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Best Slow Cooker: Our Top 10 Brands Revealed

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When it comes to fast food, we all have our favorites. But with slow cooking? We may not be so sure.

Finding the best slow cooker can be a challenge, given how many there are on the market and how similar all the ratings online appear to be. Don’t be deceived – certain slow cookers do rise about the rest of the pack, and we did our best detective work to track them down.

For those who don’t know, slow cookers are electric pots that can cook food for hours at a consistent temperature. They are known for making flavorful savory dishes, which are made especially tasty because the ingredients are able to simmer and mix together for hours.

What this means for you is that you can throw some of your favorite meats, vegetables, and spices together, head to work (yep, you don’t even have to watch it like a hawk), and return home to find dinner is ready. All you have to do is grab a bowl.

Comparison Table

How We Choose Our Ratings

In order to choose the best slow cooker, we based our ratings on a variety of product tests, consumer reviews, and expert opinions, then tried to pinpoint the most important slow cooker qualities. From there, we used these different qualities to further pin down the rankings, based on which ones we felt were more critical to an overall better slow cooker experience.

We considered qualities both technical and tasty. A great slow cooker should be able to evenly cook the food inside, and not over-cook it while set to the “Keep Warm” function, if it has one. Furthermore, the temperature should be consistent for the time the slow cooker is cooking.

It is also worth noting that different slow cookers will reach different temperatures at different times, and these factors can affect the quality of the food cooked inside as well. There is also the matter of the slow cooked meal’s tastiness, as well as how well-cooked it is, especially in the case of meats.

Finally, we considered the bulkiness and shape of the slow cooker itself, for cases in which a slow cooker will need to be transported from a kitchen counter to a dining table.

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Top 10 Best Slow Cookers of 2018

Slow cookers are sized in quarts, so that’s something you’ll have to decide on, based on your needs. Six quarts seems to be the most popular size for families, while two quarts is perfect for two people, but you can also find sizes as small as one quart and as big as nearly nine. Whatever the best slow cooker size is for you depends on who you’re feeding.

Below, we’ve rounded up the top 10 slow cookers of 2018. Happy cooking!

1. Hamilton Beach Set 'n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker

Hamilton Beach 33861 Programmable Slow Cooker, 6 Quart, Dual Digital...
  • Programmable Flex Cook mode: Select 1st heat setting & cooking time then select 2nd heat setting & cooking time. After...
  • 3 slow cooker cooking options:- Flex Cook Mode: program 2 heat settings & cooking times for customized cooking- Program:...
  • Stay or go clip-tight sealed lid for easy transport

This slow cooker swept the competition in our review process, consistently in the top five from a plethora of sources, and ranked number one on three different sites. Perhaps remarkably, it’s on the lower end of the price spectrum as far as these slow cookers go.

In the tests we reviewed, the Hamilton Beach Set 'n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker was popular for its cooking of meat, its value, and its possession of a temperature probe, which allows you to check on the temperature of your food without lifting the lid.

It has both an option to set a cooking time, and high, warm, and low settings you can choose without putting in a time at all. The lid clips shut, to prevent spilling, and in the case of a power outage shorter than 5 seconds, it will turn back on and continue to work when the power returns. That’s pretty high tech.

2. Crock-Pot Programmable Cook and Carry Oval Slow Cooker

Crock-Pot SCCPVL605-S, 6 Qt, Stainless
  • 6-quart Cook & Carry Oval Slow Cooker serves 7+ people
  • Removable oval stoneware
  • Includes lid-mounted locking system for the ultimate solution in portability

This beloved slow cooker is known for making tasty food and yielding great results, especially for its relatively affordable price. Reviewers have praised it for its timer, which can be set by 30-minute increments, that can keep your slow cooker going for up to 20 hours - and counts down to make it easy to know when your food will be done.

This slow cooker gives you a lot of control over the temperature and timer, and its lockable lid makes transporting it simple and painless, even when it’s full of food.

The Crock-Pot Programmable Cook and Carry Oval Slow Cooker has garnered a lot of praise. It helps, of course, that the name “Crock-Pot” feels especially meaningful since the brand has become synonymous with the appliance itself. Some might even say that a Crock-Pot is the most iconic version of the slow cooker – but that doesn’t mean this one is without its faults.

There are some reviewers who claim that the “Low” and “Keep Warm” settings are not low enough, and that sometimes food will keep cooking even after the cooking settings have switched off and it’s flipped to “Keep Warm.” If you intend to use mostly low settings or may leave a slow cooker on “warm” for a long time, this is something to consider.

3. KitchenAid 6-Quart Slow Cooker with Standard Lid

KitchenAid KSC6223SS 6-Qt. Slow Cooker with Standard Lid - Stainless...
  • 6-Quart Removable, Oval-Shaped Ceramic Vessel
  • 4 Temperature Settings. LED display
  • 24-Hour Programmability

This slow cooker is simple and effective. Your settings options include low, medium, high, and warm, and assuming you choose correctly based on your meal, the KitchenAid 6-Quart Slow Cooker with Standard Lid does the rest.

While it might sound bad to the untrained ear that this slow cooker can run lower and slower than most other slow cookers, it’s actually a good thing. This means that all the flavors of your ingredients will spend more time blending slowly, so when you get home and get ready to eat, you’ll be able to enjoy an especially delicious meal. The way this slow cooker does it is by way of thermometer – each of these devices has an internal thermostat that makes sure the temperature in the slow cooker is correct at any given point in time.

Another bonus of this slow cooker is that it starts counting up once it’s flicked to “Warm” after a cooking timer has run out. With this feature, you can check on how long it’s been keeping warm if you’ve left it unattended for a while.

4. All-Clad Programmable Oval Slow Cooker 

All-Clad SD700450 Programmable Oval-Shaped Slow Cooker with Black...
  • 6.5-Quart, oval-shaped, stainless-steel slow cooker with removable black ceramic insert, large enough to cook food for a...
  • 4-20 hours cooking times with a complete cycle time of up to 26 hours for preparing home-cooked meals on any schedule
  • Easy to read digital display and large push-button controls for intuitive use to easily find your perfect programs

The All-Clad Programmable Oval Slow Cooker is noticeably higher in price than the slow cookers we’ve discussed so far, but it’s a very good high end slow cooker worth noting for those willing to drop a little more dough.

This slow cooker will be in your life for a while. It’s sturdy and stylish, with a removable ceramic dish set into it. You can program the timer to up to 26 hours, and choose between heat settings of warm, low, and high. Food bloggers gushed about this one, praising the stainless steel and the automatic “Keep Warm” setting that kicks in when your timer runs out.

5. Hamilton Beach Stay or Go 4-Quart Slow Cooker 

Hamilton Beach 33249 Slow Cooker, 4 Quart, Model, Black
  • Clip-tight sealed lid for spill resistance
  • Use the clips on either side to seal the lid securely for travel
  • Dishwasher safe stoneware & lid

This affordable slow cooker is a little simpler than some of the others. It has its settings (off, low, high, and warm) on a dial, so there is no automatic function for it to turn off or turn to “keep warm” when finished cooking. That said, the food it cooks comes out beautifully, and it does have a lid you can clip on tight to prevent spills from ruining your day.

Given its affordable price and despite its lack of additional functionalities, this slow cooker is a steal. Some even argue that its simple dial means it could function for longer than a digital display might.

6. Cuisinart 6-Quart 3-in-1 Cook Central

Cuisinart MSC-600 3-In-1 Cook Central 6-Quart Multi-Cooker: Slow...
  • One touch switches modes when recipe calls for combination cooking
  • Extra-large blue backlit LCD display with easy-to-read time and temperature settings
  • Removable 6-quart nonstick aluminum cooking pot

This slow cooker puts the power of three different and delicious cooking methods in your hands – as long as you’re willing to pay for it.

