25 Best-Rated Electric Slow Cookers (3-8 Quart): Review 2016

This Review covers 25 Electric Slow Cookers which we consider the best value for money in year 2016. They are divided into the following 5 categories:

  • Premium High-End Products
  • High-End Products
  • Mid-Range Products
  • Economy Products
  • Budget Range

5 Best Premium High-End Slow Cookers

Criteria / Product360 Cookware 4 Quart Gourmet Slow Cooker ID004-GCKitchenAid KSC6222SS 6 Quart Slow CookerMaxi-Matic MST-6000 Elite Platinum 6-Quart Programmable Slow CookerCuisinart 3-In-1 Cook Central Multi-Cooker, Slow Cooker, SteamerCrock-Pot SCCPBC600-P 6-Quart Countdown Oblong Slow Cooker
Our score1 (Best)3524
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User Rating*4.7 out of 54.6 out of 54.2 out of 54.6 out of 54.4 out of 5
No of Reviews*67+ Reviews10+ Reviews18+ Reviews270+ Reviews9+ Reviews
Size in Quarts4-Quart6-Quart6-Quart6-Quart6-Quart
Pot CoatingStainless SteelCeramicStonwareStandard Non-stickStoneware
Other FeaturesCladded 3 ply construction, Vapor Cooking, Saves energy and timeProgramable, Dishwasher safe, Time & Temperature Settings, Digital DisplayProgramable, Dishwasher safe, Time & Temperature Settings, Digital DisplayProgramable, Dishwasher safe, Time & Temperature Settings, Digital DisplayProgramable, Dishwasher safe, Time & Temperature Settings, Digital Display
Shipping Weight9 Pounds20 Pounds12 Pounds18 Pounds15 Pounds

5 Best High-End Slow Cookers

Criteria / ProductBreville BSC560XL Stainless-Steel 7-Quart Slow CookerCalphalon 7 Qt. Digital Slow CookerAll Clad 6.5 Quart Slow Cooker with Ceramic InsertNinja MC701 Multi Cooker 3 in 1 Cooking SystemCrock Pot SCVT650 Programmable Touchscreen Slow Cooker
Our score52431 (Best)
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User Rating*4.2 out of 54.3 out of 53.5 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 5
No of Reviews*50+ Reviews40+ Reviews281+ Reviews50+ Reviews500+ Reviews
Size in Quarts7-Quart7-Quart6.5-Quart6-Quart6.5-Quart
Pot CoatingQuantanium Non-stickCeramicCeramicStandard Non-stickStoneware
Other FeaturesDishwasher safe, Temperature control dial with 3 settingsProgramable, Dishwasher safe, Time Settings, 3 Cooking temperatures, Digital Display26-hour programmable timer, 3 temperature settings, Glass lid, Dishwasher-safeProgramable, Dishwasher safe, Build-in Stove-top function, Timer, Digital DisplayProgramable, Dishwasher safe, Time & Heat Settings, Digital Display
Shipping Weight13 Pounds20 Pounds19 Pounds45 Pounds15 Pounds

5 Best Mid-Range Slow Cookers

Criteria / ProductCuisinart PSC Stainless Steel Programmable Slow CookerHamilton Beach Set 'n Forget Programmable Slow CookerCrock-Pot SCCPVL610-S Programmable Cook and Carry Oval Slow CookerCuisinart PSC-350 3-1/2-Quart Programmable Slow CookerCrock-Pot SCCPVL600S Cook' N Carry 6-Quart Oval Manual Portable Slow Cooker
Our score41 (Best)325
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User Rating*3.9 out of 54.3 out of 54.1 out of 54.2 out of 54.3 out of 5
No of Reviews*200+ Reviews260+ Reviews530+ Reviews300+ Reviews300+ Reviews
Size in Quarts6.5-Quart6-Quart6-Quart3.5-Quart6-Quart
Pot CoatingCeramicStonewareStonewareCeramicStoneware
Other FeaturesProgramable, Dishwasher safe, Time Settings, 3 Cooking temperatures, Digital DisplayProgramable, Dishwasher safe, Time & Heat Settings, Digital Display, Power interrupter protection, Thermometer probeProgramable, Dishwasher safe, Time Settings, 2 Cooking temperatures, Digital DisplayProgramable, Dishwasher safe, Time Settings, 3 Cooking temperatures, Digital DisplayDishwasher safe, Time Settings, 2 Cooking temperatures
Shipping Weight20 Pounds15 Pounds13 Pounds11 Pounds13 Pounds

5 Best Economy Slow Cookers

Criteria / ProductHamilton Beach 8-Quart Oval Slow CookerWest Bend 84905 5-Quart Oblong-Shaped Slow CookerHamilton Beach 7 Quart Stay Or Go Slow CookerCrock-Pot SCRP500-SP 5-Quart Smudge Proof Slow CookerHamilton Beach Stay or Go 6-Quart Slow Cooker
Our score251 (Best)43
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User Rating*4.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.5 out of 54.1 out of 54.4 out of 5
No of Reviews*300+ Reviews400+ Reviews190+ Reviews100+ Reviews230+ Reviews
Size in Quarts8-Quart5-Quart7-Quart5-Quart6-Quart
Pot CoatingStonewareStandard Non-stickStonewareStonewareStoneware
Other FeaturesDishwasher safe, 2 Cooking temperaturesDishwasher safe, 5 Cooking temperaturesDishwasher safe, 2 Cooking temperaturesDishwasher safe, 4 Time settings, 2 Cooking temperaturesDishwasher safe, 2 Cooking temperatures
Shipping Weight17 Pounds6 Pounds13 Pounds11 Pounds14 Pounds

