Best Slow Cookers 2018

Slow cookers have become one of those must have kitchen supplies these days. For those of us working late most days, coming home to a meal fully cooked and ready to serve is a luxury that is easily affordable. Here at What’s Goin’ On In The Kitchen? we’ve compiled the top ten selling best slow cookers 2018 to help you choose from the huge variety of products out there on the market these days.

Best Slow Cookers 2018

 

Best Slow Cookers 2018

Slow Cooker Best For Price
Aroma Housewares ARC-914SBD 8-Cup Digital Cool-Touch Cooking rice and meals for 1 to 2 people Check Price
 Crock-Pot SCV700SS Cooking for big families and cooking large meats Check Price
Crock-Pot 6-Quart Cook & Carry Oval Manual Portable Slow Cooker Using cooker to transport food between venues safely Check Price
Crock-Pot 2-QT Round Manual Slow Cooker For individuals or couples with limited space Check Price
COSORI 8 Qt Premium 8-in-1 Programmable Multi-Cooker Cooking all kinds of meal combinations with lots of programs Check Price
Crock-Pot 4-Quart Manual Slow Cooker Simple slow cooker for small families Check Price
Crock-Pot 6-Quart Programmable Cook & Carry Slow Cooker Programable slow-cooker with long cooking time for large families Check Price
Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker Measuring temperature for meat cooking Check Price
KitchenAid KSC6223SS 6-Qt. Slow Cooker Combines variety cooking length timer with temperature monitor Check price
COSORI 6 Qt Premium 8-in-1 Programmable Multi-Cooker Cooking all kinds of meal combinations with lots of programs Check Price

1.Aroma Housewares ARC-914SBD 8-Cup Digital Cool-Touch

Although this slow cooker is actually technically a rice cooker, at the time of writing this review it is the number one seller on amazon. The cooker holds 4 to 8 cups of any kind of rice, with special functions for both white and brown rice. The Sensor Logic Technology allows the cooker to switch to a ‘keep warm’ setting once the rice has cooked, allowing for optimum cooking temperature.

This slow cooker also comes with a steam tray which fits underneath the rice cooking area. This allows you to steam meats and vegetables at the same time as the rice is cooking above. So whilst this device is largely used as a rice cooker, it can be used to cook full healthy and nutritious meals. The 15-hour delay timer allows a long enough delay for you to have your food ready as you walk through the door.

The quick rice function on this device will cut down cooking time by up to 50%. It also comes with a really handy recipe booklet.

The drawbacks of this slow cooker are obvious. Being rather small in size it is really only capable of cooking for one to two people, meaning whole family cooking is not possible in one go with this cooker. The lid of this cooker is also more difficult to clean than those slow cookers with glass lids, although the removable non-stick pot is much easier to clean.

Includes:

  • Steam tray
  • Rice measuring cup
  • Serving spatula,
  • Exclusive recipes and coupons for Mahatma and Carolina Rice

Features

  • Item holds up to 2 to 8 cups of cooked rice. 
  • Steams meat and vegetables while rice cooks below
  • Easy-to-use, programmable digital controls
  • Automatic Keep-Warm and White Rice and Brown Rice functions
  • Great for soups, jambalaya, chili, and more.
  • Flash Rice function cuts cooking time by up to 50%
  • 15-hour Delay Timer for flexible meal planning

PROS:
  • Removable rice pot for serving
  • Ease of use for cooking rice
  • Removable pot is non-stick and easy to clean

CONS:
  • Small Capacity
  • Lid is difficult to clean
  • The rice can become crispy if using warm function

Final thoughts

If you are looking for an easy to use slow cooker which is mostly used for cooking rice then this is the one for you. The fact that you can also steam meat and vegetables underneath means you can cook full meals. If you are looking for a slow cooker that cooks for the whole family then you will want to look at some of the larger models in this list of best slow cookers 2018.

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2. Crock-Pot SCV700SS

This giant 7-quart oval slow cooker is a must for anyone cooking for large families or parties. Its is easily capable of cooking meals for 8+ people, meaning you can simply put it on before you leave for work and come home to a fully cooked meal.

The slow cooker has three heat settings, high, low and warm, allowing you to cook your meals to perfection.

This cooker is particularly good when cooking large cuts of meat, capable of cooking a 7 pound roast!

With the parts being dishwasher safe, it is very easy to clean.

