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Slow Cookers: Ratings of Sources

Total of 14 Sources
1. Good Housekeeping
As of September 2015
Slow Cookers
by Editors of Good Housekeeping
Our AssessmentThe Good Housekeeping Research Institute has tested three dozen slow cookers, ultimately rating each model on a 5-star scale. Its most recent reviews are based on tests that evaluate each model on criteria including helpfulness of instructions; ease of use of controls; ease of cleaning; and versatility. Each review notes pros and cons, highlighting performance wherever possible.
2. Cook's Illustrated
Oct. 1, 2014
Slow Cookers
by Editors of Cook's Illustrated
Our AssessmentEditors of Cook's Illustrated rate seven popular slow cookers under $100 by cooking four identical meals in each model. It gives each slow cooker one, two, or three stars for design and cooking abilities. One slow cooker is highly recommended, one is recommended four are recommended with reservations, and one is not recommended.
Feb. 13, 2014
These Five Slow Cookers Have Ambitions for Your Kitchen
by Rich Brown
Our AssessmentCNET's Rich Brown focuses on high-end slow cookers with a little something extra in this roundup. Detailed reviews rate each model on performance, usability, design, and features, ultimately assigning a rating on a 10-point scale. Accompanying photos are large, detailed, and comparative. The Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker snags the top rating here.
Aug. 27, 2014
The Best Slow Cooker
by Josh Kirschner
Our's Josh Kirschner pitted five top-rated slow cookers against one another by cooking beef stew in each for eight hours. Thorough reviews of each model consider testing performance as well as features and ease of use. The Crock-Pot Programmable Touchscreen Slow Cooker is his No. 1 pick.
As of September 2015
Slow Cookers
by Contributors to
Our is easily the best source for owner feedback on slow cookers. Popular models typically have hundreds of reviews, many of which are extremely detailed. Reviews are easy to sort and fully searchable. Many reviews also include long-term feedback on performance and durability over time. We were able to find a number of helpful reviews for every slow cooker featured in this report.
Jan. 22, 2015
The Best Slow Cooker
by Christine Cyr Clisset
Our AssessmentChristine Cyr Clisset narrowed down a list of 40 slow cookers and actually tested four models. She picks the Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker as the best overall, citing its range of features and relatively low price. A recent update notes that she's been using the slow cooker for a year with no complaints.
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The Best Slow Cooker Review: Our Pick of the Litter For Midrange Programmable Slow Cookers
by John Birdsall and Lisa Lavery
Our AssessmentJohn Birdsall and Lisa Lavery test three popular slow cookers to see how well they heat and hold water at different settings, braise a 5-pound pork shoulder, and make a batch of pudding. Ultimately, models are rated on a 1- to 5-star scale; links direct readers to more in-depth reviews. The Crock-Pot Programmable Touchscreen Slow Cooker narrowly gets the site's nod over the Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker.
Feb. 26, 2015
Slow Food: Road Testing the Best Slow Cookers for Any Budget
by Jessica Harlan
Our AssessmentJessica Harlan focuses on four popular slow cookers at a variety of price points in this roundup, , though it's unclear what models were originally in the running. Models are tested by cooking three dishes and comparing the results. Each slow cooker is thoroughly evaluated for pros and cons, but Harlan does not pick an overall favorite. The roundup includes one of our top picks, the Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker.
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The Best Slow Cookers
by Lindsay Hunt and Brigitt Hauck
Our AssessmentLindsay Hunt and Brigitt Hauck evaluate 10 slow cookers, proclaiming each model best in a certain category, such as "Best Deluxe" or "Best for Entertaining." However, it's unclear whether there was any first-hand testing. Hunt and Hauck recommend four of the models in this report: the Crock-Pot 4-Quart Oval Manual Slow Cooker, Proctor Silex Portable Oval Slow Cooker, Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker, and KitchenAid 6-Quart Slow Cooker with Standard Lid.
Sept. 19, 2014
Belkin Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker Review: Can WiFi Make Cooking Easier?
by Kris Naudus
Our AssessmentTechnology site Engadget has an extensive collection of in-depth, even-handed reviews. This review of the Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker with WeMo is no exception. Kris Naudus tackles all aspects of the slow cooker, discussing hardware, software, and performance. He notes a number of pros and cons regarding ease of use, value, and ultimate usefulness.
March 13, 2014
The Wonderbag Lets You Cook Unplugged
by Donna Currie
Our AssessmentCurrie reviews the Wonderbag Non-electric Portable Slow Cooker for food blog Serious Eats, cooking beans and beef stew in the bag to see how well it works. She says success requires a fair amount of trial and error, but ultimately likes Wonderbag for its portability and versatility. 
Oct. 24, 2013
3 Slow Cookers to Make You a Believer
by Cambria Bold
Our AssessmentCambria Bold of food blog recommends three slow cookers based on a fellow editor's experiences as well as owner and expert reviews. The resulting picks are the Cuisinart MSC-600 Cook Central, Crock-Pot Programmable Touchscreen Slow Cooker, and Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker. Recommendations focus mostly on features and ease of use, but don't discuss performance, or any negatives at all.
As of September 2015
Slow Cookers, Crock Pots & Roaster Ovens
by Contributors to
Our doesn't have the enormous variety of slow-cooker models that sells, and those it does sell attract fewer, less-detailed reviews. Still, some top-rated models have hundreds of reviews. Owners rate each model on a 1- to 5-star scale overall, with an option to do the same for value, durability, and usefulness.
Aug. 1, 2014
Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker Review: Let the Internet Help with Dinner
by Andrew Tarantola
Our AssessmentPopular design and technology blog sometimes weighs in on kitchen gadgets if there's a significant twist, such as with the Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker with WeMo. Unsurprisingly, this review focuses mostly on design and technology of the Crock-Pot, but it doesn't appear to draw on any first-hand testing beyond setting up Internet connectivity.

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