Best Slow Cookers

If you're a fan of hearty home-cooked food, a slow cooker can help you prepare flavour-packed meals at home. If you don't mind planning meals in advance and chopping up ingredients to throw in the slow cooker, you can simply walk away and enjoy your day while your handy kitchen appliance does the rest of the work for you. Continue reading...

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Philips Original All-In-One Multi-Cooker HD2237/72

Philips Original All-In-One Multi-Cooker HD2237/72 🏆 2024

4.3  (124)
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  • Capacity6L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialCeramic Coated
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$199Bing Lee
Unhappy Pressure cooker
Unhappy Pressure cooker
 
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Kmart Anko Stainless Steel Slow Cooker 5L

Kmart Anko Stainless Steel Slow Cooker 5L

4.0  (61)
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  • Price (RRP) $19
  • Capacity5L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialCeramic
Ave Maria
Ave MariaAdelaide11 posts
 
Breville the Fast Slow Cooker BPR650

Breville the Fast Slow Cooker BPR650

4.0  (55)
 Summary
  • Capacity6L
Jason T.
Jason T.NSW4 posts
 
Sunbeam SecretChef

Sunbeam SecretChef

3.6  (134)
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  • Capacity4.5L and 5.5L
$59Bing Lee
Jules
JulesWA13 posts
  HP5520
Sunbeam
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Breville Smart Temp BSC420

Breville Smart Temp BSC420

4.1  (38)
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  • Capacity6L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialCeramic
LMM
LMMTAS
 
POOR QUALITYHad twelve months so now out of warranty. Buttons wore and had to push many times to works. Then today went to lift the lid to stir when on low and the handle came off in my hand and noticed the lid was completely shattered. Must have happened well before I lifted the lid. Last Breville product I'll purchase. Show details
Russell Hobbs 6L Slow Cooker RHSC600

Russell Hobbs 6L Slow Cooker RHSC600

3.4  (79)
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  • Capacity6L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialCeramic
Angela
AngelaNSW3 posts
 
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Tefal Cook4Me Touch CY9128

Tefal Cook4Me Touch CY9128

4.3  (22)
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  • Capacity6L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialCeramic Coated
Eugenie
EugenieVIC30 posts
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Russell Hobbs 3.5L Slow Cooker 4443BSS

Russell Hobbs 3.5L Slow Cooker 4443BSS

3.4  (52)
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  • Capacity3.5L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialCeramic
rea56
rea56NSW30 posts
 
Tefal Cook4me+ Connect

Tefal Cook4me+ Connect

3.8  (28)
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  • Price (RRP) $499
  • Capacity6L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialCeramic
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Barbara H.
Barbara H.8 posts
 
Wasted moniesWas happy when first purchased, code error 030. Ain't working now ,, wasted monies. A big regret . Done with teffal. Back to other better brands ..teffal your Customer service is not worth it a dime Show details
Breville Multi Chef BRC600

Breville Multi Chef BRC600

3.0  (114)
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  • Capacity3.7L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialCeramic Coated
yellowgerbie
yellowgerbieSydney4 posts
 
Anova Precision Cooker

Anova Precision Cooker

3.2  (56)
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  • Price (RRP) $159 to $629
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Pumpy
PumpyNSW72 posts
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Russell Hobbs 7L Slow Cooker RHSC7

Russell Hobbs 7L Slow Cooker RHSC7

3.9  (16)
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  • Capacity7L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialCeramic
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John
JohnNSW33 posts
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Sunbeam SecretChef Electronic 5.5L

Sunbeam SecretChef Electronic 5.5L

2.7  (91)
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  • Capacity5.5L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialCeramic
Isabella G.
Isabella G.VIC3 posts
  HP5590
Sunbeam
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Crock Pot Sear & Slow CHP700

Crock Pot Sear & Slow CHP700

3.5  (19)
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  • Price (RRP) $169
  • Capacity5L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialCeramic Coated
Kathy C.
Kathy C.WA2 posts
 
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Kambrook Essentials KSC320

Kambrook Essentials KSC320

2.6  (58)
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  • Price (RRP) $39.95
  • Capacity3L
Helen H
Helen HNSW44 posts
 
Kambrook Profile KSC450

Kambrook Profile KSC450

4.0  (9)
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  • Price (RRP) $49.95
  • Capacity4.5L
John D
John DNowra27 posts
 
Just what we neededThis slow cooker is a great addition to the kitchen. The instructions are helpful. It is a stylish design and the removable inner bowl is not out of place on the dining table and is easily washed.The temperature control is clear and easy to read. The food we have cooked in it has been done to a nicety.

