Best Slow Cookers

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 26, 2019
Don’t fancy going out every evening to have a tea, but have no energy for cooking at home after a hard working day in the office? Then a slow cooker is definitely a solution for you. The food cooked in a slow cooker has a richer buffet of tastes.  ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
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PROS

Thanks to the Triple Fusion Heat™ technology the meal is evenly cooked from all sides and has a tender, flaky crust to it, making it more delicious.


CONS

The carrying handles are a bit small for a full-size cooker.

OUR VERDICT

The Ninja CS960 stands out with its Auto-iQ™ technology that offers more than 80 different recipes for you to cook delicious meals with ease, and takes only several hours to cook. All that is available to you from the get-go, making this model a perfect option for both pros and beginners.

detailed parameters
Type

Programmable digital control with LCD-screen, Timer, Auto shut-off function

Food Capacity

6-Quart

Longevity

Stainless steel housing, Non-stick ceramic pot, Tempered glass lid

Extra Functions

Auto-iQ™ technology (80+ auto programs), 4 manual modes, Triple Fusion Heat™ technology, Auto Stay-Warm feature, Detachable pot, Cool-touch handles, Steaming/Roasting rack included

Warranty

1 year (limited)

PROS

Contrary to similar slow cooker models, this one has superior manual controls including temperature adjustments of the cooker pot. On top of that, the kit is supplied with a thermometer probe that allows detecting even the slightest changes in temperature. 

CONS

The stainless steel housing tends to get hot during prolonged cooking.

OUR VERDICT

An affordable slow cooker from Hamilton Beach has all it takes to be a prime budget-friendly model. With a capacious cooking pot and supreme temperature controls, there is little room for a mistake when opting for this device.

detailed parameters
Type

Programmable digital controls, LCD-screen, Timer, Auto shut-off function

Food Capacity

6-Quart

Longevity

Stainless steel, Non-stick ceramic pot, Tempered glass lid

Extra Functions

Temperature probe, Programmable and manual cook settings, Keep warm setting, Power interruption protection, Removable oval stoneware pot, Clip-tight lid, Additional lid sealing gasket

Warranty

1 year (limited)

PROS

Large capacity is designed to cook for 7 people, so thisslow cooker is perfect for large families. What is more, the lid has special gaskets that allow you to seal it and carry the whole stoneware pot with a dish inside.

CONS
This slow cooker isn't suited for some dishes that require low-temperature cooking.
OUR VERDICT

This is one of the top picks for big family parties at home. Additionally, the unit is small enough and can also be used at a picnic since you can carry a cooking pot thanks to a special locking lid design.

detailed parameters
Type
Programmable digital controls, LCD screen, Auto shut-off, Timer
Food Capacity
6-Quart
Longevity

Stainless steel, Stoneware, Porcelain stoneware

Extra Functions
Removable oval stoneware pot, Additional lid gaskets, Lid locking, Warm setting
Warranty

1 year (limited)

PROS

This slow cooker is made of high-quality stainless steel, which is highly durable and will serve you for years in case of proper use. Both a stoneware pot and a lid are totally dishwasher-safe.

CONS
No light indicator telling you that the appliance is on.
OUR VERDICT

This slow cooker is a fantastic choice for small families that prefer consuming healthy food and want to save up on kitchen appliances at the same time.

detailed parameters
Type
Manual controls, 2 cooking modes
Food Capacity
2-Quart
Longevity

Stainless steel, Stoneware, Tempered glass lid

Extra Functions
Removable round stoneware pot, Convenient plastic handles
Warranty

1 year (limited)

PROS
Cleaning a cooking pot and a lid is effortless since they both are dishwasher-friendly. The slow cooker has large cool-touch handles for easy carrying. The unit boasts high production quality and simple controls.
CONS
The housing is easily soiled, so be careful when cooking.
OUR VERDICT

This amazing slow cooker is capable of making enough food and complex meals for a family of 5-6. On top of that, the unit saves your time and includes a handy recipe book.

detailed parameters
Type
Programmable digital controls, 2 auto cooking modes, Oval shape of the pot
Food Capacity
5-Quart
Longevity

Polished stainless steel, Tempered glass lid, Removable stoneware pot

Extra Functions
Warm setting keeps your food's temperature, Removable oval stoneware cooking pot, Programmable timer (30 min. - 20 h.)
Warranty

2 years (limited)

Ninja CS960

Best Choice

After reviewing hundreds of slow cooker models available out there, we determine the Ninja CS960 as one of the best appliances you can buy right now. Why is it so? There are several reasons for that.