5 Best Budget Slow Cookers

Criteria / ProductCrock Pot SCR450-PT 4.5 Quart Slow Cooker, Black Demask PatternHamilton Beach 33360 Dana Gibson 6-Quart Slow CookerProctor-Silex 4-Quart Slow CookerHamilton Beach 33141 4-Quart Oval Slow CookerCrock-Pot SCR300SS 3-Quart Round Manual Slow Cooker
Our score451 (Best)32
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User Rating*4.3 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.2 out of 54.3 out of 5
No of Reviews*190+ Reviews90+ Reviews180+ Reviews250+ Reviews220+ Reviews
Size in Quarts4.5-Quart6-Quart4-Quart4-Quart3-Quart
Pot CoatingStonewareStonewareStonewareStonewareStoneware
Other FeaturesDishwasher safe, 2 Cooking temperaturesDishwasher safe, 2 Cooking temperaturesDishwasher safe, 2 Cooking temperaturesDishwasher safe, 2 Cooking temperaturesDishwasher safe, 2 Cooking temperatures
Shipping Weight12 Pounds13 Pounds9 Pounds9 Pounds7 Pounds

*Note: Values in fields “User Rating” and “No of Reviews” may change with time. These charts show information valid as of the publication date of this Review.

What To Look for When Buying a Slow Cooker

Before you choose to buy a particular product, consider few of the product features first. Selecting the right cooker can save you commonly occurring post-purchase anxiety or a need to buy some different model later in the future.

You should look at the following 3 areas:

  1. General Product Features
  2. Features Specific to Your Requirements
  3. Few Other Things

1. General Product Features

We advise you to evaluate the following 2 product features (they normally apply to any model; regardless of what you intend to use it for):

Pot Material   

Slow Cooker Pots come in 3 most common materials. Cheaper models feature aluminium pots with non-stick coating. From experience these are also the least durable.

Aluminium pots tend to peel-off after some time. You will need to replace them then or buy new products since it may prove difficult to obtain spare parts. At the same time don’t forget that pots with the pealed-off coating may leak aluminium into the food which can pose certain health risks.

Better quality Slow Cookers come with ceramic pots. These are better than aluminium lasting almost 4 times longer.

Ceramic plates are not manufactured with any harmful substances like PFOA or PTFE which are used in standard non-stick coatings. This is their main advantage compared to aluminium pots (and other aluminium cookware as well).

Another advantage of ceramic plates is that they distribute heat more readily as well as evenly, thus shortening the cooking times. You can usually save up to 20% of time.

Third common types are the stoneware pots. Similarly as ceramic pots, stoneware pots do not contain any potentially harmful substances. The good news is that even the cheapest models these days come with stoneware pots.

Some models may also come with stainless steel or pure non-coated aluminium, even though these are very rare today. I would expect bare aluminium pots only in the cheapest models or in products marketed in some Asian warehouses. Surprisingly, aluminium cookware is still quite common in many Asian countries.


Most products come with standard 1-Year Warranty, although few offer up to 3-Year Warranty, especially Cuisinart Slow Cookers.

Slow Cookers are not too expensive appliances, so even if they stop working after one year, it shouldn’t cost a fortune to replace them. However, if you have environmental awareness or prefer not to buy new appliances every year or so, then choosing model with a longer warranty does make sense.

2. Features Specific to Your Requirements

Temperature Control

Different recipes will require their own temperature. Better models offer variable temperature controls which allow setting your desired temperature precisely on Digital Displays in degrees Fahrenheit.

Cheaper models usually have only 2 or 3 heat controls clock-style knob, letting you choose the temperature only as low, medium or high heat setting.

Temperature Probe

Even though not very common feature, some Slow Cookers come with a probe. Temperature probes will help you ensuring that your food won’t become over- or under-cooked.


If you plan to use your Slow Cooker at home for just one or two people then small volume of 3 to 4-Quart will be more than enough.

For restaurants or larger families we recommend a product with minimum volume of 6-Quart. This will allow you to serve food for all your guests at the same time.

The worst thing that can happen during a party is when you have to cook the same meal twice. While the first half of your guests is eating and the other half is waiting. You can easily avoid that with a larger Slow Cooker.


Programmability is a very handy feature. You can set your desired temperate plus specify the cooking time and leave the cooker do the rest.

With this option you won’t need to keep watching the time or cooking progress. After the cooking is complete, the cooker will automatically switch itself to a “warm” mode. This will keep your food hot and ready to serve at any time.

3. Few Others Things

There are few more features worth considering which may determine the product quality, usability and finally its lifespan (not breaking down after a few months).

One of those things is a country where the product was manufactured.

Products made in the USA or Europe (countries like Germany, France, Switzerland or Italy) are usually of better quality than those made in China. I know, there aren’t many manufacturing plants left in the developed world these days, but few still exist. If you can get such product, then get it.

However, take this rule only as a general guide, not something written in stone. This might have been largely truth in the past. Chinese plants are getting better and many higher-end products manufactured in China today are of good quality.

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