The Clad: Our top performer, the All Clad, maintained the most even slimmer on both high and low heat, turning out a perfectly cooked beef stew and a tender (not stringy) pot roast. A well-lit digital control panel allows you to program cooking times up to 26 hours.
It has the sleekest look of all tested. The insert and lid are designed to be used only in the cooker (not in the oven); both are dishwasher-safe.
This compact West Bend may be a godsend to anyone with a small kitchen. As a slow cooker, it simmers nicely on low heat, producting a moist roast. The dishwasher-safte non-stick pot can be used on the stove or in the oven, and the base doubles as a griddle and a warming tray.
It's very lightweight (about seven pounds), makeing for easy storage, and has simple to use electronic controls and an up to 12 hour cooking timer.
Versatile West Blend 6 Quart:
Only $65. Value 80.
Small Size Cuisinart
For smaller meals, dips, or fondues, consider this petite 3.5 quart Cuisinart. It made a great beef stew, and our roast emerged juicy (not dry) when cooked on low heat. In addition to high, low, and warm, it also has a limmer setting, which is useful for long cooking.
The insert is both dishwasher and oven safe. Its digital controls are simple to set for up to 24 hours. It's lighter htan most at 10 pounds.
A large size model at a great price, this Hamilton beach slow-cooks well, particularly on low. Like the others, it has timed cooking (up to 12 hours), and its included probe lets you cook a roast to a specific internal temp. Handy cord storage keeps the cord tucked away when not in use.
A latching lide makes it less likely to spill if you often take food to potlucks. The insert is safe to use in the oven, microwave, and dishwasher.
Although pricey, this Cuisinart is a major multitasker a slow cooker, roaster, skillet, and steamer in one. Slow-cooked stew was excellent, and a roast cooked on low came out just right. simple electronic controls are easy to set for up to 24 hours on high, low, simmer, and warm.
The insert isn't overn safe, but it doesn't need to be. Additional settings include roast, Saute/Brown, and steam, all of which are done right in the unit.