Hamilton Beach Set and Forget Programmable Slow Cooker Review

The Set n' Forget crockpot is Hamilton Beach's bestselling slow cooker thanks to its user-friendly controls and dependable performance.

Overview

When it comes to slow cooking, I'm always on the lookout for crockpots that offer a great balance of features, design, and price. Hamilton Beach is one of the few crockpot brands that always come out with great products at an affordable price point. One of the brand's most popular crockpot is the Set n' Forget, a large-capacity slow cooker that promises convenience, versatility and affordability in one compact product and then some. Is this the right crockpot for you? Let's find out!

What is the Set n' Forget Slow Cooker?

The Set n' Forget slow cooker is an oval-shaped programmable slow cooker with a 6-quart capacity and 3 automatic cooking setting. This slow cooker allows you to whip up soups, stews, and chilis with ease thanks to the user-friendly controls. The Set n' Forget slow cooker boasts of intuitive features – such as a thermometer probe, power interrupt protection and clip-on spoon – which are meant to take the guesswork out of cooking so this is a fantastic starter crockpot for users who are cooking for the first time.

The digital timer ensures that your food is perfectly cooked every time while the flexible cooking settings eliminate the need to keep an eye on your food as it cooks. Once cooking is done, the slow cooker automatically shifts to warm setting so by the time you come home; your food is ready to serve! For added flexibility, the crockpot also comes with manual setting, which is useful for those who'd like to keep an eye on the dish as it cooks.

Features

Controls

The Set n' Forget slow cooker features digital controls as well as a digital timer and a power off button. The digital controls feature a variety of programmable temperatures you can customize according to your needs. This way, you can check the food as it cooks at a glance while also keeping track of the temperature via the digital timer.

Cooking Modes

The Set n' Forget slow cooker comes with 3 cooking settings: probe, program, and manual. The probe setting is designed for slow cooking meats, particularly huge chunks of ribs, roast, pork shoulders, beef, etc. The Probe setting perfectly browns the meat on the outside and keeps the meat tender, juicy, and flavorful! Since the slow cooker comes with a meat probe, you can use this tool to track the cooking temp and adjust the setting according to your preferred doneness.

The second setting, called program, is designed for cooking chilis, soups, stews, and dishes with rich sauces. The cooking temp is kept at low to bring the flavors out.

The third cooking mode is the manual setting and it's meant for users who prefer to watch their food as it cooks. If you chose the program setting, the crockpot automatically shifts to warm setting as soon as it's done cooking. On the other hand, use the manual setting if you'd like to be more involved in the cooking process. Using this setting, you can choose between high or low cooking temperature.

Lid

The Set n' Forget slow cooker comes with a sturdy clear lid made from tempered glass. It features a small opening so you can insert the meat probe and check the cooking temperature as you cook. The sides of the lid feature a locking mechanism that creates a tight seal to prevent leaks. The locking mechanism also keeps the food lid secure as you travel, preventing accidental spills.

Dimension and Capacity

The Set n' Forget slow cooker measures about 11 x 17 x 16 inches and weighs 12 pounds. It's not the lightest slow cooker but it does sport a seamless, portable design so you can tote this slow cooker around. In addition, the Set n' Forget slow cooker's total capacity is 6 quarts so you can cook a large batch of your favorite slow-cooked meals and serve six to seven people with leftovers to spare.

Accessories

This slow cooker comes with a thermometer probe and a clip-on spoon as well as a manufacturer's manual and warranty card.

PROS

  • 3 automatic cooking setting for utmost flexibility
  • Sturdy construction, dependable performance
  • Feature-packed crockpot for convenient slow cooking
  • Secure lid keeps spills and leaks at bay

CONS

  • Tempered glass lid may be prone to cracking
  • Plastic components

Hamilton Beach Set 'n Forget Slow Cooker Detailed Review


Built Quality and Design:

The glossy metal body and digital controls made the Hamilton Beach Set n' Forget one good-looking crockpot.

The base is made from thick stainless steel and it's quite hefty. The bottom of the base is made of sturdy plastic and it stays cool as you cook. The sides of the base are fitted with sizable handles covered with stay-cool plastic to prevent accidents while you cook. The removable nonstick pot is nice and thick. It comes with a built-in spoon holder, a great feature if you're using the pot as a serving dish.

The lid is also well-made and secure thanks to the locking mechanism fitted on the sides. The lid features a gasket lid so moisture along with liquids does not escape during and after cooking.

The Set n' Forget is one of the most feature-packed slow cookers in the market. It offers tons of options for new and advanced users alike. It's a great slow cooker if flexibility and versatility are your top priority. That said, the plastic components are prone to peeling so they must be cleaned with care. Also, the glass lid is prone to cracking.

Ease of Use:

If you're used to operating a manual slow cooker then using the Set n' Forget crockpot will take a little getting used to. But once you've mastered the cooking settings, you'll find that the Set n' Forget is very easy to use. The controls feature different cooking modes so my advice is to consult the manual first and then take it from there.

Reliability:

The Set n' Forget crockpot is made from quality materials and it shows. As far as reliability goes, you'll love the dependable, steady performance of the Set n' Forget crockpot. It cooks meats, soups, and stews perfectly and on time. You can literally set and forget the dish and let the slow cooker do its own thing.

Price:

The Set n' Forget retails at $49.00, a great value for a programmable slow cooker with a nice variety of features.

How Does it Compare?

Proctor-Silex Slow Cooker

The Proctor-Silex slow cooker is a good alternative to the Set n' Forget. However, since the former is a manual slow cooker, you get none of the convenience of a programmable crockpot like the Set n' Forget. The Proctor-Silex slow cooker is also smaller so it's not a great choice if you're cooking for the whole family.

Crock-Pot's Cook n' Carry Slow Cooker

The Crock-Pot's cook n' carry slow cooker is a sizable crockpot that offers almost the same features of the Set n' Forget minus the programmable controls. It's a great alternative to the Set n' Forget slow cooker but it does run too hot so you have to tweak the cooking time and recipe so your food is cooked perfectly.

Cuisinart Cook Central Multi-Cooker

The Cuisinart Cook Central Multi-Cooker is a multipurpose slow cooker with digital controls and dependable performance. It's one of the best alternatives to the Set n' Forget. However, the Cook Central Multi-Cooker is more expensive so it's unlikely to appeal to the budget-conscious.

Should I Buy Hamilton Beach Set n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker?

The Set n' Forget slow cooker provides a great balance of value, performance, and design. It comes with intuitive components for efficient, convenient cooking. The stoneware is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning while the tempered glass lid effectively seals your food in so you'll always come up with delicious meals, any time of the day. With this slow cooker, you can whip up Paleo-friendly soups, one pot meals as well as desserts.

Of course, the Set n' Forget slow cooker does have a few minor drawbacks. I can see the lid being prone to shattering especially if you use your slow cooker all the time. The nonstick coating is prone to bubbling or peeling and the plastic components are likely to break down at some point. Still, this is a great budget slow cooker, an excellent choice for users who'd like to experiment in the kitchen.

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