Top 5 Best Digital Slow Cookers – with timer and auto keep warm functions

We already know the benefits of a Slow Cooker and how this can be used to fit around our busy life and schedules. Taking slow cooking one step further is to include a digital counter function that lets you set and walk away from your slow cooker leaving it to cook your food to the right temperature and time. Let’s look at some of the best digital slow cookers in the market.

Why Go Digital

Digital slow cooker has a countdown timer and offers the convenience of leaving your slow cooker to cook the food according to your recipe and cooking time.

Essentially, a digital slow cooker lets you:

  • Set the cooking time, typically from minutes up to 20 hours (or more depending on models). Slow cooking and gently tenderising meat takes between 6 to 8 hours.
  • Displays a countdown timer on the digital display panel showing the amount of time left to complete the cooking time.
  • Automatically switches to keep warm mode when the preset time is up to ensure that the food it not overcooked and is kept warm and ready to serve
  • Unattended during the day or overnight cooking using the timer to cook your food while you are asleep or when you are out and about running errands or working at the office.
  • Free up your time to do other things and not have to rush back to switch off the cooker.

The slow cooker is definitely the best cooking appliance one can have in the kitchen to prepare healthy and tasty food, conveniently in a more cost effective and economical way.


Top 5 Best Digital Slow Cookers

A look at our line-up, 5 of the best digital slow cookers in the market. Also, suggested alternatives should you wish to consider a smaller or bigger option from the same manufacturer. Two of the five digital slow cookers have saute or sear function with the removable cooking pot suitable for direct heating on a hob, oven or grill.

The versatile cookware makes gives slow cooking a much needed twist. If you own a slow cooker, you will soon realise that the texture of the meat prepared the slow cooking way is almost always the same. With the ability to sear and seal the meat prior to slow cooking retains the flavour and seal in the juices. Just make sure you do not over cook it.

1. Morphy Richards Accents 461003 Digital Sear and Stew Slow Cooker 6.5 L – BIG, SEAR

Morphy Richards 460005 Digital Slow Cooker 3.5 L – SMALLEST

2. Andrew James Premium Digital Red Slow Cooker 5.0 L


Andrew James Premium Digital Red Slow Cooker 6.5 L – BIG

3. Crock-Pot Digital Slow Cooker 5.7 L – NEW GENERATION

Crock-Pot Sauté Countdown Slow Cooker 5.7 L Silver – SEAR

4. Crock-Pot Digital Countdown Slow Cooker 4.7 L – Gloss Black

5. VonShef Automatic Electric Digital Slow Cooker 6.5 L Stainless Steel – BIG

and one more…

Crock-Pot Digital Sauté Slow Cooker 6.0 L – SEAR

Now for the details.

1. Morphy Richards Accents 461003 Digital Sear and Stew Slow Cooker 6.5 L – Brushed – BIG, SEAR

Morphy Richards Accents 461003 Sear And Stew Digital 65l

  • Available in brushed metal finish or red, the slow cooker has a digital display panel and chrome effect buttons.
  • The pot is hob proof allowing you to sear and seal the meat in the pan on the job before moving it into the slow cooker for stewing.
  • Toughened glass transparent lid and lightweight non-stick aluminium cooking pot are both dishwasher safe.
  • Capacity: 6.5 Litres for 6-7 servings.
  • Digital Function: Countdown timer with digital display amd chrome effect buttons to set time and temperature with auto keep warm function for two hours.
  • Power Settings: 3 Levels; Low, High and keep warm.

Smaller Alternative: Morphy Richards 460005 Digital Slow Cooker 3.5 L – SMALLEST

2. Andrew James Premium Digital Red Slow Cooker 5.0 L

Andrew James Premium Digital 5L

  • You can see the resemblance between this and the Morphy Richards Accents Digital Sear and Seal above. Apart from the size which translate to its capacity, the real difference is that it uses a ceramic pot instead of aluminium. This means no searing or direct heating with the removable stoneware.
  • The removable ceramic bowl and tempered glass lid are both dishwasher safe.
  • Capacity: 5.0 Litres for 5 servings. A bigger 6.5 L version is also available, see link below.
  • Digital Function: Countdown timer with digital display lets you set and program cooking time as well as delay timer of up to 12 hours. Chrome effect buttons to set time and temperature with auto keep warm function at the end of the cooking time.
  • Power Settings: 3 Levels; Low, High and keep warm

