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Crock-Pot launches Next Generation slow cooker

Slow cooker counts down to ready then warms food

Crock-Pot slow cooker

The new Crock-Pot countdown slow cooker

Crock-Pot has launched the Next Generation Crock-Pot slow cooker, which boasts a range of features including a countdown timer.

The £64.99 slow cooker has a digital timer, which can be set from 30 minutes up to 20 hours, and the countdown timer displays the time remaining until your dish is ready, so you’ll know exactly how long you have to wait.

Like most slow cookers, it features two heat settings (low and high) plus a keep-warm function. Crock-Pot says that, once cooking’s done, the slow cooker will automatically switch to keeping the dish warm.

UPDATE 09/11/11: You can now read full testing results in our Crock-Pot Countdown SCCPBPP605 review.

Crock-Pot slow cooker

The removable pot has a claimed 5.7 litre capacity, which Crock-Pot says can feed 5-6 people. The company says the pot can be used on the hob, in the microwave or in the oven, and it can go in the freezer or fridge.

Which? kitchen appliance expert Lisa Galliers says: ‘Slow cookers are great for cooking cheaper cuts of meat and many people like the convenience of being able to add ingredients, then leave the slow cooker alone while it does all the hard work. Because of the large size of this one, we’d want to check whether it will fit a standard microwave.’

At £64.99, the Next Generation Crock-Pot is quite expensive for a slow cooker – we haven’t seen many priced at more than £50, and the average price of those we’ve tested is around £26. However, this large model has features which could be useful, such as the the 20-hour timer, which is programmable, and a detachable cord.

Slow cooker testing

Which? has tested 13 of the most popular slow cookers currently available. To find out which ones made the grade as Best Buys, check out our slow cooker reviews.

We’re trying out the Crock-Pot Next Generation slow cooker right now, to bring you our initial impressions in a first look review. In the meantime, visit Crock Pot SCV1600BS, to see how this model from the same brand fared in our slow cookers test.

Crock-Pot’s Next Generation slow cooker is available now, priced at £64.99 and comes with a two-year guarantee. For more information on where to buy this slow cooker visit the Crock-Pot website.

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