Find the best crockpot, or crockpots, for your family with these recommendations. Since these handy appliances are so inexpensive, buy two or more. No one slow cooker can handle all your needs! You need to think about a few things when you buy a crockpot.
First, the size: are you cooking for two or six or eight? Larger crockpots hold more food and feed more people. If you want to serve appetizers from the slow cooker, a smaller one is better. The most common type is the 3-1/2 quart or four quart... crockpot. Most recipes cal for this size.
Second, what do you want to do with this slow cooker? If you want to extend cooking times, look for a programmable crockpot. If you just want straightforward cooking, a simpler model will be just fine.
And third, think about the shape you want. Oval slow cookers can hold things like roasts or whole chickens. Color and style come in last; slow cookers can be beautiful these days, or you might want sleek stainless steel.
Take a look at these crockpots to find the best one for you and your family.
01 of 05
With the newer hotter cooking crockpots burning and overcooking lots of food, this slow cooker provides a solution. The appliance has a built-in thermometer, or temperature probe, that you can program to stop cooking at a selected temperature. The crockpot automatically turns to the 'keep warm' setting. I also like the oval shape, which accomodates larger cuts of meat, and large size, which will feed a family nicely.
02 of 05
This crockpot is versatile and so easy to use and is very inexpensive. You do have to watch the cooking time, as it cooks at hotter temperatures, but this is a good basic model for family use.
03 of 05
This small crockpot is a great choice for smaller families. It's also perfect for party appetizer dips with its keep-warm feature. And of course it has a removable, dishwasher-safe, stoneware liner.
04 of 05This wonderful slow cooker has three interchangeable, removable liners: one 2-quart, one 4-quart, and one 6-quart. So you can cook any amount of food, depending on the size of the crowd you're feeding, with the same appliance. I love this crockpot.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
05 of 05
And this is the classic crockpot size for most families. I have one of these crockpots, although mine is about 15 years old, and it's dependable and reliable. The newer ones cook hotter, though, so watch cooking times carefully.