The Cuisinart 6-Quart 3-in-1 Cook Central took first in several tests and reviews, and was noted for being especially good at temperature control. It’s pricey, but that’s because it can do so much. The Cuisinart 6-Quart 3-in-1 Cook Central can sauté, steam, and slow cook, and you can control the temperature much more precisely, thanks to an LCD display screen with the temperature in numbers. This is great for the home cook who knows what they want.

7. KitchenAid Slow Cooker with Easy Serve Glass Lid

KitchenAid KSC6222SS Slow Cooker with Easy Serve Glass Lid, 6 quart,...
  • 6-Quart Removable, Oval-Shaped Ceramic Vessel
  • 4 temperature settings helps ensure that your food will be ready to serve when you're ready
  • Program the slow cooker for a specific cooking time up to 24 hours in 30-minute increments

Unlike the previous KitchenAid slow cooker we mentioned, this one includes two small glass lids, making it transform into a way for serving others in seconds.

It can cook for up to 24 hours, which you can set by half-hour increments, and has low, medium, high, and “Keep Warm” temperature settings for you to choose between. Plus, it automatically switches to “Keep Warm” once it’s finished cooking. This makes this slow cooker convenient for cooking, heating, and eating purposes – a real triple threat.

8. All-Clad SD700450 Programmable Oval-Shaped Slow Cooker

All-Clad SD700450 Programmable Oval-Shaped Slow Cooker with Black...
  • 6.5-Quart, oval-shaped, stainless-steel slow cooker with removable black ceramic insert, large enough to cook food for a...
  • 4-20 hours cooking times with a complete cycle time of up to 26 hours for preparing home-cooked meals on any schedule
  • Easy to read digital display and large push-button controls for intuitive use to easily find your perfect programs

The All-Clad SD700450 Programmable Oval-Shaped Slow Cooker is very stylish, but also the priciest slow cooker on our list. It can sear chicken beautifully and make soups with ease, in addition to fitting a lot in it with its expansive surface area. It’s also stovetop safe, which is always an added bonus.

9. Crock-Pot 6-Quart Cook & Carry Slow Cooker

Crock-Pot 6-Quart Cook & Carry Oval Manual Portable Slow Cooker, Red
  • 6-quart portable slow cooker serves 7+ people
  • Handles make it easy to carry and lid-mounted locking system
  • High/Low/Warm settings

This startlingly cheap slow cooker happened to test incredibly well, making it a great budget choice. It is incredibly simple, with no timer and a simple manual dial, but it does have a “warm” setting and a locking lid – so it is not completely devoid of additional features. Its handles are great for transporting it safely, and the stainless-steel exterior looks notably chic.

10. Instant Pot DUO Plus-60 Multi-Cooker 

Instant Pot DUO Plus 60, 6 Qt 9-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure...
  • Duo plus is the latest evolution in the #1 selling Multi-Cooker the duo series with more custom features, improved...
  • Duo plus replaces 9 common kitchen Appliances including pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, egg...
  • Up to 70% quicker. A great meal is a press of button away with 15 microprocessor controlled programs taking the...

The Instant Pot is a cult classic in slow cooking (and other types of cooking!) and we could not go without mentioning it. It can make rice and yogurt, and can steam, warm, and slow cook food for you.

For those looking for something that can do a lot more than just a simple slow cooker can, this might be the right pick for you.

Buyer’s Guide

Choosing the best slow cooker for you ultimately comes down to your own needs. How many people will you be serving? Are you looking for an appliance with more than one ability or use? Will you be bringing your slow cooker to potlucks, or will you not be moving it at all? How much are you willing to pay for a slow cooker, and what quality of food do you expect from it?

Once you know what you’re hoping for, it becomes a little easier to pin down which slow cookers are best.

Our top choices are the Hamilton Beach Set 'n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker, the KitchenAid Slow Cooker with Standard Lid, the Crock-Pot Programmable Cook and Carry Oval Slow Cooker, and the All-Clad Programmable Oval Slow Cooker, but one of the others might personally be a better fit for you.

Regardless, any of these slow cookers will give you a great experience and a wonderful meal – as long as you know what to put in it! We’ll leave that part up to you.

Master Forge Charcoal Grill Reviews

Master Forge Charcoal Grill

Is there anything better than grilling in the great outdoors, especially during the summer months?

Imagine burgers, steaks, ribs, and more that have all been cooked to perfection. Well, believe it or not, you can have all of that and then some. All you need is the right grill.

One grill that we can recommend highly is the Master Forge charcoal grill. And, though we do like it a lot, we’re the first to admit it’s not perfect. Here, we’ll provide you with a detailed review of this grill and its pros and cons, all to help you decide whether or not it’s the right fit for you.


  • You’ll Enjoy Solid Joints
  • You Can Adjust the Charcoal Bed
  • It’s Super Easy to Add More Charcoal
  • The Cover is Strongly Attached
  • It Has a Great Bottle Opener  
  • It is Very Affordable
  • You Do Not Need Lighter Fluid
  • The Grill Grates are Porcelain Coated
  • You’ll Enjoy Super Easy Assembly
  • The Lid Comes with a Great Handle
  • There’s a Nice Warming Rack
  • There are Holders for Your Tools and Accessories


  • The Grill is a Little Bit on the Flimsy Side
  • The Owner’s Manual Leaves a Lot to Be Desired
  • The Dampers and Vents Could Line Up Better
  • You’re Dealing with a Relatively Unknown Brand
  • The Ash Tray Fills Quickly

Pro: You’ll Enjoy Solid Joints

Even though, overall, the construction of the Master Forge charcoal grill isn’t as strong as we might like, the basic construction is pretty solid.

For one thing, you’ll enjoy solid joints that hold the grill together pretty well. So while, yes, it might tip over on you if you’re too rough with it or if the wind gets bad, it’s not going to break apart on you either.

Master Forge charcoal grill

Pro: You Can Adjust The Charcoal Bed

Something else that we really like about this grill is the fact that you can adjust the charcoal bed as needed.

That’s actually not a feature that is very common among more affordable grills like these. You typically only get this option with very expensive grills, so it’s definitely nice to have.

When you have an adjustable charcoal bed, you also have the ability to control your cooking better. So, if you want precise cooking every single time, then this is certainly the grill for you.

Pro: It’s Super Easy To Add More Charcoal 

Not only is the adjustable charcoal bed nice, but we also really like the fact that this grill features a handy front door. Yes, a real front door that you can open and use to easily add or remove charcoal as needed.

This feature makes the grill so much easier to use than many other charcoal grills on the market. It’s especially nice for people who are new to grilling and may need to go through some trial and error to find the perfect ratio of charcoal for what they’re grilling.

No more lifting up a heavy lid and the grill itself to add or remove charcoal. Just pop open the door and add or remove as needed. What could be easier?

Pro: The Cover Is Strongly Attached 

Something else that we really like about the Master Forge charcoal grill is the fact that the cover is securely attached.

Unfortunately, a lot of grills are a big pain in terms of the cover. It will fall off and land with a big thud. And then, you have to be really careful every time you open and close it to prevent the same problem from happening over and over again.

With this grill, you’ll never have to worry about fussing and fighting with the cover. It is securely attached, and it should stay that way for as long as you have the grill.

Master Forge charcoal grill

Pro: It Has A Great Bottle Opener  

Does anything go better with grilling than an ice-cold beer? Yeah, we didn’t think so.

