Whether you call all slow cookers Crock-Pots or you simply just call it your favorite kitchen appliance, there's something to be said for the time saved when you just dump your dinner into a slow cooker. Most big-batch meals are made easier by slow cooking the ingredients for a hands-off experience, so if you're getting good mileage out of your programmable slow cooker, you're probably using it at least twice a week. Which means it's on your counter for almost five days in a row.
Who said you can't have style and quality when it comes to choosing the best slow cooker for your needs? These slow cooker models are not only top quality, but they're just pretty to look at. Which is a win-win, in my book.
Unless it's stated that a slow cooker has a programmable timer, it's safe to assume that each one of these models are manual, meaning you physically turn it on and off as needed. Also, if you don't use slow cooker liners already, the time has come to change your ways.
This 25-pack of slow cooker liners will fit models that range from 3.5 quarts to 6.5 quarts (okay, 7 quarts) and will even work in casserole models. Make clean-up easier than you ever imagined.
Without further ado, here are our 10 prettiest and best slow cooker picks.
10. Crock-Pot 4.5-Quart Slow Cooker, Black Damask Pattern
This slow cooker is so reasonably reliable that it seems silly to not include it on this list, with or without its beautiful damask pattern as a deciding factor.
The glass lid is dishwasher-safe and the cook time is true to most cooking methods, meaning your slow cooker recipes time suggestions will read true in this pot. It's a great starter for the new crock-pot cook, and the cooker reviews rave about the recipes provided in the packaging.
Amazon user Shawna Lomax wrote, "Definitely my favorite out of all the Crock Pots I've owned! I needed another one for our Thanksgiving dinner and found this gorgeous design ... It works great and is big enough to hold a meal for a whole family of 4."
9. Crock-Pot 5-Quart Cook & Carry Slow Cooker, Mossy Oak
Can you even see this oval slow cooker? Okay, all camouflage jokes aside, this is one of my favorites on this buying guide because there just aren't enough kitchen appliances in camo patterns.
This slow cooker is real simple to use and is perfect for serving up a slow-cooked venison backstrap or steak marinated in any of these 12 delicious marinades. Take the hard work out of preparing wild game by using a slow cooker and this one just screams wild game, right?
Amazon user thedad51 wrote, "Just what I was looking for, something easy without all the bells and whistles, on/off, high/low." Honestly I expect nothing less than a clear, concise, and sharp review from someone who buys this camo slow cooker.
8. Hamilton Beach Wrap and Serve Slow Cooker, 6-Quart
This 6-quart slow cooker has the customization factor. It comes with both the chalkboard and chevron interchangeable wraps, and let's gush about the chalkboard wrap. Let everyone know exactly what's inside that big ol' delicious slow cooker by writing it down.
This slow cooker also has other wraps available for purchase apart from the chalkboard and chevron prints, meaning you can always keep it up to date and on theme for parties.
Amazon user Sunny H. states, "I love this slow cookers. I didn't think I would care for the outer covers, but they are cute. I really like the white liner. It is so easy to clean ... Everything I have cooked has turned out perfectly!"
7. Hamilton Beach Shimmer Finish Slow Cooker
This 5-quart slow cooker is the perfect size for those with minimal counter space to begin with. Living in an apartment with less than 500 square feet, I fall under this category. While the cooker is featured here in purple, it's also available in shimmery red and silver.
This portable slow cooker features a clip-tight sealed lid for spill resistance just in case it were to slip and slide all over the backseat en route to the big party.
Amazon user Ella wrote, "This is the third Hamilton Beach product purchased this year. It works, keeps nice steady heat on all temps and has an easy to read dial. The shimmer is for fun, and how cute. I can imagine taking it to a potluck and dressing up the table. Very nice."
6. Black+Decker 7-Quart Dial Control Slow Cooker in Teal Wave
This 7-quart slow cooker with a built-in lid holder comes in three color options: Geometric Cream, Purple and Silver Leaf, and Teal Wave. Harkening back to the 1950s, we're a sucker for the retro Teal Wave. This slow cooker will make you say goodbye to boring black and basic silver.
