Slow Cookers Are One of the Most Searched Holiday Gifts — Here Are 3 Great Options
In a range of prices and with a world of features, these three slow cookers are sure to fit someone on your gift list.
Slow cookers are a staple in many kitchens. From simmering a large pot of dried beans to cooking cuts of meat low and slow until fall-off-the-bone tender, they're extremely useful appliances. They also happen to be one of the best holiday gifts.
If you're looking to gift a slow cooker this year, our handy guide will help you pick the right one. Nowadays, there are more options than just "Low" and "High" settings, so scope out the features of each one to get your gift recipient what they really want. Whether it's your tech-loving brother-in-law who wants a programmable version, or your wife who wants a multi-use appliance to save counter space, you're sure to find what you need (in your budget) with our three top picks.
Elite Gourmet 2-Quart Electric Slow Cooker
A classic slow cooker, this smaller version is great for someone with limited storage or an apartment-sized kitchen. The Elite Gourmet 2-Quart Electric Slow Cooker is just the right size to serve three to four people, making it ideal for individuals, couples, or small families. Plus, because of its no-frills features, it's a simple appliance to learn how to use for beginner cooks.
Buy it: $16; amazon.com
Hamilton Beach Set & Forget Programmable Slow Cooker
A good choice for more tech-savvy cooks, the Hamilton Beach Set & Forget Programmable Slow Cooker features a digital control panel that allows you to set your desired temperature and cooking time, before automatically setting it to warm afterwards. It also comes with a temperature probe that can be inserted into the lid to check on the heat, helping lessen the temptation to open the lid and take a peek. If you're transporting your slow cooker to a tailgate or family party, the lid clips will ensure that everything stays safely in place.
Buy it: $50; hamiltonbeach.com
Cuisinart 3-in-1 Cook Central 6-Quart Multi-Cooker
This slow cooker won our rigorous slow cooker comparison test, and it will be a winning gift this holiday season, too. It's a multi-cooker that can do slow cooking, but also browning and steaming all in one. That way you no longer have to dirty a pan to sauté onions or sear meats before putting them in the slow cooker, just start with the browning setting before switching to slow cooking. The Cuisinart 3-in-1 Cook Central 6-Quart Multi-Cooker is shallow and wide for even heat distribution, and the large size makes it ideal for party hosting and batch cooking.
Buy it: $109; amazon.com