10 Best Crock Pot Consumer Reports 2019

Home-cooked meals are often the first casualty of a hectic schedule. But if you’re not willing to sacrifice everyday gourmet, a slow cooker can take the frenzy out of preparing a feast. Perfect for soups, stews, and tough cuts of meat, slow cookers are designed to simmer food at a low temperature for an extended period of time.

Prices for the programmable slow cookers we bought for our latest tests range from $50 to $110, but the cost of the cooker didn’t predict performance.

Top 10 Crock Pot

Bestseller No. 1
Crock-Pot 6-Quart Cook & Carry Manual Portable Slow Cooker, Stainless Steel
2146 Reviews
Crock-Pot 6-Quart Cook & Carry Manual Portable Slow Cooker, Stainless Steel
  • Spacious 7-quart manual slow cooker serves 8+ people or fits a 6-lb. roast; Polished, silver stainless steel...
  • Easy-to-use locking lid featuring lid gasket provides extra seal for less mess on-the-go
Bestseller No. 2
Crock-Pot SCCPVL610-S-A 6-Quart Cook & Carry Programmable Slow Cooker with Digital Timer Stainless...
4983 Reviews
Crock-Pot SCCPVL610-S-A 6-Quart Cook & Carry Programmable Slow Cooker with Digital Timer Stainless...
  • 6-quart Cook & Carry Slow Cooker serves 7+ people
  • Digital countdown control lets you program cook times anywhere from 30 minutes up to 20 hours; shifts to Warm...
Bestseller No. 3
Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker,...
31612 Reviews
Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker,...
  • Duo, the number 1 selling multi-cooker, combines 7 kitchen appliances in 1, Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice...
  • Features 14 Smart Programs - Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Sauté/Simmer, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge,...
Bestseller No. 4
Hamilton Beach (33473) Slow Cooker Crock with Touch Pad and Flexible Easy Programming Options, 7...
1211 Reviews
Hamilton Beach (33473) Slow Cooker Crock with Touch Pad and Flexible Easy Programming Options, 7...
  • Easy programmable meals - no watching or stirring
  • Easy clean touch pad with removable, dishwasher safe stoneware & lid
Bestseller No. 5
Crock-Pot SCCPVFC800-DS 8-Quart Slow Cooker, Programmable, Black Stainless
41 Reviews
Crock-Pot SCCPVFC800-DS 8-Quart Slow Cooker, Programmable, Black Stainless
  • 8-quart slow cooker capable of preparing food for 10+ people
  • Digital timer counts down cook time up to 20 hours
Bestseller No. 6
Instant Pot LUX60V3 V3 6 Qt 6-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker,...
4796 Reviews
Instant Pot LUX60V3 V3 6 Qt 6-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker,...
  • Instant Pot Lux 6 qt multi-cooker, combines 6 kitchen appliances in 1, Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice...
  • Built with the latest 3rd generation microprocessor technology, up to 240 minutes pressure-cooking up to 24...
Bestseller No. 7
Crockpot SCV700-KC crock pot 7 quarts Charcoal
71 Reviews
Crockpot SCV700-KC crock pot 7 quarts Charcoal
  • 7-Quart capacity serves 8+ people
  • High/low cook settings with convenient Warm setting
Bestseller No. 8
Crock-Pot 6 Qt 8-in-1 Multi-Use Express Crock Programmable Slow Cooker, Pressure Cooker, Sauté, and...
1828 Reviews
Crock-Pot 6 Qt 8-in-1 Multi-Use Express Crock Programmable Slow Cooker, Pressure Cooker, Sauté, and...
  • The Crock-Pot brand, the leader in one-pot cooking, introduces the Express Crock Programmable Multi-Cooker, an...
  • Eight one-touch digital meal settings include Meat/Stew, Beans/Chili, Rice/Risotto, Yogurt, Poultry, Dessert,...
Bestseller No. 9
Crock-Pot 4.5-Quart Manual Slow Cooker, Damask Pattern
932 Reviews
Crock-Pot 4.5-Quart Manual Slow Cooker, Damask Pattern
  • 4-quart Oval Manual Slow Cooker serves 4+ people
  • High/Low cook settings, and convenient Warm setting
Bestseller No. 10
Crock-Pot 6-Quart Countdown Programmable Oval Slow Cooker with Dipper, Stainless Steel, SCCPVC605-S
619 Reviews
Crock-Pot 6-Quart Countdown Programmable Oval Slow Cooker with Dipper, Stainless Steel, SCCPVC605-S
  • 6-quart capacity is perfect for for 7 or more people or a 6-pound roast
  • Removable oval stoneware that is also stylish for your table

Features to Consider

Sturdy handles are a must, but slow cookers also offer features you might find useful, like roasting racks to let you roast meat and poultry or steam vegetables, wrap-around cord storage, and insulated carrying bags.

Inserts
Most slow cookers we’ve seen have a removable ceramic pot. Some are metal. You’ll see models with nonstick coatings and some that can safely be used in the oven, microwave, or on the stovetop.

Ease of Cleaning
An easy-to-clean insert and lid that can go into the dishwasher are handy. Touchpad controls are easier to clean than knobs and buttons.

Lids
A glass or clear plastic lid lets you watch your progress without removing the lid and releasing heat. Some slow cookers have a split lid that’s hinged—this lets you check on your food by lifting one side while the other stays shut retaining the heat. This is handy when serving too. A locking lid helps keep food from spilling while in transport to potlucks and parties, and some have a handle on the lid that makes the slow cooker easier to carry.

Capacity
Capacities can range from 1.5 to 8.5 quarts. But some owner’s manuals say to fill the pot 1/2 to 3/4 full to avoid under- and over-cooking and to prevent spillovers. Crock-Pot, for example, recommends a 6-quart slow cooker for a family of four that uses the slow cooker for whole chickens and roasts.

Shape
Slow cookers are round, oval, or oblong—the oval shape can come in handy if you plan on cooking roasts and other large cuts of meat. Even slow cookers with similar capacities can vary in size. The bulky ones are more difficult to store and transport, and of course, they eat up more counter space.

Temperature Probes
Insert the probe into a large cut of meat, choose the temperature you want the meat to reach, and when the temperature is reached the slow cooker will switch to the keep-warm setting.

Keep a Lid on It: Slow Cooker Safety Tips

As easy as they are to use, slow cookers can pose a health risk if the food is not cooked properly. The USDA recommends the following.

• Keep perishable foods refrigerated until prep time. If you cut meat and vegetables in advance, store them separately in the refrigerator.
• Always thaw meat or poultry before putting it into a slow cooker.
• Check the owner’s manual for suggested amounts. Make sure you add the right amount of liquid.
• If the power goes out during the cooking process and you are not at home, discard the food even if it looks done. If you are at home, finish cooking it by some other means such as on a gas grill or at a neighbor’s.
•Transfer leftovers into a shallow container and store in the refrigerator.
• Don’t reheat leftovers in a slow cooker. Instead, use a stove or microwave and heat to an internal temperature of 165° F. After that, you can return the food to the preheated slow cooker for transport or serving.

 

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