These days, we all live such busy lives that it can be hard to fit everything in. Of course, if you have a family, you’re working, running a household and you’re attempting to feed everyone at the same time, life can become a little hectic!
Slow cookers are a godsend for busy lives, because it means you can throw your ingredients into the cooker in the morning, and leave it stewing all day, with a delicious meal ready when you walk in the house, which incidentally smells wonderful as a result!
There are a huge range of slow cookers on the market, but the latest development is a slow cooker with a timer. This is a wonderful addition because it means that you can literally time your meal to be cooked to perfection, without the risk of over-cooking, or perhaps it not being ready when you return home. All of those worries are gone!
Because there is such a huge range of slow cookers with a timer on the market, let’s check out some of the best, to help you whittle down your decision.
1. BESTEK Slow Cooker
This particular slow cooker is an ideal choice for those on a budget, and despite the brand name not being instantly recognisable, it is a very high quality product. The digital timer allows you to programme your cooking between half an hour, all the way up to 20 hours. You can also choose your heat, from high, low, and also a warm model. The easy to read LCD display shows you how long is left, so you can plan your day accordingly.
This particular slow cooker is also very easy to clean, and the ceramic pot is dishwasher safe. Ideal for large families, the cooker also holds 5.5 litres, which serves roughly between 5 to7 people on average.
Another perk is that the cooker is lightweight, so it’s not difficult to serve if you want to take the dish over to the table, and the whole cooker fits very neatly on a regular sized countertop. Overall, this is a high quality product, which may lack all singing, all dancing functions, but certainly gets the job done.
2. Crock-pot 4.7l Gloss Black Digital Countdown Slow Cooker
Crock-pot is a huge brand name, and probably one of the most instantly recognisable. This gives you peace of mind in your purchase, but conversely, it also means that the price is going to be slightly higher as a result. Overall however, the quality speaks for itself, and the size is ideal for an average to large family, serving between 5 to 6 people generally.
There is the option to purchase a 4.7 litre or a 5.7 litre version of this particular slow cooker, and you can also choose between black or silver as your colour options.
The cooker has a digital timer and a display to show the countdown time, as well as being easy to read and easy to use. There is a keep warm function, so when your meal is cooked, you can keep it warm enough for serving, without having to put it in the microwave or re-heat via the cooker. The ceramic dish is dishwasher safe, and easy to clean overall.
3. Prestige 46447 Digital Slow Cooker
Another big brand name, this is a middle of the road slow cooker in terms of price range but it is another which is high in quality. You can choose between 5.5 litres or 3.5 litres, depending upon the size of household, with the latter being ideal for smaller families, perhaps for two or three people. The 5.5 litre option is ideal for average sized households.
This slow cooker has a digital control timer which is programmable from half an hour up to 19 hours, and it has a high and low speed setting, as well as a keep warm setting too. The keep warm setting is activated automatically once the food is cooked according to the timer. The LCD display is easy to read, showing how much time is left in the cooking process.
The ceramic dish is detachable and is also dishwasher safe, so it is an easy to clean slow cooker too.
4. Morphy Richards Accents 460005 Digital Slow Cooker
Part of the highly popular Morphy Richards Accents range, this slow cooker is a stylish option for a small household. Choose between red or silver, with a 3.5 litre capacity. This cooker is a great choice for families or two or three, who want an easy and stress-free way to cook delicious and heathy meals.
There are three main settings, the high, low, and keep warm setting; the latter is automatically activated by the cooker once the cooking time has elapsed. The LCD display once again shows how much time is left for cooking, and also shows when the keep warm mode is in action.
Another plus point of this product is the separate cooking pot, which can be used on a hob. This means you can optimise meat flavour by searing it on your hob before using it on the slow cooker. The cooking pot is also shatter proof and dishwasher safe, so you can clean up without effort.
5. Aicok Slow Cooker
For large families, or those who like to entertain guests on a regular basis, this is a fantastic choice. With a large 6.5 litre capacity, this cooker will easily feed up to 7 guests, or possibly more depending on portion size! As with most other slow cookers, there are the three heat settings – low, high, and keep warm.
The outer of the cooker is made of stainless steel, which holds in the heat, and is also easy to clean. The ceramic cooking pot is dishwasher safe, and can be removed from the cooker bottom section without effort. For extra safety, there is an auto power shut off feature, giving you extra peace of mind.
Whilst this product may not be the most instantly recognisable brand name, it is very highly recommended by previous users, and that alone should give you confidence in your purchase.