Slow cookers are ideal for making delicious stews, soups and roasts that are soft enough to melt in your mouth. If you're looking to add a slow cooker to your kitchen or upgrade your current model, this guide will take you through our recommended options.
Best Overall Slow Cooker
Breville the Smart Temp 6L Slow Cooker
- User-friendly features
- Ideal size for cooking a family meal
- Easy to clean
- Automatic warning settings
- The outside and underside can get quite hot
The Breville Smart Temp 6L Slow Cooker has simple set-and-forget settings, plus an excellent automated 'keep warm' feature to keep your food warm after the timer ends. Breville's Temperature IQ controls the temperature to prevent overheating, and the heat is evenly dispersed around all sides for up to 10 hours.
The removable non-stick ceramic cooking bowl can be brought to the table during dinner time, and is also easy to wash up afterwards.
Best Cheap Slow Cooker
Westinghouse 6.5L Slow Cooker
- Handles stay cool during cooking to keep hands safe from heat
- The non-stick bowl is removable for easy cleaning
- Lightweight yet durable
- The cooking bowl can be used on the stovetop
- No timer
The Westinghouse 6.5L Slow Cooker is a relatively large model with all the basic features necessary. A control dial allows you to choose between high, low, or keep warm functions, and the ceramic bowl is removable and non-stick. The bowl can also be put on the stove to sear meats prior to slow cooking.
Bear in mind that this slow cooker doesn't have a timer, so you will need to keep track of time separately and then turn it off manually at the end.
Best Large Slow Cooker
Breville the Flavour Maker 7L Slow Cooker
- Even heating due to a wrap-around feature
- Removable cord for simple storage
- Includes stainless steel rack for roasting
- EasySear pan can also be used on the cooktop or in the oven
- Some customers reported the non-stick coating deteriorating over time
If you are looking to cook enough food for a party or a large family, then it's worth considering the Breville Flavour Maker 7L Slow Cooker.
This extra large slow cooker ensures even heating for up to 10 hours and has silicon handle covers that make the cooking bowl easy and safe to pick up. The non-stick bowl can also be used to sear your meats on the stovetop before slow cooking, and is also-oven friendly for roasting or reheating.
Best Small Slow Cooker
Morphy Richards 3.5L Sear and Stew Slow Cooker
- Cooking pot can also be used for searing on the cooktop
- Dishwasher-safe pot
- No timer or automatic keep warm
The Morphy Richards 3.5L Sear and Stew Slow Cooker is a great solution for couples or small families who want to save space in their kitchen and would find a 6L model unnecessarily large.
With a removable pot that can be used to sear meat on a cooktop, meals can be prepared in just the one pot without creating extra washing up. However since there isn't a timer you will need to keep an eye on your watch and manually switch it off.
Philips All-In-One Multi Cooker
- Easy to clean due to detachable parts
- Includes automatic feature to keep food warm
- Durable and scratch-resistant
- The lid is not hinged
If you’re interested in having one device which can handle most of your cooking needs, the Philips All-in-One Multi-Cooker is a great option.
The different cooking methods you’ll be able to use include baking, steaming, slow cooking, and pressure cooking. Aside from the usual types of slow-cooked meals, customers have also found that the Philips All-in-One Multi-Cooker is surprisingly good at making cakes.
Best Slow Cooker Brand
Breville's range of slow cookers have fantastic customer reviews and provide options for a variety of needs, including large portions, advanced controls, automation and multi-cookers.
How to Choose the Right Slow Cooker
What should I consider when buying a slow cooker?
When choosing a slow cooker, some of the key factors to consider include:
- The size and capacity of the cooking bowl
- Whether the cooking bowl can be used on a cooktop for searing
- Whether it has a timer
- Whether it has an automatic warming function
- Whether you need a multi-cooker that can also do other cooking methods such as pressure-cooking and steaming
What size slow cooker should I buy?
Slow cookers can range in size from 1.5L to 7L. If you’re only cooking for two, then between around 3L should suffice. If you have a family of four, you’ll need a 4L slow cooker or larger, and a large family of six or more should look for a 7L slow cooker.