Feeds a crowd

Programmable temperature control

Auto-Warming Feature

Dishwasher safe lid and liner

You kitchen workhorse to make great meals


Lid can be hot to remove without potholder

White finish can look dirty if you don't wipe it down after each use

Full Review

In today's economy we are looking to do less with more. This is why a Rival Crock Pot Review is very important. You want to be sure that your Rival Crock Pot does exactly what you need it to do so you can start preparing cheap and easy meals for your family. Now Rival Crock Pots come in different shapes and sizes, and this Rival Crock Pot Review is going to be about the Rival Crockpot 38501-W Round 5-Quart Smart-Pot Slow Cooker. I have personally used this Rival Slow Cooker for years and it is about time someone gave this crock pot a proper review.

First off this is a 5 Quart Slow Cooker which feeds about 4-5 people. I have a family of 6, and this crock pot does the job just fine, so unless you plan on making huge meals this should be good for most family sizes.

Unlike manual crock pots the Rival Programmable Crock Pot allows you to set up your meal and not worry about watching a clock. You can set the slow cooker to cook for 4, 6, 8, or 10 hours. This is in my opinion a "no-worry" crock pot, because it has an automatic shut off feature. What happens after the timer is up it automatically switches to a "warm" mode, so it won't overcook your food. This is perfect for people who have busy lives and can't worry about being there at the exact minute it is done to turn it off. This allows you to set your meal up in the morning and after work you come home to a nice home cooked meal.

The Rival Crock Pot 38501-W has a well made dishwasher safe, ultra clear glass lid that you can see through. This is important because you don't want to be opening the lid and checking on your food. The only issue I have with the lid is that when the food is done make sure to use a pot holder to take the lid off, because the lid's handle does get a bit too hot to hold in my opinion.

This Crock-Pot has a removable liner, so you can put it right into the dishwasher when you are done with the meal. This is a great feature because some slow cookers do not have a removable liner and cleaning them can be tricky. The liner is also has a stick resistant coating that helps keep the food from sticking to the liner. In my opinion it works as good as you can expect. Keep in mind it is not Teflon, so there will be a little sticking on the sides, but nothing to ruin the meal.

In Closing

If you are looking for a workhorse in the kitchen to make great meals look no further. I have had mine now about 3 years and use it at least 2 times a week. I have owned many slow cookers and let me tell you that this is the best one for the money that I have ever bought.