First off, the Ninja CS960 offers a variety of features that will come in handy both for professional and for entry-level cooks. The stainless steel body topped with a well-thought-out design makes the cooker durable and easy to use.

Nevertheless, it’s not the model's design alone that makes it so good, so let's examine the cooker in detail.

What is also great about the Ninja CS960 is its metal cooking pot. A special coating on top of the ceramic surface keeps it from staining while the anti-stick technology makes sure the ingredients do not stick even when used on high for several hours. Thanks to this, keeping it clean is easy and quick and will require very little effort on your part.

Aside from the main cooking pot, the cooker comes with a high-quality glass cover that features a convenient handle on top for quick stirring as well as a set of racks designed for steaming and roasting. These additional components make a great contribution to the convenience of use.

Review of Ninja CS960 Auto-iQ Multi/Slow Cooker

Limited Only By Your Imagination

The programmable slow cooker features a special technology (Auto-iQ) that allows using more than 80 recipe presets, making the cooking process almost fully automated. All you have to do is put ingredients inside the pot, choose the corresponding recipe and the time needed to make it, and wait until the cooker does its job. If you happen to be a beginner cook, don’t be discouraged - the cooker comes with a big recipe book that features all the needed ingredients and explains how to set up the device for making a particular meal.

The controls include a digital panel with a highly detailed LCD screen that allows setting the required temperature and the time of cooking as well as regular features such as setting the timer or cooking mode. What is special about this particular cooking model is its Stay Warm technology that keeps the meal warm for quite a while before the timer runs out. This feature will be convenient for cooks that wish to prepare the meal in advance but are unable to turn the device off or serve the meal right after it has been ready.

Ninja CS960 Auto-iQ Multi/Slow Cooker in the use

Manual Capabilities

Further down the list are the main cooking categories, which include quick meals that can be cooked in less than 30 minutes, 2-step recipes that allow cooking two meals at once but require more time to be prepared and slow cooking. On top of that, the device features 4 manual cook modes which are used to prepare virtually any meal from a simple cereal or soup to roasted or seared meat.

Wrapping things up, buying the Ninja CS960 is a great way to start a new hobby without investing in a brand new kitchen. Highly functional yet more than reasonably priced, the Ninja CS960 will cook your favorite meals to perfection just like expensive high-tech kitchen appliances.

Detailed review of Ninja CS960 Auto-iQ Multi/Slow Cooker

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Hamilton Beach 33969A

An Affordable Pro-Level Model

The Hamilton Beach 33969 is a 6-quart slow cooker which is perfect for cooking for a group of people of 5-6 people. Despite its relatively modest price tag, it is very powerful and has a bunch of useful features that are found in premium models.

Now, let's take a look at the core features of this cooker and see what makes it stand out from all the rest entries on this list. First things first, let’s break down what comes in the package together with the unit.

The kit includes a ceramic cooking pot that features a non-stick coating, the same you'll find in premium slow cookers. Furthermore, the top lid of the device has special clips and rubber seal that prevent the air from getting inside the cooker, thus making sure the cooker doesn't spill. That and the compact size of the Hamilton Beach 33969 make it a great choice if you plan to carry it full of food for parties and other large events.

It's also worth mentioning that the Hamilton Beach 33969 has a wider lip around the sides of the bowl which makes it easier to carry it and take out of the cooker when the meal is ready. This extra width around the bowl also simplifies the model's maintenance, allowing for a more convenient removal of leftover food and hassle-free cleaning.

