The Rival Crock-Pot 3735-WN is adequate for families of three to four, reviews say, and its oval shape is ideal for cuts of meat. The durable stoneware insert has a nonstick coating to make cleanup a breeze. Some reviewers mention that it tends to cook hotter than expected, so users should pay close attention to temperature recommendations in the manual. There are some complaints that the lid doesn't fit adequately to prevent steam from escaping, and a few owners report broken lid handles. Others report having owned this model for 15 years with no problems. If you're looking for a slow cooker with a larger capacity, reviews suggest the West Bend 84915 5-Quart Oblong Slow Cooker (*Est. $55) , which comes with an insulated tote for easy transport.
Neither ConsumerReports.org nor Cook's Illustrated magazine include the Rival Crock-Pot 3735-WN in their most recent write-ups, but we found nearly 100 owner-written reviews between Amazon.com and Viewpoints.com. We also found recommendations in an older review in Woman's Day magazine and in a roundup on About.com. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
More than 60 owners rate the Rival Crock-Pot 3735-WN, contributing to an overall average rating of 4.1 stars out of 5. Owners say the 3.5-quart size is useful for making both small and large portions, and many say this model is easy to clean. On the downside, there are a few complaints of ill-fitting lids and broken handles.
Review: Crock-Pot 3735-WN 3.5-Quart Slow Cooker, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Nov. 2011
The Rival Crock-Pot 3735-WN maintains an average rating of 4.19 stars out of 5 in just more than 30 owner-written reviews here. Users praise the 3.5-quart size as ideal for families of two to four. They also say the slow cooker is easy to clean and store.
Review: Rival 3.5-Quart Crock Pot Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of Nov. 2011
3. Woman's Day
Stephanie Lee picks eight slow cookers, each with a specific benefit such as kid-friendliness, table-ready or size. The Rival Crock-Pot 3735-WN is called ideal for serving three to five people, and the nonstick coating makes cleaning the stoneware insert a breeze.
Review: State-of-the-Art Slow Cookers, Stephanie Lee, Oct. 23, 2008
About.com's guide to busy cooks lists the top five slow cookers. Linda Larsen reports owning the Rival Crock-Pot 3735-WN for 15 years and loving it, although she says newly manufactured models tend to cook hotter, so it's important to follow temperature settings in the manual closely. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Top 5 Crockpots, Linda Larsen, Not dated