Review of Crock-Pot Slow Cooker with eLume Touchscreen

Beauty meets function in this sleek slow cooker.

eLume Touchscreen (Model SCVT650-PS)
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Pros

  • Sleek design
  • Fun touchscreen control panel
  • Oval shape accommodates a whole roast

Cons

  • Limited programmability

Description

  • Polished stainless steel exterior
  • Touchscreen control panel
  • High, Low and Warm settings
  • 6.5 quart capacity dishwasher-safe oval-shaped crock
  • Digital timer counts down cooking time
  • Programmable from 30 minutes to 20 hours
  • Automatically shifts to "Keep Warm" setting for up to 6 hours
  • Includes booklet with instructions, tips, and recipes

Review of Crock-Pot Slow Cooker with eLume Touchscreen (Model SCVT650-PS)

Crock-Pot seems to be dispelling its homey image with this futuristic-looking slow cooker. This appliance is so pretty you won't mind having it on your counter; the exterior is shiny polished stainless steel, and there's a sleek black touchscreen control panel that's as fun to use as an iPhone.

It also has more function than most slow cookers, which typically only have a switch for "High," "Low" and "Warm" settings. The eLume can be set to a specific cooking time (in 30-minute increments) by touching the "Time Up" and "Time Down" buttons. You can set the timer for as long as 20 hours, or as short as 30 minutes. The cooker counts down so you can always see how much cooking time is left. When it's finished cooking, the slow cooker automatically shifts to the "Warm" setting, for a maximum of 6 hours.

However, I can't help but wish that the manufacturers had gone a step or two further with the product's functionality. If the slow cooker has the technology for a countdown timer that will switch to the "Keep Warm" setting, it shouldn't be too hard to be able to design it so that it has the capability to switch from "High" to "Low" settings after a certain period of time.

You can't change the temperature setting at all without turning the cooker off and ​programming it all over again.

Still, the ability to program the cooking time is ideal for people who aren't sure if they'll be home in time to turn off the slow cooker; if you're running late, it's good to know that your meal will be kept warm, instead of possibly overcooking. I found the heat settings to be even and well-calibrated, and the silicone-clad handles made the appliance easy to move, even with wet hands. What's more, the sleek look of this appliance is sure to please anyone with a contemporary designer kitchen. The eLume Slow Cooker is $129.99.

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