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Difficult to see while programming
February 11, 2019
Although the crock pot works very well, the screens are not backlit while programming, so it's hard to see. I had to tilt the whole thing toward the light to know what was happening. Once it's programmed, the screen is lit. Seems a little backwards to me. Best would be backlit for both programming and working modes.
I bought this crock pot to replace one that had an automatic switch from high to low once the ingredients came to a boil. I could not find one like it, so this one had to substitute. It's a bit tricky to figure out how long it's going to take for the ingredients to come up to a boil, so I fiddled with it the first two times. For chili (my most-cooked crock dish), it took two hours on high with all ingredients starting at room temp. Then I manually switched it to low to keep a long simmer going for four hours. I do like that it automatically switches to "warm" mode once the programming has expired.
The hooks that hold down the lid (for traveling, NOT while cooking -- per the instructions) stick out beyond the edges of the unit, posing a minor obstruction issue. Also, the cord is VERY short ... barely 10" ... which means I have to run it on an extension cord to place the cooker where I want it, away from other things on the counter that could be affected by the external heat. I'm not one for using an extension cord for applicances, especially when I'm not at home, but I had little choice. Come one, HB. Give us a little more cord!