Fortunately, the makers of the Master Forge charcoal grill seem to know this, so they’ve added a mounted bottle opener right to the side of the grill.

So, as you flip burgers or sear steaks, you can also crack open a cold one and really settle into relaxation mode. And, really, isn’t that what grilling is all about?

Pro: It Is Very Affordable 

As is the case with most items these days, you can buy this grill from a variety of places, both online and in person.

While it was originally a Lowe’s exclusive, many sellers are now offering it, especially online.

Because there are a lot of different buying options, the pricing does vary depending on where you buy. However, in most cases, you can get this grill for just under $200. And, if you know anything about grills, that is definitely on the cheap side.

No, this grill might not have a lot of fancy “bells and whistles,” but it gets the job done for you, and really, at this price, could you want anything more?

Pro: You Do Not Need Lighter Fluid

If you’ve cooked on grills before, then you know that lighter fluid is generally a necessity for getting your coals lit. You probably also know that lighter fluid can be a pain to use (and sometimes even dangerous). Plus, it can get expensive fast.

Amazingly enough, this grill gets rid of all of these problems. It actually features a unique “jet light” system. Thanks to that system, you don’t have to use lighter fluid. Your coals will light all on their own with just a little spark from you. What could be easier or more convenient?

Pro: The Grill Grates Are Porcelain Coated

Perhaps one of our favorite features of the Master Forge charcoal grill is the fact that the grates are coated in porcelain.

The porcelain coating allows for super easy clean-up since nothing gets grilled or burnt onto the grates.

Plus, the porcelain holds up really nicely, so your grill grates should look awesome and last you for several summers to come. In fact, the grates will probably end up lasting you longer than the grill itself. They are really that well made.

Master Forge charcoal grill

Pro: You’ll Enjoy Super Easy Assembly

There is nothing worse than buying a grill, being excited about it, and then realizing that it’s an absolute beast to put together.

Fortunately, that won’t happen to you with this grill.

It comes in just a few pieces instead of a “million” like some other grills. Plus, the instructions for assembly are very easy to understand and follow, even if you’re not usually good at putting things together.

You should be able to get this thing put together in just a few minutes and without a lot of hassle. In fact, you’ll probably be able to fire it up the very day you bring it home. Assembly is really that easy.

Pro: The Lid Comes With A Great Handle

Most of us, at one time or another, have had to struggle with opening the heavy, unwieldly lids that you’ll typically find on grills.

However, that is not the case with the Masterforge charcoal grill. This grill actually comes with a nice handle attached to the lid.

The handle is strong, sturdy, and solid, making it super easy to lift, open, and close the grill lid. The handle won’t come detached- more common than you might think- like it does with other models either. It’s definitely a nice little feature on a nice little grill.

Pro: There’s A Nice Warming Rack

This grill is one that comes complete with plenty of great features.

One feature that we really like is the warming rack. If you’ve made up a big plate of burgers and still have hot dogs to go, don’t worry. You can use the warming rack to keep food warm while you prepare other food or while you get the table set.

The warming rack is also good for warming buns and side dishes too. It helps with making sure your entire meal is delicious from the first bite to the last.

Pro: There Are Holders For Your Tools And Accessories

We already mentioned how this grill has plenty of great features. One other one that we really like is the holders on the side.

These holders are ideal for giving you a place to securely put your spoons, tongs, and other accessories.

Grilling can be impossible and even a little unsanitary if you don’t have a good place to put things. Fortunately, these side holders take care of everything for you.

We know this grill isn’t perfect. And, yes, we’d definitely like it to be a little bit tougher and more durable. However, overall, we think it’s a pretty good grill, especially for the price.

However, the choice is yours to make. We encourage you to read our review, do a little research of your own, and maybe even check out the grill in person if you can. By following these helpful tips, you can make an informed decision about whether or not this is the grill you want to bring home.

Con: The Grill Is A Little Bit On The Flimsy Side 

We hate to start on a negative note, but we have to be honest. The first thing many people notice about this grill, unfortunately, is that it is a little on the flimsy side.

We’re not talking about horrible construction or anything, but it is fairly lightweight. You could tip it over without too much effort on your part.

So, if you are looking for a grill that will last forever and that can stand up to even the toughest weather conditions, this probably isn’t it. If you want an affordable grill you can get a few good years of use out of, however, this grill is still a good option.

Con: The Owner’s Manual Leaves A Lot To Be Desired 

While the owner’s manual is certainly not the most important part of a grill (not by a longshot), we were a little disappointed with the lack of information contained in this grill’s manual.

For one thing, it doesn’t have cooking instructions. So, you really have to just do some guesswork on how to use it to cook different types of meat or other foods.

Fortunately, there is plenty of information available online, but still, it would be nice if the manufacturers had put a little more thought into this grill’s manual and made it a little more beginner friendly.

Con: The Dampers And Vents Could Line Up Better

One complaint that we have about the Master Forge charcoal grill is that, on some models, the dampers and the vents do not line up as perfectly as they could.

Because of that fact, these faulty models have some issues with correctly controlling air and heat.

Our suggestion is to try and buy your grill in person when possible. That way, you can ensure that the grill you get is well-made and doesn’t have this option.

If you’re not buying in person, make sure you get a grill that comes with a good warranty. That way, if you do happen to get stuck with a faulty model, you can return it for a replacement at no charge to you.

This issue isn’t on most of the grills, though, so don’t panic or just assume you’ll get a faulty one. Just know that there is a slight risk of that happening.

Con: You’re Dealing With A Relatively Unknown Brand

While plenty of people have reported being happy with their Master Forge charcoal grill and while there is a lot to appreciate about this grill, we do have to admit that it’s made by a lesser known brand.

Master Forge hasn’t really been around all that long and hasn’t had time to build a big “name” or reputation in the grilling industry.

Because of that, you are taking a bit of a gamble when you buy this grill. However, we think it’s worth a shot, especially since there are so many mostly positive reviews floating around about the grill.

Con: The Ash Tray Fills Quickly

One other issue that we have with the grill is the fact that the ash tray fills up super quickly.

Sure, it’s nice to have an ash tray to collect ashes and debris while you cook. However, the fact that this one doesn’t have great capacity and has to be emptied after pretty much every single use can be a bit of a pain.

The ash tray and its poor capacity is probably not going to be a deal breaker for most people. However, it is something to be aware of before you buy. That way, you won’t end up disappointed.

Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker Review

Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker

Hamilton Beach is one of the most trusted household names when it comes to kitchen appliances. One specialty of theirs is slow cookers.

Slow cookers are meant to be used by putting all the ingredients in the pot and setting a time and temperature for them to be cooked in, in order to be able to just come back hours later and have a completed meal like a roast or stew. They require minimal effort or overseeing by the chef. Hamilton Beach offers a wide range of slow cookers with many different specifications and functions in order to cater to the variety of needs of any specific household.

Hamilton Beach (33967A) Slow Cooker With Temperature Probe, 6 Quart,...
  • 3 choices for easy, automatic cooking: probe, program and manual. The temperature probe takes the guesswork out of slow...
  • Thermometer probe for meat
  • Clip-on spoon; Power interrupt protection.

This slow cooker from Hamilton Beach allows you to makes meals with minimal effort. Its 3 different programmable settings and preprogrammed recipes allow you to push a button and have a meal ready in 24 hours or less, living up to its name of Set and Forget.

The dish is also oven safe to finish off any recipe with a crispy crunch when its done. This slow cooker holds up to 6 quarts and will be worth the investment as busy, working people use it time and time again with delicious outcomes.  

Hamilton Beach 6 Quart Digital Slow Cooker Programmable with...
  • INTEGRATED TEMPERATURE PROBE: Track your food's temperature with the probe, minimizing the chances of overcooking and...
  • MULTIPLE COOKING FUNCTIONS: Cook on Low, Medium or High with or without the probe; when the food is ready, the slow...
  • EXPAND YOUR COOKING OPTIONS: Hold Temperature function lets you sous vide, prepare yogurt, poach, simmer, braise, make...

This 6-quart Temp Track slow cooker allows you to set the temperature you want the meal to be cooked in and ensures you will find the food at that temperature even if you do not consume it the minute it is ready.

The cooker maintains the meal’s temperature for up to 24 hours and is ideal for dishes such as fondue and well as for dishes that need braising and simmering. This slow cooker take cooking from an art to an exact science.

Hamilton Beach 33141 4-Quart Oval Slow Cooker (Discontinued)
  • Versatile family-size slow cooker with 3 heat settings
  • Removable 4-quart oval stoneware crock doubles as serving dish
  • Glass lid designed with stainless-steel rim and cool-touch knob

This slow cooker is simple, classic, and no fuss. It comes with three cooking settings, high, medium, and low. Put the food you want to cook in, turn to the heat setting you want, and let the slow cooker do the rest.

Once you are done cooking the meal, just switch the setting to Keep Warm, and maintain the perfect temperature until you are ready to eat. The cooker holds up to 6 quarts and makes easy, fancy meals for the whole family.

Hamilton Beach 33461 Stay or Go 6-Quart Portable Slow Cooker
  • Single clip seals lid onto base to reduce messy spills
  • Bring 6 quarts of hot food to potlucks or parties anytime
  • Hinged lid stays up then easily detaches for dishwasher cleanup

The Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Portable Slow Cooker has all the benefits of the traditional slow cooker, ease of use, simplicity, and minimal effort, but adds one important and very useful perk for those who love to entertain.

This slow cooker has a lid that clip seals and has a compact design, while still holding 6 quarts, so that you can use the dish to serve meals to friends and family without taking up the whole table.

Hamilton Beach 33565 Simplicity 6-Quart Slow Cooker
  • Spill-resistant travel
  • Perfect size for 6 lb. chicken or 4 lb. roast
  • Simple programmability: set the cooking time and temperature - it does the rest

Hamilton Beach’s Simplicity Slow Cooker is easy to use and highly efficient in its use of space. It has the Lid Latch feature that allows for easy traveling and is dishwasher safe to make cleaning less of a chore.

The slow cooker has a digital display that allows you to set exactly the temperature and time for which you want your meal to cook, and the cooker automatically switches the setting to warm to maintain the temperature of the food after it is done cooking until you are ready to serve it.

Hamilton Beach 33265 6-Quart Programmable Cool-Surround Slow Cooker
  • Cool-surround base keeps the sides cool
  • Sear or brown meat on your stovetop then finish meal in your slow cooker
  • Nonstick aluminum insert pan

Put the ingredients in the morning to cook, the slow cooker does the rest of the magic and has a meal waiting for you when you get home at night.

This cooker is efficient with its use of heat. The material insulating the cooker keeps the heat inside to cook the meal and the outside cool to ensure there is no risk of injury due to hot surfaces.

The materials also keep it light to lift. It is nonstick and can be put directly on the stove in order to cook further or brown, if necessary. Energy efficient, easily cleanable, and still with a capacity of 6 quarts, this slow cooker is ideal for those who use it very  regularly.  

6-Quart Programmable Searing Slow Cooker
  • New Hamilton Beach 33567T 6 QT Oval Stove Slow Cooker
  • Simple program-ability - just set the time & temperature
  • 6 quart programmable

Home-cooked meals are comforting and aren’t only the singular privilege of being at mom’s house. Hamilton Beach slow cookers make them easy enough for everyday. The cooker can go straight on top of the stove for any extra cooking, and otherwise, like any other slow cooker, you can set the time and temperature to come home to a delicious meal.

From soups to stews to roasts and desserts, this 6-quart slow cooker is ideal for cooking and keeping warm until you are ready to eat.

Hamilton Beach 33564 IntelliTime Slow Cooker, 6-Quart
  • No more overcooked mush even after 12 hours
  • Cooking time flexibility that adjusts to your schedule
  • IntelliTime mode: Select a long cooking time and the temperature rises slowly; select a short cooking time and the...

Hamilton Beach’s IntelliTime Slow cooker has a particularly unique feature that makes it perfect for some busy families. Instead of having to set a temperature based on your specific recipe’s needs, this slow cooker allows you to input the ingredients and just put in the amount of time you need it to be ready in, from 4 to 12 hours, and it does the rest.

The IntelliTime slow cooker’s technology determines what heat level is perfect to have your dish ready in the time you need without overcooking anything. It then keeps the meal warm for another 4 hours. This slow cooker can also be programmed like a traditional slow cooker as well.

Crock-Pot 6.5-Quart, Programmable Touchscreen Slow Cooker, Silver,...
  • Oval-shaped slow cooker with 6-1/2-quart removable stoneware crock
  • Touchscreen control panel without the static clings; programmable cooking time; auto keep-warm
  • Polished stainless steel exterior; metal side handles with silicone stay-cool wraps

The Touchscreen Crock-Pot is a comparable product to the Simplicity Slow cooker in that it has a easy to use and program display.

A perk of the crockpot is that it has an extra half quart of capacity. It is also dishwasher safe. Its material is built to stay cool to the touch to avoid injury, like the Cool-Surround cooker from Hamilton Beach, killing two birds with one stone.

Cuisinart MSC-800 Cook Central 4-in-1 Multi-Cooker, 7 quart
  • 4 programmable functions: - Slow Cook on high, low, simmer or warm for up to 24 hours; Roast at from 250 -450 Degrees...
  • One touch lets you switch modes when recipe calls for combination cooking
  • Removable 7-quart nonstick cast aluminum cooking pot with teflon coating

The Cuisinart Multicooker is also a quality alternative to Hamilton Beach slow cookers. This cooker is more expensive than other options, pricing at $199.95. The price is justified with its variety of features.

Rather than just High, Low, and Medium settings, this slow cooker has settings such as Roast, Saute, and Steam, to allow you to make the perfect meal and engage in a multitude of cooking styles without any risk of human error.

What Makes Hamilton Beach Slow Cookers Unique?

Hamilton Beach slow cookers are unique in many ways. First of all, Hamilton Beach offers a variety of slow cookers. They are have a range of specifications and features that make them particularly unique. The IntelliTime slow cooker allows people who will be out of the house for long periods to prepare meals without supervision or risk of overcooking. The Cool-Surround slow cooker ensures safety for all those who choose to use it. The Stay or Go slow cooker is perfect for those who like to entertaining need to transport their slow cooking to the party.  The Temp Tracker cooker is fit for those who want to turn their cooking into science and take the guesswork out of the process. They can set the exact temperature they want it to be cooked and served at, and the slow cooker will take care of it.

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The Set and Forget cooker is the icon of the slow cooking world. Delicious, home-cooked meals are ready with minimal effort from busy cooks who have a million other things on their minds. Just put the ingredients in in the morning and arrive in the evening for a ready-to-go meal. Hamilton Beach’s reliable brand speak to the effectiveness of all these slow cookers. There is a slow cooker perfect for every chef in this collection. Not many brands can boast the well known, household name of Hamilton Beach. It has gained its reputation by being a worthy investment for home cooks. You can be sure to find exactly what you need in a slow cooker by going with this brand, and you can be sure that your investment will be worth it as well.


