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Breville misses the mark with this disappointing slow cookerIt leads in design, but seriously lacks in features.
Hi, everyone. I'm Megan Wollerton for CNET Appliances, and this is the Breville Slow Cooker with EasySear. The first thing I noticed about this slow cooker was its design. I really love it. It's minimal. It's sleek. It looks a lot nicer and more high-end than pretty much any other slow cooker I've ever seen. So, I kind of had high expectations for it, but ultimately, it really lacks a lot of the features that I think make a slow cooker great. It doesn't have a warm mode, it doesn't have a timer. Basically, you're left to your own devices which is defeating the purpose of the slow cooker. So, let's take a look at the display. It has off, low, high, and dual. Basically, dual starts on high mode and it moves to low mode after 2 hours. I'm not exactly sure why you need that. So, it kind of seems superfluous especially when you could use that space for a warm mode or a timer. See and that's the thing, there's not even a timer on this so there's no way to say, "I wanna cook this on low for 6 hours," you just have to come and switch it off yourself. And that's the other thing, if you have a recipe that does say, cook this on low for 6 hours, this Breville is going to overcook your food. It tends to cook faster than other slow cookers and to me that's kind of a problem because you want them to be reliable, you want them to be predictable, you want to be able to say the recipe says cook on high for this longer, on low for this long, but this one really doesn't. You're gonna end up with something that's overcooked. You're gonna have to do a lot of tweaking with this Breville. This Breville Slow Cooker is $129.99, which is double the price of the Hamilton Beach one I reviewed, but half the performance. I think Breville probably tried to be a little too cool with this slow cooker and forgot a lot of the basics that makes slow cookers great to begin with. Thanks for watching. I'm Megan Wollerton for CNET Appliances. This has been a review of the Breville Slow Cooker with EasySear.