The Cuisinart PSC-650 Programmable is part of the Slow Cooker
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Slow Cooker
models like the PSC-650 Programmable are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Convenience: Convenience indicates clarity of controls, ease of programming and cleaning (of both the exterior and the pot), and the inclusion of helpful features.
High: This score reflects the results using the slow cooker's high setting for 5 hours when cooking our beef stew recipe. High scores indicate more tender meat and vegetables at the end of 5 hours.
Low: This score reflects the results using the slow cooker's low setting for 8 hours when cooking our beef stew recipe. High scores indicate more tender meat and vegetables at the end of 8 hours.
Hinged or locking lid
Hinged or locking lidA locking lid helps keep food from spilling during transport. A hinged lid is attached to the unit so that you don't have to set it on the counter to mix or serve food. The lid is removable for cleaning.
Nonstick potThe cooker has a nonstick interior.
Stovetop-safeA stovetop-safe pot allows you to brown meat before slow-cooking.
Oven-safeYou can place an oven-safe pot in the oven for quick reheating, but check manual for possible temperature limitations.
Dishwasher safe insert
Dishwasher safe insertThe insert can be put into the dishwasher.
Dishwasher safe lid
Dishwasher safe lidThe lid can be put into the dishwasher, but check manual to see if rubber gasket needs to be removed first.
SizeClaimed capacity, in quarts.
Total weightThe weight of the slow cooker including the insert and lid, in pounds.
Exterior heightOur measurement, rounded to the nearest inch.
Exterior widthOur measurement, rounded to the nearest inch.
Exterior depthOur measurement, rounded to the nearest inch.