Best slow cooker
Best slow cooker I’ve ever had. Very convenient to use the insert to brown on the stovetop. Much easier to clean than the ceramic inserts. I’ve used it so many times.
Purchased in June 2019 at The Good Guys.
'Low' temp is too high
I wish I loved this slow cooker because in theory it has exactly what I need (a removable pot for searing on the stove, digital timer for when I'm at work which then switches to 'warm'), and there's no other product on the market like it. But unfortunately the 'low' temp function is still too high. When following recipes that ask for 6 hours on low, it's turns out like it's been 6 hours on high. I've had it for close to 2 years now, and have tried dozens and dozens of recipes, played around with temperatures, liquid amounts, times.. recipes wil...l either come out overcooked or undercooked. I've never even bothered with the 'high' function. I'd love to know if anyone has a similar issue, and has found a solution? Or if it's possible I have a faulty machine? I'm now tossing up between the Breville and Sunbeam searing slow cookers, but I don't like that you can't sear the pot on the stove.
Purchased in November 2017 at The Good Guys for $90.00.
More "seal and simmer" than slow cooker
This is my 3rd slow cooker, successor to an excellent Cuisinart, but half the price. Mostly used to make chicken bone broth. Simple controls, so easy to use, and the lightweight insert makes hand washing so much easier compared to a heavy ceramic insert. I say seal and simmer because I noticed after about 12 hours that my bone broth was at a low simmer, which is a higher temperature than I expected on LOW. I have yet to try browning meat in it, but I imagine it would cook a lovely chicken dinner in about an hour.
Purchased in December 2018.
Excellent slow cooker and great after sales service
After my old sunbeam slow cooker died (after 12 years) I replaced it with a Russell Hobbs. Unlike the Sunbeam it had a nonstick aluminium crock, as opposed to the ceramic crock. I was a bit worried about not being able to put the aluminium insert in the dishwasher, but it is so easy to clean and so light. I love it. So good to be able to sear directly in the crock, and it switches to keep warm mode automatically after a pre-selected cooking time. It will hold the finished meal in the keep warm mode for up to 10 hours. My appliance developed a f...ault shortly after purchase and the whole after sales process was a very positive experience. They replaced the whole unit in very fast time without incurring any out of pocket expenses. Oh, and the food it is producing is much nicer than the trusty old Sunbeam. I would highly recommend this product, and the security of top quality after sales service I received.
Purchased in October 2018.
Wow!! Amazing. Worth every dollar!!
First time owning a slow cooker. Wasn’t sure it would work but this was the easiest thing. Just put in the meat set timer for 8hrs came home to most succulent delicious meat ever. Literally falling apart. So easy to clean and use. There are hundreds of recipies to try.
Can't live without it!
Cooks meat (red and chicken) perfectly. Half of our winter meals are now prepared in this slow cooker. Feel perfectly comfortable leaving it on during the day while no one is home. Steam is locked in with the lid. Easy to press buttons and clear LCD screen shows remaining time. Very reliable and happy with it.
I did a fair bit of research before buying this slow cooker. I really wanted one that I could brown the meat in and then use the same pot for slow cooking (why dirty two dishes if you can cut it down to one?!). I also wanted one with a timer so that I could set it start an hour or so after I leave for work.
The Russell Hobbs slow cooker does both! It’s a great size, not too big and not too small (we’re a family of 5). I’ve started cooking all my roasts in it and they finish up being so tender that I can’t lift them out in one piece.
It’s easy to use, easy to clean and makes great meals. Would recommend this to anyone!!
I am very happy with the cooking results. It is very easy to clean and does a very good job. The products features are very proficient and do the job extremely well. If anything happened to the one I have got, I would buy another one the same without any hesitation. I do recommend this product.
Wonderful slow cooker - cooks meats perfectly. Reasonably priced compared to some others and works just as well. It's a good size too - I use it almost everyday and it hasn't let me down. Only issue is that it isn't dishwasher friendly but that doesn't worry me. It can be used on the stove top to sear meats which is a bonus.
