Looking for the best Crock-Pot (or other slow cooker) you can buy? Your personal favorite will depend on your particular needs and lifestyle (there’s even a slow cooker specifically for paleo eaters), but these are some of our top picks.
Do you need a slow cooker?
We wouldn’t want to be without ours, and here’s why: Slow cookers and Crock-Pots are pretty great appliances. They can cook hearty, heaping piles of meat, comforting soups and stews, even breakfast and dessert, all in the most delightfully hands-off way while you get other stuff done.
resolutions like eating healthier and cooking more at home instead of dining out. And while they’re obviously great in winter, when they’re called upon for warming dishes and drinks to fight the chill, they’re perfect for parties all year round, and handy in hot weather too, when they save you from standing over a steamy stove (or turning on the oven and heating up the entire kitchen).They’re certainly useful for helping you stick to
If you don’t have a slow cooker yet, or are maybe looking to replace the relic you inherited from your parents, you may be surprised by the range of options out there. Many are pretty basic, but plenty of others have intriguing extra features—and then there’s the Instant Pot, of course (which also functions as a slow cooker).
So, what’s the best Crock-Pot or slow cooker to buy?
That depends on a few factors, but we bet one of the ones below will be perfect for you.
Here’s an at-a-glance look at our picks, tagged with who we think each one will most appeal to—but keep scrolling down to see more details for each and find your slow cooking soulmate.
- For pretty much everyone: Hamilton Beach Programmable 7-Quart Slow Cooker, $44.99
- For no-frills fans: Crock-Pot Cook ‘N Carry Stainless Steel 7-Quart Manual Slow Cooker, $29.69
- For NFL superfans: Crock-Pot NFL Cook & Carry Slow Cooker with Little Dipper, $38+
- For the precision-minded: Hamilton Beach Programmable 6-Quart Slow Cooker with Temperature Probe, $42.55
- For multi-function fans: Cuisinart 3-in-1 Multi-Function 4-Quart Slow Cooker, $97.54
- For cheffy cooks: Hamilton Beach Professional 6-Quart Sous Vide & Slow Cooker, $79.99
- For potluck pros: Hamilton Beach Wrap and Serve 6-Quart Slow Cooker, $36.51
- For small jobs: Crock-Pot 2.5-Quart Mini Slow Cooker, $27.20
- For tech & app fans: Black + Decker WiFi-Enabled 6-Quart Slow Cooker, $31.89
- For health-conscious & paleo people: Chefman 7-Quart Paleo-Certified Slow Cooker, $49.99
- For the earth-friendly fam: Wonderbag Non-Electric Portable Slow Cooker, $33.98
- For everyone who doesn’t own one yet: 6-Quart Instant Pot 7-in-1, $74.96
For Pretty Much Everyone
This digital 7-quart slow cooker is roomy and has all the standard features of modern models: dishwasher-safe stoneware crock insert, dishwasher-safe glass lid, three settings (high, low, and warm), the ability to set the length of cooking time, and a feature that automatically switches the temp to warm once that time is up. It’s simple and affordable and should meet all of your slow cooking needs.Buy Now
For the No-Frills Fam
If you’re not in the market for anything even kind of fancy, this is perhaps the most basic you can get—there’s just a manual dial you turn to low, high, or warm (so no setting a cook time or automatically switching over to warm), and the 7-quart ceramic crock and glass lid are dishwasher-safe. It gets the job done, and sometimes that’s all you need.Buy Now
For NFL Fans
When you’re a true fan, you want to show your team spirit any way you can—and now that can even include your choice of slow cooker! This is obviously the perfect thing for making and serving warm dips and slow-cooked sausage and onions for your next tailgating bash. (Check out some of our favorite Super Bowl Crock-Pot recipes for inspiration.) It’s your basic slow cooker in every way but one: you can get it emblazoned with whatever team colors and logo you love (prices vary depending on your team allegiance, but most are between $38 and $60). And it comes with a bonus “Little Dipper” for keeping your beer cheese and queso warm! (You can also find various NFL logo Crock-Pots at Walmart, generally for cheaper.)Buy Now
For the Precision-Minded
Hamilton Beach Programmable 6-Quart Slow Cooker with Temperature Probe and Transport Clips, $42.55 on Amazon
This slow cooker builds on the usual features (digital display and buttons, programmable cook time, and automatic “keep warm” function) by adding a removable digital probe that can cook your roast to the precise temperature you choose (and it displays the temperature in real time on the LED panel). Plus, it has lid clips that lock the top in place, in case you need to transport your beautiful hunk of beef to a tailgating party or potluck.Buy Now
For Multi-Function Fans
This digital slow cooker isn’t just a slow cooker—it also has settings that allow you to steam and sear food. If you make a lot of meaty dishes, you know the annoyance of having to brown it in a pan before adding it to the slow cooker, so this model means it’s much easier to make truly one-pot meals (it also means the crock insert is aluminum rather than the usual ceramic). It comes with a steaming rack for making healthier fish and vegetable dishes. Another nice feature is that you can set specific cooking temperatures if you want something more precise than low, medium, or high—but like most other slow cookers, it still automatically switches over to warm once time’s up. (If you need a larger model, there is a 6-quart option too.)Buy Now
For Cheffy Cooks
This slow cooker works like any other digital model (you can program the cooking time and have it keep food warm afterward), but it also functions as a sous vide machine, which is a pretty big deal for fans of the water bath cooking method (or those who have been dying to try it). It may not be quite as precise as more expensive sous vide equipment, but it’s great for the more casual experimenter, and it’s still a 2-in-1 appliance, which is always nice.Buy Now
For Fashionistas and Potluck Perfectionists
This is your basic manual slow cooker, with no bells or whistles where functionality is concerned—but plenty of pizzazz on the outside. You can change up the look for holidays and special occasions with reusable decorative wraps that attach to the sides. This one comes with blue chevron wraps and a chalkboard surface wrap that lets you draw on your own labels or designs, but additional patterns can be purchased separately. (If you’re just after a prettier-than-average slow cooker, check out these floral Crock-Pots by the Pioneer Woman.)Buy Now
For Couples and Singles
This manual Crock-Pot’s petite size is perfect for cooking for just 1 or 2 without a lot of leftovers (anyone who’s made pulled pork in a standard size slow cooker can attest to the never-ending mountain of meat that remains even after several dinners). It could also work for small batches of hot dips or appetizers for a party—and it includes locking lid clips, so carrying it to a potluck is easy.Buy Now
For App Lovers and Tech Fiends
Black + Decker WiFi-Enabled 6-Quart Slow Cooker, $31.89 at Walmart (currently out of stock)
That’s “app” as in application, not appetizer. Honestly, this Crock-Pot works just like most other digital models, except it can also be controlled remotely via an app on your phone, which enables you to increase or decrease cooking times and temperatures, or even remotely shut off the slow cooker if you need to. The app also has options to look up new recipes and share your creations on social media, but sadly, no text alert feature to let your friends and family know when dinner’s done. (The Crock-Pot WeMo Smart Wifi-Enabled 6-Quart Slow Cooker does have that functionality, but also a massive price tag that cannot possibly justify the added convenience.)Buy Now
For Paleo People (and Other Health-Conscious Folks)
If you follow the paleo diet, you may want to look into this slow cooker, which has an all-natural stoneware crock that’s nonstick without the addition of any chemical coatings, and with 70 percent less lead than standard slow cookers. If you’re not following a totally caveman-appropriate life, you’ll be glad to know that the insert is also dishwasher-safe.Buy Now
For Eco-Friendly Fans
This slightly unconventional option is great for those who want to save electricity (and otherwise help the environment). It works by bringing food to a boil on the stovetop and then enclosing the pot inside the Wonderbag itself, an insulated, machine-washable pouch that’s made from recycled material. The retained heat continues to cook the food, or can just keep it warm if it’s already done—handy for camping, tailgating, and far-afield picnics. Even better, for every Wonderbag sold, $1 is donated to the Wonderbag Foundation, which provides these fuel- and time-saving slow cookers to families in need—and helps save lives, since wood smoke from cooking fires is a major health and environmental issue in many countries. Learn more about their mission.Buy Now
For Everyone Who Doesn’t Have One Yet
While the Instant Pot is most often touted for its quick cooking abilities (I mean, it’s right there in the name…), it does also function as a slow cooker when you want it to, among several other things. This 7-in-1 model, for instance, adds rice cooking and yogurt making functions to the mix, but all Instant Pot versions and sizes include the slow cooker function (and a saute function) in addition to the main draw of the pressure cooker. So you may as well give in and get one if you haven’t already! When it’s not making speedy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, it’s great for any given slow cooker recipe—and if you’re at all concerned about possible trace amounts of lead in ceramic or aluminum crocks, you’ll also like the fact that the Instant Pot’s insert is stainless steel. It does cost a little more than your basic Crock-Pot, but you may find it well worth the price.Buy Now