Review of Hamilton Beach 33969A Programmable Slow Cooker w/Temperature Probe

Manual Program

Along with digital settings, the Hamilton Beach 33969A slower cooker offers a manual program. Unfortunately, it doesn't allow you to use a timer, but if you need to constantly control the temperature you can do that using a control panel on the front of the housing. The only issue we have with the control panel is its relatively dated design that doesn’t leave much room for customization of the cooking presets. As a result, if you accidentally skip the needed setting, you'll have to cycle through the list of options one more time. That said, while we wish the navigation was improved, after you get used to it, you'll be able to switch between programs with ease.

Hamilton Beach 33969A Programmable Slow Cooker w/Temperature Probe in the use

Complex Meals Made Easy

The hidden convenience of the Hamilton Beach 33969A is a test probe which allows checking the temperature throughout the whole cooking process and makes it easy to achieve flawless results each time. This feature excludes the need for opening the top cover almost completely and will make the cooking of even complex meals a breeze.

The probe is connected to the main unit separately and must be inserted inside the cooker through the vent hole of the lid. The whole process takes seconds to perform and the only thing you will need to do afterwards is washing the metal tip of the thermometer, so it is not that big of an issue. Speaking of washing, both the glass lid and the ceramic crock with the cooking pot are dishwasher safe and can be cleaned in a matter of minutes - a crucial aspect for chain cooking of multiple meals.

If you are looking for an affordable digital slow cooker that will make cooking a real breeze, then this model from Hamilton Beach is the right choice. Capacious and powerful, it makes even the most complicated meals look easy in comparison with regular stoves.

Detailed review of Hamilton Beach 33969A Programmable Slow Cooker w/Temperature Probe

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Crock-Pot SCCPVL610-S- A

Reliability Is the Key

Crock-Pot slow cooker has an oval body which is made of stainless steel which makes this kitchen appliance very reliable and durable. The unit has large handles on both sides of the body so it's easy to сarry the whole slow cooker. The cooking insert is made of porcelain stoneware. It's easy to remove this cooking pot and serve a fresh dish right in it. The stainless steel body is smooth and you can easily wipe it or wash it with a sponge. Also, the cooking insert is dishwasher-friendly and you won't face any difficulties in removing grease after cooking a delicious stew.
Review of Crock-Pot SCCPVL610-S- A Programmable Slow Cooker

Cooking Insert

This kitchen appliance is excellent for slow cooking. A removable stoneware pot conducts heat perfectly and ensures an even heat distribution, so that a dish doesn't burn on the bottom. Stoneware is a fantastic material for stewing and making all kinds of dishes that require slow cooking. Therefore, you will be able to cook a truly delicious food for all members of your family.
Crock-Pot SCCPVL610-S- A Programmable Slow Cooker in the use

Method of Heating

This Crock-Pot slow cooker has digital controls which allow you to choose the right cooking option without any troubles. You can pick one of four standard settings with a single push of a button. It saves your time and allows you to start cooking right away. The heating element distributes the temperature evenly all over the surface of the stoneware, so the same degree of preparation is maintained in all parts of the pot.
Detailed review of Crock-Pot SCCPVL610-S- A Programmable Slow Cooker

Additional Functions

Crock-Pot slow cooker has a built-in timer that allows you to pre-set a cooking time from 30 minutes to 20 hours. This feature is very important since it allows you to add the ingredients, set the timer up and the cooking will start when you choose it. Therefore, you will be able to enjoy fresh meals when you come back home after a long working day. Also, there's an automatic Warm Setting - when the food is ready, the slow cooker will maintain the temperature. Finally, this Crock-Pot model is amazing for people who like picnics - you can take the appliance with a prepared food with you and the food won't spread all over your trunk, because you can lock the lid (it has 2 gaskets for effective spill-free sealing). This way, you can cook a tasty stew and take it to your friends and relatives who, no doubt, will be happy to enjoy such a meal.
Crock-Pot SCCPVL610-S- A Programmable Slow Cooker application

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What customers say about this product

Key Specs

The 6-quartz capacity of the pot inside could feed up to seven people or more, depending on their appetite, also being able to fit in a whole chicken.

