Our Top 7 Most Innovative Slow Cookers

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As the #1 selling brand of small kitchen appliances today, we at Hamilton Beach know a thing or two about slow cookers. We understand they are more than just a way to easily cook a delicious meal. Our slow cookers are used at holiday dinners to recreate favorite family recipes year after year, at parties and potlucks to share your favorite recipe with your friends or coworkers, and for everyday meals by busy individuals and families who love the consistent set-and-forget reliability of a Hamilton Beach slow cooker.

But when you’re in the market for a new slow cooker — whether you’re buying your first or just looking to update your old standby — the variety of slow cookers available can become overwhelming. Should you go with a basic model that’s entirely capable of slow cooking a delicious pot roast or overnight oatmeal, or should you opt for a more advanced slow cooker with plenty of bells and whistles? While the answer will depend on your lifestyle and specific needs, we wanted to share our top six most innovative slow cookers— real game changers to up your slow cooking game— and give you an overview of the innovations that make each slow cooker indispensable.

1.Set & Forget Programmable Slow Cooker with Temperature Probe

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Are you the pot roast master? If so, you probably know how easy it is to make deliciously juicy roasts in your slow cooker. Seasoned cooks know that to make sure a roast is tender, delicious and also safe to eat, taking its temperature is a must. This slow cooker takes the guesswork out of cooking perfect pork loins, whole chickens or roasts by incorporating a patented internal temperature probe. The slow cooker automatically switches to warm when it reaches the settings you’ve programmed, so you can truly set it, and forget it. The Set & Forget line includes a 5QT and 6QT model.

2. 6 Quart Programmable Cool-Surround Slow Cooker

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This slow cooker combines so many of our best innovations. Not only is it programmable, it also features a nonstick removable crock that you can put directly on a stovetop for quickly browning meat or caramelizing onions. That also means you don’t have to dirty any other dishes — just your crock. And get this — the crock and lid are both dishwasher safe. As an added bonus, if you are environmentally conscious or just like to save a buck, this slow cooker is also one of our most energy efficient because the base traps the heat on the inside (and on the crock where the heat is needed).

3. Connectables Slow Cooker

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If you want to bring a hot party-pleasing dip to the next potluck or wow your family at the next reunion, the Connectables Collection is for you. We designed this slow cooker to be small (it comes with a 4 quart crock) and extremely portable. Because it’s built to travel, the lid clips into the handles to prevent spills. But this one gets even better — the most innovative part of this slow cooker is how it’s powered. It’s built to be used while connected to other Connectable slow cookers. In fact, you can connect up to 7 of these slow cookers together for a beautiful buffet, keeping your food warm. Slow cooker tapas anyone?

4. Hamilton Beach® Professional Sous Vide and 6QT Slow Cooker

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This slow cooker combines two great cooking methods: slow cooking and sous vide. This combination lets you make your slow cooker favorites and experiment with new sous vide cooking techniques. One of the most innovative features of this professional-grade sous vide and slow cooker is its ability to hold a steady temperature for hours at a time. For example, if you’d like to come home to a perfectly cooked medium steak, just place your vacuum-sealed steak in the water bath in the morning and come home hours later to a steak cooked to perfection. It’s also programmable, in both sous vide and slow cooker mode, so you have total control over your cooking.

5. IntelliTime™ 6 Quart Slow Cooker

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Wouldn’t it be nice if the world revolved around your schedule? This slow cooker does. If your workday runs a little (or a lot!) longer than the 4-6 hour cook time your favorite slow cooker recipe calls for, this slow cooker was built for you. It automatically adjusts the temperature to cook your food based on how long you need it to cook for. You can set the time from anywhere between 4-12 hours and the IntelliTime™ Slow Cooker will automatically adjust to make sure you come home to a perfectly cooked meal. It comes in two models, one with our Stay or Go™ clips or a more basic, and less portable, model.

6. 3.5 Quart Casserole Slow Cooker

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When it comes to slow cookers, bigger isn’t necessarily always better. Sometimes you need a slow cooker that fits in your cupboard and a crock that fits on the table just like any other dish. If you are the casserole king or queen, the 3.5 Quart Casserole Slow Cooker could have you shutting off your oven forever. The unique shape of this slow cooker lets you make delicious green bean casseroles, dips or roasts and then bring them right to the table to serve. If you love making lasagna, you're also in luck. Make a slow cooker version and then pop the entire crock in the oven to brown the cheese. You’ll enjoy a delicious dinner while cutting down on clean up time — the casserole crock is dishwasher safe.

7. Programmable Right Size™ Multi-Quart Slow Cooker

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If you mostly cook for yourself but sometimes need to make a feast for the larger family, or vice versa, this slow cooker is the ticket to creating the right-sized meal, every time. You can cook 2 qt, 4 qt or 6 qt meals, all in this one slow cooker. It adjusts the cook-time accordingly so that no matter how many people you are feeding, your food is expertly cooked. This is a great slow cooker if you don’t have a lot of storage space in your kitchen — it eliminates the need to have multiple slow cookers to do your cooking.

With so many slow cookers on the market, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the choice. But since slow cookers, from the most basic all the way up to the professional model, can help you save time and money it’s worth putting in a little extra time and research to make sure you get the Hamilton Beach slow cooker that fits your lifestyle.

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