How To Choose The Right Slow Cooker

Are you ready to give cooking in a slow cooker a try? Here’s an easy slow cooker buying guide to help you choose the right Crockpot for you!

Slow cooking is a wonderful way to prepare your family’s meals without having to spend hours in the kitchen stirring pots.

Make a pot of beef stew that tastes like you’ve slaved for hours over the stove, when all it really took was dumping a few ingredients in your slow cooker and turning it on.

And since you’re only using one pot, clean-up is a breeze as well.

Find more sanity saving home tips to help make your house run more smoothly.

This post contains affiliate links.

Ultimate Slow Cooker Buying Guide!

How To Choose The Right Slow Cooker | Mommy Evolution

Start with any slow cooker you currently have and make it work.

See if you like the dishes it creates and if slow cooking works well for you and your family.

If it does and you’re ready to shop for a new model, use the tips below to guide you in your purchasing decision.

Slow Cooker Sizes

How many people are you feeding and are you planning on making mostly main meals, soups and stews for a family of four to six people, a six quart model will be your best bet.

If you’re doing a lot of cooking for crowds (church potluck anyone?), you may want to go with a bigger model.

Cuisinart 12-Piece Kitchen Knife SetCuisinart 12-Piece Kitchen Knife SetCuisinart 12-Piece Kitchen Knife SetMixing Bowls with LidsMixing Bowls with LidsMixing Bowls with LidsPlastic Cutting Board, Set of 4Plastic Cutting Board, Set of 4Plastic Cutting Board, Set of 4Plastic Measuring Cups and Spoons SetPlastic Measuring Cups and Spoons SetPlastic Measuring Cups and Spoons Set

 

And if you’re cooking for two, or only plan to make side dishes and desserts in the slow cooker, a four quart one will suffice. If you’re not sure what to get, stick with the standard six quart version.

woman carrying crockpot

Popular Brands

There are quite a few different brands out there that make quality slow cookers.

Favorites include Crock-Pot (of course!), Hamilton Beach, CuisinartKitchen-Aid and All-Clad.

Sticking with a popular brand not only guarantees you’ll get a quality product, it also makes it easier to find parts down the road, should for example the lid fall and break.

Custom Aprons for Womens Aprons Ruffled with PocketsCustom Aprons for Womens Aprons Ruffled with PocketsCustom Aprons for Womens Aprons Ruffled with PocketsCustomizable Embroidered Kitchen ApronCustomizable Embroidered Kitchen ApronCustomizable Embroidered Kitchen ApronPersonalized Linen Kitchen ApronPersonalized Linen Kitchen ApronPersonalized Linen Kitchen ApronPersonalized Reversible Cross Back Linen Apron with PocketsPersonalized Reversible Cross Back Linen Apron with PocketsPersonalized Reversible Cross Back Linen Apron with Pockets

 

I know that I personally love my All-Clad programmable slow cooker — it’s completely changed how I make dinner!

Used or New?

One question we haven’t addressed yet is if you need to buy a new slow cooker at all.

As I mentioned earlier, start with what you have.

After that, it’s perfectly fine to look for a used model.

You can find them very inexpensively at your local thrift store.

Heck, you may even have a friend or family member who will give you theirs.

So many people have a slow cooker sitting in the back of their kitchen cabinet and never use it. Ask around, you may get lucky.

Personalized Engraved Striped Cutting Board with Corner DesignPersonalized Engraved Striped Cutting Board with Corner DesignPersonalized Engraved Striped Cutting Board with Corner DesignPersonalized Charcuterie PlankPersonalized Charcuterie PlankPersonalized Charcuterie PlankPersonalized Double-sided Walnut Cutting BoardPersonalized Double-sided Walnut Cutting BoardPersonalized Double-sided Walnut Cutting BoardCharcuterie Board Personalized Serving BoardCharcuterie Board Personalized Serving BoardCharcuterie Board Personalized Serving Board

 

And if you do, don’t be surprised if they ask for it back once they see, smell and taste some of the amazing meals you’re making in it.

slow cooker in kitch

What Bells And Whistles Do You Really Need?

There are some fancy slow cooker models on the market today.

And there are some very affordable basic models that function with no more than a high or low cooking feature and they may do everything you need your slow cooker to do.

Think about what functions you really need.

Retractable cords are nice, but it’s also not that hard to tuck the cord under the slow cooker when you store it.

Having a “keep warm” feature is helpful.

Do you need a programmable timer so the chili can start cooking itself even if you’re out running errands or just getting back to the office after a quick lunch?

Take a look at what’s on the market and decide what you can and can’t live without. If this is your first slow cooker, start with a very basic model.

Personalized Oven Mitt Pot HolderPersonalized Oven Mitt Pot HolderPersonalized Oven Mitt Pot HolderCustomized Dog Mitt - Put Your Cute Dog on Custom Oven MittsCustomized Dog Mitt – Put Your Cute Dog on Custom Oven MittsCustomized Dog Mitt - Put Your Cute Dog on Custom Oven MittsPersonalized Apron with Custom Oven Mitts, Potholder and Dish TowelPersonalized Apron with Custom Oven Mitts, Potholder and Dish TowelPersonalized Apron with Custom Oven Mitts, Potholder and Dish TowelPersonalized Oven Mitt & Pot Holder SetPersonalized Oven Mitt & Pot Holder SetPersonalized Oven Mitt & Pot Holder Set

 

You can always add another one with more features down the road.

Having more than one slow cooker is definitely not out of the question if you enjoy this way of cooking.

You can fix pulled pork on one, and still have room for Mac and cheese or a squash casserole to cook away in the second one as a side dish.

And smaller models come in handy for hot dips, appetizers and desserts.

Multiple slow cookers really come in handy around the holidays when you’re fixing a variety of different casseroles and the likes.

If you can prepare a few of them in your slow cookers, you don’t have to worry about using up precious oven time.

And it’s one more thing you can set and forget.

Cuisinart 12-Piece Kitchen Knife SetCuisinart 12-Piece Kitchen Knife SetCuisinart 12-Piece Kitchen Knife Set10 Piece Stainless Steel Measuring Cups and Spoons Set10 Piece Stainless Steel Measuring Cups and Spoons Set10 Piece Stainless Steel Measuring Cups and Spoons SetStainless Steel Mixing Bowls with Airtight LidsStainless Steel Mixing Bowls with Airtight LidsStainless Steel Mixing Bowls with Airtight LidsFood Grade Silicone Rubber Spatula Set for BakingFood Grade Silicone Rubber Spatula Set for BakingFood Grade Silicone Rubber Spatula Set for Baking

 

Head on over to Amazon or take a walk through the small appliance section of your local super store and see what your options and price ranges are.

Take a look at the reviews on Amazon and see what folks like and what they don’t like.

Then make an informed decision and get your first slow cooker.

When you get it to the house is when the real fun starts — cooking with it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *