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The Frigidaire Professional series includes both basic slow cookers and programmable slow cookers. All of the slow cookers in the series include an oval, stainless steel design with black accents, glass lids and ceramic inserts.

When it comes to performance, these slow cookers tend to get very hot and may overcook your food. They seem to have below-average water loss, though, which can lead to tender meats.

The basic models do not include a timer. They have a simple dial that allows you to switch to low, warm or high. If you leave your slow cooker running all day, the lack of a timer could lead to overcooked food.

The programmable models offer an LCD digital display and a countdown timer. When they are done cooking, the programmable models also go into a warming mode to keep your dishes warm until you are ready to eat. With the manual models you must switch the device to warm yourself.

The manual and programmable Frigidaire Professional slow cookers have many more differences. Both feature ergonomic handles, but only the manual models offer heatproof handles, which are useful when you need to lift the devices. In addition, only the manual models are easy to clean since the lids and inserts are dishwasher safe. The manufacturer does not recommend putting the lids and inserts from the programmable models into the dishwasher.

There are no recipe books, and if you should lose the user manual that comes with these devices, you cannot download another from the manufacturer's website.

Frigidaire Professional kitchen appliances are covered by a one-year warranty, which is typical in the slow cooker industry. If you have questions or encounter any difficulties, you can contact the company by phone or email. You also can check a short frequently asked questions section.

The Frigidaire Professional slow cooker series manual and programmable models have a lot of similarities and differences. They all have stainless steel exteriors, they permit only a small amount of moisture loss and they can produce good results. However, the lack of heatproof handles and washable lid and insert are an oversight that put the programmable models behind comparable slow cookers.

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