So you leave work late, heading home at some ungodly hour. You walk through the front door and head straight the the fridge. But, let's be real: The last thing you feel like doing at eight o'clock on a workday is cook a meal for one and do the subsequent dishes. Wouldn't it be nice to have a warm meal ready for you? And one that isn't takeout? That's when you need (yes, need) a slow cooker.
This little miracle worker makes meal prep a breeze, easily helping you cook all kinds of recipes, from soups and stews to casseroles and desserts. Think of it as the close cousin to the instant pot, with the main difference being how they cook the food. An instant pot is an electric pressure cooker, utilizing high pressure to cook your food faster. Slow cookers, however, cook your feast for up to 20 hours, resulting in tender dishes packed with flavor. They’re exceptionally good at preparing comfort foods, meaning now’s the time to scoop one up before you hunker down this fall and winter. And, just to make things easier on you, we’ve rounded up the 10 best slow cookers, taking into account their efficiency, durability and how easy they are to clean.
Whether you’re looking for one that offers versatility, a three-pot cooker perfect for parties, or simply your standard, no- fuss, no-frills option, you’ll find it on this list.