Oct 232014

I swear, I have the original Rival Crockpot from the 1970s.  I think I got it for Christmas when I was in college and living on my own.  At that time, crockpots and slow-cooking was all the rage.  Just for fun, I googled “1970 Rival Crockpot” and lo and behold, my crockpot is now “Vintage” on e-bay and the sellers are asking a pretty penny for them.

vintage crockpot

$80 on e-bay!!

However, my “vintage” crockpot  has a special feature.  Last year, one of the legs cracked and broke.  No problem at our house, I used a wine cork to fix it!


Put a cork on it!

Why am I posting about my old crockpot?  Well, it seems when the cooler temperatures hit, everyone who has one, pulls out their crockpots / slow-cookers and makes yummy, homey, comfort food recipes.  I am no exception.

A few years ago, I decided to buy a new slow-cooker with a removable crock.  It is still the Rival brand and it looks nice and washes easier but to be honest… I don’t like it!


Same brand — newer model (by like 25 years or more!)

Why?  My issue is the low setting on my newer model  is too hot.  For example, in my “vintage” model, I can set a stew on low and cook for 8 hours and it is wonderful.  In the new version, on low, the stew is done in about 4-5 hours.  Not great for 9 to 5 workers. 

But, on the other hand, for a  pot luck dinner, I love the newer model with the removable crock.  The vintage model is deeper and not conducive to serving at an event … but it is superior in the way it cooks!

So what exactly is my message….

If you find a “Vintage avocado 70s Rival Slow-cooker” at a  decent price….

It is so worth the hassle of carefully washing!


Are you a Crock-pot / Slow-Cooker enthusiast?

Are you happy with your model?


I just love comments and would love to hear about your
Crock-Pot adventures!



  30 Responses to ““Vintage” Rival Crockpot versus New”

  1. i didnt know there was such a big difference

  2. I have a crockpot from about 1980 and one from about 2005, and the newer one definitely runs hotter. It cooks much faster than the older one. I suspect the low setting on the newer one is hotter than the high setting on my old crockpot.

    I bet at some point the FDA required that crockpots cook at a higher temperature to be sure salmonella, e-coli, etc. are killed.

  3. One of the reasons the largest crock pot “cooks” faster is because they are larger, and need to be filled more to cook slower. The food is spread over a larger area, and not as deep as the smaller round ones, and cooks faster. Fill the large ones more and they will cook slower.

  4. Okay, I have this old crockpot that I was contemplating getting rid of. I guess I will rethink it. $79 from Ebay – Really???

  5. Oh my goodness, I HAD a vintage crock pot. Mine was red. I loved that thing. Cannot remember why I don’t have it anymore. Probably lost with a move from one house to another. I like my new one but that first one was awesome!

  6. I agree. I have my mother-in-laws old orange one, and I love it to death. The newer ones aren’t ‘slow’ at all. How can you have a fast slow cooker??? Lol….

  7. I totally agree about the new crocks! I’ve burned three batches of pumpkin butter. I miss my ancient crocks.

  8. I had read somewhere else that the newer models weren’t as good, but I wasn’t sure why. I have an old round one with a heavy crock. It is from the late 80s with designs of food on the sides. Not so pretty but cooks great.

  9. I totally agree! I have an old Rival Harvest Gold crock pot, obtained as a wedding gift in 1976. It still does a better job than the new one with the removable crock. I use the ‘keep warm’ setting on my new one, and it will still boil the liquid. The old one does a nice slow simmer and will not overcook food by boiling it all day. But it is a real pain to clean, and my husband wants to get rid of it due to storage space considerations.

  10. I thought it was just me! I was even going to go buy a new one this week because after years, I just don’t want to use this anymore…it’s gorgeous…but my old dinged up one does cook slower… Now I know…

  11. Phyllis Pellman Good has written several crockpot cookbooks–if you read the introductory parts, she discusses how, indeed, the newer models do run hotter than the old ones. I think that Dawn has it right–it’s to avoid food-borne illnesses.

