By Robin Gillespie

Published on February 14, 2018

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Rank & Style utilizes an unbiased, data-driven approach to provide top ten lists of the best in lifestyle, fashion, and beauty products. What makes us unique is how our lists are cultivated: We’ve built the technology to methodically search, aggregate and weigh publicly available data such as user reviews, best seller lists, editors’ picks, blogger favorites, etc. to rank the 10 best comprehensively and objectively.

Slow cookers are one of the most beloved kitchen appliances for a reason—it is the easiest way to make the most of anything (seriously, anything) in your fridge, utilizing the “throw in and go” method so you can get on with the things in your life while your food cooks. Even better? The recipe options are limitless, from ones that work with all dietary restrictions to others that are as no-fuss as possible. Whether you are usually meal planning for one or love cooking for a party, we have our top 10 slow cooker recommendations ready for you to shop.

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#10

 Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker

LOVED FOR: 

The clip-on spoon and thermometer probe it comes with, giving you everything you need with one purchase.

USERS SAID:

 “I love the temp probe – It has cooked all my food perfectly! My meat is no longer dried or overcooked.”

  • 3 choices for easy, automatic cooking: probe, program, and manual
  • Clip-on spoon and clip-tight gasket lid
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#9 

Crock-Pot 6-Quart Programmable Cook & Carry Slow Cooker

BEST FOR:

 Thanks to how the crockpot automatically switches to “warm” after your food is done cooking, those who like to let their dinner cook during the day are in luck.

HELPFUL TIP:

 If there’s a power outage, the crockpot will reset.

  • Available in other colors
  • Programmable digital countdown control
  • Removable oval stoneware allows for easy cleanup
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#8 Nesco 481825PR Professional Stainless Steel Roaster Oven

BEST FOR:

 At 18 quarts, this crockpot is made for entertaining large parties.

HELPFUL TIP: 

With their exclusive “Circle of Heat” temperature control, there’s no worry of your food being unevenly cooked.

  • Available in other colors and sizes
  • Exclusive “Circle of Heat” heating element
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#7 Wonderbag Non-Electric Portable Slow Cooker

BEST FOR: 

Going green and saving energy, all while saving money!

FUN FACT: 

For every Wonderbag purchased, one will be donated to a family in Africa.

  • Available in other colors
  • Eco-friendly and electricity free
  • Keeps dish cooking for up to 12 hours
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#6 Crock-Pot 6 Qt 8-in-1 Multi-Use Express Crock Programmable Slow Cooker

BEST FOR:

 When you’re short on space and need an appliance that does it all, this crock pot has eight different settings and allows you to slow cook, pressure cook, brown and sauté, and steam.

HELPFUL TIP: 

Upon purchasing, you’ll be ready to go with complementary accessories like a recipe book, steaming rack, and serving spoon.

  • One-touch digital control with Delay Start capability
  • Dishwasher safe 6-quart non-stick inner pot
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#5 Ninja 4-n-1 Cooking System

USERS SAID:

 “Nice big pot that really does fit more than I thought it would… Clean up is a breeze which was another thing I worried about if I really wanted to clean a large pot every night.”

HELPFUL TIP:

 When it’s too hot to cook with your oven or stove, this crockpot will do the same job without making you sweat in your own kitchen.

  • Available in other colors
  • Four cooking functions: Stove Top, Slow Cook, Oven, and Steam
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#4 Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Portable Slow Cooker

LOVED FOR: 

The hinged lid makes serving a breeze (and guarantees you’ll never lose it).

USERS SAID: 

“Love the lid pick up and place in refrigerator. Heat it up the next day on low for an hour or two and it is just like you just made it. My kids hate leftovers so I trick them. I would highly recommend!”

  • Available in other colors
  • Hinged lid stays up then easily detaches for dishwasher cleanup
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#3 

Elite Gourmet MST-250XS Slow Cooker

BEST FOR: 

At 1.5 quarts, this crock pot is best for small meals and those cooking for one.

USERS SAID: 

“Love this little slow cooker… It cleans up easily, doesn’t take up a lot of space and does its job well. I would recommend it!”

  • Available in other colors and sizes
  • Dishwasher safe glass lid and stoneware pot
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#2 Crock-Pot  4-quart Manual Slow Cooker

BEST FOR: 

The budget shopper who wants something easy, not fancy

USERS SAID:

 “It’s just what I wanted…not too big for two people, and “low tech”! Has off, warm, high & low….what more do you need from a crock pot?” 

  • Available in other colors and sizes
  • High/low cook settings and convenient warm setting
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#1 Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker

LOVED FOR: 

14 different settings, super fast cooking, and a ton of accessories—this crock pot is the whole package.

HELPFUL TIP: 

Because food cooks so fast, make sure all your ingredients are ready to go before starting the crock pot.

  • Available in other sizes
  • UL and ULC certified with 10 safety mechanisms
  • Healthy, stainless steel inner cooking pot made with no chemical coating

This story was originally published on Rank & Style.

See more slow cooker ideas:

Slow Cooker Main Dishes for Busy Weeknights
50 Delicious, Easy One-Pot Recipes To Make Tonight
These Easy Crockpot Soups Require Minimal Time and Cleanup

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