Buying Guides: Slow Cookers


Often referred to as a Crock Pot (the original slow cooker), slow cookers are a convenient and cost effective way to prepare meals. Slow cookers are perfect for those with a busy lifestyle that don’t have the time or energy to prepare a nice home cooked meal after a long day. Just throw your ingredients in the pot before you leave the house, and let the cooker do the rest! This small counter top appliance is also a great way to cut costs: cheaper, less tender cuts of meat are better suited for slow cookers. This guide will help you choose the most suitable design with the features that best suit your needs.

Programmable vs. Manual

Programmable or digital slow cookers are extremely convenient because they allow you to schedule on and off times, and the length of cooking time.  You can even have the cooker switch to “keep warm” after a set amount of time, or let it decide on its own by using a wemo enabled slow cooker.  Programmable slow cookers offer you more flexibility with the time controls and some peace of mind for those who do not want to leave the appliance running all day while at work.  Some advanced features also include an automatic iStir stirring system designed for added convenience! This ensures food tastes delicious, cooks evenly and reduces build up on stoneware.

Manual slow cookers are simple and easy to use! Just turn the control to the desired setting, they usually have a low, medium, and high setting. Manual slow cookers do not have timer so you’ll have to monitor the cooking, especially for smaller quantities of more delicate foods, and you’ll have to turn the slow cooker off. Some have a keep warm setting but you’ll have to manually switch to this mode. Although you benefit from cheaper price points, manual slow cookers are not always as convenient due to the lack of timer.

Crock-Pot Manual Slow Cooker, Damask Pattern
Crock-Pot Manual Slow Cooker, Damask Pattern
Crock-Pot Cook & Carry Programmable Slow Cooker
Crock-Pot Cook & Carry Programmable Slow Cooker

Shape & Size

Most slow cookers are are either round or oval shapes. The round shapes are best for making soups and stews, and oval shapes are good if you think you’ll be making a lot of large cuts of meat, such as roasts or a whole chicken.

When deciding on the size of your slow cooker think about the size of your family and how many people you will be cooking for. Capacities typically range from 1.5 to 8.5 quarts. A 5- or 6-quart slow cooker is recommended for a family of four. Keep in mind that a slow cooker works best when filled at least half full, it is important to consider this when you consider which size is best for you.

Crock-Pot Manual Slow Cooker
Round: Crock-Pot Manual Slow Cooker
KitchenAid Slow Cooker - 6 quart - Dual Lid
Oval – KitchenAid Slow Cooker w/ Dual Lid

This inexpensive kitchen favourite will save you time and money. Not to mention, your taste buds will thank you!

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