Reviewers love the versatility of the Hamilton Beach 3-in-1 33135 slow cooker because its interchangeable crocks (2-, 4- and 6-quart) allow them to cook for small and large crowds alike. Experts praise the machine's cooking performance while users love that the pots nest for easy storage. Its sleek stainless-steel exterior and black inserts complement most modern décor. The major drawback is it isn't programmable, so it isn't ideal for those who work outside the home. If you need an automatic timer on your slow cooker, reviewers recommend the Hamilton Beach Set'N Forget 33967 (*Est. $50) .
We found the most reliable reviews for the Hamilton Beach 3-in-1 at ConsumerReports.org and Good Housekeeping, where the slow cooker is tested and rated. Two About.com guides recommend this model, as well, although only one provides a detailed review. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.) User feedback at Amazon.com confirms that this slow cooker performs as well in the real world as it does in a test kitchen. Most of the reviews we found for the 3-in-1 are for older models 33133 and 33134, which are no longer available. However, Hamilton Beach confirms that model number 33135 is the same basic machine.
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Editors of ConsumerReports.org evaluate and rank 15 slow cookers, including the Hamilton Beach 3-in-1 33133, all with a 6- to 7-quart capacity. They test the same four recipes in each one to ensure that results reflect the true capabilities of each cooker.
Review: Slow Cookers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Oct. 2008
2. Good Housekeeping
Out of 13 slow cookers tested by experts at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, the Hamilton Beach 3-in-1 33134 is one of seven they recommend. Editors say the attractive machine cooks up tender and flavorful meals, and comes with a useful manual. They also praise Hamilton Beach's customer service. They caution, however, that the unit is a bit heavy.
Review: Top-Rated Slow Cookers, Editors of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, Not dated
Jessica Harlan, About.com's guide to cooking equipment, gives the Hamilton Beach 3-in-1 33133 a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She praises its "ingenious design," with three interchangeable crocks that can be nested for storage. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Review of Hamilton Beach 3-in-One Slow Cooker (Model 33133), Jessica Harlan, Not Dated
In nearly 125 reviews at Amazon.com, the Hamilton Beach 3-in-1 33134 earns an average of 4.3 stars out of 5. Owners love the versatility of the interchangeable crocks, as well as the machine's attractive looks and simple manual controls. A few, however, complain that it runs too hot on the low setting.
Review: Hamilton Beach 33134 3-in-1 Slow Cooker with 2-, 4- and 6-Quart Crocks, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Nov. 2011
Linda Larsen, About.com's guide to busy cooks, names the Hamilton Beach 3-in-1 33135 as one of the five best slow cookers, saying she loves the interchangeable crocks. However, it doesn't appear that she personally tested this machine. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Top 5 Crockpots, Linda Larsen, Not Dated