Welcome to Slow Cooker Week! We’re sharing all our favorite Crock Pot recipes, tips, tricks, and advice this week—and including the Instant Pot, of course, since it slow cooks too. Here, check out seven high-tech Crock-Pots and gourmet slow cookers with bells and whistles like you wouldn’t believe.
Whether your idea of slow-cooking involves a simple turkey chili or recreating the cassoulet recipe from Alain Ducasse’s Benoit, having the right, *quality* kitchen appliance will revolutionize your cooking skills—and your time. A lot has changed since slow cookers came to popularity in the 1970s, and these new, fancy pants slow and multi-cooker systems prove just that, some with high-tech integrations and functions you’ve probably never even dreamed of. Behold—the best of the best high-tech slow cookers for 2020:
Ideal for side dishes (or catering to picky eaters), this dual slow cooker unit can cook up to one-quart portions on each end. It’s also part of Crock Pot’s Connectable Entertaining System, meaning it can be hooked up with larger, compatible Crock-Pots—plugging into each other and stackable for when you need to store. What’s that all mean to you? Well, you can pretty much say sayonara to those clunky chafing dishes or tacky sternos at parties, and simply use a set on warming mode to keep your grub at the optimal temperature.Buy Now
This baby’s the Cadillac of all kitchen appliances at the moment; the Wi-Fi-enabled countertop appliance that combines over 20 (!) culinary functions in a connected, all-in-one machine stormed the Euro market and is quickly topping the must-have lists of chefs and home chefs across the rest of the world now, too. Using the tablet-like, 6.8-inch wide, full color touchscreen display, the Thermomix TM6 can certainly slow cook, but it can also blend, quick-cook, steam, sous vide, knead, sauté, and so much more. Many of its parts are dishwasher safe or have pre-clean functions, and it’s connected to the Cookidoo recipe platform, so you’ll never get bored with the over 50,000 recipes available to maximize this splurge-worthy appliance.Buy Now
Living up to its name, you can cook foods either to a specific temperature (thanks to the internal probe), for a set number of hours, or on traditional high/low heat setting, meaning you get the ideal dish with minimal effort. And with everything else going on in your life, isn’t that the kind of home cook you strive to be, anyway?Buy Now
After closing its doors in 2017, appliance manufacturer Fagor redesigned their beloved products under a new name, Zavor brand. The results have been pretty darn good, with their LUX LCD multi-cooker winning America’s Test Kitchen top choice honors in the multi-cooker category. It’s got pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, and even more capabilities, plus interactive, intuitive cooking functions and more than 30 programmable settings all controlled by a sexy beast of an LCD screen.Buy Now
Recently launched and equipped with a digital countdown and gorgeous stainless-steel exterior, we’re OK with Amazon hearing everything we do if we can say “Alexa, cook for five hours in my Crock-Pot!” This connected slow-cooker also lets you use your voice or Alexa app to initiate or adjust cooking times, heat temperatures, and more.Buy Now
Beautiful? You betchya. Wolf’s known for it after all, and their multi-function cooker with sous vide mode will easily add sophistication to any countertop or kitchen island. Things we also love: You can pre-program your slow cooked dish to cook on two different temperatures, and the included temperature probe makes sure you get that perfect medium rare, well, medium rare. If you’re salivating, good news: We’re giving one of these away! Enter for your chance to win by March 9.Buy Now
When it comes to quality and price, this one-touch programmable multi cooker is where it’s at. First off, it’s available on Amazon Prime and affordable enough to give as a gift, though you’ll likely want to score one for yourself. When you do, the set-it-and-forget-it dish possibilities are infinite: Baked beans for the family BBQ, risotto for your dinner guests, or gooey mac n’ cheese for the kids are instantly simplified. Bonus: The auto-timed preset functions allow for 70 percent faster cooking than conventional cooking, meaning it’s on the table even quicker, too.Buy Now
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