My my my what a great cooker iv had this little beauty since iv got this in jan this year its has been my favorite one hasn't let me down got it from the good guys got it delivered straight to my door you couldn't ask for anything better Thump's up
My favourite winter item
Russell Hobbs has done it again! This is my favourite winter item because I set it up before work and come home to a fragrant house. The features are very straight forward to use and the results are always fantastic! It is easy to clean and it actually looks great on my kitchen bench!
Affordable slow cooker!
Makes great slow cook dishes. Cooked lamb shanks for 8 hours and it turned out perfect. I really like how the heat is constant and it leaves the meat intact. I wont need to worry about the dish drying out as it retains liquids really well. Highly recommended to all busy people.
Happy with performance
Easy to use, not using much space in pantry, and definetely manual book showing all perfectly.
I had it for months and not even any issues until now.
The built looks okay but for functions are the most i looking for.
Price is not as bad the other brand and pretty good warranty, too
Thank goodness for the aluminum teflon dish
I have very bad arthritis, the lightness of picking up the cooker is amazing with this feature and the cleaning a breeze. The cooking of the meats speaks for its self, so tender and succulent, will never again cook a casserole or roast in my oven, well done Russell Hobbs
Questions & Answers
I cooked some rice using the sign and it was O.K. now I cooked some meat in a casserole but when I try to cook something else, all I get is the sign for a chop and 20 minutes, How do I change the sign for something else?
Thanks, Brian, Turis.
Brian, just wondering if you have the right model number. I have a RHSC650 and the only controls are low, high, and keep warm. Russell Hobbs have an excellent service centre, and I'm sure they can help you.
Cheers, Andrew Moore
As bucaneer says, this model RHSC650 has only low, high, and keep warm. Have another look at the model number and let us know, maybe we can help track down the information you need.
It says that it Sears on stove top ,does that include induction stove tops?
I don’t think so. I sear in a pan first then transfer to the slow cooker.
It seems that the pan is made of aluminium, a metal that is not iron or nickel, and so would not work on an induction cooktop. We have a ceramic cooktop, where the heat energy comes from what are essentially really hot light bulbs, whereas the induction cooktops work on the principle of inducing a current magnetically (and therefore heat) through steel cookware. Stainless steel good, aluminium bad. Hope this helps.
I have a ceramic cooktop so could I use the searing function?
I have just bought this and used it twice. Love it. I have read things lately about aluminium seeping into ceramic and glazes that contain lead. Would you please advise how safe this is? Thanks
Sam, I have not heard any thing like this, but the Russell Hobbs RHSC650 does not have any ceramics. I also love it with one reservation. It's low setting cooks like high on other cookers I have owned. Instead of 8 hours, mine cooks everything in 3-4 hours. However, the food tastes sensational and the fact that it automatically switches to "keep warm" for the next 10 hours negates it's faster cooking times. My first cooker was cooking fast, so I contacted them and they were wonderful, replacing it in super fast time, but the second one was the same, so I decided to live with it and did not pursue it any further.
I have the unit in question, and I can say with some certainty that I have no concerns with aluminum mixing with my food nor with lead. I understand the concern with lead poisoning, as I have a minor in chemistry and I would have no problem feeding my extended family from this cooker. The glass lid is, well, pure glass. And the base is what I believe to be non-stick Teflon coated. It runs a bit hotter that your usual slow-cooker, but apart from that it would be an excellent purchase.
Hi Sam, I just purchased mine and it is still in the box as I am a little hesitant to use it as I have the same concerns as you. I have recently read that ceramic or ceramic coated bowls, (which this is ceramic coated) when heated to high degrees, which this does can cause lead poisoning. In California they have labelling to determine if you product is safe but unfortunately there is nothing here and most companies obviously just claim they are safe???
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