Adding to the Wishlist

With the holiday season and someone's birthday coming up, I've been filling my wishlist to the brim {and purging it of a few items I must have added after a cocktail or three}.

An item that won't fit on that wishlist {as it's not offered through anyone but Williams-Sonoma} is this beauty:
via Williams-Sonoma
Now, I'm not one for overindulgence, but how can you say no to something that can make Thomas Keller's cassoulet? You can sear/brown meat or toast breadcrumbs in the metal insert, slow cook the dish, then finish it in the oven {bubbling, crusty cheese, anyone?}. It's such a multi-tasker in comparison to my current version. With a model with a timer I could make dishes on my own schedule, and not have to worry about rushing home {or having Husband rush home} to turn something to 'warm'.
It was love at first sight.  I've told Husband about it, but neither one of us can stomach the $250 price tag {which is reduced from the shelf price of $400!}.  I wish it could be mine.  I am, however, on the lookout for something similar within the sane price category.

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  1. I have a muuuuuch cheaper crock pot that has a removable stoneware insert, a 4,6, 8, and 10 hour "timer" and it automatically switches to the 'warm' setting when done. I think you can get an affordable upgrade without breaking the bank. Maybe not the slow cooker of your dreams, but better than the current situation?

  2. I think the big difference I'm looking for is the cast-aluminum insert so I can brown meat prior to getting the cooker started. I have a handful of recipes that I use often that call for browning chicken thighs or a small roast before slow cooking. Also, the fact that it's oven safe is a huge bonus.
    I've done some minimal research into other options, and it looks like Wolfgang Puck and Cuisinart both have similar options for at least $75 less than my dream slow cooker. It's just hard to give up a dream. :/

  3. My friend and I both bought one a few years ago. Within one year they both broke. Luckily, it was covered by the warranty. Mine broke for the second time one year and a few weeks after purchasing it. The warranty only is for one year. The cast-aluminum started to bubble. They said that I could order a new insert, but the insert costs almost the same amount as the whole machine. My friend can no longer use hers after only a little more than a year of use because the electronics broke. I would not reccommend this product. I love my pots and pans from All-Clad, though. The sale is next weekend in Cannonsburg. If you decide you want a slow cooker, they are typically sold there for just around half price.

  4. You both bought this exact model? Hmm. I hadn't head anything negative about these until I read your comment. Thank you so much for your input. I'll definitely have to look into this more.
    Also, I knew about the Cannonsburg sale, but I hadn't considered they'd have these slow cookers. Thanks again!


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