Slow Cookers: Ratings of Sources
Total of 16 Sources
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by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentIn this older review, editors of ConsumerReports.org rank 15 slow cookers with a capacity of 6 to 7 quarts. They test the same four recipes in each model to ensure results reflect the true capabilities of each. Slow cookers priced from $40 to $250 are tested, and editors say price isn't necessarily a predictor of performance. The article also offers tips for selecting a slow cooker.
by Editors of Cook's Illustrated
Our AssessmentThis review pits the high-end All-Clad 99009 against six less expensive models: all oval-shaped, with capacities of 6 quarts or more, and mostly equipped with programmable timers and warming modes. Editors put the seven slow cookers through their paces, cooking pot roast and French onion soup on the low setting, and a meaty red sauce known as Sunday gravy on high. They also test the machines' cooking temperature by heating plain water. Each model is awarded 1 to 3 stars for cooking and 1 to 3 for design. One model is named as a top pick and three others are recommended (although two are "with reservations").
Best Slow Cookers
by Editors of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute
Our AssessmentExperts from the Good Housekeeping Research Institute test 13 slow cookers by preparing beef stew in each one. Testers also ensure that each model brings food to a safe temperature, compare the usability of each model's features and check out the quality of each company's customer service. Of the 13 slow cookers, seven are recommended, with the All-Clad 99093 and the Rival Crock-Pot Smart-Set tied for top pick. Other favorites include Rival's VersaWare Slow Cooker, the Cuisinart PSC-650 and the Hamilton Beach 3-in-1 33135.
The Best Slow-Cookers
by Editors of Real Simple
Our AssessmentThe editors at Real Simple magazine test a dozen slow cookers. This article lists the three top performers and some of their features, but it lacks detail regarding the testing process. Favorites include the now-discontinued 5.5-quart Rival Smart-Pot, and the 6.5-quart Cuisinart and All-Clad models.
Babble Best Picks: Slow Cookers
by Jack Murnighan
Our AssessmentBabble.com names the best slow cookers in a 2010 roundup. The Hamilton Beach 3-in-1 earns the best overall and most versatile slow cooker for its three sizes of included crocks. The Crock-Pot 3060-W is recognized as the most economical choice, while the Hamilton Beach Set'N Forget earns props for its added features. The Cuisinart PSC-400 is named most attractive, and the Breville BSC560XL makes the list with its stovetop sear insert.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentOf the hundreds of slow cookers sold at Amazon.com, a few have accumulated hundreds of owner-written reviews. Among them, five models maintain high average ratings of 4.5 stars out of 5: Hamilton Beach Set'N Forget 33967, Hamilton Beach 33162R, Cuisinart PSC-350 3.5-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker, West Bend 84915 5-Quart Oblong Slow Cooker with Tote and West Bend 84905 5-Quart Oblong Slow Cooker.
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentViewpoints.com is a community of consumers who share their opinions about all sorts of products. A number of slow cookers have accumulated dozens of owner-written reviews, but five models earn an average rating of 4 stars or more (out of 5) with at least 100 user reviews. Top-rated models include the Hamilton Beach Set'N Forget 33967, Rival 6-Quart Slow Cooker 6030 and Hamilton Beach 33966 6-Quart Slow Cooker.
Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Reviews and Recommendations
by Jessica Harlan
Our AssessmentJessica Harlan, About.com's guide to cooking equipment, tests three slow cookers and outlines their pros and cons. The Hamilton Beach 3-in-1 33135 gets the highest rating because of its "ingenious design," which features three interchangeable crocks of different sizes. Harlan says this manual slow cooker doesn't have many bells and whistles, but it performs well. Both the Fagor Electric Multi-Cooker and Rival Crock-Pot Touchscreen Slow Cooker SCVT650-PS get ratings of 3.5 stars out of 5. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Crock Pots and Slow Cookers
by Contributors to Epinions.com
Our AssessmentOwners are invited to rate their slow cookers at Epinions.com. Out of more than 400 models, only two that garner more than a dozen reviews earn average ratings of 4 stars (out of 5) or better: the Hamilton Beach Meal Maker 7-Quart Slow Cooker 33675 and the Hamilton Beach Stay or Go 6-Quart Slow Cooker 33162. (Model 33162 is discontinued, but the 33163 -- which is identical except for color -- is still available.) One nice feature of this site is that shoppers can search for a slow cooker by manufacturer, size, price or other features.
by Contributors to Cooking.com
Our AssessmentOwner-written reviews at the easily navigable Cooking.com aren't as critical as those at Amazon.com, and most write-ups are brief. Several models reviewed elsewhere aren't evaluated here, making this site less helpful than some others. The top-rated models here include the Rival Crock-Pot Slow Cooker 64451LD-C, the All-Clad 6.5-Quart Electric Slow Cooker 99009, the Hamilton Beach Stay or Go 6-Quart Slow Cooker 33162 (discontinued, but available in white as the 33163) and the KitchenAid 7-Quart Slow Cooker KSC700SS. Each of these models has an average rating of 4 stars or better out of 5 in more than 60 user reviews.
State-of-the-Art Slow Cookers
by Stephanie Lee
Our AssessmentWhile the staff-tested slow cookers in this article aren't ranked, seven top picks are mentioned. Each model is given a label, such as "easier than ever" for the Cuisinart programmable slow cooker and "table ready" for the All-Clad 6.5-quart slow cooker. The article lists the features and price of each, but doesn't include model numbers or provide information about the testing process.
Top 5 Crockpots
by Linda Larsen
Our AssessmentAlthough it doesn't appear that Linda Larsen, About.com's busy cooks guide, tested most of the slow cookers she recommends, she says she personally uses the 3.5-quart Rival Crock-Pot. Four other models from Rival, Proctor Silex and Hamilton Beach also make her list of recommended slow cookers. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Top 10 Guide Picks - Slow Cookers and Crock Pots
by Diana Rattray
Our AssessmentAn About.com guide for more than 10 years, Diana Rattray has established herself as an expert on Southern food. Here she lists her favorite 10 slow cookers, including the All-Clad Electric 6.5-Quart Slow Cooker 99009, KitchenAid's 7-Quart Slow Cooker KSC700SS and Cuisinart's 6.5-quart model. There's little indication here that she tested these cookers herself, however. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Roasters & Slow Cookers
by Contributors to Target.com
Our AssessmentTarget.com is an increasingly good place to find owner-written reviews of kitchen appliances, including slow cookers. Still, you won't find the same volume of user reviews here as on Amazon.com or Viewpoints.com. It's not easy to compare models, but once you narrow your choices, the site is worth a visit. The Crock-Pot Oval 4-Quart Slow Cooker in Red is the best-reviewed slow cooker on this site, with a 4.5-star rating out of 5 in nearly 60 owner-written reviews. The West Bend Oblong Slow Cooker with Tote also earns a near-perfect average rating based on feedback from just fewer than 50 owners.
Slow Cooking Reviews
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentWalmart.com offers user feedback for 37 slow cookers, most of which garner few reviews except for three models that have accumulated more than 100. The Hamilton Beach Stay or Go 6-Quart Slow Cooker earns 4.8 stars out of 5 from more than 300 users. Most owners say this slow cooker cooked their meals to perfection, and 97 percent would recommend it to their friends. The 6-quart Hamilton Beach Set'N Forget also gets high marks: 4.6 stars out of 5 from nearly 200 users. Many praise the cooker's programmable timer feature.
What Is the Best Slow Cooker or Crock Pot?
by Contributors to Chowhound.com
Our AssessmentThis thread hasn't been updated since 2009, but contributors posting to Chowhound.com are generally informed consumers and cooking enthusiasts. There are a few recommendations for slow cookers (some now discontinued), but even better is the useful advice on the best features to look for.