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Crock-Pot Wifi-Enabled WeMo 6 Quart Slow Cooker review

Crock-Pots are undeniably one of easiest ways to cook incredible tasting meals without sweating over a stove for hours on end. A little bit of prep work goes a long way with any Crock-Pot meal, and with this new Wi-Fi slow cooker you can set and adjust your timer, cooking temperature, or turn it off completely from your mobile device using Belkin's WeMo app.

The design of this slow cooker isn't much different from a typical one you could find at the store, apart from its ability to connect to your Android 4.0+ or iOS 7+ device. There's a roomy 6-quart stone pot that sits inside and is completely removable and dishwasher safe. The handles at each end do tend to get warm after a few hours of cooking, but are still manageable if you need to pull the pot out for serving purposes. A durable glass lid sits on top with a thick plastic handle that's screwed on next to a single steam hole.

The exterior of the heating base has plastic handles on both sides and an integrated cord storage underneath for keeping things tidy when it's not in use. While cooking, this base gets pretty hot, so it's important to make sure you don't go touching anything other than the stone pot or handle on the glass lid. On the front there's a Wi-Fi indicator that lights up when plugged in, turning green you've properly connected to your mobile device. A single temperature button is right above, allowing you to switch between low, medium, and high heat either manually or using the WeMo app on your device.

To take advantage of the main feature of this slow cooker, you'll need to jump on the Play Store (opens in new tab) or App Store (opens in new tab) and download Belkin's free WeMo app. Connecting to the Crock-Pot was a bit tricky, requiring to first go under the Wi-Fi settings and connect to the Crock-Pot itself, then restart the phone — re-opening the WeMo app to properly utilize the slow cooker's remote options. There was also a firmware update that popped up after everything was connected, which downloaded without an issue fairly quickly.

You can name your Crock-Pot if you wish, sign up for email updates, and set the app to remember your Wi-Fi settings — which I'd strongly recommend if you're going to use it regularly. Within the WeMo app you can set your timer and temperature, the only drawback being that you're limited to a selection of low, medium, and high, rather than setting specific temperatures. Still, it does just fine for cooking any kind of meal. Once you're connected you can adjust your timer and temps remotely anywhere you have service or Wi-Fi — which is what makes this slow cooker unique and handy if you're always on the run. If you need to switch it off completely after a full day of cooking, that's also an option.

I put together a pot roast for my first run with this Wi-Fi Crock-Pot, tossing in some basics like carrots, celery, onion, mushrooms, and turnips instead of potatoes. After it was packed, I set it on high for 6 hours and let it work its magic. I'd periodically open the WeMo app to check the timer and make sure the temperature setting was still accurate. Everything worked as it should and once the timer was finished a notification popped up on my device.

Some kitchen-savvy folks might look at this Wi-Fi Crock-Pot as an unnecessary accessory, but it does serve a valid purpose. Those that can't stick around the house all day and still want complete control over their cooker will find this product a breath of fresh air. It goes great with other smart-home accessories and is an easy way to make some delicious meals. You can snag one for yourself straight from Amazon for $126 if you're looking to add a new smart slow cooker to your kitchen.

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  • Normal crock pot: $30 Crock pot with WI-FI TECHNOLOGY: $130 Ridiculous
  • Crock Pot - $30 iCrockPot - $300
  • The irony here is that a crock pot's biggest advantage is that you can set it and forget it. Making it WiFi controlled means set it and monitor it and tweak it and never forget it.
  • I've actually had things burn in the crockpot because I was gone longer than I thought I would be. With the cost of groceries (especially meat) it doesn't take to many times of that happening before someone would have been able to make up the difference between a regular slow cooker and the wi-fi model.
  • Exactly! I have a cheap large crockpot with a digital timer that cost me only $35. I set the cook timer for X amount of time at low, med or high temp at 7AM and then it automatically warms after that. I've never watched it, looked at it, or even worried about it, it just freaking works... Meatloaf, stews, meatballs, veggies, soup, etc.. always perfect when I come home at 6PM. Never a burned meal. This just pointless extra tech for the heck of it...
  • I'd be all over that if it wasn't that much.
  • Or you could purchase a WiFi outlet plug for $20 and turn your old crock-pot into the same thing. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sometimes the simplest things are the hardest to comprehend. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Except you can't control the temp settings from afar with a wifi outlet. This actually is kind of a good idea, a little expensive but it has to cost something. Pants
  • My slow cooker has two settings. Low and high. Full temp control on a slow cooker seems to miss the point. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That was my thought. This kind of seems like a solution looking for a problem.
  • Yeah. If your recipe requires fine tuning the temperature, then a crock pot is the wrong tool for the job.
  • I've made hundreds of meals in my slowcooker and have never felt the need to constantly change the temp or monitor it in any sort of way.. It just works and always comes out perfect.
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  • Lmao Posted via Nexus 6
  • Only if the crock-pot is running Stock Android because let's face it......... A crock-pot running Stock Android would be the gold standard. Dam It Feels Good To Be A Google Gangster
  • As long as it doesn't lag turning off Posted via the Android Central App
  • So it's its own Wi-fi hotspot? After setup, does it connect to a wi-fi network that you tell it to?
  • Since it works with Wemo, can this be connected to the Smart Things Hub easily.
  • Seems excessive at first but I can see uses for it. Especially recipes that are supposed to cook at high and then be turned down or if you plan to be home but are delayed you could turn it down to warm. Expensive yes but first generation products often are. Posted via the Android Central App
  • My 5 yr old digital timer one goes from cooking on high/med/low to warming on its own, Cost me $35 and had made hundreds of perfect meals for this busy guy lol.. This would serve zero purpose to me. It literally does the same thing but with extra needless tech and 4 times the price..
  • Where's the obsessive compulsive 49er fan? Anxiously awaiting that CrackPot's view on the CrockPot.
  • I don't get it. It would be like hooking WiFi up a toilet so an app can flush it when you are done. There are certain steps in doing things that are just not worth the extra effort and this would be one of them. If anyone knows anything about cooking with a crock pot is that it is almost impossible to overcook anything you put in it and they are meant to cook all day all by themselves while you are away without issue. If you work a very long ways from home and worry you won't make it back to shut it off and no one else has access, then just hook it up to a $10 timer outlet just in case. This product is for people who have too much money. And tell me again why this product ends up on Android Central?
  • ^This. The beauty of a crock pot is set it and forget it. Not set it and then fuss over it with your phone.
  • Even my $35 cheap 5 year old digital timer one turns off after 10 hours automatically lol. I do love tech and do own wireless light bulbs and have wireless lights in our carved (artificial) pumpkins lol, but I feel this is just way too pointless...
  • spot on, the entire reason for crockpot cooking is not to worry about it until you get home to eat. anyone concerned with overcooking is probably using the high temp option. my approach is also to use a standard lamp timer that's been around my home for over 25 years, still functions as long as you can properly turn the dial to set the current time... that may be a problem since analog devices are too hard to figure out in a glass-screen, digital age
  • Brents Super Awesome Crock-pot! lol
  • Some people have way to much money and time to waste. It's a slow cooker get a friggen grip!
  • If your at work how can you see that you need to tweak the temp? Oh yea buy the crock pot camera for an extra 50 and the robot arm to remove the lid so you can really see what your food is doing 595 Option!
  • Crock-Pot (tm) does sell a motor driven stirring model to keep your dinner moving around
  • Until it can pull itself out of the fridge around lunch time and then turn on to cook I see no use for this. As others have said, solution looking for a problem.
  • What a time to be alive...