    If you can find a model from the 1980s, you can have the best of both worlds. Mine from that era has a removable crock AND cooks at a lower temperature–which, as you mention, works better for someone who needs something to cook all day (and makes cleanup a whole lot easier). I also have a new 6 quart removable crock crockpot–many of the newer crockpot recipes don’t fit in the old 3 or 4 quart models (which I unfortunately discovered one day while attempting a new recipe … oops!). I like both of my crockpots and it’s nice to have options, but if I had to choose, I would choose my older model.

  12. Hey Joan! We had that same avacado Crock Pot when I was a kid. I just recently found one that same size but probably from the 80s judging by the ivory color with country blue and mauve specks. I love it on low, but it heats too high on high – boiling and burning! So I’m only going to use it on low from now on. I do like that smaller size though. I also have the modern-day huge oval one, but it’s a pain to wash even though crock is removable, just too big for most meals. I’m like you though, I’ve been cooking soups lately with the cooler temps, too. I can’t get over that eBay price, I got my vintage 80s one for $6 at a thrift 🙂

  13. What an interesting post!

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  15. I have a “vintage” crockpot, and I prefer it over my newer one, too (same issue with the lower heat setting). Glad to know I’m not the only one;)

    • Thanks for dropping by! I do it both ways but to save time, I skip the browning. It’s very weird about the temperature difference, isn’t it?

  16. Nothing is built like they use to be,. Everything back in the day lasted forever and nowadays they just don’t have the quality. For example the humidifier my parents used on me as a kid actually worked….so I steal theirs and use on my kids to get the best quality. Thanks for coming over and sharing at Happiness is Homemade you are being featured on Sunday so make sure you come back over!!

  17. Newer crockpots run hotter because of food safety issues. Which sucks. Mine boils liquid even on the warm setting. I have considered buying an older version from the thrift store but I know I’ll regret it the first time I have to clean it.

    Luckily I work relatively short shifts so I can work around the faster cooking times.

    • Thanks for dropping by Andrea! I hope to hear from you again soon!

    • I am retired but I still love cooking in my CrockPot. Recipes are endless and so good. I make a beef roast in mine and use three seasoning packets, Ranch, Peppercorn and Italian. Out of this world taste.

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  22. I couldn’t agree more. I received my First rival crockpot as a bridal shower gift in the 80s. Keep it at the shore house. So nice to come in from the beach to meatballs in gravy or a roast beef. Bought a new rival and can’t stand the odor of the food I cook in it. I think the old insert is stoneware and the new one is black porcelain. Any idea why the food has a fake or plastic odor?
    Has anyone else encountered this?

  23. What about energy cost? Do the old ones use more energy on low than the new ones?

  24. No “modern” crockpot in my house. I have been using my mid 1970s avocado green crockpot since the 1980s, and I wouldn’t give it up for anything. As for careful cleaning of the pot, I’ve found the plastic one use liners to be a fantastic invention.

    I purchased a larger “pot” a few years ago, and like so many others, found that it is useless as a slow cooker, due to the high temperature of the low setting. I got rid of that pot and was lucky in finding a vintage 4 1/2 quart pot, the first Rival model with the removable crock. It too, cooks to perfection.

    Another benefit of using the older pots is that they fit so nicely in my kitchen, their 1970s colors really pop in my 100 year old farmhouse kitchen. Guests are always remarking, when seeing my vintage pot in use, “I remember my mother used one of those…”

  25. Thanks to this post I am buying myself a “vintage” crock pot right now. The lady is selling it for $5! It is still in the original box with the manual and everything! I am so excited now!

  26. Interesting that so many people still have their 1970’s crock pot. A friend gave me an avocado green one many years ago. I haven’t used it in years, but just bought a new crock pot cookbook and got it out to experiment with it again. Today making vegetable soup in it. I wasn’t sure it was still going to work after sitting for so many years. Glad to hear that many people still love their old 1970’s crock pot and use it regularly.

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