Breville is an Australian brand that sells top-shelf slow cookers…
Breville got started when two Australian men invented the first sandwich toaster. You know the one? You chuck some cheese in-between some bread, butter up the bread and chuck it in the sandwich toaster then close the lid (like a George Foreman grill, but back in the 1930s.)
Only since 2002 has Breville been selling its top of the line products in USA and Canada. Their only slow cooker is pretty awesome. It is 7 quart, manual controlled and allows for you to use the pot on top of the stove to sear your meats before finishing them off slowly.
Check out this video by Breville introducing their slow cooker:
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The main feature Breville is marketing in their slow cooker is its ability to be used on the stovetop/range to sear up your meats before slow cooking. But it also has a manually controlled low, high and auto setting that actually cooks correctly. Low is 7-10 hours, auto is 5-8 and high can cook something delicious in about 3-4 hours.
I own this slow cooker. I must say it works pretty well on all the settings. Easily my favorite meal to slow cook is baby back ribs. On low setting this slow cooker actually cooks slow. And after 7-8 hours you can switch the cook to off.
It is 7 quarts, looks top-shelf, comes with a roasting rack, is nonstick, has heat resistant handles on both the cooker and the pot and retails for about $130.
Since I own this cooker I have some minor issues I would like to tell you:
- The lid is pretty crap because it does not form a seal, at all, between it and the pot. Most slow cookers at least attempt to form a seal so that steam stays in with the food, but this one does not. I would say it lets 30% of the steam escape. However, I have never had an issue with cooking times on either low or high settings… So maybe Breville has adjusted the thermostat, knowing the lid allows some steam to escape. The lid is of high quality I just thought you should know about the steam escaping.
- Given the shape of this 7 quart, it is hard to fit into a sink or dishwasher. It is 18.25 inches (46cm) wide.
For some quick tips and tricks on using the Breville slow cooker, check out this video, also by Breville: