The Best Slow Cookers on the Market
Sometimes the best meals are the ones you have to patiently wait for—just like your favorite slow cooker recipes. So when it comes to setting it and forgetting it, these slow cookers are your best bet. Whether you're shopping for a slow cooker with different heating settings or a smart timer, we've rounded up a few editors' favorites for when you're in need of an upgrade.
Best Deluxe Slow Cooker: Cuisinart 7-Quart Multicooker
Calling all carnivores: The aluminum insert in this extra-large model lets you brown meat right in the machine for maximum caramelized flavor. This slow cooker also works as a high-heat roaster and steamer.
To buy: $200; williams-sonoma.com.
Best Slow Cooker for Small Families: Crock-Pot 4-Quart Slow Cooker
Best Slow Cooker With a Timer: Hamilton Beach Simplicity 6-Quart Slow Cooker
The beauty is in the details with this slow cooker. 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.
To buy: $40; amazon.com.
Best Slow Cooker for Entertaining: Proctor Silex 1.5-Quart Oval Slow Cooker
Break out this baby when you need to keep dips and desserts—cheesy quesos, chocolate fondues—melted and warm. This slow cooker's size is also particularly great for steel-cut oats: Fill the machine at night and wake up to piping-hot porridge.
To buy: $18; amazon.com.
Best Slow Cooker With a Removable Pot: 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.
To buy: $70; walmart.com.
Best Rectangular Slow Cooker: Cuisinart 4-Quart Programmable 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.
To buy: $100; bedbathandbeyond.com.
Best 6-Quart Slow Cooker: Hamilton Beach Set & Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker
No more overcooked roasts or dried-out chicken. An easy-to-use digital thermometer monitors the temperature of the meat and automatically switches the slow cooker to warm when the food is cooked through.
To buy: $50; amazon.com.
Best Slow Cooker With an LED Display: KitchenAid 6-Quart Slow Cooker
Best Stainless Steel Slow Cooker: Crock-Pot 6.5-Quart Touchscreen Slow Cooker
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.
To buy: $70; amazon.com.