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Slow Cooker Buying Guide

A comprehensive guide that will give you all the information you need on how to buy a slow cooker.

Getting Started

Small appliances can perform large tasks. Take the tears out of chopping onions with a food processor or mini-chopper, mix dough with your food processor, make fresh smoothies in the blender, deep fry your favorite fish - the list is endless. For advice on selecting the perfect small appliance check out our quick reference guide to small appliances. If you need further assistance contact our Gourmet Shop Sales Associates at 888-228-5800.


Slow cookers have been around for a very long time. They allow you too cook meals in the way that retains flavor and freshness of your food. They are very good for long slow cooking. They are not very expensive and very easy to use. They are few things to consider when choosing the right slow cooker:

  • Size: The size is measured in quarts and ranges from 1-11 quarts, so make sure you get the size that’s right for you. The smallest size is not really suitable for one-portion meals. Anything from about 4 quarts is considered family size. Sometimes it’s not a bad idea to buy a larger size just in case you have guests over or if you want to freeze some meals for later. The largest models with automatic timers tend to be the most expensive. 
  • Power: Power is measured in watts and it ranges from 1500-2000 watts. Larger models usually have more power. Most models offer at least 2 heat settings, but some models offer more then that. It’s always better to have an “automatic” option allowing you to set the timer. Another feature that you should look is a “keep warm” setting. This stops food that’s ready to serve from drying out. 
  • Features: Most slow cookers have removable pots that are dishwasher safe. Look for models with stay cool handles and glass lids so you can see what’s happening inside. Make sure to buy the models that are easiest to clean. 


Slow cookers are an excellent way to cook “proper food” without a lot of fuss. All the preparation can be done beforehand so that you can come home to a hot, home-cooked meal.

Considerations for all small appliances:

  • Determine your cooking needs and wants - both current and future. Is your family growing or growing up and moving out? Are you interested in increasing your culinary endeavors? Are you wishing to simplify and reduce time in the kitchen?

  • Evaluate your kitchen counter space. Where are you going to put all those new small appliances?

  • Check the height of the appliance compared to the height of your cabinets.
    Appliances that mount under the cabinet are available.

  • Decide on the color of your new small appliance. 

  • Determine the appliance capacity. The number of speeds and settings on an appliance usually increases with the size of the machine. Those who have large families or like to entertain may choose to buy larger appliances.

  • Decide whether you want corded or cordless appliances.

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