I needed a new crock pot since my dogs pulled my other one off the counter and it broke. This one magically came up with a deal I couldn’t refuse. I had been looking at a similar one that was red and it would have worked, but this one caught my eye. I love love love the damask design and this model has a warm setting, which my old one didn’t. I really can’t say anything bad about this crock pot.
I love the design of this crock pot and was pleased that it is just the size I need. However, I must have recd a lemon? I’ve been using crock pots since the 70s so I’m comfortable with their function. My first dish (a soup requiring an hour of low simmering if prepared on the stovetop) never approached hot in the four hours it sat on high. I had added nothing frozen — ingredients were from fridge, broth was room temp. Pot filled between 1/2 and 3/4 full as recommended. I tried a second recipe with similar results.I checked the Rival website and it states that the contents should reach 209 degrees F and then hold that temp [takes 4-5 hrs on high, something like 8 on low]. I tested my new crock pot by adding tap water to recommended amount and turning it on HIGH. I started checking water temp with thermometer after 4 hrs, and quit after 6.5 hrs — never getting above 195F. It’s as if we were using the “WARM” function rather than HIGH, but both my husband & I checked that during my test to be certain that wasn’t the case.I so loved the look of this and really didn’t want to return it — but this has gone back. Thanks Amazon for making it a reasonable process.