Y’all are always asking me which crock pot you should buy. So, I did a video recently of my crock pots, but then I thought maybe I would just devote an entire post to buying a crock pot.
Everyone has different preferences. Some of you might want a programmable slow cooker – while I would rather take a beating. Some of you might want an insert that lifts out – and some of you might not care because you use crock pot liners (I’m way too cheap for those). There is a crock pot for just about everyone – no matter what you want. Even if you want it with a football team on it.
So, I scoured the internet and looked at a bunch of different sites and came up with the top 10 ranked crock pots out there…also known as “slow cookers.” I almost always call it a “crock pot” even though that’s a brand name – just like some people say “Kleenex” instead of tissue.
I want you to know that NONE of these are affiliate links. I didn’t want you to think I wrote this post to make a quick buck off Amazon affiliates. 🙂 I just want you to have a reference point for when you need/want to buy a new crock.
- Hamilton Beach Set’N Forget – This one runs around $50 and it’s programmable. It also has a built-in temperature probe. Nice feature.
- West Bend Oblong 5 quart Slow Cooker – This is actually a crock that sits ON a base instead of down in it. My MIL has one similar and it works great. Runs around $52. The insert can also be used directly on your stovetop.
- Hamilton Beach 3-in-1 – This ranks very high with Consumer Research, but it gets mixed reviews on Amazon. This is what I have and I LOVE IT! I love that it has 3 crock sizes and stores so easily without taking up extra space. This one runs around $55.
- Rival Crock Pot 3735 – This is your basic crock pot. No bells and whistles…and I like that feature. 🙂 The stoneware is removable. Owners LOVE IT, but note that it cooks hot, so you’d go with the lower time setting listed in a recipe. Cost is around $25.
- Crock Pot 20 ounce Food Warmer – I’m really considering buying this one for Barry to take to work. The reviews are great. And it would be nice for his lunch to be piping hot and ready when noon rolls around. Great for those who don’t use microwaves. This is only about $20, so it’s a steal in my book!
- Crock Pot Smart Set – This is another programmable one. It also features a touch-screen. That’s just a bit too fancy for me. But if you work away from home and need to have your crock turn off at a certain time, this might be a good one to consider. Cost is around $75, so it’s a bit steep.
- Hamilton Beach Stay-or-Go – I love the feature of this one where the lid has a clip so that when you travel you won’t worry about spills! I spill things a lot. If my GE crock pot died, this is the one I would purchase next. Cost is great at only about $33!
- Cuisinart 3-in-1 Multi-Cooker – This is like the Cadillac of crock pots. This puppy will crock your socks off – or it will sautee…or it will even brown meats! Everything is dishwasher safe…but that doesn’t matter to me since I don’t have a dishwasher (by choice). The only down side to this is that it’s non-stick. But if that doesn’t bother you, then get yourself a Caddy baby! Cost is around $150. So, have a yard sale first.
- Proctor Silex 4 Quart – This crock will run you less than $20. For the money, it gets GREAT reviews. There aren’t any bells and whistles on this one either. Just turn it on and go. But, if you need a crock pot and you need it now, this one would fit the bill. Four quart is my favorite size crock.
- Crock Pot Cook and Carry – At about $36, this is another winner for me. It has clasps on the side for holding the lid on. I love taking my crock to church potlucks, so this feature is a plus. It’s a 6 quart and perfect for a large family or a BIG honkin’ roast on Sunday.
And there ya have it! This is your reference for buying a new crock…and if you don’t need one now, you can come back to this later. 🙂 Or start saving up your Swagbucks to buy one!
**The same night of this post, my FAVORITE GE crock died. It split right down the bottom. 🙁 We called about a replacement, but they don’t make it any more. We decided on this basic Hamilton Beach model because I don’t like fancy bells and whistles. 🙂 **
**NOTE: The above Hamilton Beach link IS an affiliate link, but none of the others are.**