Reviews You Can Rely On

Best Slow Cookers

We put slow cookers to the test from brands like Instant Pot, Hamilton Beach, Crock-Pot, and more
Best Slow Cookers
From extra-large to small, wide to space-saving, we've tested various models for this review to ensure we bring you the best of the best for your home kitchen.
Credit: Aaron Rice

Our Top Picks

By Aaron Rice ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jan 31, 2022
Our Editors independently research, test, and rate the best products. We only make money if you purchase a product through our links, and we never accept free products from manufacturers. Learn more

Looking for the best slow cooker? Our culinary experts researched the top models on the market today, selecting 10 of the best to purchase for side-by-side testing. To bring you a comprehensive review of this classic kitchen appliance, we tested the competition in real kitchens with all kinds of meals. From stews and soups to BBQ brisket and chicken wings, we cooked extensively — albeit slowly — in each of these so that you can decide which is the best model for your kitchen. Our team also developed objective tests to deliver conclusive advice and help better inform your purchase decisions.

We've also reviewed a long list of kitchen appliances and products over the years to help your cooking and baking endeavors. So, whether you're a professional chef crafting a meal or an inspired amateur baker (hello, The Great British Baking Show), we have the details you need to find the best products for your needs. From toaster ovens to stand mixers, cookware and more; the options are endless. And, since cleaning is also part of the cuisine experience, check out what we have to say about some top-rated cleaning supplies, including trash bags and dishwasher pods — common staples in most kitchens.

Editor's Note: We updated this review on January 31, 2022, with additional information to help you find the best slow cooker for your home kitchen.


Best Overall Slow Cooker

Instant Pot Lux 6-in-1

Capacity: 6 quarts | Programmable?: Yes
Slow cooker, pressure cooker, saute, and steamer, all-in-one
Multi-functional value
Loads of safety mechanisms
More complicated to learn

The Instant Pot Lux 6-in-1 exceeds your classic crock's limits by incorporating the programmable pressure cooker's function and capability as well as the ability to sauté and steam, all in one pot. Although the Lux additionally impressed us with its specialized pressure cooker functions — ranging from hard-boiled eggs to NY-style cheesecake — it is this unit's capacity as a slow cooker that, of course, caught our attention for this review. Thanks to this product's many safety features, we were able to cook delicious, super-tender meat for dinner while away from home without fear.

While you could conceivably cook every part of your meal with this single appliance, it might take you all afternoon — and much of that time may be taken up by reading the owner's manual (it even includes a quick-reference guide, just in case.) In terms of cooking features, the Lux easily outstrips all other products in this review but takes considerably more time to get up to speed with the ins and outs of its hyper functionality. It eventually becomes straightforward, but we wouldn't exactly say Lux's interface is intuitive. Nevertheless, we love the power and efficiency of what we will call a slow cooker-plus. If you want to expand your cooking horizons and do it all, we highly recommend using this device.

best overall slow cooker
The interface has a bit of a learning curve, but once you're comfortable, you'll be amazed by all you can do with this impressive multi-functional cooker.
Credit: Aaron Rice


Best Bang for Your Buck

Hamilton Beach 4-Quart Programmable

Capacity: 4 quarts | Programmable?: Yes
Great price
Timer with auto-warm setting
Simple interface
2-hour time increments
Lack of auto-shutoff

The Hamilton Beach 4-Quart Programmable offers high performance in a simple package and incredible value compared to other models with similar capacity and capabilities. The interface is as uncomplicated and intuitive as possible and makes it easy to start cooking up new dishes within minutes of unpackaging. This basic unit held its own against much more expensive competitors regarding cooking performance. We were able to cook a hearty minestrone with ease — a dish that can be notoriously difficult due to the different temperature requirements of the many ingredients.