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Ecopot

Ecopot

3.3  (12)
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Michael
Michael
 
Bad customer serviceBought pot from caravan show. Used it successful for 2 years and then the bottom decided to bulge out and can't sit even anymore. Contacted ecopot and they said they could not help as it was out of warranty. Next time we will buy from Aldi.
Crock Pot Lift & Serve CHP450

Crock Pot Lift & Serve CHP450

3.8  (9)
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  • Price (RRP) $69
  • Capacity5.7L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialCeramic
Barb Hartmann
Barb HartmannQueensland7 posts
 
No spare partsNo spare parts - if the hinge pin breaks and it will, you can’t purchase a new hinge for the Lid. It is dangerous to use as you can steam burn your hand. I called the company and was advised that they do not carry any parts. Show details
Philips All-In-One-Cooker HD2238/72

Philips All-In-One-Cooker HD2238/72

4.0  (8)
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  • Capacity8L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialCeramic Coated
Tassie girl
Tassie girlTAS
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Crock-Pot Choose-a-Crock CHP600

Crock-Pot Choose-a-Crock CHP600

4.5  (6)
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  • Price (RRP) $149
  • Capacity5.6L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialCeramic
Alex P.
Alex P.21 posts
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Great ceramic bowl but the heater element/base is a bit cheap and lightweightThe slow cooker is fantastic but I have to worry whether the unit will last the test of time. The base unit is pretty poorly made and doesn't feel high quality. The bowls/trays are great and very heavy. I can't tell when I will use the split offering bowl. Show details
Morphy Richards Polished Stainless Steel

Morphy Richards Polished Stainless Steel

4.5  (6)
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  • Price (RRP) $49.95 to $59.95
  • Capacity3.5L and 6.5L
Fred
FredMelbourne6 posts
  3.5L
Breville the Fast Slow Go BPR680

Breville the Fast Slow Go BPR680

4.6  (5)
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  • Capacity6L
Margie 51
Margie 51VIC35 posts
 
Breville LSC650BSS

Breville LSC650BSS

2.8  (13)
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  • Capacity6L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialAluminium
DominikaC
DominikaCPenrith19 posts
 
Kmart 6.5 Litre Slow Cooker

Kmart 6.5 Litre Slow Cooker

2.9  (9)
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  • Price (RRP) $39
  • Capacity6.5L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialCeramic
Kaylene M
Kaylene MACT
 
Returned to storeI returned this product to to the store today. First time using there was a very strong electrical smell and thick white streams of smoke coming out of the base. I expected at first use that there may have been a mild first time smell but this was downright dangerous. Will never trust this brand again. Very frightening. Show details
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Kmart 3L Slow Cooker

Kmart 3L Slow Cooker

2.9  (8)
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  • Price (RRP) $25
  • Capacity3L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialCeramic
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Mouse
MouseKariong15 posts
 
Lenoxx Healthy Choice 8L SC800

Lenoxx Healthy Choice 8L SC800

4.7  (3)
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  • Price (RRP) $129.95
  • Capacity8L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialCeramic
Jezza
JezzaQLD2 posts
 
Needs a timerDoes a great job but needs a timer. I make yoghurt so I can't leave it unattended Show details
Adesso Slow Cooker 1.5L

Adesso Slow Cooker 1.5L

5.0  (2)
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  • Price (RRP) $25
  • Capacity1.5L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialCeramic
Vicki W.
Vicki W.
 
Great slow cookerAmazing slow cooker, great value for money. Perfect for couple or cooking small meals. Also cooks faster than usual slow cookers. I love mine! Show details
Smith & Nobel SNSC65

Smith & Nobel SNSC65

2.6  (5)
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  • Price (RRP) $79.95
  • Capacity6.5L
Kaz
KazVIC3 posts
 
Very disappointing!!!I'm disappointed in this slow cooker. It boils on both low and high settings and the result is dry lamb, dry pork and the one time i cooked beef it ended up burning it!!! I bought a cheaper, smaller one from Aldi and it is ace just not large enough. Show details
Tefal Home Chef Smart CY601D60

Tefal Home Chef Smart CY601D60

1.9  (7)
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  • Price (RRP) $229.95
  • Capacity6L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialAluminium
Heidi F.
Heidi F.WA
 
Happycall IH Vacuum Pot

Happycall IH Vacuum Pot

4.0  (2)
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  • Price (RRP) $185
  • Capacity4.6L
Alphonse L.
Alphonse L.VIC6 posts
 

A hearty pot of slow cooked stew with beef and veggies

How does a slow cooker work?

