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Best Slow Cookers - Best Buy Options for 2015

Updated on January 1, 2015
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Which Are The Best Slow Cookers for 2015?

Let's take a look at some of the Best Slow Cookers that are available.

Don't you just love slow cookers or crockpots as they are often called. They're simply one of the best kitchen inventions since the toaster.

With slow cookers, you no longer have to slave all day over a hot stove, preparing meals and cooking dishes.

Strange as some may find it there is quite a lot of thought needs to be given to the decisions around buying a slow cooker.

Whether you are looking for one that is very easy to use or one that offers lots of different features such as touchpad control and LCD display you need to think about what you are looking for and compare and contrast what each type offers.

So let's take a look at two brands of slow cookers which are considered to be the Best Slow Cookers.

The Benefits of Using Slow Cookers

How a Crockpot Can Save You Time and Effort

Slow cookers or crockpots allow you to drop in all the ingredients (sometimes without even mixing it), set it and forget it. You can go and do other things for the next couple of hours while your slow cooker cooks your dishes to perfection. Once you come back to it, there’s a hot meal waiting inside. Just serve and eat.

A slow cooker allows you to cook food at a relatively low temperature for many hours. This simmering process results in tender, perfectly cooked dishes such as pot roast, stews and other similar dishes. Do you find yourself being incredibly busy during dinner time, trying to get everyone settled and all the food cooked?

With a slow cooker, you can go to work, do house chores or even go shopping while everything cooks. They’re ideal for busy families who have work, school, soccer practices, piano lessons and ballet classes to attend to right before dinner. With a busy schedule like that, who has time to cook? A slow cooker of course.

You can even set slow cookers to cook the night before. Because they’re set on constant low heat, the possibility of burning your food isn’t very high. Also, the ceramic pot acts as a heat reservoir and so there are no dangers of abrupt pressure release. This also makes them safe to leave unattended for long periods of time.

Slow cookers are easy to operate and fully functional. Almost anybody can use a slow cooker. Other than for simmering, you can also use them as food warmers during parties or dinners. You can use them for soups, nacho cheese, chili, gravy or anything else that’s best served warm.

Best Slow Cookers
Best Slow Cookers

Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker

Best Slow Cookers

The Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker includes the following features:

* Versatile 3-in-1 slow cooker with white-decorator electric base

* 3, colored, stoneware vessels in 2-quart, 4-quart, and 6-quart sizes

* Glass lid fits all 3 vessels; dishwasher-safe crockery and lid

* 3 heat settings; cooking vessels nest into base for compact storage

* Measures approximately 15 by 9 by 15 inches; 1-year warranty

Many people considered it to be a very versatile product especially with the three different size stoneware bowls that can be fitted into the base of the cooker. This Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker offers a two, four, and six quart capacity.

With three heating settings, this well-designed cooker has been very popular with consumers. Priced at $49.99, it is clear that you are getting more for your money with this brand.

For those who have used the Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker, they simply love it! It is easy to clean, the manual controls are simple to use, and the included three stoneware vessels are an added plus.

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

Best Slow Cookers
Best Slow Cookers

Cuisinart Slow Cooker

The Cuisinart Slow Cooker features:

* Touchpad control panel with LCD timer display and 24 hour timer. Off/On, Keep Warm, Simmer, Low and High settings.

* Removable 4 quart round ceramic cooking pot that automatically shifts to "Warm" when cook time ends.

* Brushed stainless steel housing with chrome-plates handles with glass lid with stainless steel rim and chrome-plated knob. Non-slip rubber feet.

* Dishwasher safe lid and ceramic pot.

* Includes cooking rack for use with ramekins or other bakeware and spiral bound recipe book with 70 basic to gourmet dishes and instruction book

This 24-hour programmable slow cooker is a hit among consumers who favor this brand. In addition to its stainless steel housing, glass lid, and other features mentioned above, it is dishwasher safe and the ceramic pot is made of non-slip rubber.

Cuisinart users remark that this slow cooker has an elegant design, the controls are easy to use and understand, it has an automatic warming component, and runs without any noise.

The downside is that the lid tends to be too tight which allows for water build up. They have also noted that it takes longer to cook many dishes than with other brands.