We have to be up-front about just how "programmable" this unit is: while you can set a timer, and one that will automatically transition the unit to a warming pot after your set cook-time ends, that is also where the programming potential of this appliance ends. Additionally, this model only offers timer settings in 2-hour increments up to 10 hours, so it is not nearly as fine-tuned as other computerized options. But even with its limited timer capability, you will be hard-pressed to find another contender with the same price-point and abilities.

slow cooker - best bang for your buck
Just like the holy trinity of onions, celery, and carrots, this simple, programmable model provides the basics to create a great meal.
Credit: Aaron Rice


Best User-Friendly Option

Crock-Pot 6-Quart Cook & Carry

Capacity: 6 quarts | Programmable?: Yes
Easy-to-set timer
Locking lid
Large enough for a party
Hot sidewalls
Heavy when filled

The Crock-Pot 6-Quart Cook & Carry is designed with that quintessential purpose in mind: cook up a large batch of your favorite recipe at home, and bring it with you to heat up and serve at a community-style meal. This model has an impressively long cook time of up to 20 hours, making it an excellent option for slow-cooking stews overnight. It did a great job cooking down vegetables in a braising liquid during testing: onions and tomatoes perfectly stewed, carrots and celery still with a bit of crunch, and no mushy mess when it came to potatoes.

The Cook & Carry sports a super intuitive timer with an auto-warming function. However, it doesn't feature an auto-shutoff, making us less comfortable using this product while we're not at home. Also, although this is offered up as a "cook & carry" model, it's pretty heavy when filled, and the stainless steel sidewalls can get very hot. But should you decide to take it out to your next tailgate, it has oversized handles and a well-designed locking lid to keep your favorite dish safely secured in the pot.

slow cooker - best user-friendly option
Slow roasting is a great alternative to grilled vegetables, mainly when the grill surface is occupied with meats. Try a large pot of roasted summer squash and peppers next time you're craving the flavors of the Southwest.
Credit: Aaron Rice


Best Programmable Slow Cooker

Hamilton Beach Portable 6-Quart with Probe

Capacity: 6 quart | Programmable?: Yes
Intuitive, multi-mode
Included meat probe, with capacity to set desired cooking temperature
Locking lid
Really loud alarm

While our top choice may have won marks in part thanks to its multi-functional value, we're sure that some folks are looking to buy a more classic crock. Enter the Hamilton Beach Portable 6-Quart with Probe — a model that is a highly performing slow cooker and nothing more at its core. The low-and-slow crowd will appreciate that this unit has one of the lowest cooking temperatures of all of the models we reviewed, ideal for those braised and barbequed recipes that call for all-day cooking. Thanks to an incorporated meat thermometer and a probe setting that allows you to set the ideal internal temperature to an accuracy of five degrees, this is also our choice for cooking meat to perfection.

Initially, the interface is not quite as intuitive as other models, but a skim of the owner's manual makes quick sense of the few buttons available. Even though this is presented as a portable model with a gasket lid secured with clips, the bulk and weight of the unit alone doesn't scream "carry me" — especially once you throw a four-pound roast in the mix. We believe that this unit is best when living on the kitchen countertop, helping you slow-cook your favorite pulled meats to absolute perfection.

best programmable slow cooker
The increased capability of an integrated probe thermometer makes this the perfect choice for cooking meats of any cut and variety.
Credit: Aaron Rice


Our Favorite Cook-n-Carry

Crock-Pot 2.5-Quart Mini Casserole

Capacity: 2.5 quarts | Programmable?: No
Effective latch design
Small and portable
Retro aesthetic
Shallow pot
Lack of features

Since its invention, the classic cooker has been a staple at potlucks and picnics, and the Crock-Pot 2.5-Quart Mini Casserole proudly carries that flag into the future. This simple, 3-setting version sports the retro aesthetic that you might see on your grandmother's countertop, but with a few modern upgrades. The rim of the locking lid has a gasket to ensure that all of the food stays where it is supposed to, even in transit. We particularly like the design of the locking mechanism, which thoughtfully includes garages to keep the hooks out of the way when cooking or serving.

