Top Slow Cookers
Slow cookers are magical. Start dinner at breakfast, and arrive home to goodness. The Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice awards recognize the top slow cookers on the market, based solely on the product reviews we collect and publish daily on Viewpoints. Our reviews are written by ordinary consumers, not professional testers. These slow cookers all meet Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice award eligibility and represent the top 7 percent of 159+ slow cookers reviewed on Viewpoints. Is there a slow cooker in your life? Here are some ideas to get started.
Viewpoints recommends these slow cookers as top choices:
Best Overall: Slow Cookers – Basic
Hamilton Beach 3-in-1 Slow Cooker 33135 ($70)
Rated 95 | 63+ reviews
Our reviewers adore the versatility of the Hamilton Beach 3-in-1 Slow Cooker. Choose from three bowls (2,4 or 6 qt.) to suit your recipe. Reviewers heap praise on this slow cooker which also “works perfectly.”
“Voila! I have made roasts, hams, turkey breasts, breakfast casseroles, soups and stews, etc. in this cooker. Each and every time, I get a delicious meal. Meats come out so moist and never over or under cooked. Clean up is easy.” –dolphinedove, Reviewer since 2010
Best Value: Slow Cookers – Basic
Crock-Pot 4-Quart Slow Cooker 3040-BC / 3040-VG ($25)
Rated 90 | 85+ reviews
Simplicity is beauty of the Crock-Pot 4-Quart Slow Cooker. Just three settings, no bells and whistles, just Crock-Pot quality and reliability. It’s the staple of every bridal registry. Reviewers also say this slow cooker hits the spot “when you’re tired of spending an arm and leg on microwave meals.”
“… makes you feel like a bargain finder. It’s well worth its price and more. I absolutely love stews, and my Crock-Pot is my favorite appliance on the days I crave a good stew.” –Abulen, Reviewer since 2013
Best Overall: Slow Cooker – Programmable
Hamilton Beach Set ‘n’ Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker 33967 ($60)
Rated 94 | 136+ reviews
For a high-tech slow cooker, the Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker is a Viewpoints favorite. It’s most often mentioned as being especially great for cooking large meat cuts to tender perfection, using a meat probe.
“The keep-warm feature is a nice addition. The locking lid is fantastic for travel to potlucks and picnics … I like to put our next days meat in the cooker at bedtime, and it’s done by morning.”–spookygwoman, Brush Prairie, WA, Reviewer since 2011
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More Top Slow Cookers
These seven slow cookers are award-winners too! They meet the tough criteria for a Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice award and are also highly recommended:
This slow cooking device has the ability to cook a 6 pound chicken, two 3 pound roasts and more while the warming feature ensures your meal is at the perfect temperature for serving. The dishwasher-safe, travel-friendly device is Viewpoints-rated at 92 with 101+ reviews.
Reviewers say they “couldn’t live without” the Crock-Pot 6-Quart Round Slow Cooker. It is travel-friendly and has a convenient warm setting to ensure your meal stays heated. This “necessary cooking appliance” is Viewpoints-rated at 91 with 55+ reviews.
This travel-friendly slow cooker is ideal for parties, tailgates or picnics as it prevents any possible messes from occurring in transport with a secure-fit lid and tight seal. Viewpoints-rated at 92 with 26+ reviews reviewers say it is “a solution for transporting meals in a crock-pot.”
This spill-resistant, easy transport slow cooker makes it a kitchen “must have.” Viewpoints-rated at 90 with 91+ reviews, reviewers say the slow cooking device “cooks evenly” and is “an excellent value for the money.”
West Bend 5-Quart Oblong Slow Cooker 84915 ($60)
This 5-quart slow cooker features a non-stick interior that is safe to use in the freezer, stovetop, oven or refrigerator. The cooking device comes with a thermal carrying case and a heating base that doubles as a small griddle. It’s Viewpoints-rated at 90 with 18+ reviews.
Crock-Pot 3.5-Quart Slow Cooker 3735-WN ($30)
This one serves up to 4 people with its 3.5-quart capacity. It’s perfect for families on the go, as it’s easy to carry out and has a convenient warm setting to maintain temperature. Viewpoints-rated at 88 with 368+ reviews, with one reviewer calls it “the smartest thing I’ve bought.”
This inexpensive 4-quart oval stoneware slow cooker is easy-to-use, dishwasher safe and has an inner ceramic bowl and four different heating settings. Viewpoints-rated at 87 with 38+ reviews, reviewers are calling it the “most amazing kitchen invention” that “gets the job done for cheap.”
Editor’s Note: Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice awards were given in October and November, 2013, and current product ratings may differ.