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Choosing a slow cooker

UPDATED JANUARY 2017: The well known Cooks Illustrated magazine presented the results of their most recent tests in an article “Searching out the Best Slow Cooker.” Note: Not all brands were tested so we include our own choice of All Clad, tried and tested in our own kitchens.

Cooks Illustrated Highly Recommended:

KitchenAid 6-Quart Slow Cooker with Solid Glass Lid $99.

Cuisinart 6-Quart 3-in-1 Cook Central with built in sauté function $110

Cooks Illustrated Recommended:

Ninja 3-in-1 Cooking System with built in sauté function $130

The slow cookers that we personally use and recommend:

Instant Pot Multi Functional $99

Hamilton Beach Stovetop friendly Slow Cooker at Amazon 6qt aluminum insert

Crock Pot Touchscreen ceramic insert

Williams Sonoma for All Clad Slow Cooker 7qt aluminum insert

Sur La Table for All Clad Slow Cooker 4qt Ceramic Insert

Williams Sonoma for All Clad Slow Cooker 4qt Deluxe aluminum insert

Crate and Barrel for All Clad Slow Cooker 6.5qt ceramic insert