5 best slow cookers 2023

Simple slow cookers are generally low-wattage appliances, and can be more energy-efficient alternatives to using your traditional electric oven for cooking dishes like large joints of meat, saving you money on your energy bills.

Varying heat controls in addition to cooking functions will allow you to cover most recipe steps, including sautéing onions and garlic, frying off sofrito or browning meat before switching to a lower-temperature cooking function. Plus, once the meal is enjoyed, there’s only one pot to wash up. The inner dishes are often dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning.

It’s also possible to find great-looking slow cookers that are sleek enough for the counter, but they vary in weight, depending on how many you’ll be cooking for and therefore the size of cooker you’ll need. We recommend considering how much storage space you have if you’ll be lifting it between the countertop and cupboard.

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Multi-cookers generally offer slow-cooking among their roster of cooking functions, so are also great options for getting more from your money – we’ve included a few among our tried and tested favourites.

Discover our full collection of slow-cooker recipes, with dishes for all seasons, including lighter slow-cooker recipes for summer, our healthy slow-cooker recipes and vegetarian slow-cooker recipes for packing in plenty of goodness. Just getting started? Let us guide you on how to use a slow cooker to get the most from your ingredients.

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Best slow cookers at a glance

  • Best multi-cooker for slow-cooking and air-frying: Ninja Foodi 9-in-1 multi cooker OP350UK, £79.99
  • Best multi-cooker for slow-cooking and pressure-cooking: Sage the Fast Slow Pro, £149.95
  • Best large-capacity slow cooker: Swan Retro slow cooker, £34.99
  • Best faff-free slow cooker: Tower Cavaletto 3.5-liter slow cooker, £70.50
  • Best hob-safe slow cooker: Crock Pot Sizzle and Stew slow cooker, £45

The best slow cookers to buy in 2023

Ninja Foodi 9-in-1 multi cooker OP350UK

Ninja Foodi 9-in-1 multicooker OP350UK

Best multi-cooker for slow-cooking and air-frying

Score: 5/5 stars

Wattage: 1460W

This isn’t the newest Ninja model of multi-cooker, but it’s a winner for several reasons. The brand is one of the few that builds air-frying and pressure-cooking functions alongside slow-cooking into its multi cookers, plus its sear and sauté functions get hot enough to brown ingredients like meat before it’s cooked slowly, all in one pot.

Grilling, dehydrating, yogurt-making, baking/roasting and steaming are also well-performing functions. The pressure-cooking function requires a second lid, which is an additional element to store. However, it’s less tall than newer models for leaving out on the countertop, plus both lids lift off for easy cleaning. It’s high-wattage for a slow cooker, but you get a good versatility for your money.

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