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<b>The All-Clad 7-Quart Deluxe Slow Cooker </b>offers a cast-aluminum insert that is oven- and stove-top-safe (both the insert and lid can function on the stove top as a Dutch oven). The programmable timer automatically switches to warm when cooking is complete. The model features a stainless steel exterior.<br>
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<b>What we thought</b>: This is one massive and expensive showpiece. The exterior is big and impressive, but after a couple of uses we found the stainless steel hard to keep clean and almost unbearably hot. The stainless steel lid prevented us from being able to check on contents as they cooked; the lid itself was very thin and lightweight and the handle got so hot a potholder was required. The cast aluminum minimizes mess and eases cleanup.<br>
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<b>How much</b>: About $280, model exclusive to <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCRP016771" title="Williams-Sonoma Inc." href="/topic/business/consumer-goods-industries/furnishings-furniture-industry/williams-sonoma-inc.-ORCRP016771.topic">Williams-Sonoma</a>.

( Genaro Molina, Los Angeles Times )

The All-Clad 7-Quart Deluxe Slow Cooker offers a cast-aluminum insert that is oven- and stove-top-safe (both the insert and lid can function on the stove top as a Dutch oven). The programmable timer automatically switches to warm when cooking is complete. The model features a stainless steel exterior.

What we thought: This is one massive and expensive showpiece. The exterior is big and impressive, but after a couple of uses we found the stainless steel hard to keep clean and almost unbearably hot. The stainless steel lid prevented us from being able to check on contents as they cooked; the lid itself was very thin and lightweight and the handle got so hot a potholder was required. The cast aluminum minimizes mess and eases cleanup.

How much: About $280, model exclusive to Williams-Sonoma.

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