8 Best Slow Cookers 2020 | The Sun UK

THE best slow cookers can help you cook loads of great meals with less faff than a conventional oven.

So we've rounded up some of the top products on the market, from the likes of Morphy Richards, Crock-Pot and Tefal.

Why buy a slow cooker?

Slow cookers specialise in cooking stews as you can throw all the ingredients into one pot with minimal fuss.

And unlike using a hob or an oven to cook your stew, a slow cooker is more energy efficient and won't heat up your whole kitchen, which is a god send in the summer.

They also allow you to use cheaper cuts of meat, such as beef shin and brisket, as the longer cooking leaves the meet tender.

Plus, if you like the idea of having a hot meal waiting for you when you get home, plenty of slow cookers have timers which allow you to set a meal to start cooking during the day and have it ready for you when you return from work.

What should I look for in a slow cooker?

Obviously it's worth checking what size slow cooker you're going to need.

If you've got a lot of batch cooking planned for a large family, then you could look to the upper end of available sizes (five or six litres).

However if you're cooking smaller dishes and sides, you can get away with a smaller option.

The shape of your slow cooker is important too, as circles lend themselves better to curries and chillies, whereas oval dishes are better suited to joints of meat or whole chickens.

Besides that, there's loads of add-ons and additional features you can get.

Keep warm settings will do just that: keep your food warm until you're ready to eat it.

Some slow cookers will have bowls that are safe to use on oven hobs, including induction, which is great if you want to brown some meat or soften your onions before cooking a stew.

Getting a dishwasher-safe bowl is another plus.

1. Crockpot CSC026 5 Litre Slow Cooker

  • Crockpot CSC026 5 Litre Slow Cooker, £99 from AO – buy here

The Crockpot CSC026 is loved by reviewers and users alike.

It's got a 5-litre capacity, which is plenty big enough for batch cooking, and the pot is both oven and dishwasher safe.

The Crockpot has two heat setting and an automatic keep warm setting, so your meal will stay at the perfect temperature when it's done cooking.

And the pot is scratch resistant so won't be scuffed up when you're giving it a good clean.

2. Tefal 8in1 Multicook

  • Tefal 8in1 Multicook RK302E15, £55 from John Lewis – buy here

If you want a slow-cooker that does it all, the 8in1 from Tefal is worth a look.

It's got specialised modes for rice, grains, porridge and steaming, as well as its standard slow cooking function.

It's also got delayed start options for most of its programmes (although not slow cook) and the removable bowl is non-stick and dishwasher safe.

3. Swan 3.5 Litre Retro Slow Cooker

  • Swan 3.5 Litre Retro Slow Cooker, £23.99 from Amazon – buy here

It's got a decent 3.5L capacity so a family of four will be fine this pot, but no more.

We love the retro feel, it looks great on the worktop – so great you'll not want to hide it away – plus it comes in other colours too.

The keep warm function is ideal if you're planning on going back for seconds – less ideal if you're on a diet, mind.

The recipe book that comes with it is pretty handy for meal ideas too.

4. Sage Fast Pro 6 L Slow Cooker

  • Sage Fast Pro 6 L Slow Cooker, £119 from Amazon – buy here

This pot will cook your food slowly throughout the day if you ask it, but it does more than just that.

It also fancies itself as a pressure cooker and it can saute and steam – its talents are never-ending.

You won't go hungry either, because you can cook around seven portions of food in this little cooker.

5. Morphy Richards Sear and Stew Slow Cooker 460016

With typical slow cooking, you have to accept that you cannot sear your meat first before cooking – unless you do it separately.

But in this cooker, you can sear before stewing – one for the carnivores.

We love how it looks too, incorporating rose gold details which will look chic in your kitchen.

Sadly, there is no keep warm function, but otherwise it's brilliant all-round value.

  • Morphy Richards Sear and Stew Slow Cooker 460016, £29 from Amazon – buy here

6. Daewoo 1.5L Manual Slow Cooker

  • Daewoo 1.5L Manual Slow Cooker, £8.99 from Robert Dyas – buy here

If you've not tried slow cooking before and want to check you're a fan, this is the perfect buy for under a tenner.

It really is a no frills option and will cook for just one, possibly two people – so it's also great for those that live alone as it won't be too bulky.

The outside of the pot has a cool-touch finish so you won't burn yourself easily either.

7. Lakeland 3.5L Slow Cooker

  • 3.5L Slow Cooker, £29.99 from Lakeland – buy here

This cooker is easy to use with just three heat settings, so if you're confused easily you're in luck.

It cooks well, leaving juicy tender meat and once its finished its job, the auto setting will handily keep food at serving temperature.

So yes, you can go back for seconds.

8. Bella Cook and Serve 3 Pot Slow Cooker

  • Bella Cook and Serve 3 Pot Slow Cooker, £69.99 from Lakeland – buy here

This is a quirky slow cooker boasting three separate pots.

Want a stew in one and veggies in the other two?

Perhaps your family are fuss-pots and you need to create three different strengths of Chilli Con Carne or three different stews with different meats or a vegetarian option?

This cooker is versatile and gives you options, plus it doubles up as a serving station, too.

The only downside is the individual pots are small, feeding just one.

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