|This the 7 quart that I have, but with cherries on it instead of veggies|
Some questions you might be asking before buying a crock-pot.....
What is the difference between crock-pot and slow cooker?
Crock-Pot is actually a name brand by Rival and slow cooker is just other brands version of a crock-pot. But crock-pot has become the word we use often when referring to a slow-cooker. Just like when people say they need a kleenex instead of a tissue. Kleenex is the brand name, but it means the same thing as tissue now.
Really I base my criteria for features on 3 things: the crock, the settings and the size. But there are many more features available so make sure you check some the other features a crock-pot might bring to your kitchen.
The Crock - A removable crock is a must! The 3-quart crock-pot I have isn't a removable crock - because it is so old. But my 7-quart has a removable crock. After using it the first time, I was hooked on removable crock. I love that I can actually take that out and put in the sink, get it wet or even put it in the dishwasher.
Settings - Next get one with high or low settings on it. If it has a warm setting, it can be a feature you might use, but having at least 2 settings of high and low is a must. More pricey slow cookers often come with programmable settings. The main reason I can see wanting a slow cooker with this feature would be maybe you think you are going to be gone longer then the 6 to 8 hours the recipe calls for cooking, well then you can have it programmed to go move to the warm setting after 6 to 8 hours and sit there until you come home. I don't recommend setting it up in the morning and to want it to turn on hours later. You don't want your food coming to room temperature for food safety issues.
|Round 3 quart|
|Oval 7 quart|
What price to expect?
Really most slow-cookers with removable crock and high, low and warm setting will range from $15 to $50 depending on size or the more features it has on it - such as being programmable, having a locking lid making it transportable, or has a removable crock that can be used on the stove top or oven. Some of those kind of features can raise the price from $50 to $100 range.