Bigger Alternative: Andrew James Premium Digital Red Slow Cooker 6.5 L – BIG

3. Crock-Pot Digital Slow Cooker 5.7 L – NEW GENERATION

Crock-Pot Slow Cooker 5.7litre New Gen

  • The latest next generation digital Crock-Pot slow cooker.
  • Capacity: 5.7 Litres for 5-6 servings
  • Digital Function: Countdown timer with digital display lets you set and program cooking time from 30 minutes to 20 hours, soft touch buttons to set time and temperature with auto keep warm function at the end of the cooking time. The digital timer will then count up to show you how long the slow cooker has been on Warm for up to 6 hours.
  • Power Settings: 3 Levels; Low, High and keep warm

Alternative: Crock-Pot Saute Countdown Slow Cooker 5.7 L Silver – SEAR

  • The Saute Pot is made from stoneware material that can be placed on any form of direct heat be it gas fire or electric hob. The thermal shock resistant pot also meant that you can move it from the fridge or freezer to the oven or cooker to reheat without worrying about the stoneware cracking – VERSATILE
  • The pot also features a stick-resistant coating to reduce burn-on food and for easy cleaning. Both removable pot and lid are dishwasher safe. The lid is made from the same stoneware material. This is the only lid  in the line-up which is not glass and therefore not transparent.
  • Capacity: 5.7 Litres for 5-6 servings
  • Digital Function: Countdown timer with digital display for up to 20 hours cooking program and dual dials to set time and temperature with auto keep warm function.
  • Power Settings: 3 Levels; Low, High and keep warm
  • A newer model, while more expensive is also available, the Crock-Pot Digital Saute Slow Cooker is listed at the bottom of this article.

4. Crock-Pot Digital Countdown Slow Cooker 4.7 L Gloss Black

 

Crock-Pot Digital Countdown Slow Cooker 47l

  • The most affordable digital Crock-Pot slow cooker with soft touch buttons and digital display in a stylish piano black finish.
  • Removable dishwasher safe stoneware cooking pot with rinse-clean coating (a non-stick coating that reduces burnt-on food). Glass lid lets you see the food while it is cooking and is dishwasher safe.
  • Capacity: 4.7 Litres for 4-5 servings
  • Digital Function: Countdown timer with digital display lets you set and program cooking time from 30 minutes to 20 hours, soft touch buttons to set time and temperature with auto keep warm function.
  • Power Settings: 3 Levels; Low, High and keep warm

5. VonShef Automatic Electric Digital Slow Cooker 6.5 L Stainless Steel – BIG

VonShef Automatic Digital Slow Cooker

  • Removable Dishwasher safe ceramic cooking pot with a generous capacity of 6.5 Litres. Sturdy and transparent toughened glass lid that lets you monitor your food during cooking. Stainless steel body.
  • Capacity: 6.5 Litres for 6-7 servings
  • Digital Function: Countdown timer with digital display, soft touch buttons to set time and temperature with auto keep warm function.
  • Power Settings: 3 Levels; Low, High and keep warm

and one more…

Crock-Pot Digital Saute Slow Cooker 6.0 L – SEAR

Here is a new model for the Crock-Pot Sauté Countdown Slow Cooker listed above. Instead of ceramic stoneware, the Crock-Pot Digital Saute Slow Cooker uses a die-cast aluminium pot. The black ceramic lid has also been replaced with a see through glass lid. While it still uses dials for controls, access to these are much easier with its own dedicated seated panel.

CrockPotDigitalSaute6Litres

  • Sear and brown your meat in the same cookware, a die-cast aluminium non-stick bowl before putting it on the slow cooker to seal in the natural flavour and making the meat more succulent and flavoursome.
  • See through glass lid to let you check on the food without opening and letting the heat escape
  • The removable Saute bowl can be used in the oven, under the grill, on the hob, in the fridge or freezer and when you are done, put it in the dishwasher – VERSATILE
  • Capacity: 6 Litres for 6-7 servings
  • Digital Function: Countdown timer with digital display, dials to set time and temperature with auto keep warm function.
  • Power Settings: 3 Levels; 1 (low), 2(high) and keep warm

If you decide to go with one of these digital slow cookers, don’t forget to also pick up one of these slow cooker recipe books: