russell hobbs 3.5ltr - 4443bss - works well - as it should
works well - heats up as it should. you must heat up the bowl 20 mins prior to using (on high). i made beef strog. put on 1.5hr high and 6 hour low - came out prefect and juicy and very tender. the knob works ok but time will tell if it fails - i bought from good guys for $39.95 and paid for extra replacement warranty of 3 years, so that should cover any failings if they happen
Purchased in August 2020 at The Good Guys for $39.95.
I have the 3.5L and the 5L Russell Hobbs slow cookers. Both knobs broke off within a matter of a week of each other. They were about 4 years old. They cook well though, and easy to clean.
Contacted the company and they never replied to me about getting replacement knobs
Purchased at Myer for $40.00.
Knob broke off and handles cracked
Knob broke off and handles cracked - before this I had another brand for 30 years but thought it was time to upgrade regrettably. Took the other one to the op shop!!!
Purchased in May 2017 for $60.00.
Not impressed with this slow cooker. cooked Beef Ribs for 12 hours, they were tough, nowhere near melt in the mouth cooked. I preheated the bowl too. Cooked a chicken curry for 8 hours, same story.
Purchased in June 2018 at Harvey Norman for $60.00.
Have tried twice now to cook in this slow cooker. After 1 hr on low for a chicken parmigiana there was little heat, the chicken was barely warm, let alone cooking. Will junk it and buy a different brand next time, considering this cooker was twice as dear as the basic big w model that works a charm will not be buying any more Russell hob appliances
Works as advertised, so far.
It works if you follow the instructions, which I admit I read after I used it, but I've used slow cookers before so I wasn't at sea with it. If you heat up the ceramic bowl beforehand as they suggest, it makes things a lot easier. Don't put a bunch of cold stuff in it and expect it to get to temperature, it will struggle. If you mix up your sauce on the stove so it's hot, add your vegies to it and put that in the slow cooker while you are browning your meat, onions etc, everything is warm when it goes in and the whole thing works very well. Thi...s is also healthier for food poisoning considerations. I put on a beef stew for 7 hours with a soup bone in it and the bone meat separated nicely by the time it was ready to eat, and the stew was as tasty and well cooked as if I'd done it in the oven. No complaints. Easy to use, clean and understand. For $35 it was a bargain and if it lasts a year I will consider it money well spent.
Usless - Nothing cooks
Replaced original cooker ( another brand ) when it finally died after many years of use . Using my favourite recipes that were always a great success is now a huge disappointment . It just won't cook ! Veg , lentils etc are rock hard even after cooking for 12 hours despite having been cooked perfectly in half that time previously . NOT HAPPY
Very Happy and Satisfied with the Slow Cooker
I purchased the Russell Hobbs slow cooker after my 10 year old cooker decided it had enough. The Russell Hobbs cooker makes it a pleasure to once again do slow cooked meals that taste as equal and scrumptious you would get in the top restaurants.
I would and have recommended the Cooker to family and friends.
Knobs are cheap junk and no replacements available in australia
Does cook but not worth the money ! Cheap manufacture!Junky cheap plastic knobs, which are very necessary for safe use of the unit! Poor Australian support, replacement parts unavailable! Old Saying "Quality is like buying Oats" if you want prime grade oats you pay a fair price, but if it doesn't matter that the oats have been thru a horse before the you get it much cheaper!
Soups and Pot Roasts All Year
We love our Russell Hobbs slow cooker.
My wife loves soup and we are making a batch pretty much every week,
We had wanted a slow cooker for ages and when we got this the process was that much easier. Truly set and forget, There is no learning curve other than the cooking times and you get a feel for that quickly.
It is a very sturdy and well made machine and we are very satisfied with it. It does not have a timer but we mostly make soups so that is never a problem.
We would recommend this machine to anyone.
My husband bought the small sized of the Russell Hobbs slow cooker for me from Good Guys Brighton last Christmas 2018. It didn't cook the lamb shanks on high after 10 hours. I used it twice, but the food didn't cook. Very disappointed and unhappy. It was wasting my time and money.
Can't live without it
This slow cooker is amazing.
It is so so simple and easy to use!
I can make deserts, main meals and even breakfast in this which is fantastic as for I work full time. I just throw Everything in, pop it on low and go!
The high setting doesn't over cook things. I still use it for steak etc and leave it on high for an hour which cooks the steak just perfectly with little bit of oil and salt and pepper in the pot.
It is also super easy to clean. Just put some hot water in and leave it to soak over night and bobs your uncle.
I don't know how deep mine is but I know it is the bigger one. ...Can't live without it!
I have had my Russell Hobbs slow cooker for over 5 years now.
It has never missed a beat. Always reliable to use. It is simple to use. Looks good.
My only problem is one of the handles have broken on the outside.
The crock pot inside is crack free so far and I have used it on many occasions.
Good Entry Level Slow Cooker
This cooker is quite small, so don't expect to fit a lamb leg in there. But it's oval shape can fit a couple of lamb shanks.
As there's no timer, if you're one to leave it on while you're at work, then stick to red meat dishes. Chicken will dry out if left for 8 hours.
I like to bulk dishes with lentils and beans, but the low setting does not cook them.
If you like to meal prep the night before, you're not supposed to put this ceramic bowl in the fridge (according to manual).
The bowl is easy to clean, but if there's a spill, it's tricky ...
My New Best Friend!
This is a perfect size for my needs and SO easy to use! For best results, brown your meat well in a frypan first, veggies too if time permits, then deglaze the pan and add to cooker. Those lovely caramelized juices have so much flavour, why waste them? Meat, even the very cheap cuts, are meltingly tender and veggies are cooked but not mushy. I cook enough to freeze so that I have ready made, healthy food on call whenever the need arises. The removeable pan makes cleaning a breeze and the whole item is easy to store. With soaring power prices, this little gem is far more economical than using a traditional oven for a couple of hours or more. Love it!
Great medium size slow cooker
I had a larger slow cooker that cracked and have replaced it with this smaller one. It is a perfect size for one person, cooks well and I can still fit a whole chicken in it. Meals taste better in a slow cooker as it retains the juices and meat is very tender.
A must have for cooler months
This is a stylish slow cooker, I love how the lid seals. The removable dish makes cleaning a breeze. I enjoy the different settings, if I'm short of time but still want that "slow cooked" style, I can cook on high for quick results. Also I take advantage of the timer.
Can't live with out it
I luv my new Russell Hobbs Slow Cooker it's so economical and easy to use.You just pop your meat in and veggies if you wish and Bang just turn it on and let it do it's stuff You can leave it to cook over night or pop it on in the morning and by the arvo your tea is cooked. It's so easy to clean . I recommend this product to everyone!!
Hard to live without it.
I love this Russell Hobbs slow cooker. Great to make soup with. No more long cooking on the stove top with exhaust fan going. Saves power and make delicious tender lamb shanks for soups or stews. Easy to clean and a great compact size that suits a couple or small family.
I bought this because I needed a smaller slow cooker and love it! This brand is a common one in my own kitchen appliances and I have not had a complaint about any of them. It's small and has basic functions of high, low and auto only, so if you need a timer and more volume maybe not the right one for you but I have enjoyed every meal I made in it so far. Over the last winter, it was used to make many batches of soups, pot roasts and family favourites like beef stroganoff every week. It's easy to clean, doesn't need much storage space and has be...en super reliable for me, only negative I noticed is that really full batches of soups needed an extra hour or so compared to the same quantities in my old 6ltr slow cooker, which is not a problem for me because my old one used to over cook everything in only a few hours. If you haven't slow cooked before or don't have a huge family I would recommend this, it's affordable, reliable, easy to clean and store, and makes life so much easier in the evenings.
Questions & Answers
I decided to start with a fool proof meal to test out the slow cooker. It was veg soup, plenty of broth. I turned it on low for 6hours. I could clearly see it wasn’t close to being done, so turned it up to high for two more hours. I haven’t seen any bubbling while on high, which I would normally expect. It’s basically just been gently warming my soup, the veg is now cooked at a medium, not anywhere close to how I would expect 8hours of cooking to be. I’m extremely disappointed and had to finish cooking in a pot on the stove so the meal wasn’t wasted. If it can’t even cook a veg soup, what good is it?
In June 2020 purchased Russell Hobbs 3 .5 model. After 7 1/2 hours on low my beef and vegetable casserole was still uncooked and had never even simmered. I need help on how to use this product efficiently. My previous slow cooker always simmered on low after 7 hours.
Hi Kerrie. I experienced the same thing.I threw mine out and I bought a crockpot which is very good. Never let me down and not too expensive. How annoying when you’ve spent time and money and you’re looking forward to your meal.
Thanks for responding to my whinge. May well follow your example and try another brand.
My slow cooker is heating but not cooking. Can you help
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