A surprise review from Frigidaire! Today we're looking at the Frigidaire Professional stainless 7-quart programmable slow cooker. Usually I spend all of my time reviewing Hamilton Beach and Crock-Pot models because there are so many of them, but I like to branch out when possible and try some different brands to see how they compare. Surprisingly, I really liked this Frigidaire slow cooker! Mainly it's because it actually looks nice instead of looking like a bulky thing that your grandma has been using for 30 years.
It does cost a it more than other similar sized appliances though, so let's also take a look at how it performed and and see if it's worth the cost.
Slow cookers tend to not variate much when it comes to features, so with the Frigidaire 7-quart programmable device, you are going to at least get what you'd expect from any other cooker: low, medium, high, and warm settings. There are more settings than those, but we'll discuss that in the next section. You'll also get a dishwasher safe lid and crock that makes clean up easy.
Because this is a programmable slow cooker, all features are dialed in with a push-button interface. You can set it to cook for as little as 30 minutes or as many as 12 hours. Because this is not a portable model, it does not come with a rubber seal around the lid or locking clips like you see in the Cook and Carry models or Stay or Go models. Actually, I prefer it like this because I'm not a fan of the rubber seals.
Keep in mind, this is a 7 quart slow cooker, so it's a bit larger than the standard 6 quart size.
To start, one of the main strengths of this slow cooker is the unique design. If you are looking for a unique design, and do not want to be stuck with the same general model that everyone else has in their house, then you should seriously consider getting the Frigidaire Professional. For some folks, design doesn't mean for much, and price outweighs everything. That's perfectly reasonable and understandable.
But after reviewing 50 slow cookers and making slow cooked meals a staple of my household, I have to look at this thing day in day out! Rather than hide it away in a cupboard when I'm not using it, I like to keep it on the counter and look at it as I walk by. The only other appliance so far that I liked better than this one in terms of design was the Crock-Pot 6.5 quart programmable touchscreen. The chrome finish may be a bit too shiny for some people, but I loved it.
Just after opening the package, I knew this was a unique slow cooker so I even spent time to take pictures of the carrying handles and lid handle. I knew I'd be talking about them in the review. One reviewer (see below) complained of the handles being too close to the pot. I totally disagree. Unless you have a pot with gigantic handles like the Set ‘n Forget from Hamilton Beach, most slow cookers come with this size handle.
In fact, they have holes in them for getting a strong grip. Some models like the Gourmia 8.5 quart only have little plastic pieces which work but are not as functional as the Frigidaire Style. I do agree that some kind of silicon grip might be helpful, but even then, those can get hot too.
In addition to a cool look, there are some functional additions worth talking about. On top of the standard warm/low/high settings, you also have a medium cooking setting. Most slow cooker recipes require a low or high setting, so what's medium for? I think it's a cool feature because every cooker is different, and every recipe needs to be tweaked for your device. Adding meal size as a variable, you've really got to experiment with different temperatures and times to get a recipe right. A medium setting just gives you more options to get your recipes perfect.
There's also a “buffet” setting which is like warm but a slightly higher temperature. This way you can serve food while keeping it hot but not overcooking it. The only feature I find a bit funny is the “soup” setting which is basically a 4-hour setting for high. I guess it makes sense to just pop some broth, meat, and potatoes in there and hit soup for an easy meal. I'm not sure this is a totally necessary function though, or perhaps they just needed an extra button to balance things out with the placement of buttons.
Video: Frigidaire 7-Quart Programmable
Though this is just a promotional video, it still gives you a bit more information about this cooker, and some high quality video so you can see how nice this thing looks.
I made a very quick recipe with the Frigidaire Professional 7-quart slow cooker, so I'll have to test a longer one next time. I'll definitely be using this one again, so I'll update with the second recipe when it's done. This time around however, I cooked a slow cooker beef enchilada casserole. It was basically a layered lasagna using enchilada ingredients. It turned out delicious!
It cooked on high for one hour. Everything was properly cooked as expected, and not overdone.
Comparing The Frigidaire FPCP07D7MS To Other Slow Cookers
When it comes to large slow cookers, you can't beat the size and design of model FPCP07D7MS from Frigidaire. Some big boys, like the Gourmia 8.5 quart are so big that they tower over other appliances in your kitchen. Even the Hamilton Beach 7 quart looks quite bulky. This has a very sleek design for it's large size (standard size is about 5-6 quarts).
However, price-wise, you can get much cheaper. In the video below he quotes it at around 99 dollars but the video is about 2 years old. The price now is around about twenty dollars cheaper, depending on where you get it from. Still, there are 7 quart slow cookers that are programmable and have equally good functions. If you go real budget and skip the programming and automatic warming, you can even get some inexpensive 7-quart cookers for cheaper.
Here's an interesting video reviewing this appliance.
I realize that's not an option for everyone but that's how I shop. I'd rather buy something I really like all around rather than just base it on price. For that reason, I've chose the Frigidaire 7-quart programmable slow cooker as my #1 choice for 7+ quart slow cookers. The #2 ranking was an equally good appliance that also did very well on design, but it was just too large for most kitchens. My third choice was the cheapest of the bunch, and comes from the reliable brand Hamilton Beach. It's about 1/2 the cost of Frigidaire and comes with preset cooking times between 2 and 10 hours.
Note: On the frigidaire website it's listed for 99 dollars but you can get it for cheaper on Amazon. Also for some reason, the Amazon page is listing the old model as the newer one. Don't be fooled. The digital version (shown here) is the new one. The manual dial one is the old one.
Who Is The Frigidaire Professional Stainless 7-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker Best For?
This is a great appliance for someone that cares about what their cooking devices look like. If you have stainless steel appliances for your kitchen, then a matching stainless steel slow cooker makes sense. Even if you're not matching exact colors, stainless steel goes well with black, white, really anything else. It's got a very modern design that would feel most at home in a minimalist kitchen or a very tech-savvy home.
The large size lends itself to bigger families. If you are a single person I'd recommend something around the 4-quart range (nice designs in that post). For a meal prepper looking for something more budget friendly and pragmatic, check out the budget 7-quart cookers (linked above).
I really enjoyed using this slow cooker from Frigidaire and it was a surprise to me that they would seemingly put so much effort into designing a one-off product. They don't have other models in this lineup! Honestly, it kind of turned me on to the frigidaire brand. I have a mix-matched kitchen right now but as soon as I'm done writing this review I'm going to the Frigidaire website to see what else they sell and if it matches up with the slow cooker I wrote about here in this post.
- Well-Known Brand
- Sleek, Modern Design
- Unique Look
- Great For Big Families
- Dishwasher Safe Stoneware/Lid
- Easy Clean
- Extra Features (Medium, Soup, Buffet)
- Programmable Up To 12 Hours
- Automatic Warming
- Slightly More Expensive Than Other Brands With Similar Size
- They Could Have Added More Unique Button Features
- Not Travel-Friendly