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Best Slow Cookers

Updated on November 10, 2010

The best crock pots on the market are all featured below. Otherwise known a crock pots, they're a wonderful, labor saving small kitchen appliance that can be found in kitchens across the nations.

Designed to slow cook dishes, they're almost a 'set it and forget it' dining aide. They're perfect for stews, pot roasts and almost any dish that you can cook in a traditional oven and they're a huge help to a those that don't always have the luxury of time to prepare delicious home cooked meals.

They're fabulous for families and busy moms and dads and turn out beautiful dishes time and agan. A slow cooker is frugal to run, affordable to purchase and can and do become a great long term yet inexpensive investment.


Hamilton Beach 33967 Set 'n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker

This is the best large sized crock pot and is perfect for large families. The pot is six quarts, is programmable and has an easy to read LED screen. It's a stoneware pot, dishwasher safe and the lid is manufactured from tempered glass - plus it's lockable. It comes complete with a slow cooker recipe book, as well as a temperature probe - a great safety feature.

There's also a clip on spoon and the exterior is stainless steel - which looks good after years of use. It's flexible when it comes to different meats and dishes - you can set it to reach a target temperature, whereby once reached it will switched to a 'keep-warm' facility. You can alter the temperature according to the type or size of meat that you use. This is a fantastic cooker, with a lot of flexibility and a cracking price tag.

Cuisinart PSC-350 3-1/2-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker

This is the best mid range crock pot - it holds up to 3 172 quarts. Suitable for small families, its features include a ceramic pot, a stylish stainless steel exterior and stay cool handles. There's also an LCD timer, four different cooking programmes and a control panel that's a touch pad. The pot can run through a dishwasher, as can the lid and once food reaches the required temperature, it defers to the keep-warm mode.

It looks good, the overall manufacture is of a high quality and it really does produce some very pleasing results. It comes with a fairly comprehensive recipe book that's packed with fifty recipes that are easy to follow. A super mid-sized slow cooker and on offer at a great discount price.

Maxi-Matic Elite Cuisine Slow Cooker

This is the best selling mini crock pot - and it looks awesome sat on the countertop. Vibrant, stylish, it cooks like a dream and possesses a variety of great features. It's perfect for two people and small dishes and the one and a half quart pot will double up as a serving dish. It has high, low and defrost settings and a tempered glass lid.

It is particularly good for soups and small portions of meat and vegetables and it won't over or under cook food. It's pretty lightweight, according to its size and it's designed with stay cool handles and a cool touch knob on the lid. A super little slow cooker and for less than 15 bucks, an absolute bargain.

Hamilton Beach 33135 3-in-1 Slow Cooker with 2-, 4-, and 6-Quart Crocks, Stainless Steel

The is the most versatile crock pot, in that there are three different sized pots - 3, 4 and 6 quarts capacity. This allows a lot of options. You can cook a large family meal - then switch to a smaller setting for smaller meals or for reheating left overs. Each pot is stoneware, the housing is stainless steel and the lid is glass. The pots and glass are suitable for a dishwasher.

The pots also stack inside one another and the lid can be placed on top - making them easy to store. There are three different heat settings and there's a handy slow cooker recipe book included. You can also use the pots in the microwave or as serving dishes - which gives the whole appliance even more flexibility. An outstanding 3 in 1 slow cooker and unbeatable on pierce and versatility.

West Bend 84905 5-Quart Oblong-Shaped Slow Cooker

This is the best selling 5 quart crock pot and it's also pretty versatile. The base also doubles up as a mini griddle and it can be placed safely on a countertop or a cooker/stove top. The removable pot is a non-stick manufacture and both the lid and pot are dishwasher safe.

The temperature control has five different settings, one being a useful keep-warm facility. It will make a perfect job of stews, roasts, curries, soups and more and the fact that you can use the base as a non.stick griddle is awesome - and it really works. A very user friendly slow cooker, surprisingly good quality and definitely worth the investment if you need a larger size.


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