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The Ultimate Slow Cooker Buying Guide

So you have decided to buy a slow cooker. Congratulations! A slow cooker was the best kitchen investment I made and I can honestly say it has been used far more often than my other kitchen gadgets (sorry fondue set!).

Whether you are a slow cooker novice, or are looking to update your current slow cooker, then this post will help you make the right decision about which slow cooker to buy.

We will look at:

  • Which are the best small slow cookers for the UK
  • Which are the best large slow cookers for the UK
  • Slow cookers that are compatible with induction hobs
  • plus FAQs about slow cookers

If you are in a hurry (or don’t want to have to read the whole slow cooker buying guide!)

The best news is that it’s also one of the cheapest and, in my opinion, best looking slow cookers around! It has a retro design and comes in a range of colours. If you can get it for under £40 then go for it!

Check out current available colours and prices and read reviews here.

For more in depth reviews of slow cookers-keep reading!

What size slow cooker should I buy?

The first thing you need to decide is- what size slow cooker do you want? This will depend on two things:

  • The number of people you will be cooking for using your slow cooker
  • The type of food you want to cook in your slow cooker

Generally speaking, if there are 2-4 people in your family, then a small slow cooker will be fine. Larger than that and it is worth buying a large slow cooker.

Additionally, if you want to use your slow cooker to cook up large batches of food, or you want to cook large joints of meat or whole chickens, then a large slow cooker is also a better choice.

Slow cookers are measured in terms of their capacity (how much they will hold).

Slow Cooker Buying Guide-Which are the best small slow cookers for the UK?

If you are looking for a small sized slow cooker then you will want one that is between 3.0-5.5 litres in capacity.

Here are 5 great choices for small slow cookers.

Andrew James Digital Slow Cooker-4.5L

Unlike a lot of slow cookers, this one really punches high on the style factor! The red stainless steel will look great on your counter-top. But it’s not just about the looks for this slow cooker.

It packs a lot of features for a small sized slow cooker. It has a delay timer for up to 12 hours, giving you even more flexibility with your cooking times.

There are 3 cooking settings (most slow cookers have two)-high, low and warm.

It also comes with the standard keep-warm function and a removable bowl, allowing you to serve up at the table without having to transfer the contents to another serving dish.

This is a great, all-rounder slow cooker for those looking for a retro style.


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Morphy Richards Slow Cooker-3.5L

This is a great little slow cooker for those looking for a budget model.

This slow cooker comes with three cooking settings, low, medium and high, which is unusual considering the price.

There are no extra, fancy features but it will perform the job of slow cooking perfectly well. It is on the small end of the scale so will suit people who will be cooking for smaller numbers best.

The big advantage of this slow cooker is the price. Slow cooker under £20? Go for it!


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Crock-Pot Duraceramic Saute Slow Cooker-5L

Looking for a luxury slow cooker? Then you can’t go wrong with iconic brand Crock-Pot!

The disadvantage of slow cookers is that they are not able to brown off vegetables or meat, potentially affecting the flavour and texture of certain dishes. This slow cooker solves that problem! You are able to brown off your ingredients on the hob using the slow cooker pot.

The pot and lid are also oven safe, adding to your cooking flexibility. There is also the standard keep warm function and, for those looking for an eco-friendly slow cooker, it is also PTFE and PFOA free.


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Russel Hobbs Chalkboard Slow Cooker-3.5L

For those looking for something a bit different to your standard slow cooker-this is the one for you!

The black coating allows the slow cooker to also be used as a chalkboard-perfect for keeping track of what’s in your slow cooker or leaving messages for the family.

But it’s not just about looks. This slow cooker comes with three heat settings, low, medium and high, but it is missing the keep warm function.

Another bonus for this slow cooker is the shape. By using a high design it will take up a lot less space on your counter, perfect for small kitchens.


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Morphy Richards Sear and Stew Slow Cooker-3.5L

A good, all-rounder slow cooker with a stylish, black and rose gold design.

This slow cooker comes with three cooking settings, low, medium and high, but it does not have a keep warm function.

You can use the pot on the oven hob in order to brown off meat and vegetables before cooking them in the slow cooker.

It is on the small size with a 3.5l capacity so will suit smaller families better.


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Slow Cooker Buying Guide-Which are the best large slow cookers for the UK?

Planning to use your slow cooker for more than 4 people (or want to batch cook large amounts of food)? Then a large slow cooker will be best for you.

