Calphalon Digital Sauté Slow Cooker, Dark Stainless Steel - Dark Stainless Steel
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Conveniently sear, brown, sauté, & slow cook all in one pot for maximum flavor
Cooking pot is oven safe and compatible with electric, gas, and induction cooktops
Ceramic Cooking Surface
11x more durable* and provides 20% more even heat (*Compared to standard nonstick coating)
Sleek Modern Look
With digital programmable controls, and LED lights easily identity cooking modes
5.3 quart with 2 heat setting and auto keep warm mode
- Calphalon 5.3qt Digital Sauté Slow Cooker
- Capacity5.3 quarts
- Indicator Light(s)Yes
- Control TypeDigital
- Integrated TimerYes
- Non-Stick InteriorYes
- Product NameCalphalon Digital Sauté Slow Cooker, Dark Stainless Steel
- Model NumberSCCLD1
- ColorDark Stainless Steel
- Color CategoryGray
- Product Width14.6 inches
- Product Weight7 pounds
- Product Length9.84 inches
- Product Height14.6 inches
- Display TypeLCD
- Cooking Surface CoatingCeramic
- Auto Keep-Warm FunctionYes
- Number of Temperature Settings2
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Parts3 Year Warranty
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Laborn/a
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great looking and functioning slow cooker!Posted .
We've used several slow cookers over the years and typically purchased the $30 versions. Didn't really think we needed anything more than that. Along comes the Calphalon Digital Sauté Slow Cooker. First off, it's one of the nicest looking slow cooker (or crock pot) that I've seen. You won't be ashamed to have this one left out on your countertop. The dark stainless steel helps it to blend in a lot with other items in the kitchen, but also stand out as something sleek and stylish. The rotary knob on the front is plastic, but has a good weighted feel to it as you rotate it through 'off, warm, low and high'. The timer buttons (+/- and cancel) actually have an 'automotive' feel to them, like well made switchgear. I was nicely surprised by that. The digital display looks a little more bespoke and in keeping with the design, rather than an off the shelf afterthought as well. The timer advances in 15 min increments, and if you press and hold, you can advance by the hour as well. Overall, a very nice design. Our previous slow cooker is a 6 QT oval. This one is 5.3 QT and round. So far we haven't missed that extra 0.7 QT, as this Calphalon Slow Cooker appears deeper than our previous one. The weight of the cooker overall is very light and manageable. The heating unit itself is incredibly light. The interior liner, the main cooking part is aluminum with a non-stick coating. It is a metallic dark grey, which compliments the main unit nicely. Being aluminum and non-stick coated (all over) means that it can be used in more than just the slow cooker. You can put it on the stove to sauté meat before turning on the slow cooker. You can put it in the oven after you've made something like sweet potato casserole, so that you can brown the marshmallows on top. It's very versatile indeed which sets it apart from other slow cookers. Just make sure to use wooden or plastic utensils in it, otherwise you may scratch off that important non-stick coating. After making sweet potato casserole and browning the marshmallows, I was concerned about cleaning any of the burnt marshmallows off of the side of the liner, but as a nice surprise, it cleaned up incredibly easily. Almost wipe clean in fact. Very nice, as our previous ceramic one was a lot tougher to clean after cooking something like that. One thing we did notice is that the liner (the aluminum non-stick part) did seem to hold onto some odors from the previous meal that was cooked, so we took to storing it with the lid off, just to make sure it aired out. It never transferred anything to the next meal, but the odor was something we noticed, even after a thorough cleaning. Another thing to note is that being metal, it does get very hot, so you can't just go pick it up after your meal has cooked without some oven gloves or protection for your hands. Also, if you are browning, the lid is NOT oven safe, so you can't cover it using the lid in the oven. The timer is accurate, and works well. Give a short audible notice when the time is up and it reverts to the warming function for an additional 4 hours when the time is up. After that, as a safety precaution, it will turn off. We left it on all day yesterday cooking chicken for 'Taco Tuesday' and when we got home, it was in the warm setting, the chicken was so soft and succulent and just shredded perfectly as soon as you touched it. Very pleased overall with this Calphalon Digital Sauté Slow Cooker, it's functionality and design set it apart from other slow cookers.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
A refinement of a classic appliancePosted .