Features

The programmable feature is wonderful! I love that it automatically shifts to warm when done. I love not having to worry about my house burning down, or overcooked meals anymore.

Size & Weight

The lid seemed a bit light weight and I was worried that it would not seal properly. However, it did a good job on my first use.
 

Crock-Pot SCR200-B

A Classic Model

Crock-Pot slow cooker has a round, cylindrical housing, which is made of genuine stainless steel painted black. There are 2 heat-resistant handles for easy carrying. You don't need to use any grippers - the handles get never too hot. The pot is made of stoneware, so you can wait till it cools down and then, set it right on the table. The lid is made of tempered glass, so it's transparent and you can see what's happening to your dish.
Review of Crock-Pot SCR200-B Manual Slow Cooker, 2 Quart

Easily Washable

This Crock-Pot slow cooker has a stoneware cooking inset (pot), which is suitable for all kinds of slow cooking. It conducts heat very well and ensures even cooking. Also, the cooking insert is absolutely dishwasher-safe and you need no efforts at all to remove the grease and food remnants. Crock-Pot allows you to make soups, stews, roast meat, and even make some spicy hot wine! The cookbook you get with the item contains dozens of detailed recipes, so you can give way to your cooking imagination.
Crock-Pot SCR200-B Manual Slow Cooker, 2 Quart in the use

Temperature Control

The heating element of this slow cooker has only 2 settings - low and high - with the help of which you can control the cooking temperature and, consequently, the cooking time. The food doesn't stick to the sides of the cooking pot due to its anti-stick capabilities. Unfortunately, Crock-Pot doesn't have an LED indicator telling you if the appliance is on. However, this is just a minor drawback for the owners of this slow cooker.
Detailed review of Crock-Pot SCR200-B Manual Slow Cooker, 2 Quart

An Essential Manual Cooker

It's easy to use this slow cooker because it has simple mechanical controls - there's a single knob with the help of which you can choose either low or high temperature setting. There are no other controls and features such as a timer or an auto shut-off. The unit, however, is very reliable since it's made of high-quality stainless steel. Both a stoneware pot and a tempered glass lid can be washed in a dishwasher, so if you hate washing dishes after cooking - this appliance is great for you.
Crock-Pot SCR200-B Manual Slow Cooker, 2 Quart application

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BELLA BLA13973

A Transparent Design

Both the housing and cooking pot of BELLA slow cooker have an oval shape and are made of polished durable stainless steel. The plastic handles on both sides are cool-touch and solid so that you can yank the cooking pot and dish up seconds later after the meal's been cooked. BELLA slow cooker has a tempered see-through glass lid that is able to withstand really high temperatures. The lid of the kind won't crack or break but let you maintain the heat inside the pot for much longer and view the cooking process.
Review of BELLA BLA13973 Programmable Slow Cooker

Cooking Insert

As we've previously mentioned, the cooking insert has an oval shape so it's quite big - 5 Quarts. Such capacity allows you to cook a lot of flavored food for the whole family and, for example, for your guests. You can prepare lots of dishes - from chicken stew to vegetable stew. Actually, the unit comes with a handy recipe book where you will find lots of new amazing meals. The pot is removable and dishwasher-safe, so you can easily wash it and make no efforts at all.
BELLA BLA13973 Programmable Slow Cooker in the use

Programmable Capabilities

BELLA slow cooker has an efficient heating element designed to be used with an oval cooking pot. The unit is programmable and you can choose one of the following settings: low, high, and warm. Also, this excellent slow cooker has a countdown timer that you can program from 30 minutes to 20 hours. Therefore, you can add all ingredients, set the right time - and do what you want while the cooker will be preparing the meal for you.
Detailed review of BELLA BLA13973 Programmable Slow Cooker

Unleash Your Inner Cook

This slow cooker automatically switches to a Keep Warm mode as soon as cooking is over. Therefore, you will be able to enjoy a hot dish at the time you choose without a need to re-heat the food. This kitchen appliance also includes a Bella recipe book with lots of dishes and detailed instructions on how to cook them. If you think you can't cook well - BELLA slow cooker will prove you wrong. What you need are a helpful and easy-to-use slow cooker and a set of required ingredients at hand!
BELLA BLA13973 Programmable Slow Cooker application

What customers say about this product

Key Specs

It is an attractive appliance, with a modest footprint for its capacity. It seems of sufficient quality for lasting performance.

