Slow-Cooker Recommendations?

Since moving away from my parent's home a couple of years ago, I've missed the comforting appeal and smells of my Dad's weekly crockpot meals. And over the past few weeks I've decided that my culinary life is empty until I get my hands on my own slow-cooker. i went on Amazon and saw a few models, but complaints ranged from "the knobs keep breaking" to "cooks too hot". I wondered if any of you could recommend a decent crockpot that doesn't really exceed the $50 range, is 5 quarts or less and will provide some consistently well-cooked and delicious food. Availability on is a plus because I have a prime account and get free shipping :) Oh and if you have any recipes that would be awesome to start of with, please let me know. Aside from my Dad's Swedish Meatballs, wine/cream of mushroom roast, and Alton Brown's crockpot chili, I don't have a lot of recipes stockpiled.


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