Pros Attractive design stands out from other slow cookers Sears without requiring separate cookware Stovetop and Oven Safe Rubber gasket prevents messy leaks from edge Small vent hole keeps pressure down and moisture in Plastic handles keep heat from your hands Digital display is very easy to read Finish makes cleanup easy Cons Has less features than others at the price point Rotary knob squeaks All metal construction with no ceramic means outside is very hot Lid has a non-removable piece where moisture can collection Not dishwasher safe With all the slow cookers, pressure cookers, and multi-purpose cookers on the market it is becoming hard to know what is best. The Calphalon 5.3qt Digital Slow cooker was designed not to follow the crowds by adding tons of features but rather refine a traditional slow cooker. Besides simplicity, the focus was on providing a different style to the normal round or oval slow cookers of the past. Design The Digital Slow Cooker has a very simple design. It has a digital screen to set the cook time and show time remaining, 3 faux metal buttons for setting or canceling cooking, and a faux metal knob to set the temperature. The digital display has bright blue numbering that is very easy to see. The finish is called dark stainless steel and the description seems accurate. It isn’t painted but looks like bare steel with what appears to be a natural black finish. The nobs, buttons, and handles are all faux metal which might make you feel you are getting less for your money. During regular use those plastic parts prove useful. The reason why they plastic is because the pot itself is all metal with only a ceramic coating for the cooking surface. This means during cooking the outside gets hotter than other slow cookers. This also unfortunately is a downside in that the pot is not dishwasher safe. The plus to this is the removal of the cooking pot is less of a strain as it is much lighter and whatever type of ceramic coating is used makes cleanup easy. There is no need to scrub burnt in food on the sides like a traditional ceramic slower cooker. The bottom of the pot looks just like the bottom of a regular cooking pot because it can be used on a stovetop or oven to combine options like searing with slow cooking without switching cookware. The lid is flat instead of domed like others and has a rubber seal around the edge and a vent hole on the lid to allow steam to escape in a controlled fashion. Performance Usage is a simple as it gets. If you have a recipe where you need to sear the meat first, then just place the pot on the stove and sear it. Once you are done searing just place it bake in the base and add the rest of your ingredients and set your slow cook temp and time. Need to finish off a recipe in the oven? No problem. Again, just take out the pot and put it right in the oven. Options for heat include high, low, and warm which you select via a dial. Strangely for what is overall an expensive looking appliance, the dial squeaks when turned. It doesn’t in any way affect the operation but just seems a bit odd to have an appliance focus on style but then make such a sound. Beyond that oddity the cooker performed with even less fuss than a regular slow cooker. Because of the design of the lid pressure escapes from a small well placed hole on the lid instead of boiling over the rim in the middle of the night. No more waking up in the middle of the night to hissing sounds only to realize your slow cooker is covered in a layer of food that is nearly impossible to clean off. What’s even better is between the rubber seal and small vent hole you get improved cleanup, less messes, and best of all more juicy food. On a normal slow cooker throughout the night some of the juices cook off and are lost on the sides of the cooker, or worse yet, the counter. There was always the option to add water to keep meat from drying out but that dilutes the flavor. Soups sometimes would come out overly thick. With the Calphalon Digital Slow Cooker’s design very little natural juices are lost. You can safely leave it cooking over night without waking up to a mess. In fact, you wake up to a meal moist and ready to eat. It’s a small difference in the design but it really makes a difference in the outcome. The overall shape of the pot internally might seem a little odd compared to old designs in that is it large at the top and narrows to the bottom. At first this seems only for looks but after several uses everyone agreed it really helps with getting the last bit of food out. When using a ladle, you can get nearly everything out instead of scraping around the side trying to get the last bit hiding at the bottom corner. The design change seems so small, but everyone agreed it made picking up food much easier. Conclusion Of course, you can get much cheaper slow cookers. The question is if you value a traditional design that solves some of the little annoyances slow cookers have had for years without complicating things? Do you want an appliance that looks more sophisticated? If so the Calphalon 5.3qt Digital Slow Cooker might be for you.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Slow Cooker, Quickly Impressed!Posted .