Size & Weight

So far it's done a great job, and it's a perfect size for the counter top!

Features

Beyond that: I was relieved that I didn't have the random shutting off problem that a few others have had (at least not yet). I have used the timer to cook on high and low and haven't had an issue with it turning off too soon.
 

What Is a Slow Cooker?

A slow cooker is a handy countertop kitchen appliance, designed for cooking at low temperatures for several hours successively. It’s not too much expensive, it’s economical in energy consumption and it’s great for making a variety of meals. From simple rice to casserole, it is made to cope with any cooking task with ease. The main idea of using a slow cooker is to be able to load the ingredients in a crock early in the morning and have a meal done on coming back from the office late in the evening. Isn’t it a great device for business people who are always limited in time to keep at a hand? The cooking abilities of slow cookers are often compared to multi-cookers. They are capable of cooking literally everything - stewing vegetables, making porridge and rice, tenderising meat, preparing soup, making mulled wine and much more. It’s also well suitable for making lasagne and some exclusive desserts that do require a long period of cooking time. If you’re still contemplating an idea of whether to buy or not to buy a slow cooker, keep on reading our review and get assured that this is a great thing for your kitchen to keep for years of use.

For those who love to eat tasty and healthy food but lack time for cooking, we recommend turning their eyes to pressure Cookers.

What Features to Compare

If you’ve decided to buy a slow cooker, here are some practical tips on how to choose a perfect crock that not only would impress you with cooking results but also serve for many years and please you with reliable performance. slow cookers vary on different parameters, so you need to know for sure why you want it and what you're going to cook in it.

Design

Slow cookers come in different sizes and designs. Some crock pots are really tiny in size and useful only for making a meal for two persons while others have a capacious pot to accommodate a good portion of food. If you love cooking or just don’t fancy doing it on a daily basis, it may be a good idea to go for a bigger size and double recipes. However, if your family is small, you don't need the largest pot and can easily opt for a smaller unit.

Slow cookers can be made of different materials. Although ceramic is the most popular one, you can find many porcelain and metal models. Slow cookers can be shaped differently too. Some models are produced in a round shape while others have an elongated design. Which one is better? No answer. It depends on what you're going to cook in it. Generally, round shape works best for cooking soups, simmering vegetables or beans, and cooking porridge. Oval shape, in turn, is good for meat. In practice, though, people usually choose what suits their counter better.

Cooking Pot

The coating is another important thing to consider. The majority of crock pots come with a non-stick coating that allows cooking a whole variety of meals without sticking and burning. What is important to check though is whether this coating goes throughout the entire inwards of the pot, which is essential for great cooking results. Another thing that's worth paying attention to is the compatibility of the cooking pot with various stoves. Quite often, if a cooking pot is removable, it can be used separately just like a regular pan.

Heating

The way the slow cooker heats the meal is also important. Many models have a heating element placed at the bottom, which is not a bad option. However, if you want to get yourself a better deal, we would recommend you to look for a crock pot housing in several heating elements so that it can heat it evenly from all directions.

Additional Features

Those were the basic characteristics to give you an understanding of what you should look for. However, what drastically differs one model from another is a variety of additional functions available. The fact that they are mentioned the last in the list just explains their not paramount importance. Most of the features are there to simplify our life. A timer, for example, will automatically turn a slow cooker off so you don’t need to rush home and do it yourself. A warming function will hold the meal at a warm function. Some slow cooks have got a sear function, but usually, it’s a zest of more expensive models.

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