As its name suggests, the Mini Casserole is much smaller than most competitors in this review. Though it may have a similarly sized footprint, the dish is significantly shallower than the other contenders. While it is not big enough to cook a roast, we could easily nest four sizable spare ribs comfortably in a braising stock. The flip side to the smaller cooking capacity is that this model is much more portable — this cute, lightweight crock is perfect for cooking and carrying along for your next 'Friendsgiving.'

slow cooker - our favorite cook-n-carry
We loved this little crock for its style and portability; you may notice that there are many photos of this model throughout the review because it's just so photogenic!
Credit: Aaron Rice


Best for One-Pot Meals

Cuisinart 6-Quart 3-in-1 Cook Central Multi-Cooker

Capacity: 6 quart | Programmable?: Yes
Multi-functional, including saute and steamer
Lightweight, aluminum crock
Simmer function
Non-stick coating

For a multi-function version, we love the Cuisinart 6-Quart 3-in-1 Cook Central Multi-Cooker. The interface is intuitive and user-friendly, thanks to dual screens that allow you to set time and temperature simultaneously without having to cycle options. Unlike the additional pressure cooker capability of the Lux 6-in-1, the other two functions of this model — Brown/Sauté and Steam — directly support the process required by many slow-cooked recipes, without any extra fluff. We could sear meat directly in this pot and then easily transition to adding the rest of our ingredients for slow cooking instead of browning a roast in a cast iron skillet first.

Although we appreciate the simplicity of cooking start-to-finish in one pot, that convenience still makes the cost of the Cook Central Multi-Cooker hard to justify. Additionally, after only a few uses, we experienced an issue during testing where the unit refused to turn on — while the problem corrected itself by the next day, it made us question the durability of this pricey model. Despite this incident, this model still may have taken the top spot if it weren't for the fact it costs nearly twice as much as the next most expensive unit.

slow cooker - best for one-pot meals
We loved the ability to sautee vegetables before transitioning to slow cooking, all in one pot; this is particularly useful for recipes that call for heartier, root veggies.
Credit: Aaron Rice


Designed for Low and Slow Cooking

KitchenAid 6-Quart

Capacity: 6 quarts | Programmable?: Yes
User friendly
Long cook time
Large and heavy
Expensive considering simplicity

We've tested very few programmable slow cookers that allow you to push the limits of a 24-hour clock, but the KitchenAid 6-Quart is one of them. For those low-and-slow recipes — like BBQ beef ribs, which benefit from extra-long cook times — this simple, programmable model allows you to cook on one of three heat settings for up to a full 24-hours. We set up a pot roast to cook all day, allowing the flavors to fully develop before this pot switched over to an automatic warming cycle after the designated cook time. The surface area of this 6-quart cooker is a little too large for us to keep it out on our countertops all the time, so we greatly appreciate that KitchenAid includes a cord wrap on the bottom to improve storage.

While the KitchenAid pot may define an easy-to-use interface, it is much more expensive than other, relatively similar models. It does a great job cooking everything from rice and beans to meats and veggies, but not in a way that justifies a price tag that is nearly double its most direct competitors. For this extra expense, you do get a bit more versatility — this is one of the few options we tested that includes high, medium, low, and warm settings — but it simply does not prove itself to be any more worthy than other, less expensive options included in this review.

we appreciate this slow cooker's simple, programmable function...
We appreciate this slow cooker's simple, programmable function, particularly the bright LCD timer that is large enough to read from across the kitchen.
Credit: Aaron Rice


Perfect for Dorm Living

Elite Gourmet 1.5-Quart Slow Cooker

Capacity: 1.5 quarts | Programmable?: No
Small and simple
Great price
On/off light
Lack of features
Lid rattles

Don't be thrown off by the diminutive size of the Elite Gourmet 1.5-Quart Slow Cooker — its value far exceeds some of the other models included in this review. The pint-sized package of this crock is exactly what made us fall in love with it. Perfect for side dishes and other small portions, this is one of the few units capable of cooking perfectly fluffy rice in quantities other than pounds. This option is the ideal-sized crock to set up and slow cook meals overnight for those who enjoy waking up to a savory congee or porridge.

Don't expect any bells and whistles on this super basic contender. However, it does include an on/off light — surprisingly, this is a considerable advantage over some of the other popular manual options included in this review. While it is possible to cook slightly more than a single serving, don't expect to dish out a dinner-for-two from this crock — you'll both probably leave hungry. The Elite is small enough to incorporate into a kitchen of any size, and we see a particular value for those dorm-dwelling, oatmeal-eating college students who want an alternative to rousing themselves from bed in time for dining hall breakfast.

small, simple, and sturdy, this inexpensive option still offers an...
Small, simple, and sturdy, this inexpensive option still offers an on/off light, which is surprisingly a huge advantage over other price-point models that do not include what seems like an ultra-basic feature. On more than one occasion, it helped us realize that power was not flowing to the unit.
Credit: Aaron Rice


Excellent Buffet Option

Tru Triple Crock Buffet

Capacity: 7.5 quarts (2.5 quart each) | Programmable?: No
Three, individual crock pots
Optional lid holders
Huge footprint
Not practical for everyday use

The Tru Triple Crock Buffet is something of a novelty: three individually operated 2.5-quart crocks allow you to cook an entire meal in a convenient unit. We loved it for this purpose — we were able to simultaneously glaze chicken wings, steam rice, and simmer broccoli. The low cooking temperature of this unit makes it particularly suited for cooking sides of vegetables — we were able to cook down root vegetables in just butter, no liquid, on a low setting without any burning. For this reason, we especially enjoyed the ability to cook multiple side dishes, freeing up the stove to focus on the main course.

However, the large footprint of the Triple Crock doesn't exactly make it practical for day-to-day use — we believe it is best to save this one to impress your guests at your next potluck. Despite its overall bulk — which makes it quite the pain to store — the 2.5 quart pots are hardly big enough to fit even a small roast. That said, while this manually-operated crock is basic in function, it is perfect for keeping appetizers warm and delicious at a party that goes late into the evening.

forget take-out, slow cook your way to a chinese-style buffet right...
Forget take-out, slow cook your way to a Chinese-style buffet right at home! This unit was great for simultaneously cooking moderate quantities of party-platter favorites.
Credit: Aaron Rice


Great for Large Servings

Crock-Pot 7-Quart Oval Manual

Capacity: 7 quart | Programmable?: No
Large capacity
Simple to use operation
Too large for regular meals
Short power cord

An oversized version of your very basic crockpot, the Crock-Pot 7-Quart Oval Manual is a no-frills, stainless steel slow cooker. Without the added benefit of a timer, it is best to make sure that you will be at home to check in on this manually operated appliance from time to time. From our testing, it's pretty evident that this crock's enormous capacity is intended for serving large groups of people. It offers over a cubic foot of cooking space, which is certainly big enough to slow cook a small turkey.

Beware that the heating element's higher output tends to overcook smaller portions, which comes into play when cooking smaller dishes. Due to its size, this stoneware crock also takes a noticeably longer amount of time to come up to temperature; this is not ideal for quickly steaming a side of vegetables before dinner. This model is most useful for braising large cross-cuts — like an Osso Buco — where the bone-in shank requires the extra depth afforded by this overly-sized model. While this is not our ideal slow-cooker based on just how much counter space it takes up when it comes to real-estate price, the Crock-Pot 7-Quart Manual is undoubtedly tough to beat if you're looking to feed a household.

ropa vieja, the national dish of cuba, has become one of our...
Ropa Vieja, the national dish of Cuba, has become one of our favorite slow-cooked meals, and this Crock-Pot affords plenty of space to cook up a big batch!
Credit: Aaron Rice

Why You Should Trust Us

Have you ever been asked the question, "If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?" For our home-cooking expert, Aaron Rice, his answer is BBQ — and that answer alone should qualify him as an authority on slow cookers. Aaron has devoted much of his life to sharing delicious food with anyone and everyone. After working in and around professional kitchens for the better part of a decade, he currently co-manages an on-site culinary garden with his wife for a fine-dining restaurant in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Beyond cooking and growing food in the garden, he spends most of his time in the mountains — working as a gear tester for GearLab and full-time ski patroller in the winter.

The non-stick aluminum pot stands out on the Cuisinart Multi-Cooker...
The non-stick aluminum pot stands out on the Cuisinart Multi-Cooker as an alternative to the classic porcelain crock. On sautee mode, the pan will easily reach 350-degrees within a matter of minutes.
A slow cooker can be a great addition of convenience to any kitchen...
A slow cooker can be a great addition of convenience to any kitchen, as long as you have the counterspace to take on one of these specialized appliances.
We love tacos! A slow cooker is a great way to slow roast delicious...
We love tacos! A slow cooker is a great way to slow roast delicious carnitas-pork, without the added heat of having the oven on all day.

Before we start each review at GearLab, we perform our due diligence, spending hours researching the market before purchasing the best slow cookers available. Our culinary experts have tested over 10 slow cookers. For this review, we devoted more than a week to test all of these models side-by-side — cooking various meals. To evaluate all aspects of a slow cooker's performance, we developed a set of testing metrics: user-friendliness, cooking performance, cooking features, and ease of cleaning. Ultimately, we subject each slow cooker to over 18 tests. A cooker's score in each testing metric makes up a portion of their overall performance score.

Our testing of slow cookers is divided across six four metrics:
  • User-Friendliness (35% of overall score weighting)
  • Cooking Performance (30% weighting)
  • Cooking Features (25% weighting)
  • Ease of Cleaning (10% weighting)

Among the testing metrics, user-friendliness holds the most weight on a product's overall score. We believe a slow cooker is the epitome of easy-to-use, low-maintenance cooking, and a model's design and interface should support this. To flush out the details of this test metric, we took note of multiple factors, such as the various temperature settings, timer (i.e., will the model automatically turn to warm after cook time?), ease of programming, and cook and carry capability. Following close behind user-friendliness is cooking performance, holding 30% of a product's overall score. For this test metric, we cooked meat, grains, beans, veggies, plus took notes regarding the slow cooker's size and cooking temperature.

hoping to cook beautiful roasts, and one-pot stews? our review...
Hoping to cook beautiful roasts, and one-pot stews? Our review highlights some of the best slow cookers on the market today.
Credit: Aaron Rice

Analysis and Test Results

Preparing ingredients in the morning and then returning home to the fragrance of a warm, home-cooked meal wafting through the house is convenient and a thing of beauty. To help make this dream a reality for you, we identified four testing metrics that define a great slow cooker, including user-friendliness, cooking performance, cooking features, ease of cleaning. It is important to note that all of the slow cookers ranked relative to one another — we believe that even the lowest-scoring units are still a worthy investment for any kitchen.

the instant pot lux and cuisinart central multi-cooker are the only...
The Instant Pot Lux and Cuisinart Central Multi-Cooker are the only two pots in this review that include slow cooker and steaming programs.
Credit: Aaron Rice


What is a slow cooker, if not convenient? If it is not easy to get one of these appliances up and running, you may as well spend that time cooking that same meal over the stovetop. Many of these models offer relatively similar exhibitions of cooking performance — therefore, it is user-friendliness that provides the first impression and the quality that initially sets them apart.

for most manual crocks, like the elite gourmet 1.5-quart, it is...
For most manual crocks, like the Elite Gourmet 1.5-Quart, it is necessary to brown meat in a pan before slow cooking; the exceptions to this rule are the Lux 6-in-1 and the Cuisinart Multi-Cooker, which include a browning setting.
Credit: Aaron Rice