---- Summary ---- Pros: - Easy to clean - Lightweight - Digital display - Auto keep warm mode Cons: - None ---- Review ---- Design: The Calphalon Digital Sauté might be the best looking slow cooker that I have seen. It has a nice stainless steel finish with a modern LED-lit screen and simplistic controls. This slow cooker is impressively lightweight but also well built, and transporting, moving or storing it is relatively easy. I think it is also worth mentioning that the nonstick ceramic coating makes cleaning simple. Overall, this is a very well designed slow cooker that I am happy to have seen on my kitchen countertop. Features: One of my favorite features of the Calphalon Digital Sauté is the ability to remove the pot for use on a stove or in the oven. This is not a feature specific to only this slow cooker, but I would say it is the easiest and most effective out of others I have tried, and that adds to the versatility. There are four modes controlled by the rotary dial, and those are “OFF”, “WARM”, “LOW” and “HIGH”. Once the cooking time that is shown on the LED screen is up, the slow cooker will default to the “WARM” setting. The ability to sear, sauté and slow cook all in one device is fantastic. When it comes to features, there is nothing more I could ask for. Performance: I have tried a few different recipes, and they have both turned out perfectly. The timer and the different cooking modes are accurate, and food seems to cook evenly every time. There is a lot that can be done in this Calphalon slow cooker, and I have yet to have a bad cooking experience with it. Verdict: The Calphalon Digital Sauté is a slow cooker I have recommended to friends and family, and I would recommend it to anyone reading this. I do not think you will find a better designed or better performing slow cooker out there, and the features like auto keep warm mode and digital display are the icing on the cake.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Exceptional Slow Cooker!Posted .
5 enthusiastic stars! I can’t say enough about this Calphalon 5.3qt Digital Sauté Slow Cooker. Talk about awesome! The dark stainless steel exterior of this slow cooker is super sleek, modern, and while sitting out on my kitchen countertop, fit in well with my stainless steel appliances. Talk about versatile! The beautiful ceramic-coated cooking pot (which is practically non-stick) can be used on most stove tops (gas/electric/induction), and can even go in the oven; although the lid cannot. Being able to sauté and sear your food with the cooking pot right on your stove top, before placing it within the heating base for slow cooking, is not only convenient, but really practical, as well. The programmable digital controls make this Calphalon slow cooker super easy to use, too! There are the usual cooking modes - low, high, and warm. A feature I particularly liked was the automatic ‘keep-warm’ function which will engage once the set cooking time has been reached. Another feature I appreciated, was that the timer setting counts up in 15 minute increments for more accurate, customizable, cooking times. This Calphalon 5.3qt Digital Sauté Slow Cooker is indeed a well-made small kitchen appliance. You can certainly see the quality inherent in its design. The apparently ‘tempered glass’ lid, while not oven safe, is sturdy, with a vent for steam and a silicone type seal around the lid’s outer edge. The handles, on both the lid and the heating base, are heavy duty, too. Of course, the exterior of the slow cooker (while in use) will get warm, but that’s to be expected. As always, I encourage my fellow consumers to read over the included User Manual, so as to be aware of those important safeguards and usage instructions. I was most definitely impressed with the incredible performance of this Calphalon 5.3qt Digital Sauté Slow Cooker, and can wholeheartedly recommend. In my opinion, the cost of this appliance is most assuredly worth it.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Really nice slow cooker! Fantastic looks & saute!Posted .
