I purchased this several months ago (Amazon open box as I do often. It was missing a manual but I figured I could get one online).
I was very worried I was paying a boat load of money for what was quite possibly an overrated slow cooker (which I already have). That said…LOOK AT IT. It’s insanely gorgeous so I took a chance and I’ve been very happy with it.
What I love about it:
- It’s gorgeous. I leave it on the counter unlike my normal ugly slow cooker.
- It does a really nice job with the sear function. I was actually surprised how nicely it sears because I wasn’t expecting much but it does do a really nice job with that.
- Easy to use. I didn’t have a manual and figured it out with a few pushes of the buttons. Even so, there are instructions online and recipes as well.
- The inside pot cleans up very nicely. There were some negative comments about the lining getting scratched up and mine is very slightly scratched on the lip where the stir tower meets the bowl, but the bottom and inside still looks awesome and as thick as the lining is I’m wondering what they cleaned it with.
- It’s great for cooking sauce (the stir function is very nice).
- If you like to cook risotto it’s literally perfect for that.
- It makes yogurt. I have not done so yet but it seems ideal for that kind of thing.
- The size. This can be a con.
- The size. So this is actually ok for us but I thought I would mention it. It’s not overly huge but for a family of 4 making pot roast with the veggies on the side, it’s actually a really nice size. I have been able to sear a roast fine but if you have a HUGE amount of meat it’s probably going to need to be seared in batches.
- The TEMPERATURE. There are multiple temperatures with multiple functionalities which are great, but one glaring omission on the part of Kitchen Aid is the ability to manually enter a temperature under 165. Allowing this functionality would have hugely increased the flexibility of the machine to allow it to cook sous vide style. However, I am going to attempt to make cheese in it using the yogurt setting. I’ll let you know how it goes.
- The stir tower is actually a really nice function but if you had something super heavy it probably wouldn’t be effective.
Things I have cooked in it so far:
- Whole chicken
- Corned beef
- Pot roast
- Marinara sauce
- Onion soup (this is really nice with the stir tower).
Overall I’m very happy with this purchase.
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