Crock-Pot is one of my all time favorite brands for slow cookers, and they have a wide variety of sizes, prices, and styles available to buy online. One of the basic designs that are available is the Crock-Pot Cook And Carry 6 Quart Oval Manual slow cooker. Because of the high number of positive reviews that you can find online, I decided to take some time to review model #SCCPVL600S!
I wasn't really surprised that the almost 2,000 people on Amazon were right. This particular appliance packs a whole lot of value for the extremely inexpensive price you pay. This is an excellent starter appliance, or for anyone on a budget. But let's dig into a few details of why I liked it and which recipe I made to test it out.
As with most slow cookers, we are going to get the basic functions of low, high, and warm. This will be enough to make all standard slow cooking dishes! You won't get any fancy features like automatic warming or timing though. You'd need to upgrade to the programmable version for those things.
However, the basic settings work perfectly, and for many people that's going to be enough.
I do tend to like the standard stainless steel with black trim design. This will go with most kitchens. My kitchen just happens to be a mix of black appliances (stove, refrigerator, coffee maker, microwave) and stainless steel (dishwasher), so this particular appliance fit in well. There is also a metallic red option available, but it does cost more.
Because this is the base model of the Cook And Carry series (#SCCPVL600S), you won't find a lot of extra features. However, it's important to note that the Cook And Carry models all come with locking clips on the side so you can take your slow cooker full of food to wherever you need to go. The leak-proof rubber seal works equally well on all models, regardless of pricing.
For this round of slow cooker testing, I did dessert style recipes. So for the 6-Quart Crock Pot Cook And Carry I made a slow cooker blueberry and cinnamon swirl bread. This was a fun recipe to make – I'll bet you didn't know you could make bread in the slow cooker, right? This would be perfect to make during Friday evening after dinner (it'll be done before you go to bed) and then you'll have fresh blueberry cinnamon bread ready for breakfast on Saturday!
There were no issues with the recipe, and the bread turned out delicious. I think if I was making this particular recipe in the future I'd want a cooker with a timer so I could set it to start at about 4AM and have hot bread ready in the morning though. Manual slow cookers work best with things soups or stews if you plan to be away from the kitchen for a long time. Breads typically need less time, and can burn easily if left too long!
Comparing The Crock-Pot Cook And Carry 6-Quart To Other Slow Cookers
This is the economic model of Cook And Carry. You can get a more advanced version with the programmable 6-quart model which I've also tested and reviewed on the site here. The basic design of the appliance is similar, but the advanced model has a different interface on the front which includes a timer, and buttons for programming instead of a dial. There is also a 7-quart version in the series, which looks quite similar, if you need a larger capacity.
If you don't want the rubber seal and locking clips, you'll need to get a different size crock (4 or 7 quart), or upgrade to the Smart Pot series which does not have a digital timer, but does have timed settings.
If you want a smaller capacity, there is no version which comes with the locking clips and seal. However, the base model of the small Crock Pots was also my #1 pick for the under inexpensive category.
To compare to other brands, you'd need to look at the Hamilton Beach 6-Quart Stay Or Go. This is the comparable price and size from the Hamilton Beach Brand. Although I prefer Crock-Pot brand, the Hamilton Beach version did just fine in testing as well. They also have a 4-quart version which may be better suited for some.
Who Is The 6-Quart Cook And Carry Best For?
This make and model of slow cooker is perfect for someone that wants a standard six quart capacity but wants to stay in the low-cost price range. You can't beat a reliable brand-name appliance that performs just as well as versions that cost double or more.
If you don't plan on making anything crazy that requires complex timing or cooking techniques, this the basic functions will be perfect for you. Small families, college students, or people that enjoy meal prepping will get a lot of value out of the Crock-Pot Cook And Carry 6-Quart Oval Manual slow cooker.
Although it doesn't come with a lot of extra features, it performs just as well as appliances that cost two or three times as much. This is my #1 choice for slow cookers with a six quart capacity costing very little.
- Reliable Brand
- Easy Travel
- Dishwasher Safe Stoneware/Lid
- Easy Clean
- Only Basic Settings
- No Timer
- Rubber Seal May Retain Smells Over Time