Slow cookers - can you ever have enough of them? I know I can't. I remember seeing my dad's collection and thinking how ridiculous it was but after years of cooking I have came to realize just how helpful it is to have more of them, especially for holidays. This one caught my eye because of the name brand and how it will also do saute'ing. Upon receiving it my first impression was that it was pretty small. I was planning to use this on Thanksgiving for a big helping of macaroni and cheese and wasn't sure if it was large enough to hold it all. Well my wife convinced me to try it and I guess its looks are deceiving because it handled it with great ease, leaving enough room that I could have made even more. I think the reason it looks small is that the bottom is made for a stove and thus something you may want to be aware of if you're planning to cook like a large roast in it (I think it might fit but maybe not lie flush in the bottom due to the design). The entire slow cooker is really sharp looking and was easy enough to get up and running after a quick, warm rinse. The display is large and easy to read, which is a big deal for some of us older folks who tend to use these things. The top is made of glass with a great rubber seal once you sit it down. Because it's glass it sits a little heavier and doesn't move around which is great for those of us who may accidentally bump it in the midst of a cooking frenzy. The digital display clearly shows the time remaining and once the time runs out it will dutifully change to the warm setting and then a few hours later, I believe 4, will turn off completely. This thing will still retain a lot of heat even when its turned off and that is good if you need to put this in the car and take it to anothers household, you can rest assured your food will stay warm until you can get to their house and find a plug. Now for clean up, how'd it do? Well we all know mac and cheese is a fantastic dish but can be a bear to clean up with some pieces getting stuck on the sides and bottom but this thing handled it like a champ after soaking for a couple of hours in Dawn and some warm water. It wiped down and was cleaned up and ready to go again in no time flat. Nothing really sticks to this material so clean up is about as easy as it gets. All in all I think this is a fantastic slow cooker. Sure it's like a lot of others out there but the looks of the unit and its large and easy to read display, combined with the ability to saute', which many other slow cookers do not have, put it over the top and means I highly recommend it this Christmas. Consider this for a gift to a family or friend who likes to cook or maybe put it under the tree for yourself from Santa..shhh, no one will know! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Nice option for slow cookingPosted .
One of my favorite ways to cook is using our slow cooker. The only issue I have is not having a wide variety of recipes to use with it. The slow cooker I have is a hand-me-down and I was very excited to get this Digital Saute Slow Cooker from Calphalon. It was a decent upgrade from the previous model I had been using, but it still provides the same conveniences and simplicity that other slow cookers do. One of the things I noticed right away about this slow cooker was its size. First of all, it’s round in shape and not oblong like my previous device. The inside lining of the slow cooker can be used on a stovetop for sautéing or other prep work before you start the slow cooking process. This diameter of the inside liner is only about 7 inches, which isn’t very large for a family-size piece of meat like a roast. We usually cook a chuck roast in our slow cooker and it lays flat in my oval slow cooker, but in this case, the meat stuck up into the bowl more than I liked. I do really like that the insert can be used for cooking outside the slow cooker. That’s a new concept to me as in the past I’ve only used the insert as a part of the slow cooker and not a separate cooking utensil. As a cohesive unit, the slow cooker looks very sleek. It’s lightweight, which is a welcome change from my previous cooker, which has a very heavy ceramic bowl insert. The handles are lined with a heavy rubber, which is also very nice because it’s easy to transport even after it’s been used to cook. Even though it’s not a snap-into-place lid, the lid is made from glass and has a rubber lining that holds it in place when it’s placed into the recess of the insert. The Calphalon slow cooker does a great job of cooking meals. You do have to be aware of its size when you make plans to use it because you don’t want to end up with more food than it can properly handle. It’s perfect for soups and casseroles, but meat dishes like roast might need a different sized/shaped cooking surface. The name of the product is a little misleading as it makes you think that you will be able to sauté foods in the slow cooker when in fact you have to remove the insert and use it to cook on a stovetop before the slow cooking process. All in all, it’s a really nice device and it makes a great meal.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
I bought it cause it looked nicePosted .
So I already own a slow cooker but its that older style that everyone and their grandmother has. I only bought this because it actually looked nice and the form factor fit a lot better than my old one. To my surprise this thing was a lot better than I expected. Out of the box, the slow cooker looks pretty small compared to my old slow cooker but it was actually the same size just a smaller form. I like the timer function, my old slow cooker didn't have a timer feature so I just either waited to come home or did it when I could be there to change the settings. With the timer function I can set how long I wanted it to be on high. Perfect timing, I'm slow cooking turkey from thanksgiving and making meals out of them. I like the function and the clear LED time display. I'd recommend this for anyone that's looking for a slow cooker.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Stylish, Smart, and Versatile. Cooks Well Too!Posted .
