There is not a whole lot of variety when looking for large slow cookers, so I really had to branch out for testing and bought a Black & Decker. There's nothing wrong with the Black & Decker brand, but I tend to review the more popular cookers just out of convenience. 7 quart slow cookers are quite large, so I made a nice big soup using this appliance. Let's take a look at how this slow cooker performed, and what feature you should be on the lookout for if you decide to buy this one.
Despite it's flamboyant appearance, this is a pretty standard slow cooker in terms of function. You get a crock with a seven quart capacity that's also dishwasher and oven safe. You should never put it near the broiler, but putting the crock in the oven is great for adding final crispiness to chicken or other meats that should be browned on the outside.
The lid is dishwasher safe too, meaning cleanup will be relatively easy. However, I find that soaking the crock and lid, then hand washing is a much easier solution. For some reason, my dishwasher never gets the really caked-on stuff.
For cooking, you've got the low/high/warm settings as usual. The Black & Decker SC2007D (as well as the SC1007D and SC3007D) is a manual slow cooker, so there is no digital timer. You set it to cook at a certain temperature, and it'll cook that way until you stop it. This is good for extended cook times (more than 10 or 12 hours), which you may encounter with larger cuts of meat. However, without automatic warming, you run the risk of overcooking meals if you plan to be away for a long time at work or while sleeping.
A breakfast dish that requires a 5-hour cook time may be overcooked after 8 hours on low while you sleep!
Personally, I found the design of the temperature setting dial to look a bit cheap. It did not have a refined and modern look to it. In fact, it looked a bit like an Easy-Bake Oven! Anyway, it just wasn't my style.
With this model and other models in this slow cooker lineup, you get a grey crock and handles instead of the typical black. Red is even somewhat common, but so far, this is the only grey one that I've run across.
Perhaps the most defining feature of the 7 quart slow cooker from Black & Decker is the fun colors that are available. Personally, I prefer something sleek like chrome or silver, but there are a large number of positive reviews for this model from Black & Decker, so there must be a market for these types of colors as well. What do you think?
The one featured in this review is the Teal Wave version (SC2007D). There are two more versions available: Geometric Cream (SC1007D) and Purple & Silver Leaf (SC3007D). Both have a very white/light tone to them, so I wonder how the design team arrived at the Teal Wave as their their option! LOL
Another unique feature. although not really that big of a deal in my opinion, is the lid holder. Yes, it can be convenient at times, like when you are serving directly from the crock. However, I found that with my small counters, I was already finding it hard to find a place to put the large slow cooker let alone fit a lid on sideways running perpendicular (taking up even more space).
In the end, it was just easier to put the lid in the sink or on the cutting board while I served. It was going right back on anyway!
To make full use of this large cooker, I made a blue corn beer chicken taco soup. Using all those ingredients, I was able to fill the crock about 1/2 way. I could have probably made about 30% more food, but this was already enough for several lunches for myself. It did a great job of slow cooking the chicken so it wasn't too dry! I've had that problem before with cooking chicken breasts – but they turned out great this time.
One issue I had with this particular slow cooker is that the lid didn't close properly. I don't think this was by design, so it was probably due to a faulty lid. I could have sent it back to get a new one, but it was good enough for me and my testing. Just a warning though – make sure to see that your lid fits properly! Some models have a rubber seal which can help with making sure even a warped lid fits properly, but when you have metal against ceramic, it's less forgiving.
A lid that doesn't close properly will let more heat escape, so your food may not cook properly. It will still cook, of course, but it may take longer due to loss of heat.
Comparing The Black & Decker SC2007D To Other Slow Cookers
If you are looking at manual slow cookers with a large capacity, then I'd probably rather recommend the Crock Pot 7-Quart or the Hamilton Beach 7-Quart [LINK]. They are more reliable brands in my opinion, and have a more standard look to them.
For a programmable version, both have 7 quart programmable versions. Here's the Hamilton Beach programmable. I haven't reviewed the 7-quart programmable Crock-Pot [LINK], but here's the six-quart version which is quite similar. You can read the review of that one to see if it suits what you need.
So how did this one make the Top 3 of all the 7-quarters that I tested? Well, it fits a niche. In this price range, there isn't a lot of choice, so if you're looking for something unique, Black & Decker is the way to go. As I mentioned above, it has plenty of good reviews on online stores, including Amazon, so many people are happy with it. Plus, I wanted to get some variety in my rankings so it's not just two brands consistently!
Who Is 7-Quart Black & Decker Slow Cooker Best For?
This slow cooker is best for someone that needs to cook larger meals on a regular basis, and is not satisfied with the typical look of slow cookers. If you have a white-themed kitchen, one of the other designs would match very well. This teal design would go good in a kitchen with Tiffany or teal accents. If you have other Black & Decker appliances in your kitchen, then the general style of this slow cooker may match better as well.
While this wasn't my favorite slow cooker, it wasn't “bad”. I'm just not into the colors, including the grey crock. The design of the main button seemed to be lacking in style, and there were no defining features to make it an amazing slow cooker. Still, it's got lots of good reviews and some people may enjoy the unique look. Plus, I'd still prefer the Black & Decker brand over other brands like Maximatic! Oh, and you can't beat the price. The teal version is currently the cheapest, and costs way less than some other similar models from other brands.
- Reliable Brand
- Unique Color Scheme
- Dishwasher Safe Stoneware/Lid
- Manual Setting is Good For Extended Cook Times
- Large Capacity
- Dial Design Not Great
- No Programming Features