Slow Cookers

The Best Slow Cookers For 2020 —Slow Cooker Pot Roast Reviews Purchase Guide

Slow cookers are great for meal prepping with healthy slow cooker recipes and hands-off cooking, especially around the holidays. They require a little planning ahead, but there’s something beautiful about setting it, forgetting it and coming home to a warm, home-cooked meal. When you want to cook low and slow, choose a top-tested slow cooker from the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Technology Lab.

Cuisinart MSC-600FR Cuisinart MSC-600FR 3-In-1 Cook Central 6-Quart Multi-Cooker

One touch switches modes when recipe calls for combination cooking
Extra-large blue backlit LCD display with easy-to-read time and temperature settings
Removable 6-quart nonstick aluminum cooking pot
Glass lid with cool-touch handle for clear view and comfortable handling
Dishwasher-safe removable parts for effortless cleanup, Steaming rack included, Limited 3-year warranty

The Cuisinart MSC-600FR is dedicated to three tasks: slow cooker, brown/saute, and steamer. And all you need is a one-touch “press and play” to get your foods cooking perfectly. Its LCD screen is blue backlit to show you details like it’s timer or temperature settings.

The 5.7-liter aluminum cooking pot is non-stick which makes for easier servings and washing. Dishwasher safe, it comes with a steaming rack.

That’s not all…

It features a glass lid for easy viewing of your food without losing steam. This solid glass top has a comfortable handle that is always cool.

The Cook Central is a durable product and offers you a 3-year limited warranty.

Product Highlights
Versatility of use. LCD backlit display. Timer and temperature settings. Pre-programmed one-touch cook settings. Non-stick. Dishwasher safe. Solid glass lid with ever cool handles. 3-year limited warranty.
Product information
Product Dimensions 12 x 19 x 9.5 inches
Item Weight 15.82 pounds
Manufacturer Cuisinart

Maxi-Matic Digital Programmable Slow Cooker, Oval 3 Temperature Settings and Timer, 8.5 QT

Feed the masses with this 8. 5 quart slow cooker. Perfectly sized for a large turkey Breast or beef roast, you can be assured of having plenty for drop-in guests or as leftovers for the next day’s lunches.
Jumbo oval slow cooker with timer makes cooking fork-tender roasts and poultry a breeze. Cool-touch handles and interface protect hands from burns and allow you to safely transport your slow cooker.
Programmable up to 20 hours, with versatile low/high/keep Warm settings, gives you ultimate control of meal preparation. Simply set it and forget it while you entertain guests or prepare other dishes.
Fast & easy clean-up with our dishwasher-safe clear tempered glass lid and removable oval crock. The brushed Stainless Steel heating unit can be wiped clean with a damp cloth to maintain its pristine appearance.
Ul listed 380 watt large slow cooker is ideal for home kitchen use. With its elegant brushed Stainless Steel finish and 8. 5 quart removable stoneware pot, It makes a thoughtful housewarming or wedding gift.

At 8 liters and coming in three colors and two variants (manual and digital), the Elite Platinum MST-900D meets and surpasses average requirements. The inner pot is made of ceramic which is both non-stick and dishwasher safe.

Its large size allows for bigger options, e.g., roasting a whole chicken. Its touchpad connects to an LCD backlit screen to easily view your adjustments. With a programmable timer of up to 20 hours and low/high/keep warm settings, you are given a wide range of adjustment options.

Even better?

This product is finished with scratch resistant stainless steel which alongside its touchpad is easy to clean.

With its limited 1-year warranty, you can cook a variety of delicious meals ranging from entrees, sauces, soups and even desserts with confidence in this slow cooker!

Designed for your hectic life

This large slow cooker features an easy-to-use digital interface so you can set the length of cooking time and temperature with the touch of a button. Add ingredients to the crock in the morning and come home from work with nothing left to do but serve and enjoy. The Elite Platinum Slow Cooker prepares your meal to perfection. Clean-up is a cinch because the removable stoneware pot and the tempered glass lid go right into your dishwasher. The beautiful brushed stainless steel cooking unit wipes clean with a damp cloth.

Product Highlights
Color and function variants. Big size pot. Backlit LCD screen. Easy to clean. Scratch resistant. Non-stick. Widely varied settings. Limited 1-year warranty.
Product information
Color:MST-900D
Product Dimensions 16.34 x 11.73 x 11.81 inches
Item Weight 14.55 pounds
Manufacturer Maxi-Matic

All-Clad SD700450 Programmable Oval, 6.5-Quart

6.5-quart, oval-shaped, stainless-steel slow cooker with removable black ceramic insert, large enough to cook food for a crowd and goes right to table for serving.
4-20 hours cooking times with a complete cycle time of up to 26 hours for preparing home-cooked meals on any schedule
Easy to read digital display and large push-button controls for intuitive use to easily find your perfect programs
Integrated handles on insert for an easy grip and glass lid to trap in heat and moisture. Screen – LCD
Dishwasher-safe insert and lid for an easy cleaning. Keep warm- No. Slow cooking settings- High mode- 2 to 8 hours. Low mode- 4 to 20 hours Warm
Do not use the ceramic insert on the stove top or in an oven to prepare foods

Bringing out the best of your cooking is the watchword of the All-Clad Metalcrafters. Over four decades of sticking with that mantra has produced this Slow Cooker. It comes in two variants (3.8 liters, 6.2 liters), of pure magic to create an ultimate cooking experience.

What do you get with this product?

Oval-shaped, this stainless-steel slow cooker is scratch resistant and easy to clean. Its dishwasher safe, non-stick ceramic pot makes cleaning easier, as well as serving food.

Coming with a glass top with an easy grip, you trap heat and moisture while watching your food cook to perfection.

Adjustable settings of 4 – 20 hours of cooking time, with a complete cycle time of up to 26 hours make preparing home-cooked meals on any schedule possible. Even better, the controls are easy to use, and its current settings are displayed on its screen.

With keep warm settings, you get ever warm food that retains freshness for longer!

EASY TO USE DISPLAY
Digital display and push-button controls for intuitive use. Up to 20 Hours programmable timer and 3 cooking modes (High, Low, Hi/Lo) to be chosen from according to your recipe and needs.

CONVENIENT
Automatically keeps food warm for up to 6 hours or until serving time. Your meal is ready whenever you are.

EASY TO CLEAN
The removable black ceramic insert goes right to table for serving, is large enough for a family and is also dishwasher-safe.

DESIGNED FOR PERFORMANCE
Integrated handles on insert for an easy grip and glass lid to trap in heat and moisture.

Product Highlights
Two size variants. Scratch resistant. Easy to clean. Dishwasher compatible. Wide range of adjustments. Easy to use.
Product information
Size:6.5-Quart | Style Name:Black Ceramic Insert
Product Dimensions 19.87 x 14 x 11.38 inches
Item Weight 12.5 pounds
Manufacturer Groupe SEB

BLACK+DECKER 7-Quart Digital Slow Cooker with Chalkboard Surface

Chalkboard Surface – Get creative! The exterior of the slow cooker is a chalkboard, perfect for drawing on and for writing down recipes or allergy concerns. Great for getting kids involved in the kitchen!
Chalk Included – You get two sticks of chalk with the slow cooker. Plus the surface works with any traditional chalk sticks (not recommended for use with chalk pens).
Locking Wires – The locking system lets you take your favorite food to potlucks and tailgates. Plus, it stays out of the way when cooking at home.
Built-In Lid Holder – Keep countertops clean and stir & serve without holding the lid! The built-in holder props the lid conveniently on either of the side handles.
Digital Controls – Choose the time and heat, and the slow cooker does the rest, switching into “Warm” mode when cooking is complete. Use the “Stay-On” option for extended slow cooking. 7 Quarts – Make a hot meal for the whole family and have plenty of delicious leftovers with room for over eight servings in the 7-quart crock.

