The Hamilton Beach 33967 programmable slow cooker a very affordable price for most budgets and packs a lot of features into a fairly small footprint. If you want to cook excellent pot roasts, stews, soups, etc with precision control over cook time and temperature this could be the crock pot for you.
Consumer reviewers absolutely love the integrated temperature probe and easy-to-program interface on the front panel. This allows you to easily set the temperature, cook duration, start/end time, reheats, etc and to make sure that your meat is perfectly cooked to the right, safe temperature inside every time. It’s also very easy to clean and the crock is dishwasher safe.
I definitely agree with the 1330+ reviewers that this crock pot is the best deal going but you should continue reading the rest of my findings to make sure this is right for you.
Read the rest of the Hamilton Beach 33967 review below:
The primary consideration when choosing a crock pot or slow cooker for your home is the capacity of the crock. If the crock is too small you’ll have to cook in multiple batches which can be a huge pain. If it’s too big you won’t get optimal cooking performance. The 33967 is a 6-quart crockpot which is fairly large (but not the largest available) and is suitable for roasts of about 4-5 pounds or stews and soups for a family of four. This would also be a good size for 1-2 people if you like to cook a bunch ahead of time and eat leftovers throughout the week.
There are quite a few unique features on the Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget crock pot that other models don’t have even at higher price points. Besides the 6-quart capacity you also get:
- an intuitive programming panel
- temperature probe cooking mode for big chunks of meat
- sturdy handles for carrying heavy meals
- lid with tight-sealing gasket to keep moisture and flavors in
Size and Dimensions
16” L x 10 1/2” D x 16” H
The 33967 is small enough to fit on your countertop without consuming all of the space.
Finish and Appearance
Hamilton Beach did a great job with the design of this crock pot. The sleek polished stainless steel outside and modern looking LCD programming panel should fit in with most kitchen decor. Having this on your counter shows yours friends and family that you take making them a great meal seriously.
As of this date there are 1,328 reviews on Amazon. Those reviews demonstrate the tremendous value to be had for such a low price. Many reviwers report the 33967 as being easy to use even for seniors and having cooking performance that exceeds their expectations.
Many consumers were impressed by how quickly the slow cooker got up to temperature. They also commonly remark how nice and easy the probe cooking mode is for large pieces of meat. People who’s traditional crock pots burned things were able to make a great, moist, tender meal in this cooker.
A few people complain about random shutoffs but after calling Hamilton Beach and reading reviews on question and answer sites I’ve determined this to be an issue with poor wiring or not following directions when using the crockpot. It doesn’t appear to be a common isue. Also, one reviewer says it can be found cheaper at local stores but the Amazon price is now the same as what she was able to find at Walmart.
Pros & Cons
Pros: Most people found the locking lid and tight-sealing gasket to be a blessing. This makes it easy to take the crockpot full of food to parties and potlucks without spilling it all over your car on the way.
Experienced crockpot users found that cheaper models either undercooked or overcooked but that the Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget cooked things to perfection.
Cleanup can be tough if you cook certain foods but most people just give it a rinse and then toss it into the dishwasher to get it clean.
Cons: A handful of people report the crockpot ceased to work after a touch over a year and that Hamilton Beach would not replace the unit.
Others complain that the results weren’t the same as with other crockpots they’ve owned; I would discount this as you can’t expect one model to perform 100% the same with the same prep and settings as this one.
Others dislike it’s fast cooking but chalk that up to misuse or not programming things properly. You may have to cook with it a few times while checking on it before you know how long to set it for and what temp to use for all day, unattended cooking. One reviewer found that new crockpot models typically have temperatures about 15 degrees higher than the old one you might have under the counter so be sure to adjust your cook times accordingly.
Features Summary Review:
|Feature||Hamilton Beach 33967|
|Cooking Modes||3 settings|