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10 of the best slow cookers for delicious faff-free meals

Crock Pot Sizzle and Stew

10 of the best slow cookers for delicious faff-free meals

Best hob-safe slow cooker

Star rating: 4.5/5

  • Pros: large capacity, main pot can be used on the hob, simple design, dishwasher-safe pot
  • Cons: carrots still a little firm, no recipes in manual

Crock Pot is the name synonymous with slow cookers. The Sizzle and Stew is a brilliant example of Crock Pot’s simple but effective engineering. This model has a large 6.5L capacity, ideal for big families, meal preppers or when entertaining. Unlike other models that come with a hefty ceramic bowl, the Sizzle and Stew’s pot is made from heavy-duty aluminium. This pot is hob-safe (gas and electric), meaning you can sear any meat or cook ingredients on the hob before transferring it to the slow cooker. Not only does this save on the washing-up, but it also means you don’t lose any flavour.

Crock Pot Time Select

10 of the best slow cookers for delicious faff-free meals

Best slow cooker for automatic functions

Star rating: 4.5/5

  • Pros: lots of useful functions, bowl and lid dishwasher and oven-safe, capacity markings on bowl
  • Cons: no recipes in the manual

Another model from well-known brand, Crock Pot. The Time Select is a lot more high-tech than the Sizzle and Stew above, but still produced fantastic results. This model features automatic cooking functions for meat, poultry, soup and vegetables. Simply select your main ingredient, input the weight and desired finish time, and the Time Select will automatically adjust the cooking time and temperature of the ingredients to get the best results. For your much-loved tried and tested recipes, there’s also a manual setting.

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