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All Clad 99009 6.5 Quart Slow Cooker

October 9th, 2009

all-clad-99009-slow-cooker.jpgToday’s product review is on the All Clad 99009 6.5 quart stainless steel slow cooker, which is supposed to be one of the highest quality crockpot models on the market. This type of appliance makes a very good cooking vessel for many types of foods and is especially effective for tenderizing cheaper cuts of meat or hard root vegetables. The ability to cook foods slowly over a longer period of time compared to a traditional stovetop or oven setup also provides a more relaxing experience because you can leave the food unattended most of the time and return to the slow cooker at your leisure for tasting and flavor adjustments.

As the name implies, the All Clad manufacturer’s claim to fame is that its slow cookers are completely armored in stainless steel, including the handles. This gives them a decided advantage in durability over many other brands, whose ceramic or plastic handles often break after several uses. The tradeoff for this extra protection is that the price tends to be somewhat higher than for lower quality models of the same capacity. According to the manufacturer’s website, this particular 99009 version has a programmable timer that is capable of cooking time settings of up to 26 hours, the longest available for any slow cooker. Here is a quick rundown of its other features:

  1. Black ceramic insert
  2. 26 hour programmable timer
  3. Control panel with LCD display
  4. Three temperature settings (low, high, and keep warm)
  5. Transparent glass lid
  6. Riveted stainless steel handles
  7. 6 1/2 quart capacity
  8. 19 7/8 by 14 by 11 3/8 inch dimensions
  9. One year limited warranty
  10. Recipe book included

Reviews at Amazon seem to be somewhat of a mixed bag. Although most customers were favorably impressed by this All Clad slow cooker for its consistency, especially on the low setting where it did not boil or burn food like many other comparable crockpots, there was a significant group of buyers who had problems. The two major complaints were that the ceramic insert sometimes would crack with extreme temperature changes or jarring, and in some cases the electrical components would quit working after a certain time.

The first issue can be remedied by purchasing the model with the aluminum insert instead of the ceramic one, which also allows for browning foods on the stovetop in addition to being more durable. The second issue was more problematic because many customers reported that All Clad tends to be rather stingy about returns and does not provide replacement parts. Others had better luck by taking it back to the store where they bought it from and exchanging it for a new one, or simply returning it to Amazon.

Overall, this seems to be a good slow cooker to buy if you are looking for a long, low temperature setting and price is not too big of an issue for you. Just be mindful that although the outer construction is very solid, the ceramic insert can still break, and the one-year warranty period begins from the date of manufacture.

One Response to “All Clad 99009 6.5 Quart Slow Cooker”

  1. comment number 1 by: Philip

    You had me at All-Clad. I believe that almost everything they make is worth the investment… I still don’t have one of the slow cookers (yet) but it’s definitely on my list!

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