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 Carne’s, stews, casseroles and even puddings way ahead of time.

    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 Cooker 2020

    1.
    Crock-Pot Multi-Cooker CSC024

    Crock-Pot Multi-Cooker CSC024

    This slow cooker secures it’s high place as it not only delivers unrivalled quality but it is equally reliable, easy to use and also simple to clean.
    Crock-Pot are 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 easy 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.
    Tefal RK705840

    Tefal RK705840

    If you want something which is great as a slow cooker but can also do a multitude of other tasks, this Tefal is one of the latest multi-cookers around and it is ever-so good.
    There is a five litre capacity, so you can prepare that stew or soup for dinner and still have some left over for lunch tomorrow, or to freeze. With 12 settings overall, everything from risotto to desserts is possible, with no guesswork or accidents when it comes to getting everything ready.
    We also really loved the steam setting which isn’t often found in multi-cookers like this. From vegetables to rice, it is a great way to keep the nutrition locked in but still preserve taste.

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    Features

    • Dimensions: 26.6 x 40.3 x 31.2cm
    • Capacity: 5L

    Reasons to Buy

    • Nice capacity
    • Keep Warm option
    • Really clear user interface

    Reasons to Avoid

    • Nothing - especially at this price

    3.
    Morphy Richards Accents 461003

    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.
    Andrew James Slow Cooker

    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

    5.
    Russell Hobbs Chalk Board 24180

    Russell Hobbs Chalk Board 24180

    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.

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    Features

    • Dimensions: 22.8 x 22.8cm
    • Capacity: 3.5L

    Reasons to Buy

    • Chalk gives it a fun touch
    • Basic to use - good for all the family
    • Price

    Reasons to Avoid

    • Capacity may not be large enough

    6.
    Morphy Richards 48715A

    Morphy Richards 48715A

    Morphy Richards are one of the industry leaders when it comes to kitchen appliances and this slow cooker comes with generous space, a number of cooking settings and easy aftercare solutions.
    This resilient appliance is one that demonstrates a number of much-needed features including the three heat settings, a removable pot and it is also dishwasher safe.
    This is the best choice for those on a budget as it comes in at less than £40 and has some easy to use settings. Simply move the dial to set the heat where you want it.

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    Features

    • Dimensions: 24.5 x 28 x 36.8cm
    • Capacity: 6.5L
    • Power: 330W

    Reasons to Buy

    • Incredible power with 330 watts
    • A spacious pot of 6.5 litres
    • Removable pot making it easy to clean
    • Easy to use dial

    7.
    Crock-Pot CSC031

    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

    8.
    Morphy Richards Evoke Sear And Stew 460016

    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 an easy-to-use design.
    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 easy 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

    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.
    Swan Retro SF17031GRN

    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

    Which Slow Cooker?

    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.

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