Best slow cooker 2024 – top buys from our appliance experts

Cook delicious, nutritious meals with the best slow cookers from Crock Pot, Hamilton Beach, KitchenAid, and Ninja

One of the best slow cookers, the Crock-Pot MyTime slow cooker on a countertop
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One of the best slow cookers, a Crock Pot making stew in a modern white kitchen

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1. The list in brief ↴
2. Best overall: Crock-Pot My Time
3. Best for versatility: Instant Pot Duo Crisp with Ultimate Lid
4. Best luxury: Wolf Gourmet
5. Best for large households: Ninja Foodi PossibleCooker
6. Best non-toxic: GreenPan Bistro Noir
7. Best value: Instant Pot 7-in-1
8. The ones that just missed the list
9. How to choose
10. How we test
11. FAQs

The best slow cookers are an all-year-round staple. They'll be able to steam, bake, and air fry on top of making warming soups and stews. Whether you're looking for hands-free, mass-catering or a pint-sized smaller model, we've found a slow cooker for you.

The market is packed with big-name brands, such as Crock-Pot, KitchenAid, and Cuisinart. Whilst this can seem overwhelming, it also means that there's a slow cooker to suit every style of cooking and size of budget. You can find the perfect match for your kitchen, but you just might need a helping hand.

That's where I come in. As a product reviewer and keen cook, I'm part of a kitchen testing team here at H&G. Together, we've tried dozens of the best slow cookers, including all the best Instant Pots. We've narrowed it down to our top six for effortless usability, ease of cleaning, versatility, and the all-important taste test. Without further ado, here are our favorites. 

The quick list

If the only thing you like to take time on is cooking, here's a quick guide to finding the best slow cooker for you. We go into more detail further down the guide.

The best slow cookers in 2024

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The best slow cooker overall

1. Crock-Pot MyTime Slow Cooker

Best slow cooker overall


Dimensions: 14.4" x 14.3" x 9.7"
Capacity: 6-quart
Settings: Meal type, quantity, temperature, schedule, manual
Dishwasher Safe Parts: Yes

Reasons to buy

Choose manual or smart modes
Schedule meals in advance
Automatic adjustment

Reasons to avoid

No lock-down lid
No overnight cooking

The very clever Crock-Pot MyTime Slow Cooker can select the type of food you're cooking (meat, poultry, soup, veggies) and the volume (under or over 2 pounds, for example) for automatically adjusted timings and temperatures. You can set the clock and use this to schedule your cooking ahead of time, which is perfect for those four-hour meals that you want to arrive home to without having to be in the house to set the slow cooker into motion in the afternoon. It's worth noting that there's no setting for overnight slow cooks, which is a safety feature, but means that you'll always have to be slow cooking, on the countertop in the daytime.

If you're new to slow cooking, this really removes the guesswork, but for experienced slow cooker users, there's also the option to tap into manual mode for following recipes of your own. 

Size-wise, the six-quart capacity is the perfect middle-ground for making family meals or cooking ahead. Its shape is also well-suited to ribs, pulled pork, and even a whole chicken. It, however, doesn't have a lock-down lid for taking on the go, so if you're planning on taking it to potluck you'll need steady hands. Its dishwasher-safe stoneware and glass lid makes for easy cleaning.

Before you leap into the Crock-Pot, there are a few quirks you'll want to know about. The useful lid doesn't lock down, so if you'll take this round to a neighbor's or through lots of rooms in the house, you'll need steady hands. Some reviewers also said that this cooked food a little too hot, but I think that's down to the automatic functions generalizing. You can learn to adjust it to suit your personal preferences.

The best slow cooker for versatility

2. Instant Pot Duo Crisp with Ultimate Lid

The best multicooker on the market


Power: 1,500 Watts
Dimensions: 13.4 x 15.4 x 15.5 inches
Capacity: 6.5 Quart
Modes: Pressure Cook, Sauté, Steam, Slow Cook, Sous Vide, Yogurt, Warm, Air Fry, Roast, Broil, Bake, Dehydrate, Proofing
Accessories: stainless-steel cooking pot, steaming/ air frying rack

Reasons to buy

Incredibly versatile
Simple to use
One pot cooking

Reasons to avoid

Pot isn't non stick
Have to change inner lid

We don't often give five-star reviews at Homes & Gardens, because that means there's no room for bettering and innovation. However, after hours of testing, it wasn't even a tough decision to award this full points. It cooks great food and we love it. 

The Instant Pot offers 13 different cooking functions, all under one lid, making it the most advanced Instant Pot model we've seen. Whilst it might look very similar to older iterations, and it's even cheaper than some, it's certainly the best Instant Pot to date.

