A slow cooker is the same thing as a Crock-Pot, except that Crock-Pot is a trademarked name owned by Sunbeam. The Bella Linea Slow Cooker is an inexpensive alternative to Sunbeam's original, with the added convenience of an electronic timer and an LCD screen. Put the ingredients in, set it for the time and temperature you want it to cook at -- and, voila, when you get home that evening you'll have a fully cooked stew waiting for you. Granted, that's barely enough electronics to qualify this appliance as robotic, but there's nothing like an LCD screen to make a product look like it belongs in a 21st century kitchen. The Bella Linea Slow Cooker has a stoneware internal pot that can be removed and placed in the dishwasher, along with the lid, so there's no mess to clean up inside the device itself. (Don't put the outside in the dishwasher. It would probably void your warranty and ruin the electronics.)
The lid has a special seal in it so that none of that juicy flavor can escape during its long day of simmering happily in the pot. The slow cooking gives your meat and veggies time to get to know each other intimately and share flavor secrets among themselves, spreading flavory goodness throughout the stew and pretty much creating a complete meal that will only require you to set the table after a hard day at work. In fact, you probably already know what slow cookers do because there's a good chance you owned a Crock-Pot back in the day, when it was a new and innovative way of cooking. In that sense, not much has changed other than the electronic controls. Crock-Pots were automated cookers back before automated cookers were a thing.
If you want to spend a little more and move to a more advanced slow cooker, the category originator Sunbeam has some newer electronic models on the shelves, including the Sunbeam Crock-Pot 5-in-1 and the Sunbeam Crock-Pot WeMo Smart, all of which are more robotic than this one is. Or you could experiment with some even more versatile alternatives, like the Instant Pot IP-Smart.
This is a wonderful slow cooker. The timer is exactly what I was looking for. The locking lid is a big plus and eliminates overflow. I've made several yummy recipes.
The first time, everything functioned fine. However, upon the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc. use, the lid no longer latches... I'm very dissatisfied with this purchase...
he color is a nice purple. I like the locking feature, the spoon rest, and the program feature. I love it and I feel that it was a nice purchase.
This is a beautifully constructed slow cooker. Easy to program and the color is stunning. The lock keeps contents secure and increases moisture retention.
Works great! Love all of the easy features and cooks food perfectly. It looks great and works great. I haven't had a slow cooker that works as good as this one does.
I open it up and it's complete garbage! The seal is all messed up and the lid is not aligned correct... It's totally unusable... Completely dissatisfied!