Programmable, set and forget slow cookers helps you get into cooking instead of eating out or buying take outs all the time. These digital slow cookers come with the convenience of a built-in timer and keep warm functions so you can come back to a ready cooked meal.
Top 5 Best Digital Slow Cookers in the U.S.
- Hamilton Beach 33660 Programmable Slow Cooker 6-Quart
- Hamilton Beach 33969 Set and Forget Slow Cooker with Temperature Probe 6-Quart
- Crock-Pot SCCPVL610 Cook and Carry Programmable Slow Cooker 6-Quart
- Hamilton Beach 33480 Programmable Slow Cooker 8-Quart LARGEST
- Crock-Pot SCCPVF710 Programmable Slow Cooker 7-Quart
BONUS: Crock-Pot SCCPCCP350 Programmable Slow Cooker 3.5-Quart SMALLEST
Let’s take a closer look at each of these slow cookers.
1. Hamilton Beach 33660 Programmable Slow Cooker 6-Quart
The Hamilton Beach 33660 has a bigger and smaller sibling at 7-Quart and 4-Quart capacity respectively. There is third model with a huge 8-Quart capacity which we will look at later. Other than that, only the 6-Quart model, seen below comes with digital function. What this means is you can set the slow cooker to cook for 30 minutes up to 18 hours. Once set, you can leave it to cook and it will slow to warm setting when ready. The digital display in the middle of the control panel will show a countdown timer, an indication of how much cooking time is left. For heat, the slow cooker has three temperature settings; warm, low and high. This is very much a stay at home slow cooker, with no clamps or lockable lid.
- Capacity in Quarts: 6 quarts
- Digital Function: Flexible programming options. Countdown timer shows you how much cooking time remains. Cook from 30 minutes to 18 hours.
- Power Settings: Mix and match any temperature with your choice of cooking times. Low or high heat settings as well as warm setting is all you need. Wraparound element provides even heating that doesn’t even require stirring.
2. Hamilton Beach 33969 Set and Forget Slow Cooker with Temperature Probe 6-Quart
This next slow cooker from Hamilton Beach is great for cooking large joints of meat. It comes with a temperature probe that goes through the lid and straight into the cut of meat. The probe takes precise temperature of the meat and displays this on the control panel. Use the control panel to set cooking temperature or time and it will cook and set to keep warm when done.
Additionally, the slow cooker comes equipped with an over the lid clip. The gasket on the lid helps keep the lid secure. This is great for taking the slow cooker to a party or potluck without spilling or making a mess along the way.
- Capacity in Quarts: 6 quarts oval crock. Perfect size for a 6 lb chicken or 4 lb roast and so much more.
- Digital Function: Set & Forget Programmable Slow Cooker. Three choices for automatic cooking – probe, program and manual – allow you to cook foods to a specific temperature, for a set number of hours or on High, Low or Warm settings. PROBE setting is great when cooking cuts of meat. Use PROGRAM function to fix the cooking setting and for how long. When the time is up, it will automatically switch to keep warm. The MANUAL setting allows you to slow cook on High, Low or Warm heat settings.
- Power Settings: Three temperature settings, high, low or warm. Equipped with power interrupt protection. During a momentary power interruption of 5 seconds or less, the slow cooker will remember the programmed heat and time settings and continue cooking.
3. Crock-Pot SCCPVL610 Cook and Carry Programmable Slow Cooker 6-Quart
This Crock-Pot cook and carry slow cooker comes with the convenience of a clamp and lock lid. The lid gasket seals the liquid in to avoid making a mess during transport. As it is another digital slow cooker, it has a programmable timer and temperature control. This means you can set the cooking time to anything from 30 minutes to 20 hours. When ready, it will automatically switch to warm mode. As with most Crock-Pot the removable stoneware can be used in the microwave or oven with temperature of up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Capacity in Quarts: 6 quarts. Perfect for 7+ people or a 6-pound roast.
- Digital Function: Digital countdown control lets you program cook times anywhere from 30 minutes up to 20 hours. After cooking is complete, the slow cooker will automatically shift to Warm for up to 6 hours to help maintain food temperature and flavor.
- Power Settings: Low, high and keep warm cooking temperature settings.
4. Hamilton Beach 33480 Programmable Slow Cooker 8-Quart LARGEST
Our largest slow cooker with a whooping 8-Quart capacity, this unit is suitable for a large chicken up to 8lb. or roast up to 6lb. Benefitting from a programmable timer, you can set the slow cooker to cook using its digital timer from 30 minutes to 18 hours. Once the cooking time is up, it will automatically switch to warm. The stoneware is removable and is dishwasher safe. Again, as with the first slow cooker in our list, this is a stay at home version with no locking lid or gasket.
- Capacity in Quarts: 8 quarts. This oval-shaped stoneware can fit a variety of foods, such as an 8lb chicken or a 6lb roast.
- Digital Function: A countdown timer displays remaining cooking time. Programmable times ranging from 30 minutes to 18 hours.
- Power Settings: High, low & warm settings. Once cooking time is up, the slow cooker automatically shifts to warm.
5. Crock-Pot SCCPVF710 Programmable Slow Cooker 7-Quart
Last but not least is another slow cooker from Crock-Pot. This time a bigger 7-Quart variety and programmable nonetheless. The digital control panel lets you set the cooking temperature and timer with the digital display showing the countdown time. Use the control panel to set cooking time anywhere from 90 minutes up to 20 hours. Once the cooking time is up, it will turn the heat down to warm. What we like about this Crock-Pot is the polished platinum finish and soft grip chrome plated handles. But, from experience, this can be difficult to maintain so extra elbow grease is necessary to keep the polished finish.
- Capacity in Quarts: 7 quarts. Serves 8 plus people.
- Digital Function: Digital countdown control lets you program cook times anywhere from 30 minutes up to 20 hours.
- Power Settings: After cooking time is complete, the slow cooker will automatically shift to the warm setting. Cooking temperature settings include low, high and warm.
BONUS: Crock-Pot SCCPCCP350 Programmable Slow Cooker 3.5-Quart SMALLEST
Straight to the table cooker and pan, this small slow cooker from Crock-Pot may have a small 3.5 Quart capacity but is enough for side dishes, lasagna, casserole or dessert. For the side, it will cook enough food for up to three people. The size of the unit is not as small as you think, just shorter, around half the height of other slow cookers here.
Perfect for serving at dinner parties. This half height, shallow profile slow cooker makes it easier to dish or scoop food from compared to the rest of the slow cookers here.
But the real advantages of the slow cooker lie in its design. It comes with two large carry handles for ease of carrying. You can take it to the table to serve directly, to a potluck, a picnic or party. Then there is the locking lid, hooks that clamp and lock the lid in place on either sides. Finally, the removable oven safe stoneware, allowing for the option of cooking the food in a conventional oven and keeping it warm in the slow cooker after.
- Capacity in Quarts: 3.5 quarts serves 3 people. Slow Cooker for family dinners, potlucks, parties.
- Digital Function: Digital timer counts down cooking time. The fully programmable control panel sets cook time on low or high temperature, anywhere from 30 minutes up to 20 hours.
- Power Settings: Automatically shifts to warm setting when cook time is complete.