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The IntelliTime slow cooker is available for $49.99 and ships free from the Hamilton Beach website. The Programmable Stovetop Slow Cooker comes in at $59.99, also with free shipping, and this has the added bonus of the dish being stovetop safe so that you do not have to use multiple dishes in the preparation of your meal. The Cool-Surround slow cooker comes in a little pricey at $89.99 but has the features of a digital display and a safe container that is energy efficient, saving money in the long run and ensuring safety from accidental burns. The Simplicity Slow Cooker brings ease, and yes, simplicity, to slow cooking with its clear display and simple controls. This slow cooker prices at $39.99.

The Stay or Go cooker also comes in at the same price and is perfect for those whose main goal with the slow cooker is to entertain. The Oval Slow Cooker is the traditional, go-to, daily use slow cooker that comes at the bargain of $19.99. This product ships free with an order of $75 or more. The Temp Tracker slow cooker is a little more expensive at $59.99, but it worth it for those who are particular about the exact preparation of their meals and the temperature at which they are served. Another $15 or products added to the order will get you free shipping as well.

The Set and Forget slow cooker is the top of the line offering from Hamilton Beach. It has all the features, programmable settings, preset recipes, and such that a pro chef would require in their slow cooker. It prices at $89.99 and comes with free shipping from Hamilton Beach.


Hamilton Beach slow cookers come in a range of shapes and sizes to fit every kitchen and chef that may call for a slow cooker. The highlight of the slow cooker is the ease it offers in creating a homeecooked meal with minimal efforts from the cook.

A slow cooker allows you to input ingredients in the morning before leaving for work, program the slow cooker, and come back to a perfectly magically prepared meal. YOU can use a slow cooker to prepare anything from a roast to a soup, stew, or dessert.

From the Temp Tracker cooker that makes cooking a science by giving you the ability to set the exact temperature you want it to be not only cooker at, but also served. The slow cooker will maintain that temperature for you.

The Oval slow cooker is the simple and classic slow cooker that is easy to use and cheap enough for a college dorm meal to taste like home. The Set and Forget cooker allows you to have every bell and whistle and program your slow cooker for your pleasure, even giving you preset options to reduce estimation and error on your end.

Whatever your slow cookers needs may be, Hamilton Beach has a range of options to cater to them. When making a decision on this investment, it is important to consider exactly what you need.

Do you need the Cool-Surround slow cooker to ensure safety if you have young kids running around? Or if you use the slow cooker enough that energy efficiency is key? Do you entertain and need to transport food a lot? Then the Stay or Go cooker may be the perfect one for you.

Make sure to outline your needs before making this investment so you make sure to pick the one that is perfect for you and make this a worthwhile and long-lasting investment for your life and kitchen.

Wake Up! Your Dream Kitchen Doesn’t Have to Be a Dream

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The Whys and Hows of Planning and Building Your Dream Kitchen

Take a deep breath.

Just imagine. You smell fresh baked bread, homemade cookies, or roasted turkey and dressing.

The timer dings hopefully; the oven door opens and releases the scent of wonder. Even the subtle grinding of the smoothie blender is beautiful.

The subtle drip of brewing coffee gets you out of bed. The soft clink of wine glasses motivates you to leave the couch and TV to talk to your family. The opening of the refrigerator brings everyone, dogs included, straight to one room.

Where is all this magic possible?

The kitchen.

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It's the heart of the home, the most important room in the house. The kitchen is the place where it happens, whatever “it' is to you and your family.

Just the word “kitchen” is enough to evoke smells and tastes and feelings unique to the room with the stove and the sink.

But what if your kitchen doesn't inspire such love? What if your kitchen is not the room where everyone flocks but the room that everyone avoids?

What happens when your home is missing its heart?

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Tearing up just thinking about it?

Yeah, me too.

But even a heartless home is not without hope. A dream kitchen renovation will not only revive your flatlining house, it will bring the love and the joy back into cooking, eating, and home ownership.

Take control of your home and your happiness today. Learn how to update your kitchen on any budget, how to include the most important elements of a dream kitchen in your DIY plan, and how you can really make it happen.

The future is now. The home and the kitchen that you have always dreamed of is within reach.

Are you ready?

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Can You Hear It Beating?

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It's the congregation point, the center, the soul.

But why?

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No matter what you have in your current kitchen or what your dream kitchen looks like, chances are, you want it to be something special. From their days as logs around the fire pit to their current iterations as tiled oases in the chaos of modern life, kitchens have been central to our existence as long as people have been walking the earth.

The basics

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The first and most important reason that a kitchen is the heart of the home is in its very purpose: the food.

Kitchens nourish physically and have the opportunity to nourish spiritually and emotionally as well.

Just as the heart pumps blood through the body and keeps it moving and grooving, the kitchen provides the food that gives the body energy to carry on.

Ever wandered into the kitchen not really looking for anything specific but found comfort in the arms of a cookie or a family member? That's nourishment, my friend. A good kitchen, your dream kitchen, can provide that feeling for everyone.

Kitchens also have the potential to change your life. The food you eat literally transforms who you are; if your food is made with love and a view of the future, your kitchen can change your life.

More than chores

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No one likes cleaning the kitchen.

OK, well, not very many people like cleaning the kitchen.

But even if cooking and cleaning aren't your favorite, the kitchen gives you the opportunity to make it fun. The kitchen -- and especially your dream kitchen -- will give you endless options for creating family fun and memories that will last a lifetime.

Invite everyone into the kitchen to cut out sugar cookies. Ask every member of your family to choose a favorite dish to make for dinner. Brainstorm creative themed snacks to make to eat with your favorite movies. The options for family kitchen fun are endless.

You'll get messy, for sure, and you may create the occasional inedible plate of food. But the laughter that goes along with the experience will surely make up for any burnt smell or wasted ingredients.

All for one, one for all

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This is the kitchen.

It's a room for everyone. All are welcome here, even the dog.

Your kitchen is the perfect place for everyone to gather, and your dream kitchen is the perfect place for family, friends, and new acquaintances to get to know each other in comfort.

A welcoming kitchen can be the perfect low-key room for people to mesh and talk and learn about one another without the pressure of the leather-bound study or the distractions of the TV-focused living room. Kitchens do it all.

It's not really up to you

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Whether or not you love it, you've gotta have it.

So why not make your kitchen the best, most welcoming, most fun room in your home?

A super-fun and engaging bathroom just doesn't have the same appeal.

Whether you're living in a small efficiency apartment or an enormous 10 bedroom mansion, you need to have some type of kitchen. What you fill it with, though, that's totally your call. So make it your own.

It can make it or break it

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The “it” being your day, your house sale, or your guests' experiences.

Chances are, you'll see your kitchen every day. Make it a room that will pump up your day, not bring it down. Your guests, no matter who they are or why they're visiting, will probably glimpse your kitchen, too. Even if the rest of your house is in disarray, a well-kept and uplifting kitchen can transform their impressions of your home and your life.

And a beautiful kitchen can really up that resale value. So don't take it lightly. A dream kitchen may not be all about you after all.

Who Gets the Job?

You're on board now, right? Your kitchen is ready for a makeover.

But every time you walk past the hardware store, you swear that the slabs of granite countertop and the boxes of screws are laughing at you. DIY kitchen? IDK.

Before you start knocking out cabinets and sledgehammering your countertops Property Brothers-style, consider your options. Sure, you can build your dream kitchen by yourself, but there are plenty of professional options for those of you who are less inclined to get your hands dirty (or just don't have a clue where to start).

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You can DIY. Yes, YOU

Even if you know next to nothing about kitchens or carpentry or houses, there are some dream kitchen updates that you can make all by yourself.

Yes, really.