If you are looking for extras on your slow cooker, such as a timer, this is not the product for you. It is a manual slow cooker, which means that it plugs in and cooks, but does not have a delay timer that some of the more expensive slow cookers have. However, for the price is is perfectly acceptable for this product to work as a manual slow cooker.

Includes:

  • Removable oval stoneware
  • Dishwasher safe stoneware and glass lid

Features:

  • Serves 8+ people
  • High/low cook settings
  • Warm setting
  • Removable oval stoneware
  • Dishwasher safe stoneware and glass lid
PROS:
  • Cheap price
  • Cooks for big families
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Cooks large pieces of meat very well

CONS:
  • Quite big so will struggle to fit in small kitchens
  • Lack of programmable timer
  • Lack of accessories

Final thoughts

If you are looking for a simple straightforward slow cooker that will cook delicious meals for large families/parties and want to sue it for large cuts of meat then this is the one for you. If you are looking for a slow cooker with bells and whistles then some of the other products in our best slow cookers 2018 list are probably for you.

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3. Crock-Pot 6-Quart Cook & Carry Oval Manual Portable Slow Cooker

This 6-quart oval slow cooker is very similar to the previous 7-quart model. It is capable of cooking meals for up to 7 people, with a simple plug and cook functionality that means you can put it on and leave it all day.

Like the previous model this slow cooker has three heat settings, high, low and warm, allowing you to cook your meals to perfection.

With the parts being dishwasher safe, it is very easy to clean.

Again like in the previous review this is a manual slow cooker, which means that it plugs in and cooks, but does not have a delay timer that some of the more expensive slow cookers have. However, for the price is is perfectly acceptable for this product to work as a manual slow cooker.

Where this product comes into its own is the portable functionality. With a safe locking glass lid you can fill this with food and take it with you to use for parties or family gatherings, using the easy-carry handles to transport your food safely.

Includes:

  • Removable oval stoneware
  • Dishwasher safe stoneware and glass lid

Features:

  • Serves 7+ people
  • High/low cook settings
  • Warm setting
  • Removable oval stoneware
  • Dishwasher-safe locking glass lid and stoneware insert

PROS:
  • Smaller size means it is portable
  • Easy to carry handles
  • Cheap price
  • Dishwasher safe

CONS:
  • Lack of programmable timer
  • Lack of accessories

Final thoughts

This slow cooker is perfect for those wishing to buy a relatively cheap but good quality product that can cook for reasonably large groups of people. It has the added bonus of being portable to allow you to take your food with you safe in the knowledge that it won’t spill out during your journey.

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4. Crock-Pot 2-QT Round Manual Slow Cooker

 

This 2-quart Crock Pot slow cooker is the little sister of the previously mentioned 6 and 7-quart slow cookers. It comes with all of the same features, such as high and low temperature settings, as well as a convenient warm setting.

It is very inexpensive, and you know with Crock-Pot that you are getting a quality product that is reliable and worth the money.

Again the main drawback of this close cooker is it’s lack of programmable features. However, on the plus side this model does come with a set of handy recipes.

This obvious main difference with this model is its size. this slow cooker is absolutely perfect for single people or couples or those with very limited space in the kitchen.

Includes:

  • Removable oval stoneware
  • Dishwasher safe stoneware and glass lid
  • Recipes

Features:

  • 2-QT cooker serves 3+ people
  • High/Low cook settings
  • Warm setting
  • Removable, dishwasher-safe stoneware insert, and dishwasher-safe glass lid

PROS:
  • Great price
  • Recipes included
  • Very compact design

CONS:
  • Only serves up to 2 people
  • Lack of programmable features

Final thoughts

We think this is a perfect first slow cooker for those living alone or with a partner with limited space. you still get all the goodness of coming home to a fully cooked meal, with a cheap price tag and compact design.

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5. COSORI 8 Qt Premium 8-in-1 Programmable Multi-Cooker

Unlike the previous slow cookers, this giant 8-quart slow cooker comes packed full of features. It also comes with a long list of accessories which are really useful.

The cooker comes with a digital display panel and easy to use buttons for programming. You can use this panel to select the temperature, type of food being cooked such as rice, potatoes etc, cooking time and pressure.

The huge amount of variable features of this slow cooker means that it can be used as a slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker, yoghurt maker, sauté pan, food warmer and hot pot maker. It works perfectly with all of the food types mentioned below, making it such a great all rounder.

This slow cooker also comes packed with a whole host of safety features such as a safe-lid locker and smart temperature monitor, meaning that you can use this safe in the knowledge that you’re not going to burn your house down!

 

Includes:

  • Recipe book
  • Stainless steel thickened steam rack with handle
  • Tempered glass lid for slow cooking,
  • Extra silicone sealing ring
  • Ladle
  • Rice spoon
  • Measuring cup

Features

  • 17 smart programmes including: Meat/Stew, Poultry, Soup, Beans/Chili, White Rice, Brown Rice,  Multigrain, Steam Vegetables, Slow Cook, Yogurt, Pasta/Boil, Steam Potatoes, Hot Pot, Sauté/Brown, Bake, Reheat, Keep Warm
  • 6 Custom Smart Control Programs
  • Can be used as a Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Sauté Pan, Yogurt Maker, Hot Pot, Steamer, Warmer & Pressure Cooker.
  • Advanced steam technology cooks up to 70% faster.
  • Includes pasta boil and hot pot functions

PROS:
  • Great price
  • Packed with features
  • Versatile making it a real all-rounder

CONS:
  • Quite big for small kitchens

Final thoughts

If you are looking for a decently priced well made slow cooker that does it all then this is the one for you. More complicated to use than some of the others on this list, this slow cooker is packed so full of features that you will want to make all of your meals with it!

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6. Crock-Pot 4-Quart Manual Slow Cooker

Very similar to the previously mentioned Crock-Pot slow cookers, this is Amazon’s Choice for best 4-quart slow cooker.

This is a perfect medium sized slow cooker for small families, and is such a great price that you get all the benefits of a great quality product without forking out your hard earned cash on something too pricey.

As with the previous models it comes with high and low temperature cook settings, as well as the convenient warm setting.

Like most Crock-Pots the past for this one are dishwasher safe, making it really easy to clean once you have finished making your meals.

The lack of programs may bother some people, but for us this is a great medium-sized no-fuss slow cooker at a very good price.

Includes:

  • Removable oval stoneware
  • Dishwasher safe stoneware and glass lid

Features:

  • High/low cook settings
  • Warm setting
  • Removable oval stoneware
  • Dishwasher safe stoneware and glass lid

PROS:
  • Very cheap price tag
  • Nice medium size perfect for small families
  • Easy to clean

CONS:
  • Not ideal for larger families
  • Lack of programable features or timer

Final thoughts

Just like the previously mentioned Crock-Pot slow cookers, this is a no frills product that does exactly what it says on the box. It is perfect for cooking meals for smaller families, and won’t break the bank if you want to get one.

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7. Crock-Pot 6-Quart Programmable Cook & Carry Slow Cooker

This large 6 quart Crock-Pot cranks it up a notch with it’s programmable features not seen in the previously mentioned models. It’s 6-quart capacity means it can cook for 7+ people, as well as being able to cook a full 6-pound roast.

The digital countdown timer on this slow cooker allows you to cook from anywhere between 30 minutes and 20 hours, meaning you can have the longest day at work ever and still come home to a nicely cooked meal.

The awesome easy-to-use locking lid feature means that you can take this with you to parties and gatherings and not worry about spillages, keeping your food safely locked inside.

Whilst this slow cooker does have a digital display, it does lack the temperature controls and functionality of the COSORI 8 Qt Premium 8-in-1 Programmable Multi-Cooker, but at under half the price this is probably acceptable for most regular slow cooker users.

Includes:

  • Removable oval stoneware
  • Dishwasher safe stoneware and glass lid
  • Safe-locking lid

Features:

  • 6-quart capacity perfect for 7+ people or a 6-pound roast
  • Easy-to-use locking lid featuring lid gasket for extra seal for less mess on the go
  • Programmable digital control lets you program cook times from 30 minutes up to 20 hours
  • Shifts to warm setting automatically once the cook time is complete
  • Removable oval stoneware allows for easy cleanup

PROS:
  • Large capacity
  • Safe-locking lid
  • Countdown timer between 30 minutes and 20 hours

CONS:
  • Lack of adjustable temperature

Final thoughts

If you cook for large families and are out for a long time this is the perfect slow cooker for you. The countdown timer on this product allows you to safely cook for between 30 minutes and 20 hours, and its powerful capabilities means it can handle a 6-pound roast with ease.

