Slow cookers are one of the most beloved kitchen appliances for a reason—it is the easiest way to make the most of anything (seriously, anything) in your fridge, utilizing the "throw in and go" method so you can get on with the things in your life while your food cooks. Even better? The recipe options are limitless, from ones that work with all dietary restrictions to others that are as no-fuss as possible. Whether you are usually meal planning for one or love cooking for a party, we have our top 10 slow cooker recommendations ready for you to shop. Opening image: amazon.com
January 24, 2018
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Hamilton Beach Set 'n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker
LOVED FOR: The clip-on spoon and thermometer probe it comes with, giving you everything you need with one purchase.
USERS SAID: "I love the temp probe - It has cooked all my food perfectly! My meat is no longer dried or overcooked."
Crock-Pot 6-Quart Programmable Cook & Carry Slow Cooker
BEST FOR: Thanks to how the crockpot automatically switches to "warm" after your food is done cooking, those who like to let their dinner cook during the day are in luck.
HELPFUL TIP: If there's a power outage, the crockpot will reset.
Nesco 481825PR Professional Stainless Steel Roaster Oven
BEST FOR: At 18 quarts, this crockpot is made for entertaining large parties.
HELPFUL TIP: With their exclusive “Circle of Heat” temperature control, there’s no worry of your food being unevenly cooked.
Wonderbag Non-Electric Portable Slow Cooker
BEST FOR: Going green and saving energy, all while saving money!
FUN FACT: For every Wonderbag purchased, one will be donated to a family in Africa.
Crock-Pot 6 Qt 8-in-1 Multi-Use Express Crock Programmable Slow Cooker
BEST FOR: When you're short on space and need an appliance that does it all, this crock pot has eight different settings and allows you to slow cook, pressure cook, brown and sauté, and steam.
HELPFUL TIP: Upon purchasing, you'll be ready to go with complementary accessories like a recipe book, steaming rack, and serving spoon.
Ninja 4-in-1 Cooking System
USERS SAID: "Nice big pot that really does fit more than I thought it would... Clean up is a breeze which was another thing I worried about if I really wanted to clean a large pot every night."
HELPFUL TIP: When it's too hot to cook with your oven or stove, this crockpot will do the same job without making you sweat in your own kitchen.
Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Portable Slow Cooker
LOVED FOR: The hinged lid makes serving a breeze (and guarantees you'll never lose it).
USERS SAID: "Love the lid pick up and place in refrigerator. Heat it up the next day on low for an hour or two and it is just like you just made it. My kids hate leftovers so I trick them. I would highly recommend!"
Elite Gourmet MST-250XS Slow Cooker
BEST FOR: At 1.5 quarts, this crock pot is best for small meals and those cooking for one.
USERS SAID: "Love this little slow cooker... It cleans up easily, doesn't take up a lot of space and does its job well. I would recommend it!"
Crock-Pot 4-Quart Manual Slow Cooker
BEST FOR: The budget shopper who wants something easy, not fancy
USERS SAID: "It’s just what I wanted...not too big for two people, and “low tech”! Has off, warm, high & low....what more do you need from a crock pot?"
Instant Pot DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker
LOVED FOR: 14 different settings, super fast cooking, and a ton of accessories—this crock pot is the whole package.
HELPFUL TIP: Because food cooks so fast, make sure all your ingredients are ready to go before starting the crock pot.
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