The Basics: [/b]This slow cooker features new iStir technology, an automatic stirring system with two paddles, one for general purpose and another that's just for stews. The stirring has an initial 2-hour delay, and then self-activates to stir every 30 minutes. You can also pulse it manually if you're looking for more
[b]Pros: [/b]The settings are basic and easy to use and you can attach the lid so that it stays tightly shut during the entire cooking process. You can also remove the motor housing on the slow cooker lid and use it for other kinds of cooking. And the simple low/high temperature settings and automatic warming make it easy to program and cook your meals.
[b]Cons: [/b]The stirring system was a little confusing to use at first, and you have to plug in both the slow cooker and the lid separately.
[b]Overall Impressions[/b]: After some initial confusion, we fell in love with this slow cooker. This is a great one if you're especially fond of making soups and stews, so that you can take advantage of the stirring option.
[b][url=http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008YEXC22/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B008YEXC22&linkCode=as2&tag=latinkitchen-20&linkId=L7AEAI24J4HAFXRO]Cuisinart 3-in-1 Cook Central Slow Cooker[/url][/b]
[b]The Basics: [/b]This is a 3.5 quart slow cooker with a new 3-in-1 option. As with most slow cookers, this one has the high, low and warm option but it also has some extras. The added options allow you to brown or saute (with temperatures going up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit) and steam meals for up to 90 minutes
[b]Pros: [/b]It's extremely easy to set up. All you really have to do is plug it in and set it. The blue backlit LCD display was easy to read and use. And the steaming rack actually comes with the slow cooker and is simple to insert. Finally, switching between low and high settings was as easy as pushing a button
[b]Cons: [/b]It’s extremely heavy and it's not the easiest to clean although it does have dishwasher-safe parts. It's also a splurge, at more than twice the price as the other slow cookers (though you do get extra cooking options).
[b]Overall [/b][b]Impressions[/b]: If you're looking for a slow cooker that's going to do more than the ordinary, then this is definitely a great option. For all of those recipes that call for sauteing something before you put it in the slow cooker, this is the one to get.