|Meg’s Criteria||Jane’s Criteria|
|Cooking insert type||Cast Iron 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 Iron 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.