5 Great Slow Cookers

5 Great Slow Cookers

Slow cookers are magical cooking appliances that let you toss in a bunch of ingredients, turn the knob, and leave the room. After a few hours, you come back to a delicious, ready-to-eat-meal for your family or friends. With one-step preparation, slow cookers are not only useful for college students, but for anyone who prefers not to fret over weeknight dinners. A slow cooker brings out the flavor in foods, and because of the long, low-temperature cooking style, slow cookers help tenderize various types of meat into succulent slabs that will literally fall off the bone.

Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Set ‘n Forget Programmable 6-quart Slow Cooker

Even if you’re used to the “low, med & high” dial slow cookers, there is no need to feel nervous about the digital components of the Hamilton Beach Programmable Slow Cooker. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how simple it is to operate, as the various control settings are self-explanatory. You can set it to cook for a certain amount of time up to 12 hours on warm, low, or high. The lid is lined with a seal so when you lock it, it creates an airtight seal. The Hamilton produces great homecooked meals like pot roast and casseroles, cooking everything to perfection – and with its sleek stainless-steel finish, is also aesthetically pleasing.

KitchenAid Stainless Steel 6-quart Slow Cooker

This Kitchenaid slow cooker is top of the line for crockpots and makes a great addition to any kitchen. (You’ll be using it at least once a week!) The easy-to-read display shows how many hours you need for meal and allows cooking freedom, letting you add and deduct time as needed. Its capacity supports enough food for large family dinners of flawlessly prepared pulled pork, meatballs, or chili. After it reaches the programmed cooking time, the device enters warming mode for up to 4 hours to keep food at the perfect serving temperature until you are ready to eat.

Crock-Pot 7-Quart Oval Manual Slow Cooker

Instead of cranking on the oven, and consequently, heating up the entire house, a slow cooker is an efficient option for weeknight meals. The Crock Pot 7-qt brings us back to the basics, with three controls to fit your needs: low, hot, and warm. While it may not be programmable like the other technically inclined models in the market, you can still feel safe leaving the house for a few hours while it is cooking. (This one is a great option if you want to be a bit more conservative on your slow cooker budget…which also means you can put the leftover cash towards a great slab of meat to cook!)

Elite Gourmet Deluxe Sized 8.5 Qt. Stainless Steel Slow Cooker

Feed the masses with this 8.5-qt. jumbo oval slow cooker, big enough to fit a sizable turkey breast or beef roast. As all slow cookers allow for a hands-off approach, you can set it and forget it while you do laundry or spruce up the house before the guests arrive. The Elite Gourmet Deluxe Sized  has cool-touch handles and that interface protects hands from burns and allow you to safely transport your slow cooker. And after the feast is complete, cleanup is fast and easy with the dishwasher-safe clear tempered glass lid and removable oval crock.

KOOC Small Slow Cooker, 2-Quart

For an effortless meal, opt for a tiny but mighty appliance to get the job done! The KOOC Slow Cooker is easy to operate thanks to its classic knob, adjustable 3-mode temperature settings and red indicator light. In general, slow cookers use a slow stewing method by way of lower temperatures for delicious results, but the KOOC further adds to that scrumptious outcome by reducing the nutrient loss of food material through low power operation. It also includes five KOOC slow cooker liners to save on clean up time and the smaller capacity features a removable ceramic vessel that is perfect for solo meals or two-member family households.