The 9 Best Slow Cookers to Keep on Your Counter

It should be easy to make a home-cooked meal, even on busy days! Here are our favorite slow cookers, along with a handful of best sellers from Crockpot.

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Crockpot 3-Quart Manual Slow Cooker

For a backup slow cooker or a gift for a new cook, the Crockpot Manual Slow Cooker 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!

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The Pioneer Woman 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker

If you’re a slow cooker super-user, chances are your slow cooker stays on the counter. If that’s the case, why not invest in an eye-catching slow cooker like this one from the Pioneer Woman? Its rosy pattern is so cute and the six-quart size is perfect for big batch meals.

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 KitchenAid 6-Quart Slow Cooker

 The KitchenAid slow cooker is a worth-it splurge for regular slow cooker users. The cooks in our Test Kitchen reported very consistent results. The slow-and-steady cooking means you’ll end up with a melt-in-your-mouth pot roast every time.

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Crockpot Casserole Slow Cooker

Making slow cooker casseroles? This shallow, rectangular Crock-Pot is your new BFF. This slow cooker has the dimensions of your favorite casserole dish so serving up slow cooker lasagnas is easier than ever.

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Crockpot 6-Quart Cook & Carry Slow Cooker

This Crockpot Slow Cooker is one of the brand’s best sellers. It has a locking lid, like some other slow cookers, plus a handle for single-hand carrying. It means you have a hand free for opening the door, a bag of snacks or a quick hug. Try it out with one of our favorite slow cooker accessories.

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Mickey Mouse 2-Quart Slow Cooker

Add a little fun to your kitchen with this petite Mickey Mouse slow cooker. At a smaller two-quart size, it’s just right for making dips to share.

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Presto Nomad Traveling Slow Cooker

Need a slow cooker that you know won’t leak, spill or tip on the road? The Presto Nomad slow cooker is exactly what you need. Styled like a small cooler, this slow cooker won’t tip or wobble when you stash it in the trunk. Plus the handle is secure so you can tote it right into the kitchen without worry.

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Cuisinart 6½-Quart Slow Cooker

It takes up more counter space than other models, but the Cuisinart slow cooker had a couple features our Test Kitchen raved about. The easy-to-use control panel earned top marks, plus it has a 24-hour timer and an automatic warming function for your finished dish. (Perfect for when you’re running behind schedule.)

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Star Wars 2-Quart Slow Cooker

Star Wars fanatics, we know you love to deck out your kitchen in gear that would make Luke and Leia proud. So why not expand your collection to include a petite, 2-quart Star Wars slow cooker?

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Lara Eucalano
Lara is a senior editor for Taste of Home who manages a supremely talented community of freelancers. She assigns and edits content about cooking techniques, kitchen tools and, of course, food trends. Prior to her work at Taste of Home, Lara spent a decade in the marketing field as a brand storyteller, content curator and project manager. In her nonwork life, Lara loves to read, garden and cook. (Not all at the same time!) Look for her at home in Milwaukee, keeping an eye on her mischievous flock of backyard chickens.
Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is a former Taste of Home editor and passionate baker. During her tenure, she poured her love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. Lisa also dedicated her career here to finding and testing the best ingredients, kitchen gear and home products for our Test Kitchen-Preferred program. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.