You won’t have to sacrifice function for size with this compact, 8½-by-12-inch pick. Because it’s oval, it accommodates a whole chicken or roast (unlike round versions). The price is nice, too. But there’s no timer, so you have to switch to the warming mode manually.
The beauty is in the details. A three-setting knob makes it a cinch to program, the digital countdown clock tells you how much cook time is left, and—genius!—the machine automatically switches to warming mode when the dish is done.
Break out this baby when you need to keep dips and desserts—cheesy quesos, chocolate fondues—melted and warm. This size is also particularly great for steel-cut oats: Fill the machine at night and wake up to piping-hot porridge.
Hamilton Beach 6-Quart Programmable Stovetop Slow Cooker
With this convenient unit, slow cooking truly is a one-pot meal: Simply brown meat in the removable insert on your stove, then add the rest of your ingredients and let dinner finish in the slow cooker.
Perfect for a couple or a single person, this rectangular slow cooker tucks neatly into a corner and can accommodate most recipes despite its small size. Don’t let its compactness fool you—it still has all the bells and whistles, including a 24-hour timer, cooking rack, and dishwasher-safe lid and pot.
Hate juggling the lid, the ladle, and your bowl when dishing up your slow-cooked masterpiece? This sturdy contender with built-in timer makes serving a one-handed affair: Leave the lid on and open one or both hinged panels for quick access to the delicious goods inside.
The trusty old slow cooker gets a modern lift with this sleek, stainless steel beauty, which features an easy-to-use touchscreen, silicone-wrapped handles that stay cool, and a countdown timer that automatically switches to warm when your meal is finished cooking.