Equipment Review: Best Slow Cookers

Equipment Review: Best Slow Cookers

November 25, 2018 | More from Equipment | Tags:

Equipment Review: Best Slow Cookers


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Recipes & tips in our slow cooker guide: http://cooks.io/2krSikqWe tested eight 6- to 7-quart slow cookers to find the best one:
KitchenAid 6-Quart Slow Cooker With Solid Glass Lid
Cuisinart 6-Quart 3-in-1 Cook Central
Ninja 3-in-1 Cooking System
Crock-Pot 6-Quart Slow Cooker with Stovetop-Safe Cooking Pot
Hamilton Beach Stay or Go 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker
Crock-Pot Smart Wifi-Enabled WeMo 6-Quart Slow Cooker
Gourmia SlowSmart Express 7 Qt Digital Programmable Slow Cooker
Black + Decker 7-Quart Slow Cooker—Teal

Can machines designed for the same simple purpose—cooking food slowly enough that you can walk away—be all that different? You’d be surprised.

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WINNING TRAITS OF A GOOD SLOW COOKER
– At least 6- to 7-quart stated capacity and nearly the same in actual, usable capacity
– Oval shape that can accommodate roasts
– Digital and programmable; automatically switches to warming mode when cooking is done
– Glass lid and countdown timer to let you check progress
– Easy, intuitive display and controls that give unambiguous feedback to user
– Internal temperature sensor that automatically maintains temperature control to prevent boiling
– Internal insulation that prevents hot spots and maximizes cooking efficiency
– Handles that are large and easy to grip and that stay cool

WHAT WE EXAMINED

We tested eight 6- to 7-quart slow cookers, preparing a variety of recipes using both low and high temperature settings and varied cooking times. We used temperature probes to map heating patterns, and a panel of testers evaluated how easy the cookers were to use and clean. We also dismantled a set of the cookers t


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