Whether you're a working mother, a bachelor, a single parent, or simply too busy to spend your time cooking, the slow cooker is a wonderful convenience. Features and sizes vary, so if you're not sure which crock pot is best for you, do some window-shopping through the links below.
This multi-cooker has a nonstick insert. It can brown and saute in the unit with temperatures up to 400°, and it can steam. The slow cooker settings include Low, High, and Simmer. It also has an automatic Keep Warm mode.
This slow cooker has a hinged lid with a seal so you can snap the top down and take the full slow cooker along to a potluck or office party. The controls are basic: HIGH, LOW, WARM, but it's reasonably priced.
This DeLonghi model is an attractive stainless steel slow cooker with a 10-hour digital timer. Cook settings are High, Low, and a 2-hour Keep Warm.
This 5-quart model also comes in a 6-quart size. The "smart" controls allow timed cooking on high or low.
This 6-quart model has 3 heat settings, with a warm setting for serving.
This programmable slow cooker has a stainless steel exterior and the setting automatically converts to Warm when the cooking is done.
If you love risotto and like the convenience of a rice cooker and slow cooker, you might want to take a look at this multi-cooker. In this appliance, you can steam, saute, make great risotto, fluffy rice, quinoa, and slow cooked meals. So far I've used mine to make risotto, a few rice dishes, and a few slow cooker dishes.
A smaller slow cooker from Rival, with a Rinse-Clean lifetime stick resistant coating.
This model features an aluminum insert which can be used on the stovetop or oven. It has a temperature dial (not digital) with 3 settings and a removable cord.
This 5-quart slow cooker pot goes from the heating and serving base to stovetop, oven, refrigerator, or freezer. It has settings for Low, Medium, and High, and settings for roasting. The base doubles as a non-stick mini-griddle.