Amazon / Chefman
Chefman 5-Quart Slow Cooker
The world’s best slow cooker, according to the cooks in our Test Kitchen, wasn’t a Crock-Pot. (Shocked? Same!) The Chefman slow cooker ($38) took top honors. It has a stoneware crock that can be used in the oven or on your stovetop, which means you can brown meat right in the crock instead of dirtying another dish.
Amazon / Crock-Pot
Crock-Pot 3-Quart Manual Slow Cooker
For a backup slow cooker or a gift for a new cook, the Crock-Pot Manual Slow Cooker ($25) is reliable, easy to use and priced right. It doesn’t have any of the bells and whistles like our other top picks, but it will certainly get the job done. Bring on our best-ever slow cooker recipes!