Genaro Molina, Los Angeles Times
The Hamilton Beach 5 1/2 -Quart Deluxe Stay or Go Slow Cooker combines a number of features when portability is an issue. It includes a serving spoon and removable recipe cardholder, and comes with rugged handles and canister-style clips to lock the entire unit to prevent spills during travel or contain the entire unit for easy storage. The pop-up lid rest doubles as a cord wrap when storing. The unit is manually controlled with three settings (high, low and warm).
What we thought: A good model for traveling. The stoneware insert heats up quickly. Though we liked the clip-tight lid, we found it needed to be locked at all times when the unit was in use or heat would escape while the contents cooked. The stainless steel exterior gets very hot when the unit is in use. Otherwise, we liked the added features mentioned above.
How much: Available March 10, about $40 at Target and www.hamiltonbeach.com.