Slow Cooker Buying Guide

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You probably have heard about an amazing tool in the kitchen called the slow cooker. You might have read several slow cooker reviews as well. You probably know there are a lot of models and designs to choose from. Let the factors below guide you so that you can be at an advantage when actually shopping for your first slow cooker.

Budget

Budget is most likely the first thing that crosses your mind when buying your first slow cooker. You know, how much are you willing to spend? Happily, slow cookers are not that expensive compared to other kitchen appliances. You can get a slow cooker for less than $50 that offers very competitive features. The fancier ones can range up to $200. Some brands offer basic slow cookers at a affordable price without compromising the features. Other units that have a “keep warm” feature can be a little bit more expensive than other models. That is why it is important to read customer reviews to help you decide what your budget can afford.

Size and shape

The size and shape of your slow cooker should also be a factor to be considered. Slow cookers come in different sizes and shapes. Make sure to keep in mind the number of servings you want to make each time you cook. The sizes of slow cookers can range from ½ quart to 8 quarts. The larger the size, the more food it cooks. Don’t forget the type of food you would likely ake most of the time to help you decide on the shape of your slow cooker.

Type of crock

The cooking pot, also known as a “crock,” can be made with different materials. It can be ceramic, metal, or cast aluminum. Newer models have removable crocks although there are still models where it is fixed in the heating unit. Ceramic crocks can be used in the oven but not under a broiler and stovetop. Metal crocks are available with a non-stick surface inside. It can be used in the oven, under a broiler and on the stovetop. Cast aluminum crocks have a non-stick surface as well, and can be used in the oven and on the stovetop but not in the microwave.

Where can you buy slow cookers? It’s not much of major problem since they’re sold at almost all department stores. Or, if convenience matters more to you, you can buy slow cookers on the Internet. Who knows, you may also be able to score great slow cooker deals and discounts!

You might want to consider manufacturer warranty as well, or search the internet to find great slow cooker recipes. Many units come with recipes printed in the manual. But if you don’t find any, then you can rely on slow cooker reviews and forums on the Internet to help you out.