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Best Slow Cooker iMore 2019

The ability to chuck a load of ingredients into a slow cooker in the morning and reap the rewards with a hot, tasty dinner in the evening is a game-changer and is why we love our slow cookers. Our overall pick, the Morphy Richards Accents slow cooker can even be used to sear meat, so you can use fewer pans in the kitchen. Whether it's roasts, stews, soups, or curries that you want to slow cook, we've got an amazing appliance to suit your needs.

Best Overall: Morphy Richards Accents Sear and Stew Slow Cooker

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This slow cooker has been awarded our best overall pick since you can use the removable cooking pot on the hob to sear your choice of protein. This saves you from having to wash a separate pan and adds a richness to the overall flavour of your dish.

It has high, medium, and low cooking settings, and a glass lid to check on your food without letting any heat out. When you're done cooking, the pot can go through the dishwasher. Unfortunately, there's no "keep warm" function and there's no timer, but the latter is a minor inconvenience since we have easy access to timers elsewhere.

Pros:

  • Dishwasher-safe pot
  • Hob-proof cooking pot
  • Toughened glass lid
  • Three settings
  • 6.5-litre capacity
  • Can sear meat

Cons:

  • No keep warm function
  • No timer

Best Overall

Morphy Richards Accents Sear and Stew Slow Cooker

Seal the deal

The hob- and dishwasher-friendly cooking pot set this apart from the competition.

Best Value: Swan Oval Stainless Steel Slow Cooker

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This stainless steel option has sleek looks and a toughened glass lid to monitor your meal while the cooker does its magic. It's available in 1.5, 3.5, and 6.5-litre options. The latter is the family-friendly size we recommend.

As far as functionality goes, this has an auto setting which cooks on high for a time before dropping to low heat, as well as standard low, high and keep warm settings.

Pros:

  • Dishwasher safe pot
  • Toughened glass lid
  • Two heat settings
  • Keep warm function
  • 6.5-litre capacity

Cons:

  • No timer
  • Few extra features

Best Value

Swan Oval Stainless Steel Slow Cooker

Classic crock

This stainless steel cooker is a traditional oval option for family-sized meals.

Best Timer Function: Lakeland Digital Family Sized Slow Cooker

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Perfect for busy home cooks, Lakeland's cooker has a built-in timer with a start delay function, which means you can programme this slow cooker to start at any time from 30 minutes to 24 hours in advance.

Both the cooking pot and the tempered glass lid are safe to go in the oven up to 200 degrees Celcius and the pot can also be used on all kinds of hobs, including induction.

Pros:

  • Dishwasher-safe pot
  • 24-hour timer with start delay
  • Hob and oven proof cooking pot
  • Toughened glass lid
  • Three settings
  • 6.5-litre capacity

Cons:

  • Higher cost

Best Timer Function

Lakeland Digital Family Sized Slow Cooker

Slow starter

If timer functionality would make your life easier, consider Lakeland's capable cooker.

Best for Roasts: Russell Hobbs 25630 Slow Cooker and Sous Vide Water Bath

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Russell Hobbs' product here brings more to the table than just slow cooking since it's designed to also work as a sous vide water bath. It has an integrated probe thermometer that measures and regulates the water bath temperature, and it can be used directly in proteins to ensure they've reached the correct cooking temperature.

The machine is programmable, with an easy-to-read digital display to control your settings, and it boasts a special airtight locking lid that means you can transport the cooker more easily.

Pros:

  • Integrated probe thermometer
  • Sous vide functionality
  • Sous vide rack included
  • Programmable
  • Dishwasher safe pot
  • Cool-touch handles

Cons:

  • High price

Best for Roasts

Russell Hobbs 25630 Slow Cooker and Sous Vide Water Bath

H2-Oh!

This cooker offers a three-in-one solution as it can sous vide, slow cook, and roast.

Best Family Choice: Morphy Richards 48715A Oval Slow Cooker

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Another classic oval option, this Morphy Richards offering is a competent cooker that should sort you out in the standard slow cooking department for years to come, especially as it comes with a two-year guarantee. It comes with a 6.5-litre capacity, which should be more than enough to feed a family of four.

With a ceramic pot, toughened glass lid, a silver finish, and traditional dial controls for the three heat settings, this is a no-nonsense choice for all kinds of families. The only thing we don't like is that it doesn't come with a timer.

Pros:

  • Dishwasher safe pot
  • Toughened glass lid
  • Three settings
  • 6.5-litre capacity
  • Cool-touch handles
  • Affordable

Cons:

  • No timer

Best Family Choice

Morphy Richards 48715A Oval Slow Cooker

Fuss free

Decent quality build and solid slow-cooking skills make this a popular product.

Best Looking: Swan SF17031RN Retro Slow Cooker

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We love this slow cooker's retro looks and subtle colour options that include pale blue, classic cream, bold red, an understated grey, and a lovely soft sage green. The retro vibes are matched by the chrome finishes with vintage style handles and control knob.

Aside from its looks, this cooker has a removable ceramic pot that's dishwasher safe and auto, low and high heat settings as well as the ability to keep food warm when you're feeding a crowd.

Pros:

  • Retro colour options
  • Dishwasher safe pot
  • Toughened glass lid
  • Keep warm function
  • 6.5-litre capacity

Cons:

  • No timer
  • Only two heat settings

Best Looking

Swan SF17031RN Retro Slow Cooker

Vintage chic

If you want a slow cooker that looks good while it's making your meal, consider this retro option.

Rock and casserole

For most average families, the standard feature set of these 6.5-litre capacity cookers will meet their slow cooking needs for everyday classics like stews, soups, curries, casseroles, and roasts.

If a timer would be useful though, consider Lakeland's programmable pot, while if you want to get adventurous with sous vide cookery, Russell Hobbs has you covered.

Our overall best pick though, the Morphy Richards Accents model is recommended thanks to its ability to use the cooking pot on the hob to either start or finish your slow cooking process. That means there's less to clean after everything's done!

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Amy-Mae Turner As someone who's cooking style can very much be described as 'stick it all in and hope for the best,' Amy-Mae was an obvious choice to create this compilation.

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