All-clad slow cooker VS others, any opinions

jerrymbJanuary 1, 2006

Well how do you think the All-clad slow cooker compares to the other slow cookers? the Cuisnart seems to have a cooking too hot problem, the 6 qt Rival with the up to 20 hr timer seems to be a good contender, but is it? what is your opinion?

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jerrymb

Doesnt look like this Slow cooker is to popular, am i right or wrong on this?

    Bookmark   January 3, 2006 at 9:47PM
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analytical

I just purchased a 7 quart All-Clad at WilliamsSonoma. I haven't used yet or even taken it out of the box but I can tell you that I think the shape and size will be great for the 3 lb roasts that I typically use a crockpot for. Also, the women at the store said they use it in the store all the time and love it. I asked if anything ever burned in it because it was too small for the capacity of the crock and they said they never experienced this. It looks well made. Hope this helps somewhat.

I use to have a 6 quart Rival and the handles both cracked. My husband bought me a brandnew Rival and I opened it up and one of the handles was cracked. The All-clad has metal handles with rivets which I think will be less of a problem.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2006 at 3:37PM
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jerrymb

Hi Analytical, you might want to pull that All-clad cooker out of the box and take a look at the lid, its too small to properly cover the pot, it slides around too far and can let the steam out of the cooker, which means you got a problem, I pointed this out to the people at my local Sonoma store. plus the top wobbles and doesnt sit properly I do have a solution to this,and that is using a rubber seal from a pressure cooker and installing it to the top, the lip of the top fits inside the seal, I am still thinking of getting one of these units and trying this, let me know what you found and if your going to keep the cooker, JerryMB

    Bookmark   January 5, 2006 at 5:30PM
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jerrymb

Well i am testing this All-clad slow cooker tonight, first off i noticed the top is a little bigger then the displays top, which is great, well now i am more positive about this unit. I am doing a 9 hour test on high with 16 cups of water. I want to see how the top reacts, if it moves and lets steam out then its back to the store, i am hoping it passes the test, this is one sharp unit, JerryMB

    Bookmark   January 6, 2006 at 11:55PM
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jerrymb

Hi Guys, well i took the first one back, it would not get quite hot enough on high, the new one seems to be cooking the way it should, side note, dont rely on the employee's of Williams Sonoma to geve you any help, I have found only a bare few know anything about what their selling, and i have found lying seems to be common, making up stuff to sell a product, I will start a seperate thread for that though, back to the review, The cooker looks great, and is easy to use, I watched it switch from high to warm, not a peep, so no bells or buzzers are going to go off, I am really glad i got this cooker rather then the others that i looked at, also that review that picked the cuisinart over the All-clad, is a bunch of crap, the review of the All-clad was really poor, neither of the two i have tested had a too small top and they didnt leak any steam , really makes me think something is rotten with that review, anyway I think the All-clad is a good pick

    Bookmark   January 15, 2006 at 8:38PM
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jules5

I know this is an old thread, but I received an all-clad slow cooker and the I have no idea if the lid is too small or not. It does ship, maybe 1/8 or 1/6 inch to the side if it slides around, but it doesn't appear like a huge gap. How small was the lid that was too-small? I'd rather just take it back before using it if I need to. Thanks!

    Bookmark   October 10, 2006 at 9:25PM
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gbagwell_gmail_com

OK, but does the All Clad warrant paying 3-5X what a Hamilton costs? In my extensive reviews of the comments of others, Hamilton is the only one that dodges claims of overheating or breakage. With 4 qts at $20 and 7 qts with timer at $50, why spend more, except for the fetish value of the All Clad name? (Funny, I can't even find the All Clad on the manufacturer Web site. Is this a licensing deal?)

Additionally, Waring started the stovetop to crock-pot thing, but did not provide side heating. Does All Clad? If not, it's just a hot plate with an integrated pot, not a true "crock."

    Bookmark   December 13, 2006 at 10:31AM
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cmg01

I spent a lot of time last year looking for a slow cooker with a lid that fit and didn't leak steam (thus rendering it useless for unattended cooking as well as causing it to make my whole house smell like whatever was cooking.)I found that all except the All Clad had lids that didn't fit properly-- the glass lids were even around the edges but the crockery liner's edges were uneven, aallowing steam to leak out and the liquid to bubble away into my house. The All Clad lid FITS BEAUTIFULLY!! I like the programmability; the sides don't get overly hot, and besides, it looks great on my counter. But function is foremost with me. The only problem I've had is that one of the little rubber feet came off and, not knowing what it was, I threw it away in a fit of kitchen drawer de-cluttering. Next time I used the cooker I figured out what it was, too late. I wrote to All Clad customer service to ask where I could buy one, and received back by return mail 4 little feet!! It was a very nice touch.

I have the $100 version of the All Clad, with the crockery insert. The $200 one has an insert that can go on the stove for browning.

A friend of mine puts her slow cooker in the garage while it's cooking so it doesn't smell up her house. I use my All Clad instead.

    Bookmark   January 16, 2007 at 12:54AM
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dyhgarden

I have had the $100 version of the All-clad for over a year. I have no complaints with it. It has cooked everything beautifully for me and I've had no problems with the lid fit.

