Slow Cookers Features Comparison
The first matter to settle when buying a budget slow cooker is what capacity you need. A slow cooker should be filled between one-half and three-quarters full during the cooking process for the maximal results; a 1.5-quart slow cooker is sufficient for one to two meals and a 6- or 7-quart model will feed a crowd. Next, decide if you want to spend a bit more money for a programmable slow cooker; in the budget range, that means pre-set combinations of heat level and cook time. (The choice of good, low-cost programmable slow cookers is very limited.) Alternatively, the best cheap manual slow cookers sport high, low, and keep warm heat settings as along with an off notch on the dial. Additional features to check for include an indicator light, a gasket on the lid, and a method for securing the lid. A clear glass lid is the norm for budget slow cookers.
|Capacity (quarts)||Settings||Indicator Light||Gasket||Lid Securing|
|Proctor Silex 33015 estimated price $15||1.5||High, low, keep warm, off||No||No||None|
|Hamilton Beach 33155 estimated price $20||5||High, low, keep warm, off||No||Yes||Strap|
|Crock-Pot SCCPVP700-S estimated price $38||7||Programmable (pre-set heat and hour combinations)||Yes||No||None|
|Hamilton Beach Stay or Go 33163 estimated price $25||6||High, low, keep warm, off||Yes||Yes||Latches|