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Crock Pots, Slow Cookers. Recommendations for 6.5L Capacity Pots.

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JazzAngel · 23/03/2021 14:50

Hi everyone, 👋

I’m looking to get some advice about crock pots/ slow cookers that will take a whole chicken (anything from 1.4kg to 2kg weight). I have a perfectly good very old Cordon Bleu 3.5L pot with a ceramic bowl which I’ve donkey’s years. But it won’t take even a small 1.4kg chicken.

Health issues mean I’m restricted to using a crock pot/ slow cooker rather than being able to cook traditionally with the hob and oven.

I’m on a budget, natch, and am struggling to find a 6.5L capacity pot for around £30-35, ideally with ceramic bowl. (Doesn’t need to do anything other than sit in the housing and cook its contents, I don’t need it to be hob or oven resistant.)

I’ve trawled through hundreds of Amazon reviews, and everything that looks half suitable has horrible reviews with photos of broken, mangled or burned electric control dials - my Cordon Bleu has a rocker switch, has never made dodgy noises or produced electrical-type stinky smoke, but due to an episode of an American drama series I used to watch (in which a gifted crock pot set light to a family’s house and nearly killed the family of 4 plus their dog) I’m ever-wary of potential electrical issues with appliances.

Not a deal breaker if it has a stainless steel bowl instead of a ceramic bowl, but it must not be a non-stick bowl - I’m super sensitive to those chemicals and non-stick cookware makes me ill. 🥴

Does anyone have any recommendations? I want something solid that will last and not blow up or otherwise fall apart in a fortnight.

I was bidding on a 6.5L Russell Hobbs sous vide slow cooker simply for its capacity and robustness, but my £35 bid has just been wiped out by a £50 bid - not that surprising as they retail for £99, but still, I’m back to square one again. 🙄

Hoping you lovely people can help me identify a decent, large capacity crock pot/ slow cooker in my budget.

Thanks in advance 🙏 😃 👩‍🍳


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Georgyporky · 23/03/2021 19:18

Argos have several within your spec & near budget.
Can't recommend them - I use a Tesco cheapie that has been going strong for 12 years but is no longer available.

JazzAngel · 24/03/2021 15:38

Thanks Georgyporky. That’s the thing, the majority of reviews I’ve seen for this year’s crock pots say they’ve gone wonky super quickly. I want a reliable one, like your old faithful and my old faithful, just with a large enough capacity to take a whole chicken. Hopefully someone will be able to recommend one. - I appreciate your honesty in not simply telling me to get one from Argos 😊

What model was your Tesco one? Always possible I might find one on fleabay!

Thanks again 🙏

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Georgyporky · 24/03/2021 19:18

Sorry, there's nothing on it to even indicate where it came from.

JazzAngel · 24/03/2021 20:15

Don’t worry! 😉

Thanks for checking, tho. x

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Otherpeoplesteens · 25/03/2021 15:51

They come around in Aldi (own brand - Ambiano) or Lidl (might be their own Silvercrest brand, but they also sell Russell Hobbs and Crock Pot from time to time) every so often for around about £25. Can't comment on them as I'm using an 18 year old Morphy Richards one, but I've never found quality to be a problem with anything else from there.

Only issue is that you might have to wait for a while: it tends to be in the autumn and winter when they appear although saying that my local Lidl still has smaller Crock Pot brand ones in at the moment.

notrub · 25/03/2021 20:35

What about this one?

ProcrastinationIsMySuperPower · 25/03/2021 21:26

Argos have a 6.5l Cookworks one with great reviews - my Dad has had the smaller version for a few years, no problems at all with it. Ceramic pot.

JamesAnderson · 26/03/2021 17:42

I have a cookworks one from Argos.
I've had it around 17 years and it's still going strong

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