Hamilton Beach 33565 Review

Hamilton Beach 33565 Review 

Hamilton Beach 33565 Summary

4.7 out of 5

The Hamilton Beach 33565 is one of the more advanced Slow Cookers that Hamilton Beach offer. With a myriad of options, you’ll be able to slow cook meals to perfection. You’ll be able to set the exact temperature, and leave it unattended; knowing your food is about to come out absolutely delicious.


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Hamilton Beach 33565 Introduction

Since slow cookers were first introduced to the US by Crock Pot they have seen a few changes. The original slow cookers only had a high or low setting to cook the food. It started when you turned in on and stopped cooking when you turned it off. Generally though, slow cookers have become a great deal more sophisticated than that. They have become loaded with pre-set cooking programs and timing options, like delayed start, set cooking times and automatic switch over to a keep warm setting after the cooking time is completed.

Additionally manufacturers realized that people used their slow cookers to cook in, then take the cooker and the contents to parties and gatherings, so lid seals were introduced to reduce the possibility of food spills on the way. Then there seemed to be a bit of a rethink with slow cooker manufacturers, they realized that some people just wanted a simple, straightforward, easy to use slow cooker.

They wanted to be able to cook a meal without having to spend an age trying to figure out how to turn the thing on in the first place. These basic slow cookers just have one knob and 4 positions, off, warm, high and low. That is it. The Hamilton Beach 33565 on the surface is a sort of hybrid between the two extremes, it has one control knob but also a simple timer to allow you to time what you are cooking.  Although it is only in the control system that the Hamilton Beach 33565 has a simplicity.

The other features on this slow cooker are similar to many of the more complex models. The Hamilton Beach 33565 has the Lid Latch system that, in conjunction with a gasket, allows the lid to be secured to the rest of the slow cooker for worry free transportation. When the lid is latched the contents will not be spilled out when the Hamilton Beach 33565 is being transported to family gatherings or pot luck parties.

Our Hamilton Beach 33565 Review

Physically the Hamilton Beach 33565 measures 9 ¾ inches x 15 ½ inches x 15 ¼ inches and, when empty, weighs a little over 14 lbs. The Hamilton Beach 33565 has a 6 quart capacity which in practical terms means that you can cook a 6 lb. chicken or a 4 lb. roasting joint.

The Hamilton Beach 33565 is part of Hamilton Beach’s Simplicity range, which benefit in many ways from not being overly complicated but at the same time have all the technological advantages of the more complex slow cookers. The cooking controls, while only including a timing clock and a cooking temperature setting of high, low or warm, will cover the vast majority of cooking requirements for most users in most cases. The timer works on a 14 hours schedule.

To use the Hamilton Beach 33565 on the timer setting just press the ‘+’ button until the cooking time that you want is on the display. If you go too far on the cooking time it can be corrected by pushing the ‘-‘ button. After the cooking time has reached 00:00 the cooker will automatically switch to the keep warm setting for a maximum time of 14 hours, then the cooker will switch itself off. For example, if you set a cooking time of 5 hours, the Hamilton Beach 33565 will keep the food warm for a further 9 hours before it will switch off automatically (14 hours less the 5 hours programmed cooking time = 9 hours).

There are two lights on the control panel, one indicates that the food is being cooked and the other illuminates when the food is being kept warm. The lid latching system for making sure that your food does not spilled while you are moving your slow cooker from place to place is simple and straightforward to use. An elasticated band is stretched form one handle over to the opposite handle. Then bands are then pulled over the handle to secure the lid. This will make sure that the lid is securely held in place and avoid spills when taking you slow cooked food to parties or gatherings.

The lid latch should not be used when cooking as this will allow a pressure to build up in the cooking pot. The cooking pot is made of stoneware (which has a rough base which can scratch work tops and other surfaces) and the lid is glass with a metal rim, both are dish washer safe.

The stoneware cookpot, but not the lid, can be used in either a conventional oven or a microwave oven. As with all slow cookers the cooking times mentioned in cook books usually refer to a cooking pot that is at least half full. Less full and the cooking time should be shortened. A word of caution when using older slow cooker cook books. Modern slow cookers tend to use higher temperatures and distribute the heat more efficiently than older models, so that needs to be taken in to account when setting cooking times.

Hamilton Beach 33565 Specifications & Pros/Cons

Pros

Cons

Key Features

  • Part of the Hamilton Beach Simplicity range of easy to use slow cookers 
  • Push button timer 
  • Automatic keep warm function for 14 hours less programed cooking time of food 
  • Hamilton Beach lid latch system to allow the slow cooker and its contents to be transported without having to worry about spills 
  • Stoneware cooking pot and glass lid can both be cleaned in the dish washer 
  • 1 year Hamilton Beach limited warranty
  • As with all Hamilton Beach parts, replacement bowls and lids are relatively expensive when bought direct from Hamilton Beach. Each is over half the price of the complete slow cooker.
  • Part of Hamilton Beach Simplicity range – designed specifically to be easy to use
  • Easy to use timer – the cooking timer only has a ‘+’ and a ‘-‘ button. Just set the cooking time that is needed and when the time is up the Hamilton Beach 33565 will automatically switch over to the keep warm setting
  • Automatic keep warm switch over – after the programmed time for cooking has completed the Hamilton Beach 33565 will keep the food warm for a total of 14 hours less the cooking time that was originally set
  • Dish washer safe – the stoneware cook pot and the glass lid can be washed after use in the dish washer
  • Lid latch system – this simple but very effective method of securing the lid in place means that the Hamilton Beach 33565 can be transported from location to location without you having to worry about any spills, even if you are driving over quite rough roads
  • 6 quart capacity – large enough for a 6 lb. chicken or a 4 lb. roasting joint
  • Stoneware cooking pot – can be used in both conventional and microwave ovens. The pot is removable and can be taken to the table as a serving pot
  • 1 year limited Hamilton Beach warranty

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Our Final Conclusion For The Hamilton Beach 33565

If you don’t like kitchen appliances that you can only operate when constantly referring the complicated user manual but want a little extra convenience the Hamilton Beach 33565 is an ideal choice. It does have a timer, but one that is very easy to set. There is just a plus and a minus button to set the cooking time and one control knob to set the temperature. After the food has cooked for as long as the time you have set the Hamilton Beach 33565 will automatically switch over to the keep warm mode. It will continue to keep the food ready to eat for 14 hours less the time that you programed in to cook.

The Hamilton Beach 33565 also benefits from having the Hamilton Beach lid latch system that simply secure the lid of the cooker in place so that when you are transporting your Hamilton Beach 33565 full of food you will have the peace of mind in knowing that you won’t arrive at your destination and find a messy spill. The removable stoneware pot (but not the glass lid) can also be used in conventional and microwave ovens. When you have done with the stoneware pot and glass lid both can be cleaned up in the dish washer. This is a very popular slow cooker that is well liked by its users who have rated it at a very respectable 4.5 out of 5.