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8. Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker

For the money you will pay for this slow cooker, it really is a very god buy. It is large in size, so will cook meals for large families, and can be used to cook a 6-pound chicken or 4-pound roast. It comes with three choices of program, probe, program and manual.

The great feature that this product has that is lacking in similar products within the price range is the thermometer probe. The previously mentioned Crock-Pots do not have this, and it is a really handy feature to be able to see the temperature of your meat as it is cooking.

The full-grip handles and safe-locking lid means that this can be carried safely to another venue, meaning your food can stay warm and you don’t have to worry about spillages.

The cooker itself is probably not the most stylish, and looks a little outdated in comparison to some other models. However this is not probably going to be top of most peoples lists when looking for the best slow cookers 2018.

Includes:

  • Thermometer probe
  • Safe-locking lid

Features:

  • Clip-tight gasket lid
  • 3 choices for easy, automatic cooking: probe, program and manual
  • Perfect for a 6 lb. chicken or a 4 lb. roast
  • Thermometer probe displays the actual temperature of meat as it cooks
  • Full-grip handles
  • Power interrupt protection keeps slow cooker on during a brief power outage

PROS:
  • Clip-tight lid to avoid spillages
  • Thermometer probe
  • Choice of cooking programs

CONS:
  • Large size
  • Slightly out-dated design

Final thoughts

This is an excellent quality slow cooker, and for the price you can’t really go wring with the added bonus of the thermometer probe. This is a really handy feature for those wishing to use this slow cooker for regularly cooking different meats.

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9. KitchenAid KSC6223SS 6-Qt. Slow Cooker with Standard Lid – Stainless Steel

This slow cooker has a nice sleek modern design to it, and is feature rich in clarions to some of the other slow cookers we have looked at so far. It has a 6-quart removable ceramic vessel, and can cook for large families with ease.

The easy to read digital display shows you both the remaining cooking time and the current temperature.

The programable features of this slow cooker mean that you can set it to cook from 30 minutes to 20 hours in 30 minute increments. This is a really great feature and also combines well the ability to check on the time left and current temperature.

The only real drawback with this slow cooker is that although it cooks food to a nice temperature and is capable of keeping it warm, the slow cooker does get very warm to the touch on its exterior surfaces.

Includes:

  • Removable oval ceramic vessel
  • Dishwasher safe glass lid

Features:

  • 6-Quart Removable, Oval-Shaped Ceramic Vessel
  • 4 Temperature Settings
  • 24-Hour Programmability
  • Keep warm setting
  • Digital Display

PROS:
  • Multiple temperature settings
  • Programmable for up to 24 hours
  • Modern design

CONS:
  • Device can become very warm on the outside
  • More expensive than other similar products

Final thoughts

This is a really nice looking slow cooker that is packed full of features. It is a little more expensive than some other items on our best slow cookers 2018 list, but for the money you are getting a really high quality product that is programable and has a temperature monitor.

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10. COSORI 6 Qt Premium 8-in-1 Programmable Multi-Cooker

This is essentially the same product as the previously mentioned

COSORI 8 Qt Premium 8-in-1 Programmable Multi-Cooker but in a more compact 6-quart sizing. It comes with the same great accesory pack as its bigger sister, and with the same great functionality in terms of programs and ability cook different types of dishes.

 

Includes:

  • Recipe book
  • Stainless steel thickened steam rack with handle
  • Tempered glass lid for slow cooking,
  • Extra silicone sealing ring
  • Ladle
  • Rice spoon
  • Measuring cup

Features

  • 17 smart programmes including: Meat/Stew, Poultry, Soup, Beans/Chili, White Rice, Brown Rice,  Multigrain, Steam Vegetables, Slow Cook, Yogurt, Pasta/Boil, Steam Potatoes, Hot Pot, Sauté/Brown, Bake, Reheat, Keep Warm
  • 6 Custom Smart Control Programs
  • Can be used as a Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Sauté Pan, Yogurt Maker, Hot Pot, Steamer, Warmer & Pressure Cooker.
  • Advanced steam technology cooks up to 70% faster.
  • Includes pasta boil and hot pot functions

PROS:
  • Great price
  • Packed with features
  • Versatile making it a real all-rounder

CONS:
  • Quite big for small kitchens

Final thoughts

If you are looking for a well priced and well made slow cooker that does it all then this is the one for you. Like it’s bigger sister it is a little complicated to use than some of the others on this list, but with the amount of features and accessories that come with this it is well worth the money.

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