The 10 Best Slow Cookers

We Reviewed dozens of Slow Cookers and Listed the 10 Best Options
By Jen Hammond
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    Slow Cookers have gone from being a rather dated, old style of cooking to a kitchen essential in many households. They are cheap, yet allow you to plan larger meals such as chili con carnes, stews, casseroles and even puddings way ahead of time.

    In a busy world, it might seem counter-productive to buy a slow cooker. After all, it surely makes sense to invest in a cooker that’s going to provide you with hot meals sooner rather than later! However, when you use a digital slow cooker for your everyday meals – dinners, puddings and more – you will find it one of the best ways to make sure your evening meal is taken care of ahead of time.

    Simply set up your slow cooker as you wish in the morning with the stew or meat you’d like to prepare, and then leave it on slow, medium or high to get those lovely juices flowing. Many people depend on their slow cooker systems to create some of the tastiest dishes possible. It’s not always ways to get the most delicious meals out of a microwave, though there are plenty of reasons why a microwave is just as good as a slow cooker on balance.

    And slow cookers aren’t just for meat-eaters. You can cook up some fabulous vegetarian recipes in your slow cooker too. We’ve covered some of our favourite recipes in our Ultimate Guide to Slow Cooking

    We have managed to trial a number of fantastic slow cookers and have provided a list of our favourite ones right here. Although ovens are increasing in function and have a range of modes, it is always great to have a separate appliance which is much easier to use.

    The Best Slow Cookers Available Online

    So – if you’re really unsure which slow cooker is likely to be best for you, allow us to give you a helping hand. As you read through our following slow cooker picks, you’ll soon get a feel for why we think they are the best around. However, at the end of this guide, we’ll also make a point of running through what we consider when building our lists – just so that you know what to look for when hunting for the best slow cooker options elsewhere in future.

    Before you go ahead and shop around for the best slow cooker for your budget, take a look at our best picks below, and see if you can find a system that fits your culinary needs as well as your slow cooker budget.

    The Best Slow Cooker 2020

    1.
    Crock-Pot Multi-Cooker CSC024

    Crock-Pot is one of our favourite slow cooker brands, and definitely, the most loved by users, and they seem to have hit the nail on the head with this multi-cooker. It boasts great versatility and is the perfect cook for you and your family. Not only can it be used to slow cook a soup but is also able to effortlessly roast, sauté, bake, steam and slow cook.
    Enjoy the best of all worlds with this multi cooker that has been made simple to use. It has an LCD display and interactive controls that allow you to seamlessly toggle through modes.

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    Features

    • Dimensions: 46 x 34 x 28.2cm
    • Weight: 5.24kg
    • Capacity: 5.6L

    Reasons to Buy

    • It is able to roast, sauté, steam, bake and slow cook
    • It is easy to use
    • Lots of room

    Reasons to Avoid

    • May be over-complicated for those who just want a slow cooker

    2.
    Russell Hobbs 3.5L Slow Cooker

    If you are new to slow cooking and looking for an affordable entry-level slow cooker you won’t go wrong with the Russell Hobbs 3.5 litre slow cooker.
    It’s ideal for families and will cook up to 4 portions at any time and easy to use with 3 simple settings, keep warm, low and high. It comes with an easy to use instruction book with a few recipes to get you going, but, If you are new to slow cooking you will find a myriad of recipes on the internet. Each recipe will tell you which setting to cook the meal on & the time required. This model comes with an easy to remove pot making it easy to wash up or put in the dishwasher.

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    Features

    • Dimensions: H22cm x W30.8cm x D36cm
    • Weight: 2.5kg
    • Capacity: 3.5L

    Reasons to Buy

    • Removable, dishwasher safe pot & lid
    • Cool touch handles
    • Power indicator light
    • Non slip feet

    Reasons to Avoid

    • Non that we can find

    3.
    Morphy Richards Accents 461003

    This Morphy Richards Slow Cooker 461003 is the perfect slow cooking assistant for your home. It has been created to be easy to use, as well as versatile to suit your cooking needs and meals.

    It perfectly sears and cooks meaty stews, and the fact that it sears and slow cooks means that you can do both simultaneously in the same pan. Everybody loves one less pan to wash up. Curries, stews and other dishes have never been so easy to prepare, and you can also fry off vegetables.

