The Best Slow Cookers

Not only do slow cookers produce cosy, comforting food, you can also leave them to simmer away in the background and – if you’re partial to over-cooking things – they’re a bit more foolproof than fussy recipes that demand precise times and measurements. If you’re in the market for one, here are some of our favourite models…
The Best Slow Cookers
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BEST: All-rounder

Crock-Pot Lift And Serve Digital Slow Cooker, £39.15
The stand-out feature on this slow cooker has to be the hinged lid – it means no more mess on your worktop as the condensation simply drips down back into the bowl. And it’s removable too, for easy cleaning. Meanwhile, the adjustable timer runs from 30 minutes to 20 hours and the digital display shows you how much cooking time remains. Afterwards, your slow cooker will automatically switch to a ‘Keep-Warm’ setting, so your meal is ready when you are. The large, removable 4.7l bowl is ideal for families, too, as well as entertaining or batch cooking for the week ahead. 

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BEST: For feeding a crowd

Russell Hobbs 25630 Slow Cooker and Sous Vide, £79.99
If you want to feed a large group, this whopping 6.5l capacity slow cooker is the one to get. Capable of making up to eight servings, simply add in your ingredients, finalise your desired settings and you’re good to go. It has some other hidden talents, too, like the sous vide setting – whether it’s a perfectly cooked rare steak, a succulent salmon fillet or vegetables filled with flavour, you can do it all. Extra points go to the integrated meat thermometer and cool touch handles.

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BEST: For those on a budget

Russell Hobbs Chalk Board Slow Cooker, £29.49
With three simple heat settings (high, low and warm), this 3.5l capacity slow cooker couldn’t be easier to operate. A glass lid lets you view your food while its cooking, while cool touch handles make it safe to carry. Add to that its modern matte black powder coated finish that you can write on using chalk, and it’s a great addition to your kitchen. Capable of serving up to four people, it also has a removable black ceramic pot and lid for easy cleaning. 

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BEST: For precise timings

Crock-Pot TimeSelect Digital Slow Cooker, £155

What we love about this model is the Schedule Meal function; it can be programmed to have your dish ready for a time up to 12 hours in advance. All you need to do is choose the food type, quantity and the time you'd like to eat. Add your ingredients to the pot and select what kind of dish you're cooking, choose the approximate weight of your dish, or simply how full the pot is. The TimeSelect function then determines the ideal temperature and cooking cycle for perfect results. But don’t worry – if your plans change, the cancel timer setting allows you to reset your cooking schedule at any point. Plus, there’s a Keep Warm setting if things are ready a little bit too soon. Serves up to seven people.

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BEST: For style

Tower T16018RG 3.5L Slow Cooker – Rose Gold, £29.99

Designed to look great in your kitchen, this stylish Tower slow cooker comes in sleek black with rose gold tone details. The non-slip feet provide extra stability on your kitchen worktop, while the removable pot makes for cleaning easy, too. Meanwhile, the 3.5l capacity bowl holds up to four portions, so it’s ideal for serving family and friends, and there are three heating settings and a keep warm function, too. Finally, a glass lid and cool touch handles means you can keep a eye on how the meal is coming along, and transport it to the table with ease. 

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