Proctor-Silex 33043 Slow Cooker Review

Looking for a quality crockpot with basic controls and an affordable price tag? Meet the Proctor-Silex 33043, a 4-quart user-friendly crockpot to take your Paleo game to the next level!

Overview

Going on Paleo? Investing on a high-quality slow cooker allows you to whip up homemade, delectable dishes without going off your diet. A crockpot cooks dishes at the right temperature to bring out the flavor in every dish. With a slow cooker, you can control the quality of your ingredients, allowing you to learn better ways of enjoying healthy meals and discover the importance of clean eating!

While an advanced slow cooker with all the bells and whistles is nice to have, a stripped down, basic crockpot like the Proctor-Silex 33043 will simplify your cooking, allowing you to whip up exciting, Paleo-friendly dishes without slaving away in the kitchen for hours.

What is the Proctor-Silex 33043?

The Proctor-Silex brand is one of the world's largest manufacturers of small kitchen appliances and the 33043 is renowned for its dependability, performance, and affordability.

The 33043 is a round, 4-quart slow cooker and the size is perfect if you're cooking a modest batch of delectable dishes. It features a removable stoneware, a keep warm setting and tempered glass lid. The overall look of the 33043 is sleek and portable.

The removable aluminum stoneware is made from quality alloy with moderate thickness. It's easy to clean thanks to its nonstick coating and is dishwasher-friendly so clean up is an easy breezy process. The stoneware pot also comes with handle lifts so you can take your meals directly to the table for serving once you're done cooking.

The matte black base gives the unit a simple, unadorned look. The sides of the base feature two stay-cool handles to make transporting easier. While the 33043 is affordable, Proctor-Silex didn't scrimp on functionality. Are you ready to get to know the 33043? Let's get started!

Features

Controls

The 33043's cooking controls are adjusted manually using a knob that sits smack in the center of the base, just under the manufacturer's name. The knob is made from stay-cool material so you won't burn your fingers while opening the crockpot during cooking.

It features 4 controls - off, keep warm, low and high. Unfortunately, not all slow cookers come with the keep warm setting, a feature that will come in handy for busybodies who cannot sit down and wait for the food to cook.

Because the 33043 features a simple design, the unit doesn't come with automatic features, you have to turn the 33043 manually, which may be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your lifestyle. You can turn off the unit two ways – via the control knob and by pulling the plug from the electric socket.

Cooking Modes

Despite the no-frills design, the 33043's cooking modes gives you more room for experimentation in the kitchen. The keep warm setting heats the food at lower temperature – about 165 degrees Fahrenheit – so the dish won't dry out. I would strongly advise against using the keep warm setting for reheating food though. It should only be used after the dish is done cooking.

The Low and High settings cook food at 200 degrees Fahrenheit. The higher setting requires more wattage, allowing you to slow cook your favorite Paleo-friendly meals in half the usual time because the crockpot is able to reach maximum heat faster. For instance, if a crockpot recipe typically requires 8 hours to cook on low, cooking time can be reduced to 4 hours using the high setting.

Lid

The 33043 features a tempered glass lid with cool touch knob at the top. There's nothing fancy about the lid, it has a nice heft to it so it doesn't feel cheap nor flimsy. The clear lid allows you to check out the food as it cooks, making it much easier to monitor the doneness of the dish. The lid is also dishwasher-friendly so if you hate clean up as much as I do, I'm happy to report that all removable components are dishwasher safe. The fit of the lid is great, it prevents spills and leaks efficiently though it doesn't sit flush on the crock rim.

Dimension and Capacity

The 33043 has a dimension of 11.8 x 11.8 x 9.5 inches and weighs about 8.2 pounds. It's big enough to cook a dish for two or for one with leftovers to spare. For some, the 4 quart capacity may be too small but I think it's a great size if you're starting out on Paleo. The fact is, Paleo dishes are free from preservatives so they don't keep very long. If you have tons of leftovers, there's a good chance of spoilage if you don't clear your fridge fast enough.

If you're cooking for two using the 33043, you'll have just enough food with zero leftovers so there's no food wastage to worry about. If you're cooking for one, the leftovers are manageable, they won't sit too long in the fridge unless you don't reheat them at all.

Accessories

The 33043 doesn't come with additional accessories save for the user manual.

PROS

  • One of the most affordable crockpots on the market
  • Dependable performance
  • Sturdy construction and excellent design
  • Temperature runs low so food won't burn
  • Removable, dishwasher-friendly components
  • With Keep Warm setting

CONS

  • Smaller than average crockpots
  • The lid does not sit flush on the crock

Proctor-Silex 33043 Slow Cooker Detailed Review


Built Quality and Design:

As far as design goes, the 33043 is a basic crockpot with a stripped down set of cooking modes. The same thing goes for the design; it's modest and portable, which I love because it gets the job done. As for the quality, there is always room for improvement. The lid isn't sitting as snugly onto the crock base so when the sauce bubbles, a bit of the liquid tend to seep in.

The removable stoneware pot is prone to peeling so if you're not careful, it will only be a matter of time before the coating starts eroding. My advice is to clean this gently so the coating won't break too quickly and end up on your plate.

Ease of Use:

If you're searching for a user-friendly crockpot, then you'll love the 33043. The no-frills design and basic controls are so easy to use, even the uninitiated can cook delicious, nutritious meals like a pro. I do wish the crockpot is able to turns itself off automatically after cooking as opposed to waiting for the food to cook before turning the setting off but for the price, this is a nice starter slow cooker.

Reliability:

The 33043 is a reliable slow cooker, it cooks food efficiently and the results are satisfying to say the least. With this slow cooker, you can cook healthy, diet-friendly meals every day. Proctor-Silex is offering a limited warranty but you'll have to call the customer service for more details.

Price:

The 33043 retails for $18.99. For a crockpot this versatile, that's quite a bargain.

How Does it Compare?

Crock-Pot Cook' N Carry Manual Portable Slow Cooker

The Cook' N Carry crockpot is similar to the 33043 in terms of design and features but the former runs too hot so you'll have to keep an eye on your dish as it cooks all the time. Also, the Cook' N Carry crockpot is best for whipping up large batches of meals so it's not the right choice for solo dieters.

Focus Electrics West Bend Slow Cooker

The West Bend slow cooker is similar in size to the 33043 at 5-quart capacity but it's not as compact. The West Bend features a flat base that may be too bulky for some users. The 33043 is best suited for smaller kitchens because it takes less space.

Hamilton Beach Set 'n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker

The Set 'n Forget slow cooker is an advanced slow cooker with programmable settings. It's pricier than the Proctor-Silex 33043 and the size is best for large families. In addition, the Set 'n Forget is not as user friendly so it's best for people who knows their way around the kitchen.

Should I buy Proctor-Silex 33043 Slow Cooker?

No doubt about it, the Proctor-Silex 33043 is a good buy if you're on the hunt for a basic crockpot that won't burn a hole in your pocket. It comes with essentials features you need to create homemade meals from scratch. It may not be the most advanced slow cooker on the market but it gets the job done at a fair price. It's a fantastic choice for people who are still warming up to the idea of slow cooking their meals for every day.

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