With three heat settings, this slow cooker doesn't disappoint when it comes to reviews. Of 265 user reviews, it ranks at 4.5 stars of 5.
Amazon user Andrew says, "This product feels extremely durable and has performed up to expectations. I replaced a previous, more expensive Hamilton Beach model that had the heating element break down, and this performs even better."
5. Hamilton Beach Dana Gibson 6-Quart Slow Cooker Counter Top Crock Pot
The subtle bamboo design of this slow cooker fits in perfectly with Pantone's 2017 color of the year, Greenery. This oval slow cooker is designed to cook & carry, as it is still small enough to be portable to potlucks, tailgates, barbecues, and anywhere else.
This 6-quart programmable slow cooker has a stoneware insert that makes for easy cleaning when all is said and done. Amazon user Adrienne Harrow says, "Great and pretty. I got this for a friend for xmas and they loved it especially with the pretty bamboo design."
4. Black+Decker 4-Quart Dial Control Slow Cooker, Polka Dot Black/White
This Black+Decker model is one of the best basic slow cookers on the market with accurate cooking times and warm settings. The round cooking pot is one of my favorite models because I feel that the cooking performance is better overall. You really can't beat the adorable and functional features of this little model.
Amazon user Marie S. wrote, "Admittedly I was first drawn to this slow cooker solely due to the polka dot design, but after reading some positive reviews about the functionality, I ordered it. I'm so happy I did, it cooks perfectly and it is cute enough to sit out in my kitchen all the time."
3. Crock-Pot 3.5-Quart Casserole Crock Manual Slow Cooker, Black and White
The subtle design of this casserole-style crock-pot is just enough to add to the design as opposed to detract from it. This manual slow cooker is perfect for slow cooker recipes like lasagna and King Ranch casserole that work best in rectangular dishes. The low, warm, and high settings of this crock-pot are set through simple controls, making the cooking process an intuitive one.
Amazon user Tanya aka Twincere wrote, "I didn't think I would love this as much as I do. I'm so glad they finally came out with a 9 x 13 crockpot. I don't always have enough room in a round crockpot, yet this really makes that problem a thing of the past. I have made lasagna, tater tot casserole, tuna noodle casseroles and so much more!"
2. Crock-Pot Programmable Digital Casserole Slow Cooker
This 3.5-quart casserole slow cooker is perfect because it features a 20-hour timer, making dinner even more accessible when you're relying on it during a busy work week. The control panel is simple and easy to use, and it automatically shifts to a warm setting when the cooking time is complete.
The internal temperature truly stays on using the warm setting according the slow cooker review, and the cooking modes are accurate. The size is really perfect for those who have small kitchen spaces or your favorite college student.
It features free shipping and scored 4.7 stars out of 5 stars from 142 customer reviews. Amazon user Granimals70 wrote, "I was surprised by how well this casserole crockpot works; I have cooked several beef and chicken recipes that were just ordinary crockpot recipes - not casseroles at all. I feel that it is easier and more manageable to use than my regular crockpots."
1. Black+Decker 7-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker, Chalkboard Surface
Again, let me rave about the chalkboard surface of this easy to carry digital slow cooker that comes with chalk included. It's biggest convenience is for party situations where food allergies are present - simply write, Gluten-Free or Peanut-Free or whatever you want, on the outside and it solves so many problems at once.
Featuring a digital timer on a touchpad, a locking lid, and the ability to cook a whole dang chicken at once, this is one of prettiest and best slow cookers on the market.
This multi-cooker features the option to choose your ideal cooking method, from extended slow cooking with the Stay-On option to the 4-hour Warm option once the cooking time is complete.
This is ideal slow cooker for those who are exclusively slow cooker cooks and love to make bulk meals. Amazon user HappyInSCV wrote, "Ok, wow! This slow cooker has exceeded every one of my expectations ... the locking clips are great to keep heat in while cooking and double as a great way to transport your slow cooker to a party."