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3/5/09 2:06 P

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I have had a KitchenAid stand mixer for many years and though it was pricey, I do believe that it really makes a fantastic difference by its performance! I also have several other KitchenAid products.

Think we've basically answered this question!....value is in the beholder's eyes!

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3/5/09 12:24 A

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TEALSAAB is the value for the money there, i.e. would you buy it again?

About the $250 model, yes I saw that one online, too. Didn't mention it since the $150 range was mentioned.

I have a Kitchenaid mixer also, also waited for a sale, also love it and would recommend it. It was high but I DO recommend it, re, value for the money.

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3/4/09 1:05 A

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I have a Hamilton Beach that has 3 different size removable bowls. It has worked out great for me and was about $80. It replaced my old rival crockpot and comes in stainless.

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3/2/09 11:49 P

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Hi Y'all!

Sue, Everybody while I was away on my trip back to Hawaii I stopped in the Williams-Sonoma to check into this.

According to their catalog, All Clad has a model that is about $250 BUT it does do something that MOST other units do not do: you can actually cook with the lift out inner pan ON THE STOVETOP!!! Sounds pretty cool! It is very interesting, I must admit.

So not to confuse you, I thought that I'd at least let you know that perhaps each manufacturer and respective unit features should be considered before answering this great question!

No, I did not purchase and currently do not plan to purchase this $250 model; I only mention this as a follow up to my earlier suggestion.


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3/1/09 12:35 A

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PERSONALLY I DON'T THINK SO...BUT IT IS UP TO THE INDIVIDUAL...THEIR USES ETC. I HAVE ONLY PURCHASED RIVAL CROCK POTS...I DO OWN A KITCHEN AID MIXER AS WELL...IT IS WORTH THE MONEY...I WAITED AND FOUND IT ON SALE...

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2/28/09 12:05 P

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Thanks for your answers, everyone!
When it comes to cooking implements, there are some that are so worthy of spending the extra money for. My Kitchenaid mixer is the first example that comes to mind. I have never had a better one. With a simple crockpot...it doesn't seem that it would be more of an improvement than "a pretty face", LOL.

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2/26/09 5:15 A

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I don't have it, I googled it and it looks very nice, seriously upgraded look (very VERY nice), and 26-hour programmable builtin timer. $179.99 for base model. So unless someone posts who actually owns it, I believe the answer to your question is no, it's not anything more than a good looker.

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2/26/09 1:29 A

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interesting point on food outcome - hmmm.....

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2/26/09 12:15 A

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Hi! My crockpot was a Walmart special at about $30!
You know the kind- It's a West Bend and being oblong, it sits on its base and the bottom can be put in the dishwasher to be cleaned.I can then wipe the base off, and it also has a glass top that makes viewing of contents easily accessible without disturbing the contents.

Mine isn't expensive, and it gives me the same benefits as if I had an expensive crock pot. I've had meals cooked from both types, and I couldn't tell any difference.

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2/25/09 11:11 P

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Hi! Excellent question!

I do not own this model that you are specifically asking about but I do own several makes and models of other units. My smallest is a really cute mini good for warm dips, sauces or very small amounts. My largest are 18 qt Nesco oven roaster/slow cookers that even bake! All of my current units are stainless steel, though I did start out with the original crock pot that did not have the lift out dish many years ago. I have had a number of sizes and features through the years.

I actually have 2 of these Nesco 'giants' because of my needs; one has a teflon finish on the lift out pan and the other unit has an enameled lift out pan. I mostly use the teflon coated one with the 3-bay accessory pan for veggies.

I paid about $75 each for these 2 Nesco models and approximately another $25 for the 3-bay accessory; I bought all of these items on big sales at various times. For me, these 'babies' have been well worth every penny and then some! I would highly recommend them and they do come in a variety of sizes, should anyone be wondering. These 18 qt models are like having another whole oven!

In addition to what other Team members may be able to tell you, I suggest that you go to the All Clad website, Consumer Digest and/or Williams-Sonoma or other cooking specialty store(s) like Sur La Table, and see if anyone has posted a product review about the specific model you're interested in.

After considering all of this information, and perhaps this is obvious, but I'm trying to help - I gently suggest that you evaluate all of this model's features and if YOU believe they are worth the extra money. I do make this suggestion out of personal experience; I couldn't imagine paying full price for my Nesco and waited to get it on sale - I just didin't know how much I'd use such a large unit and felt a real sale price would take the 'sting' out of things if I didn't like it. As it turns out, I fell in love with it and kicked myself a number of times because I didn't get 2 when I finally did find that sale! With 3 teens and all of their friends, seems something is always cooking! ha ha I bought my 2d unit when I found it on sale again!

I hope I've helped (at least in part). I'm looking forward to hearing what everyone else has to say about this "hot little number" from All Clad!

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2/25/09 6:56 P

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I have a pretty generic yet functional Rival crock pot with a lift out casserole dish, which is great because it can go into the dishwasher. I do love the look of the AllClad crockpot, though. I think it's about $150. Does anyone have it?
Is it anything more than a good looker??


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