You totally can hire someone to do the whole shebang for you, but if you're like most of the world and would prefer to save a few bucks, here are some elements of your project you can take on solo. (AKA things you can make your kids do).


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You can paint. He can paint. She can paint. Everyone can paint!

Buying your paint and brushes and using your own arms and hands and ladders to paint your kitchen walls is an easy way to save a ton of money. Consider using semi-gloss for the kitchen, but other than that, do your own research about brushes for your project and colors for your room. Kids can for sure help with this one, too.

Hardware updates

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It might be a little intimidating at first, but you can figure it out. Really, you can.

With a little bit of investigation, you can discover the secrets of your cabinet hardware and even your faucets. Turn the water off before you replace the kitchen sink faucet and make sure you measure carefully before you buy your new accessories, but it won't take too much work or know-how to get the job done.

While you're at it, consider repainting or staining your cabinetry, too! See above for whether or not you need a painting pro.

Update appliances

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Honestly, most of it is just a matter of unplugging, moving, and plugging in. Even refrigerators.

Research delivery and removal options, but consider waiving that installation fee for most of your basic kitchen appliances. Your checking account will thank you, and you'll feel pretty proud.

This also goes for installing a garbage disposal. You'll probably learn more than you ever thought you wanted to know about basic plumbing, but the directions on the disposal package should pretty much take you step-by-step through the installation process. Just don't turn it on with your hand stuck inside.


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There are so many lighting options these days, the hardest part will probably be just deciding what you want, not the actual installation.

Choose an updated fixture, add some additional lights under your cabinets, or just change out the bulbs. Lots of lighting options to make it even easier to tell the difference between the salt and the sugar.


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Seems hard, right? It's not.

Options abound when it comes to kitchen backsplashes, and they're all pretty user-friendly. Tiles and basic grout are popular and easy to install, but so are adhesive options. Wood, wallpaper, sheeting -- all legit.

One thing to think about, though: how will your electrical outlets play into the backsplash project? Make sure you factor them in when starting, or consult a professional electrician to move them around if that's what you need.

New floors

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You really, truly can install your own new floors in your kitchen to give it a fresh, fun pop of color or cleanliness.

Research the type of flooring you currently have to discover how much work you'll need to put into removal (can you apply new flooring over what is already there? Can you just peel up the linoleum?) and choose a new favorite.

 But Maybe Get a Pro for These Projects

And while you can certainly tackle your whole project on your own -- and if you do, more power to you -- but if you're unsure or don't want to take the time to learn, buy, and install, there are some projects that really might be better in the hands of a professional.

Complete restructuring

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If walls are coming down and the sink is moving sides, it might be time to bring in the big sledgehammers. Or at least someone who has more experience using them.

Moving a fridge from one side of the kitchen to the other is one thing, but when electrical work, plumbing, and walls or load-bearing columns enter the mix, you might be better off consulting with a professional to make sure your dream kitchen is achievable, safe, and affordable.

Adding an exhaust fan

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It doesn't sound very difficult, especially now that you're feeling confident about backsplashes and all that, but it's a little trickier than you might expect.

Adding an exhaust fan to your kitchen involves creating a way for the air to get outside, which might not be something you are (or should be) super comfortable doing yourself. You'll also have to seal it and potentially run new electrical lines, so it might be in your best interests to just hire out here.

Installing cabinets

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Sure, you could do it. But should you?

Ultimately, the choice is up to you, but cabinetry is one area to splurge. Cabinet accuracy is pretty easy to mess up, and you don't want to have to tear out your brand-new DIY cabinets just because they're all kinds of crooked or weird-shaped. Consider measuring for cabinets yourself and just hiring someone to come in and install them instead of doing the whole thing yourself.

Installing countertops

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It's generally just easier and faster to get someone else to do your countertops. The pros have the tools, the know-how, and the resources to get your countertop material faster and get them installed better than you can. It's just the truth.

Some exceptions? If you're getting into concrete counters and have access to some fresh concrete and want to mess with that, go wild. Also, if you're considering adding new laminate to your countertops, that's affordable and easy DIY. So you've got options.

What Comes First, the Dream Kitchen or the Egg?

Designing your dream kitchen can be overwhelming before you even pick up a hammer or your checkbook.

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But it doesn't have to be. Take it step by step, take your time, and take it easy. After all, pretty soon you're going to have your dream kitchen!

First, make some big choices.

  • Will you go for total DIY or will you hire a designer or contractor?
  • How much of your kitchen are you remodeling? Just cabinets? Just need some new appliances? The whole thing?
  • What floor plan or overall kitchen layout do you have in your dream kitchen? See below for some options.
  • Will you need an electrician or plumber or both? Research and interview before you hire.

Now for the smaller, but still important, steps.

  • Do you need or want new appliances? Fixtures? What style or type are you into? Are you going to refurbish some antiques or buy all-new modern stuff?
  • What type of storage systems are you into? Traditional wooden cabinets? Newfangled garage door-like cupboards? Cabinet inserts?
  • If you haven't already thought about it, get into lighting design and fixtures. Will they give you enough light even when it's dark out?

And then make it pretty.

  • Paint for walls? What about paint for cupboards?
  • Flooring? Are you sticking with the same-old or updating?
  • Backsplash? Do you need any? Want any? The world is your oyster.
  • Decorations? Wall art? Yeah, kitchens looks cool with paintings and posters, too!

The Floor's the Limit

Believe it or not, you have a lot of options when it comes to kitchen floor plans. The days of a square of linoleum, a stove in one corner and a sink in the other, are long gone.

And, as overwhelming as that might be at the beginning, it's actually a good thing.

Some of your kitchen floor plan is predetermined, like, by your house. But the sky (and your budget) is the limit. If you're willing and able, you can change your ineffective U-shaped monstrosity into a beautiful galley, or vice versa. No idea what that means? Read on, my friend, read on.


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Get ready for this.

A U-shaped kitchen is shaped… like a U.

Mind blowing, right?

Sometimes the “U” is created by walls and/or windows, but sometimes the countertops and cabinets make up the “U” independently. A “U” typically has the sink beneath a window and the cabinets and countertops facing each other. To make a “U” kitchen feel more open, consider making one of the “U” sides a peninsula with hanging cabinets instead of a full wall.


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Yep, looks like a “G.”

Maybe it's even the O. G. It's not, but sounds cool, right?

Most times, the “G” kitchen doesn't have the little “G” tail, the walls, cabinets, and countertops just create a little three-walled oasis of a kitchen. A good “G” sized kitchen is at least 10 feet by 10 feet, and it's pretty easy to expand it and make it more open concept.


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Getting sick of the letters yet?

The biggest pro of the “L” kitchen are the space and the open feeling it gives your kitchen and your home. Lots of times, an “L” kitchen opens out into an informal dining room, or gives easy access between the kitchen and living rooms. It's also pretty easy to add an island into an “L” kitchen design if you need more counter space or storage.

Galley Kitchen

Finally, a shape that doesn't rely on your knowledge of the alphabet!

But it does help if you know something about ships.

Just like the hallway-like galley on a ship, the galley kitchen has a tendency to be small, narrow, and not great for kitchens with lots of people or lots of foot traffic.

If you can extend the galley, though, to add a bartop eating space or widen it a bit to give you and your kitchen colleagues a bit more room, a galley might be the perfect kitchen choice for your home.

Kitchens with islands

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The powers that be must have gotten tired of coming up with cool names.

A kitchen with an island can pretty much be any one of the previously listed layouts, it just, you know, has an island, too.

Islands come in all shapes and sizes and can provide your kitchen with just about everything you need. And just think of how cool you'll sound telling everyone you just bought your own island.