    Low, medium and high cooking settings mean that you don’t just get two extremes, and the lid is toughened glass so is sturdy with the heat yet you can see through it to check on the food.

    If you are unfamiliar with slow cookers and what can be done in them, then the handy recipe booklet and guide included will be a great help.

    Features

    • Dimensions: 37 x 28 x 26cm
    • Weight: 3.18kg
    • Capacity: 6.5L

    Reasons to Buy

    • Huge capacity of 6.5 litres
    • Digital control that is easy to use
    • Sears and slow cooks
    • Easy to clean

    Reasons to Avoid

    • High has a minimum of 2 hours and low a minimum of 4

    4.
    Crock-Pot CSC031

    Sometimes the beauty is in the simplicity and that is the case with this CrockPot slow cooker with a number of settings and a sleek black design. It has a transparent lid, two handles and plenty of room for your meals.
    The 5.7 litre pot has a hinged lid for easy access, so you don’t have to struggle finding somewhere to set it. Once finished, it is able to keep your meal warm until you are ready to serve up the delicious recipe.
    The 220 watts of power ensures this slow cooker can effortlessly heat up your stew, meat or casseroles. The inner pot is dishwasher safe, it has two heat settings for a little flexibility and the pot is also oven-safe in case you want to finish the dish off and add a crisp top.

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    Features

    • Dimensions: 21.8 x 40.6 x 31.8cm
    • Capacity: 5.7L
    • Power: 220W

    Reasons to Buy

    • A spacious pot for all your family
    • One dial design makes it simple to use
    • Hinged lid makes opening and checking on contents easier

    Reasons to Avoid

    • Too powerful for small quantities - needs to be full to capacity for best results

    5.
    Salter EK2842 Chalkboard Slow Cooker

    Picture the scene – you’ve prepared a slow cooker meal for dinner that night. When the kids get home from school, they’re texting you to ask what you’re having for tea. Your partner gets home, and messages you again.
    Maybe you message, and ask them to add some mushrooms when they get in, or switch it to the lower setting. Or, you leave them a note on the fridge. But they don’t get the message so you have to do it when you get home anyway.

    This chalkboard slow cooker allows you to write messages, contents and ingredients onto the surface so you can either keep track of things or get a bit of assistance. There are three settings – low, high and keep warm – and it holds 3.5 litres which is around four servings. It is a really budget-friendly price too, so perfect if you just need that helping hand.

    Features

    • Dimensions: 27.6 x 24.7 x 27.3 cm
    • Capacity: 3.5L
    • Weight: 3kg

    Reasons to Buy

    • Chalk adds a touch of fun
    • Basic to use - good for all the family
    • Price

    Reasons to Avoid

    • Capacity may not be large enough

    6.
    Crock-Pot CSC026 DuraCeramic Sauté

    This slow cooker by Crock-Pot is a serious contender if you are weighing up different slow-cookers. For me, if I was buying another (I have two), I would be getting my card out to buy this one.
    Personally when I am looking to buy a slow cooker I want a pot that can go on the hob first, this is so I can brown my meat off first – but this is personal preference. You don’t have to brown your meat, the whole point is chuck it in and go. The CSC026 has a built in 20 hour digital timer with LED countdown, this is a super function, as many of us with older models use a household timer to plug in and leave when we go out for the day!
    Other features we really like are the keep warm feature and its ease of use. If you haven’t cooked with a slow cooker before this model comes with a useful recipe guide.

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    Features

    • 33.50 x 33.50 x 19.50 cm
    • 5 litres
    • 3.1Kg

    Reasons to Buy

    • Built-in 30 hour digital timer
    • LED countdown display
    • DuraCeramic bowl - suitable for use on the hob
    • Feeds 5-6 people - great for families or entertaining
    • Includes recipe book

    Reasons to Avoid

    • May be a little pricey for some

    7.
    Swan Retro SF17031GRN

    Not only does this slow cooker give its owners a really nice retro design touch, but it is also surprisingly deceptive when it comes to the amount of functions it has.
    It has a 6.5 litre capacity which is surprising at first glance, and three heat settings will allow you to choose just the right heat and times for your meal. The glass lid allows you to check on the process without letting any heat escape, and the handles are comfortable and strong to allow for moving it around and packing away.
    Available in blue, grey or cream, it has the option to blend in to your kitchen or really make a statement. As a bonus, the inner pot is oven safe so you can pop it in there to finish off or brown.

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    Features

    • Dimensions: (H)24.5 x (W)40.0 x (D)31.0cm
    • Weight: 5.6kg
    • Capacity: 6.5L

    Reasons to Buy

    • Glass lid
    • Nice compact design for capacity

    Reasons to Avoid

    • Dial is a little plasticky

    8.
    Morphy Richards Evoke Sear And Stew 460016

    If you’re looking for a convenient slow cooker and are on a budget, then you’ll love this Morphy Richards Evoke. It comes in a stylish black and gold finish and has a straightforward design. Morphy Richards, for our money, helps to build some of the best slow cooker systems on the planet, and is of course well-known for a wide variety of fantastic kitchen goods and products elsewhere, too.

    It has a 3.5-litres capacity which makes it ideal for smaller households or those who like to batch cook to freeze leftovers, as well as three heat settings and a glass lid that allows you to monitor cooking.

    It comes with cool touch handles making it simple to move around or take to the table when serving, which is also why it is lightweight and also has a removable inner pot. This can be washed by hand fully before the next use.


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    Features

    • Dimensions: 21 x 37.5 x 35.5cm
    • Capacity: 3.5L
    • Power: 163W

    Reasons to Buy

    • A stylish exterior sure to fit in a contemporary kitchen
    • It is a lightweight, easy to move appliance
    • Removable pot
    • Auto shut off

    Reasons to Avoid

    • Only 3.5 litre capacity

    9.
    Drew & Cole Clever Chef Digital Multi Cooker

    This impressive digital multi-cooker is one that will certainly capture lots of attention; it is stylish and has a number of features, sure to make your meal times easier. Despite the fact it can do a lot, it is the slow cooking function which we think shines.
    It comes with a 5 litre capacity sure to accommodate your entire party. The 14 pre-set functions include stew, soup, steam, roast, poach, bread rise, bake, fish, sauté, brown, rice, pasta and slow cook. With the latter, you get a 24-hour Delay Timer, keep warm function and fully adjustable DIY function for full control
    The inner pot is removable and non-stick, ever so easy to clean anything that gets stuck. It comes equipped with a recipe book which includes some slow cooker ideas, as well as measuring cup, spoon and steamer tray.

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    Features

    • Dimensions: 24 x 23x 31cm
    • Capacity: 5L
    • Power: 860W

    Reasons to Buy

    • Touch control
    • Removable pot
    • A number of cooking functions
    • Great for its price

    Reasons to Avoid

    • Not enough guidance in the user manual if you want to go it alone

    10.
    Andrew James Slow Cooker

    The Andrew James slow cooker is the ideal countertop cook that offers the lot. We are talking a delay timer, digital display, 3.5 litres capacity and a two-year warranty.
    It is super useful and what’s more, it comes with a stunning elegance showcasing a stainless steel finish, digital display and a transparent lid. It has a tempered lid that is tough and conserves heat.
    The inner pot can be removed and put on the hob making it a perfect, versatile cooker. It features a high, low and automatic heat plus it has a powerful 200 watts under its exterior.

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    Features

    • Dimensions: 42 x 34.5 x 30 cm
    • Weight: 3.5kg
    • Capacity: 3.5L

    Reasons to Buy

    • It is a sizzle to simmer cooker
    • Digital display and easy controls
    • Easy to clean
    • Versatile use

    Reasons to Avoid

    • Only has 3.5 litres capacity

    FAQs

    That all depends on how often you use a generic cooker to prepare meals, and how much time you have on your plate! The best slow cookers will help you to bring the tastiest flavours out of simple dishes, meaning that you can easily cook them on high for a few hours at a time, and still not burn or spoil anything.

    A slow cooker or crock pot is likely to be good for you if you want to plan ahead. There are a variety of great meals that you can cook and create with the best slow cooker systems on the market, and many of them will come with recipe books provided.

    As we’ve discussed in our ultimate guide to slow cookers, the slow cooker system is one which has rapidly emerged as a really useful blast from the past. Some may see even the best slow cookers or crock pot devices as old hat – however, when you really need to be focusing your attention elsewhere, it’s a real boon to just be able to set your dinner cooking so that it’s nice and tasty for serving by the evening.

    You can easily tweak the warm setting on most digital slow cooker models, meaning that if you’re unsure how hot or quick you need your slow cooker to handle your food, it shouldn’t be too hard to tailor your experience. Again, most modern digital slow cooker and crock pot systems will come with some form of instruction manual or recipe guide to help you get started.

    If you’ve never considered buying slow cookers before, and are struggling to find the time to get hot meals ready in time for the evening, it might just be worth taking a look at the best slow cooker systems available on the market right now. Today’s your lucky day, as we’ve made a point of researching a wide array of slow cookers, and have arranged those we believe to be the best in our guide below.

    Finding the best slow cooker can be a confusing task and that is why we have helped you with a full breakdown of the top 10 slow cookers available to buy online. Not only have we given you the pros and cons, we have also revealed the main features of each product.

    We have taken a number of factors into account when deciding on the best slow cooker and that includes price, heat settings, features and practicality.

    The brands we have opted for include:

    • Morphy Richards
    • Andrew James
    • Drew & Cole
    • Russell Hobbs
    • Crockpot

    The bigger brands tend to be the most reliable, especially in the long-term. You also need to look at the settings and functions they provide, as well as whether they have the correct heat level for your needs, the capacity and any other features you may think will come in handy such as keep warm or searing.

    However, while it is generally worth looking into slow cookers built by the likes of Russell Hobbs for the sake of longevity, do take into account the features which actually matter to your cooking experience and needs. There’s never a good reason to just buy up something flashy for the sake of it.

    For example, you will likely want to make sure that your slow cooker or crock pot is, at least, dishwasher safe. Yes – there are plenty of us out there who aren’t too fussy about dishwasher safe systems as we can just plonk removable pots in the sink for a good old scrub. However, being able to put your pot or slow cooker parts through the dishwasher is going to be hugely convenient.

    Beyond dishwasher safe systems, one of the assets you should be looking for in the best slow cooker around include non stick surfacing. Non stick means that it’s going to be easy for you to get your meat, veg, stews and soups out without any kind of struggle. The best non stick slow cooker options will also be easier to clean, on the whole – which again ties in with our point about being dishwasher safe! Stainless steel slow cooker systems, too, will tend to be amongst the easiest to maintain over time.

    Do also take the time to look at finer points such as whether or not your slow cooker has a hinged lid, what the warm setting or temperature gauge is like, and whether there are any other extra features likely to make your life easier. As mentioned, the best slow cooker for you is going to give you the freedom to cook food as hot as you want, ahead of time – so that there’s no fussing around later on in the day.

    If you would like to understand more about slow cooking and how slow cookers work you may be interested in reading our Ultimate Guide to Slow Cooking guide.

    Generally, a slow cooker can be referred to as a crock pot. However, this can also refer to traditional pots that you can place in the oven for slow cooking. Unlike digital slow cookers, which might come with a hinged lid, are built in stainless steel, or are dishwasher safe, these cooker pots are much like basic ceramic dishes, with large lids that you can place on top to carefully cook your food.

    This is a really simple way of cooking your food, and one of many ways people have been producing high-quality meals for generations. However, there are more advanced slow cooker systems out there now, and the best slow cookers – arguably – are those which give you the most ease of use.

    That said, you don’t necessarily need a hinged lid or a fancy slow cooker to create the best meals. If you’d like to get into the slow cooker game bit by bit, it might be worth investing in a traditional crock pot/ dutch oven and working your way up. At the very least, this system will allow you to get used to the way that slow cooker systems work, before you throw any money at the biggest, boldest and best options on the market.

    As mentioned, our complete guide to the slow cooker will go into more detail on what you can expect from this type of cooking in the long run. Are you ready to join the slow cooker set? Want to make tastier meals without having to dash around late into the evening? Crock pots and slow cookers are more than likely doing to make things an absolute breeze for you. Why not take a closer look at our top picks and start shopping around for a cooker or two that fit your culinary demands and needs?

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