How much for a slow-cooker?!? If that is the first thing you ask yourself when you see this Calphalon slow cooker, I'm sure you will be in good company. I know it was the first thing I thought. The second was, 'Wow, that's a really nice slow-cooker.' And my thought after using it for Thanksgiving was, 'OK, maybe it actually is worth that.' If you just need a slow cooker to keep queso warm, or to warm up Swedish meatballs, this is not the slow-cooker for you. You can find a ton of them for $30 and they will be fine. If you are in the market for a new slow-cooker to use for what I see as a bit of a slow-cooker renaissance (there are some fantastic new recipes that are easy, delicious, and even elegant), then this is most definitely the slow-cooker for you. I have to say that the defining feature of this Calphalon slow-cooker is the cooking pot being able to go from stove to slow-cooker. Some other slow-cookers may have had that in the past, but if so, they sure didn't make a big deal about it. This is an outstanding feature and really elevates the game when using a slow-cooker. It was just the wife and I this Thanksgiving and we didn't want to do the whole Turkey and sides thing just for us. We instead decided to try a new yankee pot roast recipe that I had been dying to try. The key to this particular recipe was the searing of the roast prior with some herbs. Now normally, you would have to do this in a separate pan, you would get fat/oil splatters everywhere, and then you would have to transfer it the slow cooker. With this slow cooker, I was able to do everything in the cooking pot on the stove and the high sides kept all the splatters in. I then was able to just pick up the whole thing and drop it into the main cooker and let it go along with the veggies. It was the best roast I have ever done (and I'm a pretty good cook). I also had a lot less items to clean, which is always a plus. What cleanup that I did do (the cooking pot), was incredibly easy. Even with my old slow cooker and the bags that I would use to supposedly keep me from having to clean, they always would leak and I would have to clean the pot anyway. I liked this so much that this weekend I decided to do my famous slow-cooker chili but this time, instead of browning the meat and onions in a separate pan and then doing the transfer, I did it all again in the cooking pot. While it did take a little longer because the cooking surface of this pan isn't is big as the pan I would normally use, it wasn't that much longer. And again, it was all in one pot which made clean-up a breeze. I have liked cooking with this thing so much that I have been on the hunt for new and interesting recipes to try out. One of the things I have always loved about slow-cooking is the fact that it makes the whole house smell great as it's cooking (though it also makes you really hungry as it gets closer and closer to being done, hence the hangry wife, she is small but fierce; kinda like a badger). The Calphalon slow-cooker is also really easy to set and leave. It also looks great on the counter just doing its thing. We have a really nice kitchen and it goes nicely with the decor. Oh, I almost forgot. One of my favorite things about this cooker is the silicone/rubber rim around the lid that makes it so nice and quiet and gives it a nice solid connection to the pot. So, in a nut-shell, is this slow-cooker expensive? Yes it is. Is is worth it? To me, yes it is, and I think you will agree as well once you give it a try. I have lots of cooking tools that have far cheaper equivalents, but you do get what you pay for (for the most part). I mean, if all I cared about was price, I'd just have hot-plate on the counter, or heck just cook over an open fire. If you are looking to up your cooking game and make your life a little bit easier in the process, you should really give this slow-cooker a try.I would recommend this to a friend
Q: QuestionI’ve already thrown the box away and was curious if there was a warranty for the pot. Love it but It already has multiple spots where the Teflon has come off. Thank you for your response. I purchased at Best Buy 7 + months ago (maybe less).
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- A:Answer I bought one just before Christmas as a gift. I haven't heard a report back. That should not happen so see if you can get a replacement. Teflon is not a recommended health supplement so hold off using it. I would definitely try to contact the manufacturer. Google them for an 800 number. Best Buy will have a record on their files if you used their charge card. You might look up the model number and see if it's still on the market and if so, check it out for warranty information. Good luck.
Answered by Kahala930