And if you're looking for a little more planning insight, watch this:

Fancy Features: Consider the Weird

When you're planning your dream kitchen, it won't take you long to get sucked down a rabbit hole of options.

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Even if you're just planning a little kitchen remodel, the choices are endless: color? Style? Type? Manufacturer? And the list goes on and on.

While no one can make the decision for you (it's your dream kitchen, after all), there might be some decisions that are more worthy of your time than others.
Choose the countertop color that appeals to you immediately and don't spend weeks debating the style of garbage disposal. Use your time to research, consider, and install some of these fancy features instead.

Save the world, one dirty dish at a time

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It's cool to be green these days. Bring the world-saving goodness into your kitchen, too.

Depending on where you look, you can find energy-saving appliances of all types: dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, faucets -- you name it, it probably comes in an energy-saving variety (look for the energy star label).

Be warned, these shiny new appliances might cost a little more than their power-guzzling counterparts, but the extra bucks up front will be worth it. Not only will you save money each month when it comes time to pay the utility bill, you'll drastically reduce that carbon footprint.

Light up your whole world

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You don't think about it when the sunlight is streaming in, but there might be a day when you need to use your kitchen in the dark. That single-bulb modern overhead light might not do it for you those days.

If you're creating a brand new dream kitchen anyway, why not add some lights under the cabinets? Even if you're not completely replacing your cabinets themselves, this little lighting addition can revolutionize your kitchen: they will make the difference between day and night.

And sorry, but talk about choices. Under the cabinet lighting comes in so many varieties for every single budget, it's hard to even talk about.

Wire some electricity to hook up stable and permanent little light fixtures. Buy some click-on stick-on little numbers. Do something in between. It's your call, but adding more light will be super worth it.

More than a beach

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If you're going with an island kitchen format (or are just considering adding an island to your kitchen itself), consider making your island do more.

Don't, like, force it, but maybe get one that already has a variety of capabilities.

Islands can be countertops, sure, but what if the top of your island was a built-in cutting board? Or what if it was full of shelves or drawers or hooks? What if you added a pot hanger to create a reachable extra layer? So many options.

Your island can even be more than kitchen space. If it's tall enough, wide enough, and surrounded by enough space, your island can become a homework space, a little eatery, or the perfect spot for a quiet moment amid the chaos.

You've got a wide range

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Ovens, ovens, ovens. So many ovens.

This is a choice you should take some time making.

Some people love gas. Others induction. And still, others prefer a good old electric burner. The choice is yours, but unless you plan on building a dream kitchen every couple of years when you get sick of your range (or it breaks down because you went cheap), you really should consider your range needs.

Okay, done with the serious talk.

Pick a range that you'll want to come home to.

Tech-y updates

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Technology has moved beyond the office and living room and into the kitchen.

And it's not necessarily a bad thing.

Smart homes and smart appliances are making it easier than ever for you to successfully navigate and control your world, and your kitchen can be right there with the rest of the house. If this is really your dream kitchen, shouldn't it be one you can see your future self enjoying, too?

Shove It

Storage is a big one.

Big in that you can never have enough.

Luckily, there are tons of new and improved ways to add storage to your kitchen without getting rid of your living room. And if you can include any or all of these storage options in your dream kitchen plans, all the better.

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Cupboard door options

  • Doors that open upwards, fancy car-style
  • Garage door cupboard doors
  • Glass cupboard doors

Unique cupboard options

  • Create cupboards on the corners of your islands or counter peninsulas
  • Put shelving inside the cupboard doors
  • Add cupboard shelf adjustable options
  • Consider baskets to supplement your shelf options
  • Add drawers inside your cupboards

Other storage spaces

  • Add drawer dividers
  • Rethink preset drawer inserts
  • Use your backsplash as a storage space -- hooks, holders, magnets

It's All About the Money

Dream kitchen projects are expensive. Traditionally.

But with the right planning and know-how, your dream kitchen doesn't have to break the bank or even overtake the budget.

Before you even start determining how much money you have to spend on your kitchen project, know some numbers. Regardless of the overall amount of money you'll put into your dream kitchen, this is probably how it will all shake out:

Pie Chart for kitchen designs and styles

Your final cost sheet might look a bit different, but this is a pretty good place to start. As you start making some big decisions, look back at the chart to see if it really fits.

For example, if your dream countertop is going to cost 75% of your total budget, you might have to settle with some DIY laminate until you can save some more bucks. Or make a trade -- maybe you'll go with the perfect counter, but save moving the sink for another day.

Can You Smell It?

Building your dream kitchen might not be as easy as watching someone on HGTV do it, but it will be so much more satisfying.

Just imagine coming home after a long day of work. You slump in the door, ready to collapse… but wait. What's that smell?

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It's dinner.

It's ready for you.

Are you up for the challenge?

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Bonavita Coffee Maker Review

Bonavita Coffee Makers

There are plenty of great coffee makers that can get the job done, but we are all curious about which one is best for our needs.

The Bonavita coffee maker is an option that some people may consider before seriously purchasing a coffee maker. This article will explore many facets of the Bonavita coffee maker and if it is worth purchasing.  

Keep reading for information pertaining to how the Bonavita coffee maker works, the price range of the products, where they are sold, the key features, the different models, reviews, and other relevant information.

How We Gathered Our Information

This article is not intended to sway opinions one way or the other, but rather to present fair and truthful information about the Bonavita coffee maker based upon consumer and expert reviews and information provided by the company.

Our review is not sponsored by any company or brand, Bonavita or any other coffee maker product and is solely intended to help consumers make an informed decision before purchasing a new coffee maker for their home or office.

What is a Bonavita Coffee Maker and How Does it Work?

What is the Average Price for a Bonavita Coffee Maker?

Where are Bonavita Coffee Makers Sold?

What are the Features of the Bonavita Coffee Maker?

What are the Different Models of the Bonavita Coffee Maker and Add-On Accessories?

Connoisseur 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Brewer

Connoisseur 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Brewer

This is a newer model just listed on the site. It contains a 1,500 watt heater capable of maintaining It features a hanging filter basket and has a signal for when the brewing is done. It has a built-in showerhead design in order to evenly ground and distribute coffee beans and is made of stainless steel.  

Bonavita Connoisseur 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Maker Featuring Hanging...
  • Performance coffee brewer makes an 8-cup carafe in about 6 minutes
  • Powerful and precise 1500-watt heater maintains an optimal brewing temperature between 195°-205°F
  • Optional pre-infusion mode mimics the artisan pour-over brewing method by pausing the water flow allowing the coffee...

8-Cup One-Touch Thermal Carafe Coffee Brewer

8-Cup One-Touch Thermal Carafe Coffee Brewer

This is a newer model just listed on the site. It contains a 1,500 watt heater capable of maintaining It features a hanging filter basket and has a signal for when the brewing is done. It has a built-in showerhead design in order to evenly ground and distribute coffee beans and is made of stainless steel.  

Bonavita BV1900TS 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Maker Featuring Thermal...
  • One-touch brew operation with auto-off
  • Carafe lid, filter basket, and showerhead are dishwasher safe
  • Powerful and precise 1500-watt heater maintains optimal brewing temperature of 195°-205°F (91°-96°C)

8-Cup Programmable Thermal Carafe Coffee Brewer

8-Cup Programmable Thermal Carafe Coffee Brewer

This model has a unique double-walled glass carafe included with the product. It also uses the showerhead design other Bonavita products have as well as one-touch brewing to make it easy to use. It has a 1,500 watt heater capable of making coffee around 195 to 205 degrees.

