Here at the Strategist UK, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about many cooking appliances on our US website before — including the best frying pans and the best cookware sets — here, we’ve rounded up the best slow cookers as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.co.uk.
Best-rated slow cooker
With over 2,500 ratings on Amazon, Morphy Richards’ Sear and Stew slow cooker is the best rated. In total, 82% of reviewers gave it five stars, and it’s received praise from rookie cooks to home chefs alike. It might be considered especially good for beginners, though — 340 reviewers mentioned that the four cooking settings made the slow cooker easy to use. Reviewers also spoke highly of the removable ceramic pot, which can be used to sear meat on the stovetop (and is dishwasher safe). Though there are cheaper options on the market, 50 people total wrote that the slow cooker was excellent value for money owing to its longevity and quality.
Best-rated (less expensive) slow cooker
This is the best-rated option at a lower price, coming in at under £30, with 81% of its 1,151 reviews being five stars. Reviewers praise its versatility – one says it’s a great option for tagine-style stews, while another says they use it to make bone broth for their dog, so you could say this cooker has the range. However, note that the ceramic insert can’t be used on a stovetop like the Sear and Stew model.
Best-rated small slow cooker
If you’re looking for a smaller slow cooker, Breville’s 1.5L option is neater but still a great option for soups and curries. Sixteen reviewers said the size was the best thing about it, from one who bought it for an elderly neighbour to make his soups in, to another who found it the perfect fit for her small kitchen. And even though it’s half the size of the others, seven people wrote that they could still make a meal for two from it, so don’t let its compact size deceive you.
Best-rated programmable slow cooker
Not only is this slow cooker a whopping 5L, but the programmable digital timer allows you to customise the cooking time for optimum results. The LED display lets you see how long is left until the cooking is done, and 22 reviewers say they love the cooker’s ‘keep warm’ setting, whereby a meal will stay warm on a low temperature after the timer is done. Happy customers say it can feed five to six people easily. The removable ceramic inner dish is usable on a hob for browning or searing meat, and the nonstick surface is easy to clean, too. One reviewer, who bought it after their slow cooker of 20 years finally packed it in, says the specific timer settings help make a superb fig sponge pudding for a crowd.
Best-rated manual slow cooker
There’s a reason Morphy Richards has come up a few times — reviews consistently praise it as one of the strongest brands on the market. This is one of their best-rated manual cookers, offering a low, medium, or high setting. In fact, one in six of their 1,214 reviews praised the fact it was easy to use. And just under 200 reviews loved how easy it was to clean. It might not have any bells and whistles, but this is without a doubt a solid all-rounder.
Best-rated multi-pot slow cooker
The three separate pots mean this slow cooker has become popular among people entertaining for a crowd. Five reviewers praised it for slow-cooking curries, particularly since you can switch to the cooker’s ‘keep warm’ setting and let people serve themselves. One woman, who runs a bed-and-breakfast in Yorkshire, said it’s the perfect vessel for her cooked breakfasts, as she can keep the beans, tomatoes, and scrambled eggs warm every morning. Another said they use it to do all their meal prep on a Sunday afternoon as the pots can all be programmed separately. The lids prop up against the back of each crock pot, and seven reviewers spoke highly of how easy it was to clean the whole thing, too.
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