So Which Is The Best Slow Cooker?

When you look at both of these brands, it appears that expensive isn't always best. Perhaps the bells and whistles decrease the efficiency of a product rather than increasing its overall performance.

This seems to be the case with the Cuisinart. However, Hamilton Beach has been a popular product for many years, whether or not you choose either depends on past performance.

© 2010 pkmcr

Which Do You Think Is The Best Slow Cooker? - Have You Been Using One Of These Crockpots?

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    • pkmcruk profile imageAUTHOR

      pkmcr 

      4 years ago from Cheshire UK

      @Paula Atwell that's certainly an interesting use for a slow cooker! We have had so much benefit from having one and yes letting dinner cook throughout the day rather than the mad rush can be a real bonus.

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      Paula Atwell 

      4 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      This is actually quite timely for me. I used to have a slow cooker but then I started using it when I made glass beads to keep them warm. (This kind of things happens to my kitchen stuff more than you might expect) Now that I am home more, the idea of starting a meal early and letting it simmer all day is very intoxicating. I am sure that they have advanced since I last looked. :)

    • pkmcruk profile imageAUTHOR

      pkmcr 

      4 years ago from Cheshire UK

      @RaintreeAnnie we have found them so useful during the week when we are out and about and also at the weekend when there is so much to get done! Thanks for taking the time to comment which I really appreciate.

    • RaintreeAnnie profile image

      RaintreeAnnie 

      4 years ago from UK

      I think we will be due a new slow cooker next year. They are so useful and great for healthy meals when you have a busy life.

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      RussKeith 

      5 years ago

      I have had the same slow cooker since I got married 22 years ago and it works great it is a Rival, but it is on the small side and I have been looking around for one that is versatile. I really like the Hamilton Beach 3 in 1, it looks nice and it will meet all my needs. Thank you for the comparisons.

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      Tony Payne 

      6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      We used to have one when I lived in Florida, it was wonderful. It's great to set it in the morning, then to come home to some great cooking smells. I used to work for the company that makes Crockpot. Great information and selection of products, blessed.

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      Chazz 

      6 years ago from New York

      Don't have one -- not sure how it would compare to the aroma of a slow simmering stew or soup on my old gas stove. But then, I still make coffee the old fashioned way too.

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      bossypants 

      6 years ago

      I adore my slow cooker and would not be averse to having a second one. When I purchased the last one I was actually put off by the computerized features on some. (I don't like my appliances to be smarter than I am.) So, I agree with youthat the "bells and whistles" can be a deterent.

      I think the Hamilton Beach model you featured with the 3 crock sizes is very appealing. I enjoyed this lens!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      6 years ago from United States

      I absolutely love my slow cooker! Of course, I call it my crockpot too. Not only is the food excellent, but the ease of using one is out of this world fantastic!

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      I've seen some tempting recipes for slow cookers, or crockpots as I tend to call them. Sure would be nice to come home and dinner is all cooked.

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I don't know about the best, but I love mine. Just finished a meal I cooked in my slow cooker (crockpot) last night, while I was sleeping.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I never use one but they seem like a good idea

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      Linda Jo Martin 

      6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I like the Hamilton Beach Set'n'forget slow cooker! A good slow cooker is a cook's best friend! Well, that and the coffee pot!

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      Lisa 

      6 years ago from Rhode Island

      slow cookers are wonderful for all kinds of gatherings as well I have 5 of them 2 from my mother a couple from our wedding one from his mother and one was his and friends are always borrowing them for events they are just wonderful for so many reasons.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Excellent information on slow cookers. I don't know what I'd do without mine, because dinner cooks while I'm writing a lens. :-) New Year's blessings!

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      Ronlove LM 

      6 years ago

      Very nice we have two!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Slow cookers are economic and use less fuel.

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      oztoo lm 

      7 years ago

      Wouldn't be without my slow cooker. Blessed.

    • pkmcruk profile imageAUTHOR

      pkmcr 

      8 years ago from Cheshire UK

      @anonymous: Thanks for dropping by and commenting and for making me chuckle - that sounds like the best sort of slow cooker doesn't it!

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      I don't have a preference, but I love my slow cooker. Saves me from eating fast food.

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