|Meg’s Criteria||Jane’s Criteria|
|Cooking insert type||Cast Aluminum (non stick PTFE coated) insert that can be used on the stoveproof for browning and also ovenproof for finishing off dishes under the broiler or reheating in the oven||Cast Aluminum (non stick PTFE coated) insert
no need to brown meat in a separate pan since the insert can be used on the stovetop, reducing the need for washing up!
|Timer||Timer setting which works in ½ hour increments||Simple settings with a “keep warm” feature|
|Size||6 quart to feed a family of 5||6 quart to feed a family of 4, cook large pieces of meat and allow for freezing extra portions|
|Cost||durability more important than cost||under $100|
|Durability||important for frequent use||important|
|Slow Cooker||All-Clad 6 quart programmable stovetop slow cooker||Hamilton Beach 6 quart programmable stovetop slow cooker
The well known Cooks Illustrated magazine presented the results of tests done by Cook’s Country on a series of slow cookers. Their “highly recommended” slow cooker is the Crock Pot Touchscreen available for around $80. There are many other choices and reviews can be found online. Meg and I both love our All Clad and Hamilton Beach models.
Crock Pot Touchscreen ceramic insert
Williams – Sonoma for All Clad Slow Cooker 7qt aluminum insert
Williams – Sonoma for All Clad Slow Cooker 4qt Deluxe aluminum insert
Crate and Barrel for All Clad Slow Cooker 6.5qt ceramic insert
Hamilton Beach Stovetop friendly Slow Cooker at Amazon 6qt aluminum insert