A slow cooker, also known as a crock pot, works using three parts - a heating element, a cooking pot that's usually made of ceramic, and a glass lid.

Slow cookers use a consistently low level of heat, which usually rises up from their base (some models have a wraparound heating element that heats up the sides at power-on, too). This heat spreads upwards and around the cooker, surrounding the food inside, which cooks slowly and evenly.

These cooking appliances are best suited to making dishes that would traditionally take a long time to simmer on a stove, or to bake in an oven. You can make slow cooker beef stew, pumpkin soup, pulled pork, or dhal, along with slow cooker curry and pot roasts. You can even make slow cooker puddings for dessert.

Is it worth getting a slow cooker?

Weigh up the following factors to help you decide.

Pros
Slow cookers are convenient. You can prepare and place your ingredients inside your slow cooker before you leave for work in the morning, then come home to a delicious, melt-in-your-mouth meal.
It’s safe to leave your slow cooker on all day unsupervised, as it’s designed for this purpose. Even on the highest setting, there is little chance of burning food, as heat is distributed slowly and evenly.
Food doesn’t need supervision. You don’t have to stir or monitor the food inside, making it a wonderfully worry-free ‘set and forget’ kitchen appliance.
Food tastes amazing. Slow cooking gives foods a depth of flavour unique to this method of cooking. Cooking at such a low temperature for an extended period allows flavours to become rich and complex.
Saves you money - as a slow cooker works well for tenderising cheap cuts of meat and batch cooking affordable legumes. It also uses less energy than a stovetop or oven with the same operating times.
Season-friendly - as while foods commonly cooked in slow cookers are usually ‘winter warmers,’ a slow cooker used in summer won’t overheat your kitchen like an oven might do.
Cons
Requires organisation and patience as you need to plan your meals in advance, and it eliminates the option of coming home to cook a quick meal on the fly.
Lack of versatility as many good slow cookers perform the one function exclusively. You also can’t use one to fry, brown or sear foods (although some models do have a sear function). For example, if you’re frying onions, garlic or spices, you’ll still need a stovetop.
Bulky designs mean slow cookers can be harder to store in your kitchen cupboards when not in use.
Uncomfortably hot to touch during cooking for some models, so remember to keep children or pets at a safe distance.

What cannot be cooked in a slow cooker?

The combination of moisture and low heat, applied to food for hours, means that the following foods don't fare well when cooked inside a slow cooker.

  • Dairy products become curdled inside a slow cooker. If you really must add them, do so right towards the end to avoid curdling.
  • Foods that require cooking in hot water for set periods of time. This includes foods like rice, pasta and couscous. The extended periods of time in which they sit in the water will turn them mushy, or overcook rice on the ends and undercook them in the centre of the grain.
  • Soft vegetables such as tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant and spinach will wilt into oblivion under the prolonged heat, water and steam.
  • Raw meat. While meat can be prepared in a slow cooker, it should be seared in a pan on the stovetop first. This will cook it sufficiently so that it retains its flavours when slow cooked. An exception to this is chicken.
  • Lean meat can easily become dry when prepared in a slow cooker.

Factors to consider when buying a slow cooker

Capacity

A slow cooker’s capacity is measured according to the number of litres it can hold in its cooking bowl. This capacity can range from 2.5 litres all the way to 20 litres (however this is rare). Most models range in capacity from around 3.5 litres to 7 litres.

Here's a rough guide to the slow cooker capacity to look for, depending on how many people are in your household.

  • 1-2 people: A 3-4 litre slow cooker will be sufficient. However, source a large slow cooker if you like batch cooking, and then freezing the leftovers to defrost and eat later in the week.
  • 3-5 people: A 4.5-6 litre cooker is a good size to aim for.
  • 5+ people: Add 1 litre per person exceeding 5 people.

Keep in mind that the larger capacity you opt for in a slow cooker, the bulkier and larger it will be - potentially making it more difficult to store inside a kitchen cupboard. Also, the more litres a slow cooker is designed to hold, the dearer the price tag will be.

Build quality

The build quality of a particular slow cooker will depend on two factors - the quality of the outer body construction material and the inner cooking bowl.

The outer body

The outer body component, or housing of a slow cooker, is usually where the sturdiest material will be found on the appliance. Look for an appliance made from an outer body of stainless steel, as this is durable. However, it may be more difficult as it attracts fingerprints easily.

