Tower 3.5L Cavaletto Slow Cooker
Best no-nonsense slow cooker
Star rating: 4/5
- Pros: available in a range of designs, simple to use, dishwasher-safe pot
- Cons: a little plasticky
This compact little slow cooker from Tower is a fuss-free option. It’s a modest option owing to the three simple settings: low, high and keep warm, but it gets the basics right. The design is simple, but if you’re looking to add a pop of colour with your new slow cooker, this one is available in pink and navy blue, as well as simple black and grey.
Setting this model up is easy to do and it handled our beef stew recipe with ease; the meat was tender and the veggies still had some bite. Our only quibble was that the sauce was still a little watery.
Russell Hobbs Slow Cooker and Sous Vide 25630
Best slow cooker for experimental cooks
Star rating: 4.5/5
- Pros: temperature probe included, lid locks into place, clear control panel, digital display
- Cons: control panel isn’t intuitive, power cord quite short, no sous vide bags provided
This slow cooker is a fabulous option for the home cook who loves experimental techniques and gadgetry. With an option for sous vide cooking as well as a temperature probe, this model is so much more than a slow cooker. It did a fantastic job on our slow cooker test though; the locks kept the lid firmly in place and our beef stew had been nicely reduced, though the meat was ever so slightly dry.
Consult the manual before using as the control panel is made up of symbols only, so isn’t overly intuitive. But for versatility and quality of the results, this Russell Hobbs model is a great option in our eyes.