Appearance and Size
Hamilton Beach 33967 Slow Cooker
To look at these little cookers, you wouldn’t be able to immediately determine the differences between them. At first glance I could see any differences but then I noticed that the 33967 has a longer lid handle that the 33969. But what advantage, if any, does this provide?
Slow cookers have come a long way from their humbler beginnings – appearance –wise (and programming-wise). Both units are stainless steel and black with a modern look. These two have digital interfaces and LED readouts. There are buttons that you push to do the programming – use arrow buttons to select the temperature or set the tim.
With older models, you’ve probably seen them, there is no digital control panel. And for the temperature, you are usually limited to just three choices; low, medium and high.
The shape is the same, however.
The performance with either of these cookers will be better than what you’re used to with those older models. You have many more options with these machines – giving you a lot of flexibility.
Programmable Cooking – Slow cooking is already fast and simple. But when using an older model you don’t have a whole lot of control over the temperature. Some of the most basic models don’t include an auto shutoff nor a timer. These models are different, however.
Ø The program mode allows you to simply set the amount of time that your food needs to cook, select low or high heat and the slow cooker does the rest (We always use the timer on our stove to keep track of the time).Your food will cook while displaying the heat setting and remaining time. When the cooking is done, your slow cooker will automatically shift to warm – that is a very convenient feature.
Ø The probe mode is perfect for large cuts of meat like brisket, whole chicken or pot roast. These cuts of meat are best prepared low and slow. In probe mode you simply insert the probe into the meat and set a temperature. Once the desired temperature is reached the cooker will automatically shift to keep warm. This is a very convenient feature that affords you the freedom to have your meal prepared worry free. You can be sure that the meat is tender and cooked to your preferences.
Ø The manual mode is what I’m used to. In this basic mode you put the ingredients inside the pot and simply select low or high heat based on what you are cooking. Maybe if you’re experimenting with a dish and you aren’t sure about the times and temperatures needed you would select this mode. Or maybe you just need the slow cooker to warm up a dish and want to keep it set to low.
Both of these slow cookers have a 6-quart capacity. Which I think is a great size for medium to large families. You know, maybe 4 to 6 individuals. But this is going to largely depend on your family’s appetite. It could even work well for you if you were cooking in advance and were preparing leftovers.
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Very Convenient Features
Hamilton Beach 33969 Slow Cooker
Both of these slow cookers have some very convenient features that honestly made me want to just throw away our old slow cooker. There are side handles that make both of these units very portable.
But you may notice that the handles are positioned differently on these machines. The handles on the 33967 are a little further away from the cooker and have a fill grip design. In my opinion this makes the 33967 easier to handle – you won’t have to awkwardly try to hold onto the slow cooker with a towel or oven mitts.
Lids for both crock pots have a hole in them to allow excess steam to escape but it also doubles as a convenient way to probe the meat and check the temperature.
The clip-tight gaskets lock the lid in place making the transport of your cooked meal even easier.
Only the 33967 comes with the clip on spoon which may not sound like much but it offers yet another layer of convenience. You won’t have to go “where did I put that spoon?” You just clip it back in place when you’re finished and voila, it’s there.
Pros and Cons
These cookers are very similar and because of that a lot of the pros and cons for either machine are going to be the same or similar. Below you will find pros and cons that are the same for each machine. But when there is a pro or con that fits only one machine it will be notated in parenthesis.
The 6-quart size is the goldilocks’ size – not too big and not too small
Keep warm is an amazing feature that lots of users love –maybe the best feature
Snap on lid makes for easy transport
Large full-grip handles make transport easy – whether it’s across the room or to a party across town (Hamilton Beach 33967)
It’s easy to program the settings for both of these cookers
There may be some off-gassing from the lid lock-down gasket
Pricier than your run of the mill $20 slow cooker
There were some users for both that complained that the lid lock-down doesn’t fit well