Our experts thought this was easy to use and they loved the versatile options, which all delivered top-notch results. If we're being really picky, the pot isn't nonstick, which can make cleaning up a little bit more time-consuming. The inner lids also do need swapping between functions, so even though it has 'one lid' there are a few fiddly bits to navigate before you don't have to lift a finger between settings.

There's more detail in our Instant Pot Duo Crisp with Ultimate Lid review.

The best luxury slow cooker

3. Wolf Gourmet Programmable 6-in-1 Multi Cooker

Best premium slow cooker


Dimensions: 14.5 x 19.75 x 17.88 inches
Capacity: 7-quart
Settings: Manual, meal timer, rice, sous vide, sear

Reasons to buy

Iconic, premium look
Five-year warranty
Six cooking modes

Reasons to avoid

The most expensive choice

If you're a serious slow cooker and you're looking for a little luxury, this is one of the smartest, most premium slow cookers on the market. It's fitted out with the latest and greatest technology and remains incredibly easy to use. 

You can cook rice, sear and sauté meat, and even sous vide with the Wolf Gourmet slow cooker. In fact, the deep insert, meaning you could sous vide a wide range of items at any one time. 

The classic red dial will allow you to select from manual settings as well as digital pre-set programs, too. 

The stainless steel insert can be used on induction hobs, in the oven, and can go in the dishwasher. That's a win because it's not non-stick. On the plus side, the stainless steel material will make searing easy and pack in heaps of flavor. However, this is incredibly expensive.

There's more detail in our Wolf Gourmet Multi-Functional Cooker review

The best slow cooker for large households

4. Ninja MC1001 Foodi PossibleCooker PRO

Best multicooker with bells and whistles


Dimensions: 18" x 12.64" x 10.59"
Capacity: 8.5qt
Settings: slow cooker, steam oven, food warmer, nonstick pot, sauté pan, cast iron skillet, saucier, steamer, saucepan, stock pot, Dutch oven, roasting pan, bread maker, and utensil.
Dishwasher Safe Parts: Yes

Reasons to buy

14 functions in 1 device
Evenly heats on bottoms, side, and steam heat
Oven-safe non-stick cooking pot

Reasons to avoid

Takes up a lot of space
Side handles get hot

If you're making the effort to slow cook, you'll want to do it in big batches. The generous 8.5 quart capacity ensures that you can feed the whole family and still have some leftovers too.

Our experts used this for a range of functions: making risotto, steaming vegetables, and slow-cooking rice pudding. They were impressed across the board. The large 8.5 quart capacity is non-stick too, making for easy cleaning.

Compared to Ninja's 14-in-1 older model, which is further down in this guide, this has fewer cooking functions and less capacity, but it's much more attractive, so it's better for serving straight onto the table with. It's also oven-safe and still reasonably priced; most oven-safe models come with a premium price tag.

The whole time that it is cooking, this will be looking beautiful on the countertop. It's my favorite for aesthetics. It is quite bulky however, so if you need to economize on space, there are better options.

There's more detail in our Ninja Foodi PossibleCooker Pro review.

The best non-toxic slow cooker

5. GreenPan Bistro Noir 4-Qt. Slow Cooker

The best slow cooker for cleaner, healthier meals


Dimensions: 16.42 x 12.4 x 9.8"
Capacity: 4 quarts
Settings: Low heat, high heat, delay timer, simmer, reheat, keep warm
Dishwasher-safe parts: Yes

Reasons to buy

Non-stick coating
Easy grip handles

Reasons to avoid

Less suitable for larger households

This little pot is non-toxic for cleaner cooking and non-stick for quick and easy food release. 

The Bistro Slow Cooker boasts a 4-qt. capacity. There might not be enough room to cater for larger households or braise bigger joints of meat, but it's just the right size to make hearty, healthy meals for your family, and still have some leftovers for tomorrow's lunch.  

The non-stick coating is free from PFAS, PFOA, lead, and cadmium to protect and preserve the natural flavors and aromas of your food. While the Bistro lacks a few of the bells and whistles of some of the more premium machines, it can simmer, reheat, keep warm, and cook on low, high, and delay. That might not be everything you want in a slow cooker, but it's probably everything you need. 

The Bistro is easy to use and quick to clean. Both the inner pot and the tempered glass lid are dishwasher-safe, though you might prefer to hand-wash to scrub at spills and stains. As for the outside, all you need to do is wipe it down with a damp sponge cloth, and it should look as good as new.

The best value slow cooker

6. Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker

Best multi-cooker with a slow cook setting


Dimensions: 13.38" x 12.2" x 12.48"
Capacity: 6qt.
Settings: Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Saute, Steam, Rice, Porridge, Multigrain, Slow Cook, Keep-Warm, Yogurt, Pasturize
Dishwasher Safe Parts: Yes

Reasons to buy

7 functions for extra versatility
Dishwasher-safe lid and pot
24-hour timer

Reasons to avoid

Bulky to store
Can be intimidating to use

While it's not cheap, for a slow cooker with 14 cooking modes, we think the Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker is immensely good value. You can sauté your onions and beef before putting on the pressure cooker lid for some slow-cooked casserole. 

There are modes for soup, stew, and chili, but there are also inserts to steam veggies and fish or pressure-cook meat for speedy meals. We loved that you can set your Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker to cook in advance, with a 24-hour timer that will ensure you come home to a hot meal or even wake up to some fresh-cooked oatmeal. 

The dishwasher-safe bowl and lid also make cleaning amazingly straightforward. However, that's one of the only things that's straightforward about this slow cooker. On test, we found it was pretty unintuitive to use. 

There's more detail in our Instant Pot Duo review

The ones that just missed the list

The six air fryers above are our experts' top picks. If you liked what you saw, but want some more options, here's a selection of some more excellent slow cookers.

How to choose the best slow cooker for you:

There's a lot to consider when choosing the perfect slow cooker for you, mostly the decision will come down to your day-to-day needs, which only you know best. Here are the things to look for when deciding what you're after:

Slow cookers cover the functions of a number of kitchen appliances, so they will save space in your kitchen overall. However, some are bigger than others. This is great if you live in a large household and need to cook big batches, but not quite as useful if you want to make a single serving. Don't worry, there are plenty of small slow cookers too.

Most slow cookers cover basic functions such as baking, browning, toasting, and broiling. More often than not, they'll air fry too. However, if you're looking for one that can steam, for example, you'll have to be more thorough with your research.

Slow cookers come at a range of prices. There are options for those on a budget, but often these have fewer functions or they feel a little flimsy. The more premium options are likely to last longer and have more bells and whistles.

Slow cookers can be quite dominating appliances, so it's important that you like the look of them. There are plenty of sleek options available.

Oftentimes slow cookers have some kind of non-stick coating, whether it's chemical or plastic. This can make cleaning easy, but what's even better is that some are dishwasher-safe. Keep an eye out for ones that are the easiest to clean - we'll always let you know what we found in our tests.

How we tested these slow cookers

At Homes & Gardens we like to test every appliance before we recommend them to you. That's why our experts take these slow cookers into their homes where they'll use them to do everything from roasting and baking to broiling and steaming. We also make notes on any extra special features and test them out too. If there's an overnight mode, we'll test it and let you know our thoughts. Our experts also make notes on a range of other aspects relating to the slow cookers, including unboxing and cleaning up. That way, when your slow cooker arrives, you'll have no unpleasant surprises in store.

Slow cooker FAQs

Should you buy a digital or a manual slow cooker?

Something to consider when buying a slow cooker is whether you’d prefer a digital or manual option. 

A digital slow cooker will give you more control, allowing you to set timers and automatically switch to keep-warm settings. 

If you don’t mind a slow cooker that requires a little more monitoring, a manual slow cooker will cost far less than its digital counterpart, and will still offer you numerous heat levels and a keep warm setting to keep your meal warm even if it’s finished cooking before dinner. 

A slow cooker will turn hands-on recipes with plenty of preparation into speedy tasks that are finished at the touch of a button. While some of our top picks, from the likes of Calphalon, Cuisinart, and KitchenAid, come with smart digital controls, there are also manual options that can often be less expensive but do require more supervision as they will not switch off automatically. 

Can you cook rice in a slow cooker?

You can cook rice in some slow cookers. Some slow cookers, such as the Instant Pot Duo even have dedicated rice modes. 

Laura Honey
eCommerce Editor

Laura is our eCommerce editor. As a fully qualified barista, she's our expert in all things coffee and has tested over thirty of the best coffee makers on the market. She has also interviewed Q-Graders and world-leading experts in the coffee industry, so has an intimate knowledge of all things coffee. Before joining Homes & Gardens, she studied English at Oxford University. Whilst studying, she trained as a master perfumer and worked in the luxury fragrance industry for five years. Her collection of home fragrance is extensive and she's met and interviewed five of the world's finest perfumers (also known as 'noses'). As a result of this expansive fragrance knowledge, she always puts quality and style over quantity and fads. Laura looks for products which have been designed simply and with thoughtful finishes.  

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