Ninja 9-in-1 multicooker OP350UK
Best blowout multi-tasking slow cooker
Star rating: 5/5
- Pros: nine functions in one countertop cooker, accompanying recipe book, clear instructions
- Cons: requires an additional slow cooker lid, large footprint for storage
This is a newer, more sophisticated step-up from Ninja Foodi’s 6-in-1 multicooker, packing in nine functions for performing key kitchen tasks, plus a couple for fun. We’re talking slow cooking (which is very user-friendly) searing/sautéing, air-crisping, grilling, dehydrating, baking/roasting, yogurt-making, pressure cooking and steaming. It has a modern-feel with intuitive controls and an outer casing that only gets warm to the touch, rather than excessively hot. It’s the ultimate kitchen gadget.
Daewoo slow cooker
Best budget slow cooker
Star rating: 4.5/5
- Pros: two-year warranty, dishwasher-safe pot and lid, three heat settings
- Cons: warm outer, ‘keep warm’ setting isn’t the most powerful
Despite the price and its relatively cheap steel outer, the Daewoo is a front-runner for its ability to cook gently, creating deliciously tender meat chunks for beef stew and softened vegetables overnight without singeing around the inside. This is a 210W slow cooker with the capacity to feed a family of four, or two with leftovers the next day.