My DH did crack the first crockery insert one time and we got a replacement for $25. He removed it before it cooled, put cold water in it and bumped it on the farm sink! No fault of the product.

    Bookmark   January 16, 2007 at 12:14PM
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nolte_cox_net

Did the Research....Spent the extra money...What a work of Art!

    Bookmark   October 2, 2007 at 1:35PM
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donnar57

Yeah, an old thread but sometimes the subject has to come up again for someone else....like me. I'm in the market for a new slow cooker. Like a previous poster, I had the 6 qt Rival - one handle is already gone and the other is cracked. Yet I love the way it cooks. Does Rival make one whose handles are not plastic??

I think my crock-pot is used about once a week -

DonnaR/CA

    Bookmark   October 4, 2007 at 9:22AM
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pat72741_aol_com

The insert of my slow cooker (the $250.00 model) 8is starting to peel on the inside. I have used it about 6 times.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2008 at 3:00PM
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kraftdee

I bought an al-clad SC when it first came to WS. The workmanship on mine is bad (the lid doesn't align properly with the lip of the pot)...if I had saved the receipt and the box and noticed the problem earlier on I would have returned it. Months later I stopped into a WS and looked at the Al clad SC to see if they were all made bad and the one that was on display looked perfect. I think I may have gotten one from a bad batch. As to whether it cooks properly or not, it seems to be a little too hot (even on low the liquid boils the whole time). I haven't been that happy with it and since I don't use SC too often I would not spend as much as I did since other cheaper brands have been made for a long time and I believe they are reliable. I don't use for entertaining so would never have a need to bring out the beautiful ceramic inside pot.
My niece has the very expensive WS Al-Clad SC and she loves it. The difference is the inside pot can be used on the stovetop to brown meat prior to cooking in SC.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2008 at 6:14PM
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azure68

kraftdee, I just found this thread and wanted to let you know that WS will still take back your slowcooker even without a box or receipt. As long as it's a product that they've carried in their store at one time, they will honor it.

I have the slowcooker with the ceramic insert for a few years now and it hasn't failed me once. I had the earlier model with the lid has the ball handle. I've seen the one with the aluminum insert in action at the WS store. It's a nice machine, but you must be careful when you handle the lid. It gets really hot.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2009 at 11:08AM
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markg_2009

We bought a 7 qt All-Clad slow cooker about 10 months. Used it about 10 times over a 6-month period, then the electric control stopped working.

I hadn't saved the receipt (it's a slow cooker, what could wrong :) ).

Over a 2 month period of emails, All-Clad refused warranty service; verified that the unit was 2 months out of warranty be *manufacture* date, and still refused service even though it was reasonable that the unit had been in the supply chain for 2 months before sale; said there were no recommended repair facilities; and refused to provide specs/spare parts/manufacturer info on the electric control unit.

Based on my experience with lack of reliability of the unit, coupled with All-Clad customer service runaround, I would *not* recommend this unit.

Except perhaps as a nice looking herb planter.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2009 at 6:33PM
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kitchendetective

I no longer purchase All-Clad as I have found the company unwilling to respond to warranty issues.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2009 at 10:20AM
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chefjeff42

Save your money. I have two electric slow cookers but the setup I use most is my homemade one that was inspired by the latest high-dollar slow cookers. I use a round cast iron casserole (with lid) on top of an electric skillet. I brown the meat in the casserole on top of the stove first then just move the casserole to the electric skillet for long, slow cooking at a bare simmer. I'm using a Zojirushi electric skillet because I had it but any inexpensive skillet or grill that your casserole fits into/onto should work fine. I wondered if there would be any difference because there is no side heat but if that affects anything I can't detect it. Also, the casserole doesn't cover the whole skillet surface so I'm sure some heat is lost but again, that doesn't seem to affect anything and may even make it easier to get the heat down to a bare simmer. You do have to fiddle a little to determine the skillet setting that produces a suitable simmer but that's easy and a one-time thing - just mark the spot.

BTW, if your electric skillet has sides and you can turn the heat down low enough, it's a great place to poach fish. If not, try it in an oval iron casserole on an electric skillet or grill. Once you've poached wild-caught salmon you won't want to fry/bake/broil it again, especially since it's nearly impossible to overcook and dry out the fish. If you like to experiment, try variations on the standard court-bullion as your poaching liquid.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2009 at 1:03PM
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brasstown

Bought an All Clad SC for my Mom Christmas of 07 and it was still in the box when she returned it to me later in 08. The fourth time I tried to use it, discoloration led me to a crack in the bottom of the black ceramic insert that went all the way through. Googling showed a number of reports of All Clad ceramic inserts cracking, with some who complained being accused of using the ceramic insert on a stovetop, as the aluminum insert is designed to be used.
Not the case here! Still, All Clad pointed out the warranty expiration and offered to sell me another insert!
The darned thing is useless (even as an herb garden) otherwise, but I just can't bring myself to throw good money after bad. All Clad should be ashamed of the way they're handling this problem.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2009 at 3:00PM
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awm03

chefjeff42, that's a very interesting idea. Wonder if a portable induction hob would work too?

    Bookmark   April 28, 2009 at 6:46PM
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