“I love that the pot in this slow cooker can also be used on a stove-top, making it easy to brown meats or saute garlic and onions without messing up additional pans. Simply start your recipe in the pot on the stove, then insert in the slow cooker to let it do its job. It’s also perfect for quickly reducing sauces that didn’t evaporate enough during cooking, or even for storing in the fridge and reheating the next day. And it’s dishwasher safe!” — Alejandra Ramos, Always Order Dessert
“I’ve had this KitchenAid model for over four years now and love it. It has a digital display, so it’s extremely easy to set your timer and it has an automatic “keep warm” mode button which is great for when you are entertaining. I also love the size—it’s perfect for me and my family and for when I have friends over!” — Alice Choi, Hip Foodie Mom
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Recipe developer Casey Barber — whose make-ahead slow-cooker oatmeal is a morning lifesaver —says most models are able to get the job done, regardless of price. However, there is one key exception. Says Barber, “The only thing I would note is that sometimes things do cook faster in the Instant Pot-style ones, likely because they have the thinner metal inserts and seal better overall.”
With the ability to cook up hearty stews and fall-off-the-bone braises with little to no supervision, slow cookers and Crock-Pots are beloved kitchen staples for busy home cooks everywhere. But with so many on the market, how do you pick out the best one for you? We turned to our own TODAY Food pros to guide us in the right direction.