Best Slow Cookers [2019]

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Best Overall Pick: Instant Pot Duo 7-In-1 Slow Cooker
If you are looking for a good, all-around, dependable choice, then the Duo 7-In-1 is perfect for you. It will work for most families, making delicious meals while you are away, without breaking the bank. It might not be the cheapest option, but it packs some serious punch for the price and is overall the best for the money.

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Instant Pot Duo 7-In-1 Slow Cooker

  • More Than A Slow Cooker
  • Auto-Warm Setting After Cooking Has Completed
  • 24 Hour Delay Start Feature Allows You To Prepare Everything Beforehand

Best Premium Pick: Cuisinart PSC-650 Slow Cooker
The warranty alone makes this the best slow cooker on our list. However, this is the closest to “commercial-grade” as we could get without going completely unreasonable in terms of price. If you want plenty of cooking capacity, with more than enough cooking options, the PSC-650 is your next slow cooker and is the best premium choice for home-use.

Best Value Pick: Hamilton Beach 33231 Manual Slow Cooker
For those who are budget-conscious, the 33231 from Hamilton Beach is perfect. It is a sub-$25 slow cooker with plenty of features that even some of the higher-end options do not have. If you only plan on using the slow cooker occasionally, this Hamilton is the perfect option.

How We Picked

There is something about the smell of food preparing in a slow cooker to make anyone’s mood better. Do you remember going to your grandparent’s house after service and having a delicious plate of roast with potatoes and vegetables? Or the smell of the soup simmering for six hours? If so, you are not alone.

Slow cookers have been around for a LONG time, creating delicious meals while you did other things. Unlike other cooking methods, you could throw everything into one pot and come back after a few hours and everything would be cooked and ready. The overall design of a slow cooker has not changed much. Instead, slow cookers have only improved.

Today, we are going to look at some of the best slow cookers that are available on the market right now. There are hundreds of options available to choose from, but we were able to narrow the list down to just ten. To help you understand what we looked at when comparing each of these, we have included a buyer’s guide that you can use too. And, if you have any questions while reading through our list, then check out our frequently asked questions section to see if we have already answered; if not, let us know so that we can help you and our future visitors.

#1 Instant Pot Duo 7-In-1 Slow Cooker

Instant Pot Duo Mini 3

Specs:

  • Programmable: Yes
  • Capacity: 3 Quarts
  • Weight: 8.65 Pounds

With the name Instant Pot, it is easy to understand why you would think that this is NOT a slow cooker. However, you would be wrong. Instant Pot is a fairly new company that has changed the way we cook forever. Creating some of the best cooking solutions, specifically their pressure cookers, they have managed to disrupt everything. And that is why the first slow cooker on our list is the Instant Pot Duo 7-In-1 Slow Cooker.

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Starting out, this is a good size for most families. At three quarts of cooking capacity, you will have plenty of room for most of your meals. Now, if you have a larger family, then this might be a little small for you. As for portability, it is not very heavy with a total weight of 8.65 pounds while empty.

Designwise, the outside is wrapped in stainless steel and covered in black trimmings. The lid is completely detached but can be set into mounting holes temporarily while removing food. The lid is hefty with a large handle for easy grip. Inside, there is a removable, stainless steel cooking pot and steam rack; both are completely dishwasher safe and easily removable.

Instant Pot Duo Mini 3 in the kitchen with food

Controlling the Duo is extremely easy with the programmable interface. Everything is clearly labeled so you know what you are working with. The built-in LCD shows you the time, how much pressure is being used, and other cooking details. Of course, this is designed to do more than just slow cook your food. In fact, you can also sauté, steam, warm, pressure cook, rice cook, and even make yogurt. Again, everything can be accessed using the programmable interface on the front of the slow cooker.

As for a warranty, Instant Pot covers the Duo for a period of one year from defects in workmanship and materials as long as it is used under normal, residential operation.

What We Like

Most of the time, multi-purpose devices are not nearly as effective as single-use devices. However, this 7-In-One slow cooker is not a normal multi-purpose cooker. Not only can it handle all of your slow-cooking needs, but it can also handle your pressure cooking needs too. With everything clearly marked on the front of the cooker, you will not be left guessing at what you need to press to create the perfect meal.

Overall

For a small to medium-sized family, the Instant Pot Duo 7-In-One Slow Cooker should be on your wishlist. With a three-quart capacity, it will give you plenty of food to fill your bellies while making it easy to focus on other things (i.e. work, family, friends). Again, this is more than just a slow cooker, which is why it is a steal at this price.

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Instant Pot Duo 7-In-1 Slow Cooker

  • More Than A Slow Cooker
  • Auto-Warm Setting After Cooking Has Completed
  • 24 Hour Delay Start Feature Allows You To Prepare Everything Beforehand

#2 Hamilton Beach 33969A Slow Cooker

Hamilton Beach 33969A Slow Cooker

Specs:

  • Programmable: Yes
  • Capacity: 6 Quarts
  • Weight: 14.5 Pounds

Now, we are going to look at a brand is been in kitchens for quite a while. Hamilton Beach has produced a high-quality, budget-friendly cooking and/or kitchen devices for a LONG time. In fact, you should not be surprised if you see two or more of their slow cookers on our list today. The 33969A from Hamilton Beach is much more than what your parents and/or grandparents used; it is packed with features that obliterates slow cookers of the past.

Hamilton Beach 33969A Slow Cooker with food inside

With six quarts of cooking capacity, you can just about feed an army (or at least your family and friends). It is fairly heavy, coming in at 14.5 pounds, making portability a little more difficult when fully loaded. To make sure everything stays inside of the pot while traveling, the lid comes with secure transport clips that apply significant pressure to keep everything inside. The lid itself is made of glass, with a small knob-handle on the top that provides a fairly secure grip. Inside, there is a removable stoneware liner that is completely dishwasher safe; the lid can be cleaned using the top-rack. As for the outer design, it is wrapped in a stainless steel outer with plenty of gloss back trimming. The programmable touch panel is wrapped in black with a medium-sized LCD display that shows the time and temperature of the food inside (when using the included probe).

Hamilton Beach 33969A Slow Cooker on the kitchen counter

Unlike some of the “fancier” slow cookers on the market, this one uses a much simpler interface for changing the settings. Choose your program, choose your heat setting, and go. The slow cooker will keep everything “just right” until you get back. If you prefer, you can even cook using a manual setting allowing you to select your heat and wait. If the power goes off for any reason, the slow cooker will remember its settings and start back up as long as the power was not off for longer than five seconds.

Hamilton Beach also offers a one-year limited warranty that protects you from any defects in workmanship or materials. Overall, a one-year limited warranty is normal for most slow cookers.

What We Like

Sometimes it is good to go back to your roots. This Hamilton Beach slow cooker definitely looks the part, reminding us what slow cookers used to look like. However, that is where the comparison ends as you can control the time, temperature, and even monitor the internal temperature using an included probe – this is definitely not the slow cooker your parents had.

Overall

If you want a slow cooker that is backed by one of the most dependable and trustworthy brands on the market today, then the Hamilton Beach 33969A slow cooker is perfect. It comes with some specialized features like the included probe and power-interruption memory that help set it apart without costing a fortune.

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Hamilton Beach 33969A Slow Cooker

  • Included Probe To Keep Up With Internal Food Temperature
  • Clip-Tight Gasket Lid Ensures Everything Stays Inside While traveling
  • Power-Interruption Memory Setting Ensures Your Food Cooks Even When The Power Flickers

#3 Instant Pot Ultra 10-In-1 Slow Cooker

Instant Pot Ultra 10-In-1 Slow Cooker

Specs:

  • Programmable: Yes
  • Capacity: 6 Quarts
  • Weight: 11.83 Pounds

Instant Pot has so many offerings, it is hard not to put them on this list A LOT more. However, this is another slow cooker that absolutely outranks the competition. The Ultra 10-In-1 gives you more space that the Duo 7-In-1 mentioned earlier, while also giving you more capacity. Plus, they throw in a few more “must-have” features while still staying budget-friendly.

Instant Pot Ultra 10-In-1 Slow open

This is definitely designed for larger families and/or gatherings. With six quarts of cooking capacity, you will have tons of leftovers to munch on through the week. Weightwise, it is not very heavy, with a total weight of 11.83 pounds when empty.

Sticking to their roots, the Ultra is wrapped in a stainless steel outer with plenty of black accents. Again, the lid will detach completely but can be temporarily held using specialized mounting holes for checking out the delicious goodness cooking inside. The lid is extremely thick, with a large handle for easy, slip-proof grip. And just like the Duo, the Ultra also comes with a removable, stainless steel cooking pot and steam rack.

Instant Pot Ultra 10-In-1 Slow Cooker next to a meal

The Ultra upgrades the touch panel with a rotary dial that allows you to choose your cooking settings (and it is loaded). You can keep track of the time, pressure, temperature, delay, keep warm, sound alerts, and even the heat levels throughout the cooking cycle. Again, this can do much more than slow cook your food. Other options include pressure cook, soup/broth, meat/stew, bean/chili, steam, sauté, warm, rice, porridge, multigrain, cake, egg, yogurt, and more.

Again, the Ultra is covered by Instant Pot’s one-year warranty that protects you from defects in materials and/or workmanship when used under normal, residential operation.

What We Like

The Ultra is massive when compared to the Duo. Again, this is much more than just a slow cooker, giving you the ability to pressure cook as well as many other cooking features. The center, rotary-dial makes selecting your cooking options of breeze and the removable cooking liner makes cleanup even easier.