Bonavita 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Maker Featuring Programmable Setting...
  • Programmable auto-start timer with digital display
  • One-touch brew operation with auto-off
  • Powerful and precise 1500-watt heater maintains optimal brewing temperature of 195°-205°F (91°-96°C)

5-Cup One-Touch Thermal Carafe Coffee Brewer

5-Cup One-Touch Thermal Carafe Coffee Brewer

This model makes a 5 cup carafe within six minutes and has a powerful 1,110 watt internal heating power. Like the 8-Cup Programmable Thermal Carafe Coffee Brewer, the 5-Cup model has a unique double-walled glass carafe included with the product.

Bonavita 5-Cup One-Touch Coffee Maker Featuring Thermal Carafe,...
  • One-touch brew operation with auto-off
  • Powerful and precise 1100-watt heater maintains optimal brewing temperature of 195°-205°F (91°-96°C)
  • Optional pre-infusion mode saturates freshly roasted ground coffee to allow degassing before brewing

8-Cup One-Touch Glass Carafe Coffee Brewer

5-Cup One-Touch Thermal Carafe Coffee Brewer

This new model features a warming plate, optional pre-infusion mode, a 1,500 watt heater, a black stainless steel brewer body, and showerhead design. The 8-Cup Programmable Glass Carafe Coffee Brewer also has a two year warranty and is a Kohl’s exclusive. The model retails for $159.99, but is on sale at Kohl’s for $99.99

Bonavita BV1901GW 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Maker Featuring Glass Carafe...
  • One-Touch brew operation
  • Non-stick coated warming plate shuts off after 40 minutes and is easy to clean
  • Optional pre-infusion mode wets fresh grounds to optimize flavor. Carafe, carafe lid, filter basket, and showerhead are...

Metropolitan 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Brewer

Metropolitan 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Brewer

​This model features an Economical Brewer Body and has a hanging filter basket. It has a warming plate, a 1,500 watt heater, a showerhead design, and many more features. It can make coffee in six minutes.​​

Bonavita BV1901PW Metropolitan One-Touch Coffee Brewer, Length: 12.60"...
  • One-touch brewing with sleek black design
  • Optional pre-infusion mode saturates freshly roasted ground coffee to optimize flavor while the showerhead is...
  • Powerful 1560-watt heater with advanced heating control quickly brings water to ideal brewing temperature of 198° to...

8-Cup Programmable Glass Carafe Coffee Brewer

8-Cup Programmable Thermal Carafe Coffee Brewer

This model features a warming plate, optional pre-infusion mode, a 1,500 watt heater, programmable auto-start time, and showerhead design.

Bonavita BV1901GW 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Maker Featuring Glass Carafe...
  • One-Touch brew operation
  • Non-stick coated warming plate shuts off after 40 minutes and is easy to clean
  • Optional pre-infusion mode wets fresh grounds to optimize flavor. Carafe, carafe lid, filter basket, and showerhead are...

8-Cup One-Touch Glass Carafe Coffee Brewer

8-Cup One-Touch Glass Carafe Coffee Brewer

This model features a warming plate, a heater at 1,500 watts, pre-infusion mode, one touch brewing, a glass carafe with automatic shut off after 90 minutes, an LED light to indicate cleaning time, and a two year limited warranty.

Bonavita BV1901GW 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Maker Featuring Glass Carafe...
  • One-Touch brew operation
  • Non-stick coated warming plate shuts off after 40 minutes and is easy to clean
  • Optional pre-infusion mode wets fresh grounds to optimize flavor. Carafe, carafe lid, filter basket, and showerhead are...

8-Cup Glass Carafe Coffee Brewer

8-Cup Programmable Thermal Carafe Coffee Brewer

This model has a little less wattage than others, containing a heater at 1,400 watts. It also features a warming plate, a glass carafe with automatic shut off after 90 minutes, an LED light to indicate cleaning time, and a two year limited warranty.

Bonavita 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Maker Featuring Programmable Setting...
  • Programmable auto-start timer with digital display
  • One-touch brew operation with auto-off
  • Powerful and precise 1500-watt heater maintains optimal brewing temperature of 195°-205°F (91°-96°C)

8-Cup One-Touch, 220-volts Thermal Carafe Coffee Brewer

8-Cup One-Touch, 220-volts Thermal Carafe Coffee Brewer

Unlike other models listed, this model features a EU or UK plug along with many of the other features listed for most of the other Bonavita coffee makers. Other features include a warming plate, filter basket, optional pre-infusion mode, a 1,500 watt heater, a black stainless steel brewer body, and showerhead design.

Bonavita Connoisseur 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Maker Featuring Hanging...
  • Performance coffee brewer makes an 8-cup carafe in about 6 minutes
  • Powerful and precise 1500-watt heater maintains an optimal brewing temperature between 195°-205°F
  • Optional pre-infusion mode mimics the artisan pour-over brewing method by pausing the water flow allowing the coffee...

What Makes the Bonavita Coffee Maker Different from Other Coffee Makers?

As opposed to the more modern single cup coffee maker, the Bonavita coffee maker is an updated take on the traditional coffee maker and makes a full pot worth of coffee while not sacrificing new and innovative technologies such as a warming plate or hanging filters.

It’s fun and unique shower head design included with all of the coffee makers helps for the even distribution of the coffee beans for the best flavor. Many of the models include a warming plate, a hanging filter, and a glass carafe for pouring. The Bonavita has a nice, straightforward design that is similar to older models of other coffee pots without looking too old fashioned or over-the-top for classic familiarity.  

What Have Past Customers Said?

No reviews are readily available under the product descriptions on the Bonavita website, so to find real customer reviews, you have to venture elsewhere. The reviews are not impossible to find, but it is a little confusing to not have reviews of your products listed directly for customer ease.

Nevertheless, Consumer Reports had customer reviews listed for various models of the coffee maker. The top pros of the Bonavita were listed as a machine that brews quickly and was easy to use. One con is that like many single serve coffee makers, you must wait for the brewing cycle to end before you can shut the machine off. The Bonavita averaged out at about four stars overall.

Verified users on Amazon reported similar findings consistently with their Bonavita coffee makers as well, citing its consistent temperatures and brewing abilities. Some reported the machine breaking down after a year and that the carafe is not the best quality, requiring that you must turn the entire carafe upside down to be able to get all of the coffee out.

What Do the Experts Say?

CNet rated the Bonavita BV and similar models favorably. While it notes that it may not look as pretty or sleek as similar coffee makers, it is essentially the same product for a reduced price. It is praised for simple use and its affordability as compared to the rival Techniform brand. It got a score of 8.6 overall rating highest in performance and maintenance.

However, the website Coffee Concierge, a popular coffee and coffee maker critique site, did not report the same results for the Bonavita. Though it noted positives such as the no-spill thermal carafe, BPA free design, and showerhead design, it called out its poor water filtering consistency through the holes of the showerhead and the short power cord.

The Final Verdict

All of the models are fairly affordable and range from basic to advanced options, meaning there is a model suitable for anyone. As previously mentioned, the design of the Bonavita is straightforward and neat, which many people look for in a modern home. Though they do not come in an abundance of fun colors, they have a basic neutral palette of colors that blend in with any kind of interior design.  

For those looking to try single use coffee makers, this is definitely not the model you want to look for, as it brews a small pot’s worth of coffee as opposed to just one.

For those who are fans of traditional coffee makers, the Bonavita coffee maker is available in all of the options a customer could hope for with something that is right for everyone looking for this type of coffee maker.

All in all, the Bonavita model of coffee maker seems to be a well-made machine that is able to offer both great functionality overall as well as a sturdy, nice design that blends in perfectly with any home or office.  So if you are feeling a little nostalgic for a classic coffee maker, the Bonavita could be the perfect addition for you.