Top 10 Lightweight Slow Cookers
for December 2022

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Slow cookers make meal preparation quick and easy, but with so many models on the market, it's hard to know which one is for you. We've researched the top 3 slow cookers on the market, and purchased each one for over 200 hours in our lab. We compared their features, including their temperature control, food capacity, cleaning ease, and size. We then put the 3 slow cookers through their paces in our kitchen using real ingredients, conducting thorough testing. We assessed how easy each slow cooker is to use, whether they're easy to clean, and whether their features met our standards to make this our best slow cooker review.

Instant Pots and Crock Pots are popular options for people who want to prepare meals quickly. Both appliances have been favorites for years, and both perform very similar functions - but what's the best slow cooker for you? Our extensive research can help you pick out the appliance that matches your cooking style and budget.

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Crock-Pot 7-Quart Oval Manual Slow Cooker | Stainless Steel (SCV700-S-BR)

Crock-Pot 7-Quart Oval Slow Manual Cooker

by Crockpot

Keep food at an ideal serving temperature for as long as you need to with the convenient warm setting

The Crock-Pot SCV700-S-BR is our favorite slow cooker, thanks to its spacious 7-quart capacity, as well as its convenient and removable stoneware inserts, which make it possible to use the slow cooker both on the stove and in the oven. The Crock-Pot SCV700-S-BR is also a budget-friendly pick, with a list price of $34.99, and we found its high quality and versatility to be well worth the cost. The Crock-Pot SCV700-S-BR is our top pick for slow cookers because of its spacious 7-quart capacity. The Crock-Pot SCV700-S-BR is our top pick for slow cookers because it also comes equipped with two stoneware inserts that are removable and dishwasher safe. The stoneware inserts are also microwave safe, which makes them easy to use with virtually any meal. The Crock-Pot SCV700-S-BR also has convenient handles on both the front and back of the slow cooker, which makes it easy to lift the slow cooker from its base. The Crock-Pot SCV700-S-BR also has an easy-grip handle on the top of the slow cooker.

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Hamilton Beach Portable 6-Quart Set & Forget Digital Programmable Slow Cooker with Lid Lock, Temperature Probe, Stainless Steel

Hamilton Beach Portable 6-Quart Set & Forget Programmable Digital Slow Cooker with Lid Lock

by Hamilton Beach

6 quart capacity: Spacious size is perfect for a 6 pound chicken or 4 pound roast

The Hamilton Beach Set & Forget slow cook is one of the better portable slow cookers we tested. Its compact size makes it perfect for small kitchens, and its built-in automatic keep warm setting makes it perfect for cooking a party or potluck. The built-in delay timer function lets you schedule your cooking time up to 23 hours in advance, and the temperature control allows you to cook to the precise temperature you want. We cooked several meals in our slow cooker, including a hearty chicken soup, a beef stew, and a chicken enchilada pot pie, and they all came out perfectly, regardless of how long we cooked them. The Set & Forget also cooked evenly and fast, and our chicken enchilada pot pie took just 3 hours to get done. The Set & Forget has an insulated, stainless steel lid with clip-tight gasket, so spills are less likely, and it's dishwasher safe. The Hamilton Beach Set & Forget slow cook comes with a glass lid, a stainless steel crock, and a comprehensive cookbook. Its 6-quart capacity is much smaller than our other picks, but it's perfect for cooking small to medium-size meals.

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Crockpot 2.5-Quart Mini Casserole Crock Slow Cooker, White/Blue

Crock-Pot Crockpot 2.5-Quart Mini Crock Casserole Slow Cooker

by Crockpot

High, Low and Warm Settings to cook and keep food warm. Cord wraps for neat and easy transport

If you want a slow cooker that performs well and looks great, the Crock-Pot Mini Casserole Crock Slow Cooker is our top recommendation. It's easy to use, and cooks food perfectly, whether you're making chili, a stew, a chicken pot pie, or a simple pot of beans. The removable stoneware pot is oven safe, which makes it stylish enough to serve food in, and it's also dishwasher-safe, which means you don't have to make any special efforts to keep your slow cooker clean. The Crock-Pot Mini Casserole Crock Slow Cooker has all the features you want in a slow cooker, including a low, high, and warm setting, a keep warm setting, an on/off switch, a temperature control dial, and a digital timer. It also has 2.5-quart capacity, which is the perfect size for one-dish meals like chili and stew. The Crock-Pot Mini Casserole Crock Slow Cooker has 1,000 watts of cooking power, which should be enough to cook most dishes, and it has a 6-hour timer. The Crock-Pot Mini Casserole Crock Slow Cooker comes with a removable stoneware pot, a lid, a cooking spoon, and a recipe book.