These will be 5.5 litres plus in capacity.

Here are 5 great choices for large slow cookers.

Swan Retro Slow Cooker-6.5l

My personal recommendation is the Swan Retro Slow Cooker.

As well as being one of the best looking (in my opinion) slow cookers, it also has a very generous 6.5l capacity.

It comes with three cooking settings, high, low and auto as well as the keep warm function. The ceramic pot is removable which means you can also use it as a serving dish. There is also a recipe book included to help you get started with your slow cooker.

The Swan slow cooker comes in a range of vintage colours so you are sure to find one that will fit with your kitchen perfectly!


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Prestige Slow Cooker-5.5L

A good, budget model for a large sized slow cooker.

This slow cooker comes with two cooking settings, low and high, plus the keep warm function. The ceramic dish can also be used as a serving dish.

The stainless steel finish is easy to keep clean and will look good on your counter.

Overall, this is a good slow cooker for the price considering it is a 5.5l capacity.


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Crock-Pot Slow Cooker and Rice Cooker with Auto Stir-5.7L

Looking to splash out on a slow cooker with lots of extra features? Look no further than this slow cooker from Crock-pot!

Not only does this slow cooker come with a generous 5.7l capacity, it also has an auto-stir function! This will stir your food as it cooks so you don’t have to take the lid off to stir (thus lowering the temperature of the contents). It also has the added advantage of being able to cook rice easily.

Along with two cooking settings, a keep warm function, a recipe book and a pot that can also be used as a serving dish, this is a slow cooker that will earn it’s place on your counter!


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Russel Hobbs Searing Slow Cooker-6L

This slow cooker ticks plenty of boxes. It has a very generous 6l capacity and a delay timer, giving you more flexibility with your cooking.

There are two cooking settings, high and low, plus the keep warm function. The pot can also be used as a serving dish.

The big bonus is that the pot can be used on the hob so you can brown off and sear meat before putting the pot into the slow cooker.


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Morphy Richards Slow Cooker -6.5L

The current Amazon’s choice for slow cookers!

This is one of the biggest slow cookers in this list at a very generous 6.5l, so is perfect for those with big families or who enjoy batch cooking.

This comes with everything you would expect of a decent slow cooker including three cooking settings, high, low and warm and the pot doubles up as a serving dish.

The one thing that might let it down considering the price is the lack of a digital countdown timer.


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Slow Cooker Buying Guide- Slow cookers that are compatible with induction hobs

Not all slow cooker pots are compatible with induction hobs. If you are planning to use the slow cooker pot on an induction hob in order to brown off food first, then do double check if the model you are looking at can be used on an induction hob.

If you have an older induction hob, you may find that some slow cookers that are marketed as suitable for induction hobs are not recognised by your hob. Read the reviews to see how people with induction hobs have fared!

The following slow cooker has good reviews regarding using it with an induction hob.

Crock-pot Saute Slow Cooker with Hinged Lid-4.5l


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Slow Cooker Buying Guide – FAQs about slow cookers

What are the benefits of using a slow cooker? There are numerous benefits to using a slow cooker!

  • Environment: Slow cookers use less energy than a traditional oven
  • Health: Due to the method of cooking, more nutrients are retained in the food
  • Taste: Some foods really benefit from having a long, slow cooking process, improving both the taste and texture
  • Convenience: You can add all the ingredients to the slow cooker in the morning, head off to work and come home to a cooked meal!

What can I cook in a slow cooker? There are many different savoury and sweet dishes you can cook in a slow cooker including:

  • Stews
  • Soups
  • Casseroles
  • Curries
  • Chillies
  • Pot roasts
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Steamed puddings
  • Yogurts

and many other dishes!

Are slow cookers complicated to use? Not at all! Obviously read the manual that comes with your slow cooker but generally it is just a case of adding the ingredients to the pot and setting the cooking time.

Are there recipes specifically for slow cookers? Yes, lots! You may find your slow cooker comes with a recipe book but if not you will find lots of recipes online. Pinterest is a great resource for slow cooker recipes. Follow my board to keep up-to-date with slow cooker recipes!

If you liked this slow cooker buying guide then you might want to check out this Super Quick Microwave Jam Recipe!

I hope you found this ultimate slow cooker buying guide useful! Share any recommendations you have in the comments below and remember to share this slow cooker buying guide before you leave to help other people with their slow cooker choice!

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