I have 1 1-qt. crockette, 1 1/2 qt- football crockpot (for tail-gating and superbowl parties), 2 from the 70’s with the liners that do not come out that are 3 1/2 qt. and 1 6-qt. with a removable liner.
As much as I love my 6-qt. with the removable liner - I hate cleaning that one the most! The exterior has a very pretty design with veggies, etc. but cleaning it is a $%#&*!!! Excuse my French. You need to clean the interior (of course) as well as the exterior of the crock itself and also the inside and outside of the pot itself! And it stains so very easy!! The juices from the cooking process “seep” between the liner and the pot and also seep around the outside of the pot that holds it and it is not a pretty site! And it is not too easy to clean! There are times I just wish the controls would break so I could throw it out and use the liner in the oven. But I find that this crockpot cooks faster than the others do.
The ones with the liners that do not come out - as soon as I remove the food from the pot, I fill it with the hose from the sink with very hot water and I squirt in dish soap and let it soak. After we have completed our meal, I do the dishes and clean up - THEN I tackle the pot. It’s not so bad to clean then.
So it’s a toss up - clean just the liner of the pot or clean the inside and outside of the liner and the pot that holds it! So now I can honestly say - I like to clean the pot with the liner that doesn’t come out better than the pot with the liner that does come out.
The crockette and both 3 1/2-qt. ones are Rival, the football one is a novelty so I don’t know who made that - and the 6-qt. is a Hamilton Beach. The exterior of that seems so tinny as well. Not nice for cleaning.
I know that they make plastic liners for crockpots - but I have yet to try them. That would be a big help in cleaning the liners - but I don’t know if they make them for 6-qt. crockpots and would it help with the “seepage” or would it seep all over the counter!
Someday I may try them - but I am not really in a hurry to do so - something about cooking for hours in plastic - makes me wonder what the plastic is treated with so that it doesn’t burn! I wonder if it is the same thing they use on the sandwich wraps from fast food places! That stuff causes cancer.
I am even leary of the roasting bags they have - just don’t like cooking in plastic I guess…but that is my opinion. I’ll hush up - don’t get me started with plastic and margarine being a step away from plastic ------- then I get back on my soap box!!! LOL
I would rather wash a pot anyday!