The aspects contributing to how user-friendly a slow cooker is will vary depending on the type of product it is. For example, with programmable models, how intuitive is the interface? Can you pull the appliance from the shelf and effortlessly set the temperature and time, or do you have to go back and refer to the owner's manual to get going? These questions don't apply to manually operated models; for those, you want to know how well the appliance will incorporate itself into your kitchen. Does it have a considerable footprint — and must be stored in the basement — or can it live on the countertop for easy access? Does this version offer a locking lid, so you can bring your favorite dish with you to a potluck without making a mess of your car?

not only does the cuisinart multi-cooker offer programs beyond...
Not only does the Cuisinart Multi-Cooker offer programs beyond simply slow cooking, but the interface is also incredibly user-friendly. Unfortunately, all of this convenience comes with a heavy price tag.
Credit: Aaron Rice

Regardless of its computing power, the Hamilton Beach Portable with Probe offers an easy answer to all of these questions. Not only is this multi-functional model easy and intuitive to operate — albeit after a quick read of the owner's manual — its locking lid makes it easy to bring your crowd-pleasing pulled pork to the next backyard barbeque. We sincerely appreciated the simple button layout and locking top of the Crock-Pot Cook & Carry for many similar reasons. While their size and footprint don't make them very practical for daily use in most kitchens, the Crock-Pot 7-Quart and Tru Triple Crock have their time and place — particularly when it comes to serving party-sized portions.

after a long day out-and-about, it is a beautiful thing to be able...
After a long day out-and-about, it is a beautiful thing to be able to come home to some delicious pulled pork, and have a quick meal ready in minutes with minimal prep.
Credit: Aaron Rice

Cooking Performance

When it comes to choosing one of these appliances, the qualities of cooking performance are undoubtedly relative to the style of cooking you prefer and the types of recipes that this style favors. The time frame required for this type of cooking calls for efficiency through consistency — namely, the ability to maintain a set temperature for an extended period — and low-and-slow is the name of the game. Although somewhat debatable, many professional sources agree that the ideal slow cooking temperature falls between 190 - 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

although the probe comes standard with a probe thermometer, we...
Although the probe comes standard with a probe thermometer, we decided to objectively test the cooking temperature on LOW; this model offers one of the lower recorded temperatures, which makes it perfect for cooking low-and-slow BBQ.
Credit: Aaron Rice

Not surprisingly, the models closest to hitting this mark also score the highest in overall cooking performance. The low setting of the Lux 6-in-1 came the nearest to this ideal temperature — indeed, this unit is capable of cooking meats that are fall-off-the-bone tender. But anecdotal evidence also illuminated exceptions to this rule: while the KitchenAid 6-Quart is a close competitor, the roasts cooked with this model were much drier in comparison.

rice, a sautee of broccoli and cauliflower, and beautifully glazed...
Rice, a sautee of broccoli and cauliflower, and beautifully glazed chicken, all from one pot! For convenience sake of cooking a full meal, plus sides, all in one unit, the Tru Triple Crock is hard to beat.
Credit: Aaron Rice

We noted that there are important differences between sizes and that size often determines if a slow cooker is particularly suited to cooking certain types of meals. Directly comparing models of the same quart-capacity, we could appropriately space out spare ribs in the wide body of the Crock-Pot Mini Casserole, whereas the same dish would be cramped in one of the 2.5-quart crocks of the Tru Triple.

we tested all of these slow cookers side-by-side, swapping which one...
We tested all of these slow cookers side-by-side, swapping which one cooked grains, vegetables, and meat from night-to-night to enlighten us on the pros and cons of each model. As a bonus, we sure ate well each night!
Credit: Aaron Rice

Cooking Features

Not all slow cookers are created equal, and the cooking features may be the best defining differential quality outside of user-friendliness. We considered specific features — notably the design quality of the lid, safety features, and cooking indicators, to appropriately judge this metric. But the best way to differentiate between your options is to divide them into two distinct categories: programmable and non-programmable.

only the hamilton beach portable 6-quart included a probe setting...
Only the Hamilton Beach Portable 6-Quart included a probe setting that would switch from cooking to warming after the internal temperature reached a set temperature, practically ensuring near-perfectly cooked roasts.
Credit: Aaron Rice

