All-Clad’s slow cooker has a versatile feature: a vessel that can be used on the stovetop.
About the All-Clad 7-Quart Slow Cooker
The All-Clad slow cooker is as good-looking as its cookware. It has a shiny, stainless steel exterior, riveted handles, and an easy-to-read digital display with push-button controls.
Unlike most slow cookers, which have ceramic inserts, this slow cooker has a cast aluminum insert, designed so that it can be used on the stove to sear meats or sauté onions before starting the cooker.
The insert is fairly lightweight and is coated with a nonstick coating for easy clean-up. With a 7-quart size, it’s especially good for large families.
The cooker is programmable, and has high, low, and keep warm temperature settings.
The All-Clad Slow Cooker to the Test
The best part of this slow cooker is undoubtedly the stovetop-safe insert. It means that you can brown your meat on the stove to give your finished recipe a more complex flavor, or you can sauté the onions and other aromatics to give them a little head start on cooking, so they won’t still be crunchy. Made of aluminum with a nonstick coating, the cooking vessel doesn’t seem as well-made as All-Clad’s cookware, but it is sturdy nonetheless, and the nonstick coating is a boon when it’s time to clean up.
I didn’t care much for the lid. It’s made of stainless steel but doesn’t have a rubber gasket to seal it like most nonstick pots have.
If the lid gets dented or warped, it will no longer create a secure seal. Glass would be a better material, since you can peek at the contents without lifting the lid. Also, the handle of the lid gets extremely hot, as do the handles of the cooking vessel itself.
In terms of cooking, the All-Clad performed well.
The low setting was around 180˚F, a good temperature to cook things “low and slow”, while the high setting, around 200˚F, kept liquids simmering steadily.
The slow cooker is programmable, but I was disappointed by the limitations on the programming. The high setting can only be set for a minimum of 2 hours and a maximum of 8 hours, while the low setting can be programmed for a minimum of 4 hours and a maximum of 20 hours. When the slow cooker has been programmed, I couldn’t figure out how to adjust the settings – i.e. add or subtract some time – without turning it off and resetting it.
With a suggested price of $400, this slow cooker is one of the most expensive on the market, though it can be found for around $250 at Williams-Sonoma. Other versions come with a ceramic insert or in a smaller, round, 4-quart size.
But fans of the All-Clad brand will likely appreciate the good looks, versatility, and quality of this slow cooker.
- Cast aluminum insert can be used on the stove or the oven up to 400˚F
- Nonstick interior is easy to clean
- Programming is limited
- Lid is not glass
- Insert is not induction compatible
- Stove-safe cast aluminum insert
- Stainless steel exterior finish and stainless steel lid
- Push-button controls and digital display
- High, low, and keep warm heat settings