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    Hi!
    I am currenting looking to purchase a slower cooker and I really don't know what I should be looking for....we are a family of 5. 6 or 8 quart? From what I've read the pot needs to be full in order for it to cook the way a slower cooker needs to.

    What product has/or has not worked for you?

    Is it worth my while to order it from Amazon? Not sure what a solid cooker would go for.

    Many thanks

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    I can offer you a review of the one we currently owned. It's a Hamilton Beach 3 in 1. It comes with 3 pastel colored ceramic pots: 2, 4 and 6 quarts. The pot is nice looking and made so you can lift it out of the base and served at the table. What I don't like is that it's a bit clunky to take to pot lucks for work.
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    I think a 6 qt slow cooker would be sufficient for a family of 5. We have a 3 qt and a 6 qt and use the larger one most. I prefer the digital one to the basic model. The digital will switch to a warm mode when the timer has finished.

    This may be the time of year to get one too... I know I've seen them at Canadian Tire and Sears on sale. Great for returns if there's an issue.
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    Six quart is def the size to go with.

    I, too, have a Hamilton Beach - pic is like mine
    Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Slow Cooker, 6-qt



    (got mine years ago) - didn't want programmable/digital
    People borrow it from me all the time - because the lid clamps so it's easy to take places.


    Great price at $40 (though the link is me signed in from Saskatoon)

    http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/hamilton-beach-stay-or-go-slow-cooker-6-qt-0431755p.html

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    Canadian Tire seems to have them on sale alot. I prefer a store as it is easier to return if there is an issue. Canadian Tire has a 90 day return policy with receipt.

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    Family of 5 as well. I'm still using the one my mom brought with her when she married into the family 40 years ago. It's a Japanese brand 4 quart with ceramic insert. It's tall with hot spot food sticks to bottom, I wouldn't recommend it. But one thing is for sure. These things last! So don't be afraid to spend a little extra.

    As per size, 4 quart is plenty for us. I always get leftovers. Maybe because I never use it as one-pot meal. I usually make chilli, beef burgundy or beef bone soup serve with dinner rolls.

    The following one is recommended by America's Test Kitchen, it's nearly $200 here in Canada however.



    If you don't intend to spend so much, there are plenty under $40 that should do all the basic things. My advice is to get the round ones instead of oval. The oval ones tend to heat unevenly.
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    I have a Hamilton Beach slow cooker. I like it. Mine is digital, cost about $40 new and has a temperature probe. Nothing intensely fancy.

    I think 6 qt would be enough for your family of 5. Consider the 8 if you're looking for something that will do dinner and then leftovers to freeze.

    Personally if I were looking for one right now, I'd consider a Multi Cooker. They have slow cook functionality but also can sear meats or saute veggies in it before adding the liquid, and do a variety of other tasks. Crock Pot brand makes one.

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    No problems with my HB with hotspots, heat is totally even.

    The BIG bonus is the easy-peasy cleanup - no matter what I've cooked in it, that sucker just washes right out easily.


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    Yea, mine usually washes up nicely too. Though when I was in the US last week, I did by some Reynolds slow cooker liners.
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    I loved the liners....


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    Me too, love the liners. They sell them at Dollarama as well.

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    That's why I was so happy to get them in the US. The local Dollaramas stopped getting them in stock. Plus it was 2 bags for $1 or $2 (can't remember the cost.) I bought two boxes of eight.

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