A non-programmable model is a basic version and what you likely remember from your grandmother's kitchen. It has three heat settings: Low, High, and Warm. Beyond that, most of these simple crocks offer no additional cooking features. The difference then is in design features that influence cooking. For instance, the Elite Gourmet 1.5-Quart is the only turn-dial model we tested that includes an on/off light. We particularly appreciate the Cuisinart Cook Central, Hamilton Beach Portable with Probeand the Lux 6-in-1 designed with alarms.

thanks to the miniature size of the elite gourmet 1.5-quart, this...
Thanks to the miniature size of the Elite Gourmet 1.5-Quart, this was one of the few crocks in our review that succeeded in cooking small quantities of rice without burning (down to one cup.)
Credit: Aaron Rice

Of course, the multi-function options blew the competition out of the water. For the price, it is nearly impossible to top the programmable functions, lid design, safety mechanisms, and display of the Lux 6-in-1 — not to mention that this model also offers the ability to pressure cook, sauté, and steam! Second-in-line for distinctive cooking features is the Cuisinart Cook Central, also offering sauté and steaming capabilities. However, the Hamilton Beach Portable has a considerable advantage over many other models when it comes to slow-cooking red meat. Its included meat thermometer and program allow you to set internal temperature.

the cuisinart central multi-cooker includes a steaming rack, giving...
The Cuisinart Central Multi-Cooker includes a steaming rack, giving you the added benefit of perfectly steaming vegetables within minutes.
Credit: Aaron Rice

Ease of Cleaning

Not only are these appliances easy to cook with, but they also tend to be incredibly easy to clean! Most of the models we tested are designed with the classic stoneware crock — except for the Lux 6-in-1, a stainless steel option, and the Cook Central, a nonstick aluminum contender. These enamel pots are very easy to scrub clean with a sponge, and all models — including the metal ones — are dishwasher safe.

in this review, most of the slow cooker designs include a classic...
In this review, most of the slow cooker designs include a classic stoneware crock that removes from the heating unit for easy cleaning. We found that the larger the slow cooker, the larger the crock, and the more difficult it was to clean.
Credit: Aaron Rice

Otherwise, ease of cleaning is determined by the size and shape of the pot itself. A 4-quart model, like the Hamilton Beach Programmable, easily fits into a standard dishwasher without taking up too much space. In contrast, the Crock-Pot 7-Quart's oversized pot requires pretty much the entire lower rack. While many will appreciate the nonstick coating of the Cook Central, our lead tester is skeptical of the long-term durability of this material for a pot and opts for the stainless steel or stoneware models for his kitchen.

the crock-pot mini casserole, with its 2.5-quart crock, is the...
The Crock-Pot Mini Casserole, with its 2.5-Quart crock, is the perfect size for cooking smaller servings of stews and sauces, making it a great option for those who don't need to feed a whole family.
Credit: Aaron Rice


It doesn't have to be a slow process to find the best slow cooker to add to your home kitchen. Fortunately, you can reap the benefits from our hard work (indeed, we devoted a ton of time using these appliances) to narrow down the selection of slow cookers to find the right one for your needs. There's no doubt that this countertop kitchen appliance is worth the investment and free smells — just prep your ingredients and let the slow cooker do the rest. As Julia Child often said, "Bon appetite!"

imagine walking in the door to the smell of a delicious home-cooked...
Imagine walking in the door to the smell of a delicious home-cooked meal!
Credit: Aaron Rice

Aaron Rice

Ad-free. Influence-free. Powered by Testing.

GearLab is founded on the principle of honest, objective, reviews. Our experts test thousands of products each year using thoughtful test plans that bring out key performance differences between competing products. And, to assure complete independence, we buy all the products we test ourselves. No cherry-picked units sent by manufacturers. No sponsored content. No ads. Just real, honest, side-by-side testing and comparison.

Learn More