Large cooking vessel
“Keep Warm” mode
Temperature doesn’t get as hot
Stainless steel shows fingerprints
Slow cookers are great for letting flavors mingle together and turning out delicious soups and savory roasts. We love that you can spend a little time prepping in the morning and have delicious food come dinner time. Of course, the appliance has to have reliable heating and features in order for this to work. We tested the 6-Quart Slow Cooker from KitchenAid, a well-known brand that’s been turning out cooking products since 1919. See whether we’d recommend it to you.
Design: Simple and countertop-friendly
This slow cooker has a countertop-friendly design, with a stainless steel base and a 6-quart black ceramic vessel. Like most stainless steel, the outside shows fingerprints, though not as much as some other surfaces.
The clear glass lid allows you to look in and check the progress of your food without disrupting the temperature inside—until it steams up, that is. For an extra cost, an Easy Serve Lid version is available that makes it easy to scoop into the slow cooker without fully removing the lid, meaning the heat stays in.
We wouldn’t recommend carrying this slow cooker around due to the lack of a locking lid.
The buttons are simply designed, and the LED screen is bright and easy to read. This slow cooker is not only intuitive to use, but it’s also free of distracting or overly complicated settings. While we wouldn’t recommend carrying this slow cooker around due to the lack of a locking lid, it does have handles on both the base and vessel. When not in use, the cord can be wrapped underneath the pot. This is an especially important feature if you’ll be leaving it out on the counter.
Performance: Delicious food
The large vessel is big enough to cook a variety of meals, including large chunks of meat or big batches of soup or stew. Depending on what you make, you’ll be able to feed at least seven people, according to the manufacturer. We usually aren’t cooking for a crowd, but we still appreciate the large size, and we found that you don’t need to fill the vessel to successfully cook a meal. Inside, there is a minimum and maximum line to guide your meal size.
We made an Indian-inspired dish, letting the sauce blend together and marinate the tofu over the course of six hours. Setting the timer and the temperature was easy, and we love that the handy display always tells us how much time is left.
Thanks to the ‘Keep Warm’ feature, our food actually stays hot until we’re ready to eat.
A day of cooking on medium heat didn’t result in boiling temperatures; instead, we noticed slight simmering along the edges of the cooker and nothing more. Those spots cooked more quickly, heating up and darkening the sauce, but not to the detriment of the final dish. In fact, compared to other slow cookers we’ve used, it didn't seem to heat up as hot or boil as much others on the same "medium" setting. Keep this in mind if you need hot, hot temps—those foods will need a longer cooking time than you think.
When the timer is up, the slow cooker beeps once and automatically switches to “Keep Warm” mode, and the timer begins to count up. Thanks to this feature, our food actually stays hot until we’re ready to eat.
Features: 24-hour programming
This slow cooker has a long cooking time—up to 24 hours set in 30-minute increments. It also has four temperature settings: Low, Medium, High, and Keep Warm. This timer programmability, combined with the temperature options, means you can let contents simmer low and slow or get dinner out quicker if you set it on high.
The KitchenAid Slow Cooker is not only intuitive to use, but it’s also free of distracting or overly complicated settings.
As previously mentioned, once the timer finishes, the slow cooker automatically goes into “Keep Warm” mode, where it will stay for up to four hours before turning off. We like this feature because we don’t have to worry about being home as soon as it shuts off, nor do we have to panic if we forget that it’s finished.
Often, the most difficult part of making dinner with a slow cooker is cleaning it. But thankfully, the ceramic vessel is removable and completely dishwasher-safe. After rising it out it in the sink, we put it in the dishwasher to finish the job. It came out perfectly clean and ready to use again. We washed the lid by hand and wiped down the stainless steel afterward. Be careful when handling the slow cooker vessel in the sink, because it is quite heavy and adding water to the mix can make it hard to hold onto.
The ceramic vessel is removable and completely dishwasher-safe.
Price: A high-end slow cooker
While the KitchenAid slow cooker isn’t the most expensive on the market, it’s certainly vying for the spot. The $99 retail price puts this device securely on the high end of your options. While it is more expensive than other slow cookers with similar features, this one comes with the benefit of a trustworthy brand name like KitchenAid.
KitchenAid Slow Cooker vs. Crock-Pot Cook & Carry Manual Slow Cooker
If you’re looking to spend less and don’t need features like a built-in timer, the CrockPot 6-Quart Cook & Carry Slow Cooker is less than half the price of the KitchenAid slow cooker. While its only controls are a dial that lets you choose from three temperature settings, it also has a lock on the lid that makes it ideal for transporting to cookouts or parties.
- Product Name 6-Quart Slow Cooker with Solid Glass Lid
- Product Brand KitchenAid
- MPN KSC6223SS
- Price $99.99
- Product Dimensions 10.5 x 10.75 x 17.5 in.
- Options Standard Lid, Easy Serve Lid
- Material Stainless steel, glass, ceramic
- Capacity 6 qt.
- Warranty 1 year