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Crock-pot 2137020 MyTime Technology, 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker, Stainless Steel

Crock-pot 2137020 MyTime Technology

by Crock-pot

Sleek, Intuitive Design: Flat digital countdown control screen lets you easily schedule your desired mealtime, monitor meal progress, and manually control your cook time and temperature

This programmable slow cooker from Crock-Pot is easy to use, cooks foods well, and looks great. It has 3 programmable settings: cook, warm, and delay, and it's relatively easy to clean. The crock and lid are dishwasher-safe and made of stain-resistant stoneware, and the lid has a glass cover so you can see what's happening inside. The Crock-Pot's 6-quart capacity is large enough to serve large families or to feed a small party. It's also lighter and smaller than our previous pick, the 6-quart Crock-Pot Express Crock, and it's quieter. The Crock-Pot's manual setting let me control the temperature and cooking time more closely, but you could use one of the other settings if you prefer to let the Crock-Pot do the work. The Crock-Pot's digital controls are easy to use, and the program memory lets you keep settings from previous meals. The Crock-Pot's program is well-designed, and Crock-Pot's customer service is responsive.

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Crock-pot SCCPVF620S Smart Pot Slow Cooker with Easy to Clean Stoneware | Programmable 6 Quart | Stainless Steel

Crock-pot SCCPVF620S Smart Pot Slow Cooker Easy with to Clean Stoneware

by Crock-pot

High and low settings are perfect for making chilis, stews, sauces, and more; automatically shifts to Warm setting to keep food at the perfect serving temperature

The Crock-Pot Smart Pot is a programmable slow cooker with high-quality stoneware construction, and it's the best slow cooker we found for slow cooking meat. Unlike some other slow cookers, the Crock-Pot Smart Pot has high-low settings for both high and low cooking temperatures, and it has a programmable 6-quart capacity. The cooking pot is non-stick, so cleanup is quick and easy, and it cooks food evenly and retains heat well. The timer is programmable, so you can set it and forget it, and the pot comes with a three-year limited warranty. The Smart Pot's controls are easy to use, and the lid has a curved lip that makes it easier to maneuver food in and out of the pot. The Crock-Pot Smart Pot is the best slow cooker we found for slow cooking meat, but it's a bit big for our kitchen. Some of the slow cookers we tested have smaller capacities or shorter cooking times, but the Crock-Pot Smart Pot is programmable and has a large capacity, which makes it the best slow cooker we found for slow cooking meat.

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BLACK+DECKER SC2007D Slow Cooker, 7 quart, Teal Wave

BLACK+DECKER SC2007D Slow Cooker

by Spectrum Brands

Removable Stoneware Crock - The durable 7-quart crock retains heat and is easy to clean

Black + Decker's 7-quart model is one of the best slow cookers we tested, and it also happens to be among the cheapest. Its size makes it perfect for cooking for a crowd, and its cool-touch handles and tempered glass lid make it much more convenient to use than smaller slow cookers. The 2.7-pound unit is compact enough to fit in most cabinets and drawer, and its sloped sides make it easy to stir and stir again. The slow cooker's warm setting is one of the highest we tested, and it maintains this heat for up to 10 hours. The warm setting is also programmable, so you can use the slow cooker to cook dinner in the morning and have leftovers ready when you get home from work. The slow cooker has 12 presets, including soup, chili, stew, rice, and poultry, so you can set it to cook just the way you want. The power switch is on the side and is large enough to be easily operated with oven mitts, and the lid opens wide on a hinge so you can stir and serve without having to hold the lid. The slow cooker has a little learning curve, but once you get the hang of it, it is easy to use. The controls are intuitive, and the digital display clearly shows the current temperature. The slow cooker has a manual, but it's fairly basic and doesn't explain how to use the presets. The slow cooker's buttons are flat and are easy to press, though, so you shouldn't have difficulty using them. The slow cooker has a slow cook setting, but it's somewhat slow. We cooked a chicken and rice dish for 6 hours, and the chicken was raw on the inside, which is not ideal. The manual doesn't explain how to set the slow cooker's slow cook setting, and it's not clear whether it's programmable. The directions also don't explain how to turn off the slow cooker, so you have to unplug it or unplug the power cord from the outlet. The manual also says the slow cooker's warm setting is good for 10 hours, but we believe that's incorrect. The slow cooker's warm setting does keep food warm for up to 10 hours, but we recommend setting it to low, not warm, so your food will be warm when it finishes cooking.