With its 6.6-litre capacity, and coming in four colors, the BLACK+DECKER does more than just slow cooking. Its entire interior and exterior are chemical free which provides a healthy option for you.

What’s more?

Coming in an attractive design, this cooker can be used to serve food on your dining table. With its lid that locks in place with two lid holders, you can be sure to keep the moisture in for longer. This also makes it a safe choice to use around kids as spilling its contents is nearly impossible.

Talking about kids, why not give them chalk to draw all over this chalkboard surface cooker to double the fun while you teach them to cook!

Digitally controlled with time and heat settings displayed on its LCD screen, it stays on an automatic warm mode when it finishes your cooking. Hot meals and delicious foods are assured with the SCD4007.

Digital Controls
Choose the time and heat, and the slow cooker does the rest, switching into ‘Warm’ mode when cooking is complete. Use the ‘Stay-On’ option for extended cooking.

8+ Servings
Make a hot meal for the whole family and have plenty of delicious leftovers with room for over eight servings in the 7-quart pot.

Three Heat Settings
Low, high, and warm settings for all your slow-cooking needs. The unit automatically switches to warm for up to four hours after cooking is complete.

Stoneware Pot
The durable 7-quart pot is removable for easy cleaning in the sink or dishwasher.

Product Highlights
Chemical and toxin free. Great dining-compatible design. Lid locks to ensure safety and keep moisture in. Chalkboard exterior for kitchen fun. Digital timer and heat controls. LCD screen. Automatic stay warm mode.
Product information
Product Dimensions 14.09 x 17.32 x 9.65 inches
Item Weight 14.62 pounds
Manufacturer Spectrum Brands

Calphalon Digital Sauté Slow Cooker, Dark Stainless Steel

Conveniently sear, brown, sauté, & slow cook all in one pot for maximum flavor
Cooking pot is oven safe and compatible with electric, gas, and induction cooktops
Ceramic cooking surface is 11x more durable* and provides 20% more even heat (*Compared to standard nonstick)
Digital programmable controls
Fast food release and easy to clean

At 5 liters, the Calphalon Digital Slow Cooker meets most average needs. Its functions, however, are far from average.

What do you get with this product?

Its removable pot can be used on a cooktop – electric, gas, and induction. This makes a lot of difference and opens up a whole new genre of cook options!

The slow cooker has digital programmable controls that display on its LCD digital display to provide you intuitive control of the cooking modes. Durable as it is made from top grade materials, you will use this product to conveniently sear, brown, sauté, and slow cook all in one pot.

Non-stick, PTFE/PFOA-free, and with evenly distributed heat, it is easy to clean, serve food from, and gives you great results.

Keep jotting down those recipes; you got it sorted with this product!

Cooktop Compatibility
Cook your meal from start to finish in a removable pot that is electric, gas, and induction range compatible

Ceramic Cooking Surface
Ceramic cooking surface delivers even heat for fewer cool spots and is more durable

Large 5.3-Quart Capacity
Large 5.3-quart food capacity is perfect for one-pot family meals

Digital Controls
Program, adjust settings, and monitor heating modes with intuitive digital display

Product Highlights
Great design. Non-stick. Cooktop compatible pot. Chemical free. Digital, programmable controls. LCD screen. Durable product. Even heat distribution. Easy to clean.
Product information
Product Dimensions 17.78 x 14.37 x 23.19 inches
Item Weight 9.86 pounds
Manufacturer Calphalon

Cuisinart PSC-650 Stainless Steel 6-1/2-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker

Programmable slow cooker with removable round-shaped ceramic cooking pot
Simmer, low and high modes; 24-hour programmable cook time; auto keep-warm; cord storage
Brushed stainless-steel housing; glass lid with stainless-steel rim; cool-touch chrome-plated handles
Includes cooking rack, recipe book and instruction book; dishwasher-safe lid and ceramic pot
Product Built to North American Electrical Standards

The slow cooker brand Cuisinart PSC-650 is among the best in the market because of the top quality materials used in its design. Built to North American Electrical Standards, this slow cooker has a toughened tempered glass lid and a removable ceramic bowl.

