West Bend 84915 5-Quart Oblong Slow Cooker
Slow cooker with stovetop insert
The West Bend 84915 isn't programmable -- so you can't set it to start cooking at a particular time -- but it does do a couple of neat tricks. Because its insert can be used on the stovetop, you can brown meats and onions before slow-cooking. Plus, its base unit can double as a small electric griddle, which is handy for cooking extra bacon or pancakes for breakfast. This 5-quart oblong slow cooker also comes with an insulated travel tote with handles. The nonstick crock insert is freezer-, dishwasher-, stovetop- and oven-safe. There's no light indicator to determine whether the unit's on or off, however, and a few owners say the 84915 takes several minutes to heat up to the highest setting. It's important to follow temperature guides provided in the manual to avoid overcooking foods.