Top 10 Best Slow Cookers

Fresh from looking at the Top 5 Best Slow Cooker in the US and the Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker, what about this side of the Atlantic. What is on offer for those considering a slow cooker as an add-on for the kitchen.

We know the convenience of slow cookers. But the benefits does not stop there. Slow cookers are cheaper to run and much lower in energy consumption compared to the standard ovens. Depending on the type of meat and how long you slow cook, the process prevents water from escaping and keep the nutrients locked in making your food more flavoursome.

To stop overcooking, keep an eye on the clock or set the correct cooking time based on the weight or size of the meat if a timer function is available. All slow cookers come with see through glass lid that lets you check the food so you can do this without letting the heat or steam escape.

When considering a slow cooker, keep the following in mind:


  • Capacity: how big is your family, are you cooking for 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or more. Do you entertain a lot and are you likely to host parties that require the use the cooker. A good general guide is to allow 1 litre of capacity per serving. So a 3.5 litre slow cooker would cook for 3-4 people and a 6.5 litre slow cooker would cook for 6-7 people. It is likely that
  • Shape: are you likely to use it for roast and large cut of meat or whole chicken. If so, then you may want to consider an oval shaped high capacity slow cooker. Most slow cookers are oval shaped but there is the odd ones which may still be round shape especially the lower capacity models.
  • Programmable and Multi-function: programmable timer, cooking functions and heat level settings are available on advanced models other than the manual ones. Multi-cookers lets you steam, cook rice, porridge and more.
  • Sear and Saute: some slow cookers let you brown the meat on the hob or oven to seal in the juices with durable pot that can withstand high temperature. You can then move the pot into the base unit to continue cooking the food. No need for a separate pan or transferring food from one cookware to another.
  • Dishwasher Safe: this is clearly a given but we thought we put it down anyway. The removable glass lid and stoneware or ceramic bowl are typically dishwasher safe. Burned gravy or food is often best dealt with after an overnight soak and first scraping off with a flat spatula or scrubbed down with a sponge or brush.

What is it good for:

  • roast, stew, casseroles, curries, soups, dessert, dips, broths you name it

The Best Slow Cooker Cook Books

To wet your appetite, here is a list of slow cooking cook books you might want to consider:

Top 10 Best Slow Cookers

A quick look at our top 10 list of best slow cookers:

  1. Morphy Richards Accents 48702 Sear and Stew Slow Cooker 3.5l RED
  2. Andrew James Premium Digital Slow Cooker 5l (or 6.5l) – DIGITAL
  3. Russell Hobbs 19790 Slow Cooker 3.5l – STAINLESS STEEL
  4. Andrew James Premium Slow Cooker 1.5/3.5/5.6.5/8l – – BIGGEST
  5. Russell Hobbs 19780 Compact Slow Cooker 2.5l – SMALLEST
  6. Morphy Richards 48715 Oval Slow Cooker 6.5l STAINLESS STEEL
  7. Breville VTP105 Slow Cooker 4.5lBLACK
  8. Crock-Pot Digital Countdown Slow Cooker 4.7l – DIGITAL
  9. VonShef Automatic Digital Slow Cooker 6.5l – DIGITAL, STAINLESS. STEEL
  10. Crock-Pot Chrome Slow Cooker 6.5l – STAINLESS STEEL

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and now for a closer look at each of these:

Top 10 Best Slow Cookers

Morphy Richards Accents 48702 Sear and Stew Slow Cooker 3.5l

Morphy Richards Accents 48702 Red

  • Colour Options: Red, Black (48701) , Brushed Stainless Steel (48703)
  • Capacity: 3.5l, serving 3-4 people. Bigger capacity option also available below.
  • Sear, stew or slow cook in the same pot made of lightweight and durable, dishwasher safe aluminium. Transparent, toughened glass lid.
  • Power Settings: Low, Medium, High (Manual)

Morphy Richards Accents 48705 Sear and Stew Slow Cooker 6.5l – BRUSHED FINISH

Andrew James Premium Digital Slow Cooker 5l or 6.5l – DIGITAL

Andrew James Premium Digital 5L

 

  • Colour Option(s): Red
  • Capacity: 5l or 6.5l suitable for 5 or 6-7 people. Although if you are preparing this as one of the courses to go with starter, sides and dessert, it could potentially prepare enough for up to 20 average servings.
  • Removable ceramic bowl, tempered glass lid
  • Power Settings: 3 Levels; High and Low as well as Keep Warm with a 12 hour delay timer to preset the slow cooker to get the meal ready at the desired time.

Russell Hobbs 19790 Slow Cooker 3.5l – STAINLESS STEEL

Russell Hobbs 19790 Slow Cooker

  • Colour Options: Brushed Stainless Steel
  • Capacity: 3.5l suitable for 3-4 people. For a similar 3.5l model from Morphy Richards see link below.
  • Removable dishwasher safe cooking pot
  • Power Settings: 3 Levels; 0,1 (Low), 2 (High) and Keep Warm. 200 Watt

Morphy Richards 48710 Oval Slow Cooker 3.5l – STAINLESS STEEL

Andrew James Premium Slow Cooker 1.5/3.5/6.5/8l – BIGGEST

Andrew James Premium 65L Red

 

  • Colour Option(s): Red or Black
  • Capacity: 4 different sizes, starting from 1.5l, 3.5l, 6.5l to a huge 8l. Capable of preparing up to 25 average servings (8l model)
  • Removable inner ceramic bowl, tempered glass lid.
  • Power Settings: 3 Levels; High (4-5 hours), Low (8-9 hours cooking time) and Auto (starts with high and switch to low automatically once a certain temperature is reached.

Russell Hobbs 19780 Compact Slow Cooker 2.5l – SMALLEST

Russell Hobbs 19780 Slow Cooker 25l

 

  • Colour Option(s): White with White ceramic pot. Small and compact design.
  • Capacity: 2.5l suitable for 2-3 people – SMALLEST
  • Removable white ceramic dishwasher safe cooking round pot
  • Power Settings: 0,1 (Low), 2 (High) and Keep Warm.

Morphy Richards 48715 Oval Slow Cooker 6.5l STAINLESS STEEL

MorphyRichards48715Oval

  • Colour Option(s): Stainless Steel finish
  • Capacity: 6.5l for 6-7 big servings
  • Removable dishwasher safe oval ceramic pot and toughened glass lid.
  • Power Settings: Levels: 3; Low, Medium and High.

Breville VTP105 Slow Cooker 4.5l BLACK

Breville VTP105 Slow Cooker

 

 

  • Colour Option(s): Black
  • Capacity: 4.5l, great for small family
  • Removable dishwasher safe oval ceramic pot and toughened glass lid.
  • Power Settings: 3 Levels; Low (up to 8 hours cooking time), High (up to 4 hours cooking time) and Auto.

 

Crock-Pot Digital Countdown Slow Cooker 4.7l – DIGITAL

Crock-Pot Digital Countdown Slow Cooker 47l

 

  • Colour Option(s): Gloss black
  • Capacity: 4.7l for up to 5 servings
  • Digital countdown programmable timer lets you set cooking time from 30 minutes to 20 hours to make sure that food do not overcook. The digital display shows the minutes up to when the food is ready. When the time is up, the cooker will switch to warm automatically and the clock will reset and start counting the time it is in keep warm mode.
  • Power Settings: 3 Levels; Low, High and Keep Warm

VonShef Automatic Digital Slow Cooker 6.5l – DIGITAL

VonShef Automatic Digital Slow Cooker

 

  • Capacity: 6.5l for 6-7 large servings
  • Digital Timer Settings lets the slow cooker change to keep warm mode automatically after a set cooking time.
  • Dishwasher safe removable ceramic pot and toughened transparent glass lid
  • Power Settings: 3 Levels; Low, High and Warm

 

Crock-Pot Chrome Slow Cooker 6.5l – STAINLESS STEEL

Crock-Pot Chrome Slow Cooker

 

 

  • Capacity: 6l for 6 people or more (up to 3 kg of roast)
  • Removable dishwasher and oven safe stoneware, dishwasher safe glass lid
  • Power Settings: 3 Levels; High, Low and Warm – MANUAL

 

Crock-Pot Saute Countdown Slow Cooker 5.7l – DIGITAL

  • Programmable countdown timer lets you program cooking times from 30 minutes up to 20 hours
  • Capacity: 5.7 litre capacity suitable for up to 6-7 people
  • Settings: 3 levels; low, high and automatic keep warm function
  • Power: 250 watts
  • Stoneware pot can be used in the hob, oven, microwave and freezer
  • Stoneware pot is dishwasher proof and comes with rinse-proof coating and lid.

Crock-Pot Next Generation Slow Cooker 5.7l – DIGITAL

Crock-Pot Slow Cooker 5.7litre New Gen

  • Colour Option(s): Polished Stainless Steel
  • Capacity: 5.7l for up to 6 people (big helping) or 12 average servings
  • Adjustable cooking times (3o minutes to 20 hours) and shows a countdown digital clock once set. When the cooking time is done, the slow cooker switches to keep warm mode automatically.
  • Dishwasher, oven and microwave oven safe removable pot with dishwasher safe glass lid
  • Power Settings: 3 Levels; Low, High or Keep Warm

Prices

Click on the links below to check out the latest prices from online retailers:

  1. Morphy Richards Accents 48702 Sear and Stew Slow Cooker 3.5l RED
  2. Andrew James Premium Digital Slow Cooker 5l (or 6.5l) – DIGITAL
  3. Russell Hobbs 19790 Slow Cooker 3.5l – STAINLESS STEEL
  4. Andrew James Premium Slow Cooker 1.5/3.5/5.6.5/8l – BIGGEST
  5. Russell Hobbs 19780 Compact Slow Cooker 2.5l – SMALLEST
  6. Morphy Richards 48715 Oval Slow Cooker 6.5l STAINLESS STEEL
  7. Breville VTP105 Slow Cooker 4.5lBLACK
  8. Crock-Pot Digital Countdown Slow Cooker 4.7l – DIGITAL
  9. VonShef Automatic Digital Slow Cooker 6.5l – DIGITAL, STAINLESS. STEEL
  10. Crock-Pot Chrome Slow Cooker 6.5l – STAINLESS STEEL

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