The Best Slow Cooker for Your Family

All slow cookers are not created equal! Many factors go into deciding if the slow cooker you pick is going to make your life easier or just become another casualty in the kitchen gadget graveyard. So before you head to the store, check out our recommendations for which slow cookers are perfect for you!

Big Families

Hamilton Beach 7 Quart Stay Or Go Slow Cooker — $35.99

This slow cooker has a hefty seven quart capacity—one of the biggest sizes on the market—making it great for big families and potlucks alike. It also comes with a spill-proof lid and folding handles that make for an easy trip to your next big family event.

Singles

Proctor Silex 1-1/2 Quart Round Slow Cooker — $19.99

This simple slow cooker is small enough to just make one or two servings of food, but not so small that it’s hard to use. It also works as a great dip-warmer for a buffet. It’ll fit in almost any cabinet in your kitchen, making it a great option for cooks with a small kitchen.

Cooking for Two

Aroma 20-Cup Digital Rice Cooker and Food Steamer — $39.99

This slow cooker is much more than just a slow cooker, it’s also a steamer and rice cooker, making it perfect for small families. Set up the rice cooker to overnight to make oatmeal in the morning, and then set it up again to slow cook soup for dinner.

Newbies

Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker — $49.99

New to slow cookers or cooking in general? This programmable slow cooker takes the guess work out of slow cooking. It has an attached temperature probe that’ll turn off the slow cooker when your food is done.

Seasoned Cooks

Cuisinart 3-In-1 Cook Central 6-Quart Multi-Cooker — $159.99

The granddaddy of slow cookers—this machine goes way beyond just slow cooking. A backlit LCD screen lets you flip between cooking modes—slow cook, steam, and saute with just the touch of a finger. You can move way beyond just cooking soup in your slow cooker, and instead create entire meals in one appliance.

What’s your favorite crock-pot creation?

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Cassie Johnston is an award-winning food writer and recipe developer living and working in Southern Indiana. Her work has been feature in national publications such as Gourmet Magazine and The Huffington Post. Cassie’s a big fan of strenuous hikes, cheese, watching sports, Brussels sprouts, and craft beer, and she’ll talk your ear off about her love of local food and seasonal eating. She’s obsessed with social media and loves connecting with new friends!