The cooking bowl

The cooking bowl (also known as the inner cooking pot or the insert) often has more variation in terms of what it's made from. Inner bowls can be made from ceramic, ceramic coating or stainless steel. Reviewer feedback often showed a preference for stainless steel inserts. These bowls wre considered the most durable, as they were resistant to scratches and peeling.

Ceramic-coated bowls, on the other hand, often had a top layer that peeled or chipped away over time. This coating can sometimes contain toxic materials that are unsafe for consumption, but end up in food. Sourcing a 100% ceramic bowl is both a safer and sturdier option, however these are less commonly found on slow cookers.

Features

Auto setting

This automatically adjusts the heat settings, so you don’t have to keep a constant eye on your slow cooker. Since the main appeal of slow cookers is that you can set-and-forget the handy appliance and walk away - returning to delicious home-cooked meals - an auto setting is important, as it allows you to actually do this.

An auto-setting may turn the heat up to high initially, and then reduce it to low heat automatically after a set period of time. If you’re looking to have your slow cooker bubbling away while you’re at work, this is an important feature - it’s what equips the appliance with a set-and-forget functionality.

Multiple cooking functions

Some of the most popular slow cookers double as multi-function cookers. This means they can perform a variety of other cooking functions, which may include pressure cooking, sauteing and searing, steaming and baking.

Investing in a multi-function cooking appliance may be handy if you cook using a variety of methods, and would like a handy kitchen helper that's capable of pulling its weight with all of them.

Multi-purpose pot

This refers to an inner cooking pot than can be removed and used on the stovetop or in the oven. This allows you to sear foods on the stovetop in your slow cooker bowl - and transfer it effortlessly into the slow cooking housing when you're done.

It will also reduce the amount of time it takes for the slow cooker to reach the right heat, as the pot will already be hot. Having a multi-function will also conveniently give you a quality piece of cookware that you can use in other parts of the kitchen.

Timer

Slow cookers with timers count down the time until your meal is ready, and then alert you, usually using an audible alert. Some work in conjunction with an auto-off setting, which will automatically switch the appliance off after the timer has finished counting down to zero.

However, keep in mind that you shouldn't leave a lot of time between the appliance switching off and returning to the cooker to dish out food. This is because slow cooked food contains a lot of moisture, which breeds bacteria when its kept warm for a prolonged period of time.

So while having your slow cooker automatically timed to switch off at 2 p.m. may be handy if you're at work, this leaves plenty of time for bacteria to grow and contaminate food, before you're back home from work at 6 p.m.

Ease of storage

Slow cookers are available in both round shapes (which are more common) and rectangular shapes. The rectangular shaped models are easier to pack away as they fit more seamlessly into a fairly packed kitchen cupboard (think Tetris!)

The ease with which your new appliance can be stored also depends on its size - which will increase proportionate to its capacity.

Ease of Cleaning

If a manufacturer indicates that the removable bowl and glass lid of a slow cooker are dishwasher safe, this is likely to save you a lot of time when it comes to cleaning your cooker. Most slow cooker materials are dishwasher safe, which makes the whole process a less time-consuming ordeal.

Even if your chosen appliance requires you to hand wash the pot (or you’d simply prefer to do so), cleaning a slow cooker doesn’t call on much elbow grease. Due to the high amount of moisture in the pot, food doesn’t get a chance to stick to the bottom of the pot and burn, making cleaning a breeze.

Price

If you have your sights set on buying a slow cooker, it doesn't have to set you back a great deal of funds. You can pick up a budget slow cooker from Target, Kmart and Big W for under $30. For example, the highly rated Target Essentials 5.5L Slow Cooker is only $25, while the Kmart Anko Stainless Steel Slow Cooker 5L is just $19.

However, the price will go up if you'd prefer a slow cooker with multi-function cooking capabilities, a wider range of features, or just sold by a household name brand when it comes to kitchen appliances. These more premium models can cost up to $350.

Wrapping up

If you have the patience for it, you can prepare hearty, home-cooked slow cooker meals full of flavour. Slow cookers vary greatly in their cooking functionality. For those who prefer simplicity in cooking, there are models with limited settings that are easy to use. Other models showcase a variety of features and multiple cooking functions.

Also remember to weigh up the price of a prospective slow cooker with its size, capacity, durability, and ease of cleaning. Reading reviews can also provide a world of help through real-to-life feedback from our trusted reviewers.

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