When it comes to setting it and forgetting it, these slow cookers are your best bet.
Best Deluxe: Cuisinart 7-Quart Multicooker
Best for Small Families: Crock-Pot 4-Quart Slow Cooker
You won’t have to sacrifice function for size with this compact, 8½-by-12-inch pick. Because it’s oval, it accommodates a whole chicken or roast (unlike round versions). The price is nice, too. But there’s no timer, so you have to switch to the warming mode manually.
Best All-Around: Hamilton Beach Simplicity 6-Quart Slow Cooker
Best for Entertaining: Proctor Silex 1.5-Quart Oval Slow Cooker
Editor's Choice: Hamilton Beach 6-Quart Programmable Stovetop Slow Cooker
Editor's Choice: Cuisinart 4-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker
Perfect for a couple or a single person, this rectangular slow cooker tucks neatly into a corner and can accommodate most recipes despite its small size. Don’t let its compactness fool you—it still has all the bells and whistles, including a 24-hour timer, cooking rack, and dishwasher-safe lid and pot.
Editor's Choice: Hamilton Beach Set & Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker
Editor's Choice: KitchenAid 6-Quart Slow Cooker
Hate juggling the lid, the ladle, and your bowl when dishing up your slow-cooked masterpiece? This sturdy contender with built-in timer makes serving a one-handed affair: Leave the lid on and open one or both hinged panels for quick access to the delicious goods inside.
Editor's Choice: Crock-Pot 6.5-Quart Touchscreen Slow Cooker
The trusty old slow cooker gets a modern lift with this sleek, stainless steel beauty, which features an easy-to-use touchscreen, silicone-wrapped handles that stay cool, and a countdown timer that automatically switches to warm when your meal is finished cooking.
Editor's Choice: Crock-Pot Triple Dipper
It may not technically qualify as a slow cooker (it doesn’t actually cook your food), but why quibble? This handy accessory is any host’s dream—it boasts three small stoneware crocks to keep your party dips, appetizers, and desserts warm for hours, set on a rotating lazy susan for easy access. Separate compartments hold crackers, crudités, or utensils, and there’s even a snap-on travel cover to hold everything in place if you decide to hit the road.