This removable bowl is perfect for serving your meals at the table. In addition, it is covered with a nonstick surface that allows washing very easily. This slow cooker has three cooking programs: simmer, low and high modes. The latter option alternates between hot and cold cooking and keeps your meal warm until you’re ready to eat.

With its two sizes: 3.8 liters and 6.2 liters, 24-hour programmable cook time, as well as a brushed stainless-steel housing; glass lid with stainless-steel rim; non-slip rubber feet; cool-touch chrome-plated handles, and dishwasher compatibility, this product is more than enough to satisfy most cooks.

And, more so with its cooking rack, and recipe book pleasing everyone at family meals.

Programmable technology makes homemade meals easier than ever! This Cuisinart Slow Cooker features a 24-hour programmable countdown timer, three cooking modes- and it automatically shifts to warm when it’s done cooking! Whether preparing one-pot entrees, sides, or desserts, operation is easy. Meals can be served in the ceramic pot they’re cooked in, and cleanup is easy with the dishwasher-safe lid and ceramic pot. Designed for today’s busy lifestyles, all the work is done ahead of time. Dinnertime is as relaxing for the cook as it is for the diners. Enjoy! Features: Touchpad control panel with LCD timer display|24-hour cooking timer|Off/On Warm Simmer Low and High settings|Removable 6.5 quart oval ceramic cooking pot|Automatically shifts to “Warm” when cook time ends|Brushed stainless steel housing with chrome-plated handles|Glass lid with stainless steel rim and chrome-plated knob|Dishwasher-safe lid and ceramic pot|Nonslip rubber feet|Includes cooking rack for use with ramekins or other bakeware|Spiral-bound recipe book with 70 basic to gourmet dishes|Instruction book|Limited 3-year product warranty|BPA Free

Product Highlights
Built to International standards. Tempered glass lid. Dishwasher compatible. Can be used for dining table servings. Non-stick ceramic pot. Two size variants. Programmable cook time. Recipe book included.
Product information
Size:6.5-Quart
Product Dimensions 11.6 x 16.3 x 12 inches
Item Weight 20.8 pounds
Manufacturer Cuisinart

Crockpot SCCPVS600ECP, 6 Quart, Silver

6-Quart Cook & Carry Slow Cooker serves 7+ people
Portable slow cooker features easy-grip handle for single-hand carrying
Countdown digital timer; High/Low/Warm settings default to Warm when cooktime is through
Cord management feature keeps cord securely wrapped for transporting
Dishwasher-safe stoneware and glass secure-fit locking lid

Dishwasher, oven and microwave safe, the Crockpot guarantees you are always comfortable while using it. With its cook and carry feature, you can take it with you on a picnic or to a friends place without hassle.

It is attractive, features a spill-proof design and has four lid locks with a comfortable handle.

This 5.7-liter ware has a digital timer and preset high/warm/low settings. Even better, it auto switches to auto warm after the cooking is completed. The lid is see through and fortified, so it is easy to use when cooking and lasts a very long time.

The carry feature is improved with its secure wrapping cord management feature.

Combining convenient programmable cooking with portability, this is a great item for your kitchen and beyond!

Flat Digital Panel
Easy-to-use programmable digital controls let you cook around your schedule. After cooking time is complete, it automatically shifts to the warm setting to keep your food at an ideal serving temperature.

Secure-Fit Locking Lid
The secure-fitting lid and locking system create a tight seal between the stoneware and lid, which means you can confidently take it to potlucks, get-togethers, and tailgates—food stays in your slow cooker, not on your car.

Easy-Grip Handle
The easy-grasp handle lets you conveniently tote your slow cooker around with one hand, leaving the other hand free for whatever you need it for.

