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Readers Respond: Do You Like or Hate the New Hot Crockpots?

Responses: 158


Hate them

I have bought 3 crockpots since my old one died and it burns all of my food. I used to make spaghetti sauce in my old crockpot and leave it on low all day. Now it is boiling on low in 2 hours and I have to constantly stir it. I hate the new ones.
—Guest Mary Sue

Too hot is an understatement

My new Rival 4qt heats stew to 212 degrees on low in 6 hours. So I purchased an old Rival that's over 20 years vintage, and it's perfect- 190 at 8 hours, and it passes safety testing too. Contact your state's home ec. extension for details on testing a crock pot for safe cooking temps.
—Guest Ann

Looking for a vintage cooker NOW

I just bought a new Rival Crock Pot to replace my old one, which I ruined the cord. Oh how I regret it. I had no idea of the change to the temperature settings. I liquified a whole 5lb chicken- yuck! Everything boils. Now I'm on the hunt for an old model. Cannot wait!! Too bad because my new one is so pretty. (pretty useless, instead!)
—Guest JB

hazard to leave on counter

I too thought something was wrong with my new (but larger) crock pot when the roast I put in became petrified over night...but didn't immediately think it was because they changed ALL crocks temp settings. Then I decided to buy a smaller crock with a removable crock to replace my older 1 piece crock. BIG MISTAKE. It turned my chicken into a over done mess while I was out shopping for a few . I knew then that the low temps had been raised too high. Then my Mom bought one and it burned her counter top and she had to replace the whole counter. Sure enough...I checked to see if that could happen at my home...and wow...the counter top was way too hot under the pot. I rarely use my crock pots now...and only if I need my oven to bake bread and pies for holidays and I put crock pot IN GARAGE on my washer so it won't burn my counter top. Might also add that I can no longer use crock pots to make apple butter in. It burns overnight cooking so that is no help at all and ruined my crock
—Guest msneuropil

Too hot, too cool

I just tested the temp. at high, low and warm in my new crock pot: over 200 degrees on high and low settings and 165 on warm. So it's pretty much useless. I may try starting out on high or low (it doesn't matter, they both boil) and switch to warm and see what happens. Otherwise it's useless.
—Guest PDP

HATE them!!!

I HATE the new hot crockpots! I had to get rid of one that burned everything I put in it - why did they have to take something that worked so well, and mess it up? Wish I could find a way to rig them so they would really be "slow cookers" again!


Some people are experiencing cracked crocks because it heats up the cold pot to quickly as well. This is a pointless crock pot because the whole reason for having one is to be able to safely cook something while you are not home. It was safe to leave on for hours without danger of fire. Its not safe to do that now. You can more safely cook something SLOW on a range electric burner. You can get a manual temp controlled electric cooker that you can cook as hot or as low heat as you want. So whats the point of hot cooking crock pot? No one ever died from foods cooked on the low temp of the vintage pots. If they did its because they ate food from one left in there over night when the pot was off. The lowest heat from the old pots were safe.
—Guest Renee

hate the new one

Traded my daughter my old Rival because it was small and the new one I bought her was much bigger. Boils on warm, whats the deal?
—Guest Diane

do not like my new crockpot

cracked the crock of my 25 year plus slow cooker...... the replacement is a big disappointment.. sure can not call them slow cookers any more... going to start checking out the g/sales for replacements
—Guest KirkTHS

Much too hot

I have used slow cookers for a long time. I purchased 2 new about 4 years ago (6&4 qt) and do not use them. Everything burns to the sides or boils out of control. I have tossed out so many old favorite crock recipes that I am sick. They cook far too hot today. I only wish I still had my old ones but they had stopped working after about 25 years. I will not buy another but will try to find a slow cooker type appliance that will enable me to adjust the temp lower than the "low" on the newer ones! I have to say it, "What a crock". And I thought I was crazy till I searched this topic!
—Guest Crockedcook

what a waste!

I recently bought a Hamilton Beach 6qt crock pot, because it's not only programmable, but also has a temp probe to use during cooking. I haven't had luck with it yet. It definately cooks too hot, and I think I bought one that's too big for a family of two. I can never seem to fill it enough to work properly, either with food or liquid, and even when using the probe the meat is cooked in about half the time it should take. Very frustrated now, because I can't find the receipt to return it, and my old slow cooler seems to cook too slowly! Perhaps I should just stick to using the oven.
—Guest cindymh


I thought I was CRAZY or had the worst luck in the world, buying two Crockpots with malfunctioning thermostats one right after the other. Both are USELESS for long term cooking. Today, making beef tips in a lot of cream of mushroom soup and beef broth - so plenty of liquid. Started it on low. Came back a few hours later. Again, my food was boiling and sticking. Turned it to keep-warm, came back later - STILL BOILING. I would NEVER trust this thing enough to leave it alone all day. I'd feel safer putting it the oven on 185-200 with a lid....which exactly what I've just done with the beef tips. I have cooked my LAST meal in this another-$40-dollars-wasted piece of worthless junk. Rival, when you go out of business, know that it was because you're not selling a product as advertised and that you (and other companies) made this change not for true food-safety issues, because a few idiots' mistakes. A "shot gun" business decision on your part. I will tell anyone who will listen
—Guest PRussell

There is a crockpot that is not too hot!

I bought a Wonderful solution to the too-hot crockpot problem! Try the cuisinart with the high, low and simmer setting! The simmer works just like the old "low" setting! No more cooked to death or burned meals!
—Guest Oskar

Me too!

I have thre crockpots. One circa 1970-something, and one from the 1990's, one bought last yr. (# qt, 6 qt and 1 1/2 respectivly) the 2 newer ones BOIL on LOW! the 6 qt has a "Keep Warm" setting that works ok, but it is like HIGH on my old 70's 3 qt one. Stupid change. You really can't leave it all day anymore :(
—Guest Cathy O

Not a fan

I though I had lost my touch at using crock pots. Years ago I worked at a foundry for 12 hour shifts and enjoyed my crock pot meals. I bought a fancy one that was oval shaped and the lid had fasteners that held the lid in place for travel. Great right? NOPE! It is the worst ever. I can check it after a few hours and it is boiling away already! All the meals were tough and or burnt! I was at goodwill a while back and there it was, a vintage burnt orange beauty! Three bucks only and has a glass lid. Not a scratch on it. I am once again enjoying real crock pot food. I will never ever buy a newer one again. I do not care if it comes with a I-pod dock built in! lol...
—Guest Dogman

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