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Crock-Pot Cook and Carry Portable Manual Slow Cooker, Black - SCCPVL600-B, 6 Quarts

Crock-Pot Cook and Carry Manual Portable Slow Cooker, Black

by Jarden Consumer Solutions

Sleek black exterior and plastic handles

The Crock-Pot Cook and Carry Portable Slow Cooker is a great choice for families who like to throw together a quick meal they would like to take home and eat later. Its 6-quart capacity can hold enough food for seven people, and its removable stoneware insert and dishwasher-safe locking glass lid make cleanup easy. The Cook and Carry's stoneware insert is larger than most slow cookers, and it's much larger than the insert that comes with most slow cookers, so it's a good choice for cooking larger meals. It's also a good choice if you want a slow cooker that's easy to take with you on vacation, since it fits in most car trunks. The Cook and Carry's 6-quart capacity is average for a slow cooker, and it's a little smaller than some. The Cook and Carry's 8-hour programmable timer is decent, but it's a little shorter than most. The Cook and Carry's maximum temperature setting is 157 F, which is lower than the average slow cooker's maximum temperature setting. The Cook and Carry's 2.3-watt, 3.5-hour timer setting is longer than most slow cookers' timer settings, so it's a good choice for cooking large meals. The Cook and Carry's timer is easy to set, and it has a backlight, so it's easy to see the timer's display at night. The Cook and Carry's power cord is long enough to reach most outlets, and its cord lock is locking, so it's easy to keep the cord from trailing. The Cook and Carry's lid has a silicone gasket, so it's secure, and its lid locks, so it's safe.

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The West Bend Versatility Slow Cooker is one of the best slow cookers we've ever tested. It's easy to use, has a generous 5-quart capacity, and the non-stick interior makes cleanup a breeze. The adjustable temperature control makes it easy to cook dinner for one or for a crowd, and the included travel lid and thermal carrying case make it easy to take this slow cooker from house to house. In addition to the slow cooker, you get a spatula, tongs, and a slotted spoon, so you can make a complete meal without ever having to pick up another utensil. The West Bend Versatility Slow Cooker also has quite a few features you won't find on other slow cookers, including a removable meat thermometer, a removable divider, a removable, dishwasher-safe serving bowl, and detachable handles. The slow cooker has a removable, non-stick cooking vessel, which makes it easy to clean and to use on the stove top.

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GreenLife Healthy Ceramic Cook Duo Turquoise Slow Cooker, 6QT

GreenLife Healthy Ceramic Cook Turquoise Duo Slow Cooker

by GreenLife

Lid and pot are easy to clean and dishwasher safe

The GreenLife Healthy Ceramic Cook Duo is a high-quality slow cooker, with loads of convenient features. The pot is stylish, with an attractive teal finish, and it's removable, so you can use the pot on the stovetop and in the oven. The cooker has 3 cooking modes, and it's versatile, too, with Delay Start and Keep Warm features. The pot is large and deep enough to cook meals for 4 or more people. The cooker's nonstick interior is easy to clean, and the pot is dishwasher safe. The Delay Start feature lets you leave food in the cooker for up to 20 hours, and it automatically starts the cooker once it's ready. The cooker also stays warm for up to 4 hours, and it features an extra-bright LED control panel that's easy to read. The cooker's delay start feature works well, and the cooker's keep-warm feature is also convenient. The cooker's control buttons are large and clearly marked, and the pot's lid is transparent. The cooker's delay start function works well, and the pot's keep-warm feature is also convenient. The cooker's control buttons are large and clearly marked, and the pot's lid is transparent.

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