Calphalon 4-Quart Digital Slow Cooker Review
Price Point: Mid-to-High
There is no question that slow cookers are versatile kitchen tools. They can cook stews, soups, casseroles, roasts, and a virtually limitless number of other recipes, all in one pot and with very little cleanup.
But if you want a slow cooker that offers more than just basic functionality, take a look at the Calphalon 4-Quart Digital Slow Cooker.
There are many other features that make this extended capacity slow cooker attractive as well, so let’s take a look.
Unlike entry-level models, the 4-Quart Digital Slow Cooker from Calphalon comes equipped with an intelligent 24-hour digital timer which automatically switches to a warming mode at the end of your programmed cooking cycle. Another nice feature not found on less expensive models is the easy-to-read, high-contrast LCD display, which you can quickly read with just a glance across your kitchen.
After looking at the online reviews left by actual buyers of the Calphalon 4-Quart Digital Slow Cooker, you understand quickly how it earned a respectable 4.3 (out of 5.0) customer satisfaction rating. Overall, buyers repeatedly stated that they were happy with the dishwasher-safe 4-quart ceramic pot, because it makes cleanup so much easier. Also, as part of the Calphalon Kitchen Electrics collection, this slow cooker features the exclusive Opti-Heat System. Buyers pointed out that this feature gives much more precise and accurate temperature control and even heat delivery than other slow cookers they have used in the past.
In addition, the exterior stays cool to the touch and it includes a convenient auto setting option, which cooks for two hours on high and then switches to low for the remainder of the cook time.
If you are looking for a slow cooker with a “keep cool” exterior, digital temperature control, and easy-to-clean, dishwasher-safe components, the Calphalon 4-Quart Digital Slow Cooker ($319) is a possibility. I personally think the new Instant Pots are a better choice and a better return for your money.