What Kind of Slow Cooker Do You Have (and Would You Buy It Again)?

updated May 1, 2019
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I went from owning no slow cooker to owning a very fancy, expensive slow cooker. (It’s the one pictured above!) I’m not sure I would have spent $300 on a slow cooker, but it was given to me and I have zero complaints about it. Yes, it’s effective and works better than I ever could have imagined. (How did I live for 33 years without a slow cooker?) It’s also incredibly pretty. And I often find myself falling for things because they’re pretty. (Chocolate in a frame-worthy wrapper? Two, please!)

I do love it, though. I can set it to cook for up to 20 hours and then it’ll keep warm for five more hours. I can make a ton of rice in it. I can fit a double batch of my “famous” turkey chili in it. I can steam in it. And I can brown in it, which cuts out a step and saves me from having to dirty another pot.

This is obviously not the only slow cooker on the market, though. Even All-Clad makes other models. There’s also Crock-Pot, which is synonymous with slow cookers these days. There’s Black + Decker, Cuisinart, Hamilton Beach, KitchenAid, West Bend, the Ninja, the Instant Pot — there are just so many options.

Our staff has tested or played with almost all of them and we certainly have our favorites, but we want to hear from you.

What brand and model do you have? Did you buy it? How did you pick that one? Are you happy with it? Do you want to throw it down the stairs? How often do you use it? Do you own a few slow cookers? Tell us everything in the comments!

Speaking of good-looking slow cookers, here are some more: The 5 Prettiest Slow Cookers You Can Buy

And just in case we’re inspiring you to use your slow cooker more often, we’ve got tons of recipes to help.