Product Highlights
Great design. Superb portability. Digital timer. Easy cook settings. Auto warm feature. See through glass lid.
Product information
Product Dimensions 10.1 x 15.7 x 15.5 inches
Item Weight 13.57 pounds
Manufacturer Crockpot

Hamilton Beach Professional Sous Vide Water Oven & Slow Cooker, 6 Quart

Dual functionality, twice the versatility
Sous vide uses precise temperature control to cook food evenly and perfectly throughout
Slow cooking gently cooks food over a long period of time, retaining its flavor and moisture
6 quart nonstick metal vessel
Programmable controls

“Precisely cooked food made easy.” This has been the century-old watchword of the Hamilton Beach team.

What do you get with this product?

Coming in a wide rectangular shape, this 5.7-liter slow cooker can hold larger chunks of meat and fish. It is easy to use, as all of its functions are preprogrammed. You just need to select which is best for your cooking needs and leave this professional to do its job.

Doubling as a water oven and slow cooker, the Hamilton Beach Professional ensures your meals stay tender, juicy and flavorful due to widely varied temperature-controlled cooking.

How does its water oven work?

The cooker autoregulates its temperature to cook your vacuum or bag-sealed food. The result is evenly cooked food because the Sous Vide only cooks to the precise temperature of the water bath.

This bath temperature range of 104 degrees Fahrenheit to 210 degrees Fahrenheit can be programmed to cook between one and 72 hours.

The Sous Vide rack is included in the box.

With a glass lid for easy viewing, large handles for easy carrying, a scratch resistant stainless steel exterior and a time and temperature display, you got it all!

With its 5-year warranty, you can be sure you’re getting the best!

Product Highlights
Wide shape to allow for large chunks. Dual function (water oven and slow cooker). Auto temperature regulator for better results. Cook duration setting. Glass lid for easy food monitoring. LCD display. Scratch resistant. 5-year warranty.
Product information
Product Dimensions 12.88 x 11.75 x 18.5 inches
Item Weight 10.3 pounds
Manufacturer Hamilton Beach

Chefman Slow Cooker, All-Natural XL 5 Qt. Pot

100% ALL NATURAL PALEO CERTIFIED STONEWARE INSERT: This revolutionary material is naturally non-stick, PTOA, PTFE and coating free for a naturally healthy paleo friendly meal, full of flavor and nutrients
VERSATILE: The non stick all natural stoneware crock can be used over an open flame on the stovetop to simmer sauce, sauté vegetables, or brown meat before slow cooking for greater depth of flavor, or in an oven to roast, bake, or reheat. It can also be used as a traditional slow cooker on the countertop to create a wide range of family favorite home cooked meals such as chili, soup, stew and more!
PREMIUM QUALITY: Perfect for the health conscious consumer as this slowcooker has none of the added chemicals found in typical crockpots, and the insert material has 70% less lead than regular slow cookers, is non-stick as well as coating free.
EASY TO CLEAN: Stoneware insert cleans easily and is dishwasher safe, making your delicious slow cooked meal as easy to clean as it was to cook it!
RESOURCES & WARRANTY: Includes access to Club Chefman for tailor made recipes, videos, cookbooks and more! cETL approved with advanced safety technology for long lasting durability, 30 Day Money-Back Guarantee, & 1-year hassle-free warranty provided by Chefman

Designed for stovetop, countertop and oven use, the Chefman Slow Cooker’s selling point is its versatility. Coming in 4.7-liter, 5.7-liter and 6.6-liter sizes, there sure is a perfect size for you.

That’s not all…

Its inner pot offers superior non-stick and is 100 percent free of harmful chemicals. Made from premium quality only parts (cETL approved), this product is sure to serve you for years to come.

Dishwasher safe, its purchase unlocks for you unlimited access to Club Chefman website for tailor-made recipes, videos, cookbooks, and cooking tutorials.

With its 30 Day Money-Back Guarantee, and 1-year hassle-free warranty provided by Chefman, just get one, it’ll arrive with the century-old quality and functionality its manufacturers are known for!

On the Counter Top
Slow cook a wide range of family favorites like chili, soups, stews and more right on your countertop.

In the Oven
The non-stick natural stoneware crock insert can be used for oven roasting and reheating.

On the Stove Top
Saute vegetables or brown directly on the stovetop before slow cooking for greater depth of flavor.

Positives
Versatile product. Variable sizes to choose from. Superior non-stick. Chemical free. cETL approved durable and functional. Free recipes unlocked with its purchase. 1-year warranty.
Negatives
Size:5 Quart
Product Dimensions 15 x 10.5 x 7 inches
Item Weight 10.75 pounds
Manufacturer Chefman

How To Use Your Slow Cooker?

The electric slow cooker is definitely a great partner in the kitchen. Although it often gives the impression of being able to do everything, it is nonetheless a machine, and here are some sensible tips, so you can really enjoy your slow cooker.

Like any appliance, the slow cooker needs proper maintenance to work properly. Always unplug your slow cooker after each use. This will prevent it from overloading, overheating or even a sudden short circuit. To clean it, a simple sponge and dishwashing liquid are enough.

For compatible models, the pots are machine washable. If your lid is glass, allow it to cool before washing. Indeed, glass does not support sudden changes in temperature. And therefore, switching from hot to cold may damage it.

  • Foods you will need to pay attention to – meat, rice, and vegetables.

Contrary to the popular belief that all you need to do is put the ingredients at the bottom of the cooker for cooking, the reality is slightly different. Foods like meats and some vegetables have cooking times that are often longer than most foods.

In the case of meat and vegetables, take the precaution of pre-cooking them separately before adding them to your slow cooker towards the end of cooking.

Best Slow Cooker Buying Guide

The choice of the best slow cooker for your individual needs will depend on a number of specific factors.

So, here are a few tips to help you make a better buying decision…

The Capacity

The first thing that needs to be considered should be the capacity of your slow cooker. Think of how many people you will be regularly cooking for and buy accordingly.

The Power

All slow cookers featured in this best of the best list are electric but operate at different power levels. Depending on your needs, pay close attention to the type of slow cooker you choose. The higher the wattage of the slow cooker, the higher your energy costs will be, and therefore have more impact on your bill.

The most energy-hungry slow cookers are often the largest. If you do not need something that big, then buy a smaller model that is much more economical to use.

The Materials

Although not often mentioned, paying attention to materials is of paramount importance. Fact is, slow cookers are in direct contact with your food, and poor quality materials can affect your health and well-being.

But, rest assured, all the slow cookers presented in this article are made of materials that are harmless to your health.

Also, pay attention to the slow cooker lid and its material. There is a tendency to lift the lid when cooking a dish to monitor it. With slow cookers, it’s not only useless but especially discouraged. Choose a glass lid so you can monitor your cooking without having to lift the lid every time.

The Number Of Programs

The cooking programs offered by electric slow cookers vary from one to another.

If you want more freedom, opt for models with several cooking programs. The most common are strong, medium and low heat cooking. Also, it is better to buy a slow cooker with a timer. If it hasn’t got one, it will require constant attention.

Maintenance

The maintenance of any device is very important. This is the secret for use over a long period of time, and the slow cooker is no exception to this rule. Some models are easier to clean than others, so be sure to take a look at the care instructions before buying one.

Some slow cookers feature a removable, machine-washable ceramic dish to make it even easier for you. So go for one of the models that have this feature.

The Options

Depending on the brand and type of slow cooker you choose, there are many additional useful options available. Some models will offer you a removable pot, ideal for serving without having to carry the entire cooker.

Others have a heating system that allows you to warm up your meal before enjoying it. Finally, others will introduce you to the Keep Warmer feature that allows your slow cooker to keep your meal warm after the end of cooking, and until you’re ready to eat.

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