Product comparison for 6 slow cookers
Comparing 6-Quart Slow Cookers
by Paige Estigarribia
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6-Quart Slow Cookers have been the go-to size for slow-cookers for quite a while. They are large enough to cook a big main course, yet they aren't so big, that you couldn't cook a smaller family meal too. As we researched 6-quart slow cookers, we found a ton of them available for sale...with prices that varied from under $50.00 to over $150.00! Out of all the ones prices at about mid-point, here's 5 we found that bring a few new features, and the same great functionality to the kitchen plus one that's over-the-top.
Frugal flipside: If you've been searching for a slow cooker, but you've been skittish about buying one because of the cost, don't forget to check your local thrift shop. You may be able to find one of the below slow cooker models there or on Craiglist too. Just remember some folks don't like buying used cookware, and you may not run across models with the exact features you want if you are buying used. Plus, don't forget if folks are asking you what you'd like as a gift this holiday season, a slow cooker is the kind of thing that you can ask for as a gift!
Crock-Pot Digital Cook and Carry 6 Quart Slow Cooker with HeatSaver Stoneware
If you've been searching for a slow cooker to take on the go, this could be it! This slow cooker comes equipped with special stoneware that keeps food cooking at a constant temperature, even when there isn't any power. Plus, its side lid locks and seal make messes much less likely. It has three different temperature settings (High, Low, Warm), and it even has a temperature gauge on the bottom to let you know how hot your food is when you are traveling! It only gives you four different choices for cook times (4, 6, 8, or 10), and doesn't allow for any type of manual input for cooking temperature or time.
Hamilton Beach Set & Forget Six Quart Slow Cooker
This Hamilton Beach slow cooker is that it has three different ways to cook. It comes with an attached meat thermometer that will cook until an internal temperature is reached, making it perfect for cooking large cuts of meat. It also has a programmable cooking function, where you can set it to cook for a certain time, and at certain heat settings, and it will cook for that time and then switch to "Keep Warm." And it also has a manual high or low selection which will cook until you turn it off. It comes equipped with a clip on attachment for the lid when you want to travel, plus power interrupt protection which keeps the slow cooker on during brief power outages. Just keep in mind, you can only cook according to actual, specific temperature when you are using the probe setting.
Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Slow Cooker
Our favorite thing about this slow cooker was its simplicity. Although this cooker is a basic slow cooker, it's perfect for parties with a clip-tight sealed lid that keeps food secure during travel. This model is not a digital slow cooker, and it manually cooks on high, low, or keep warm settings.
Crock-Pot iStir Automatic Stirring Slow Cooker
If you're the type that forgets to stir your soups, then this slow cooker might be perfect for you. The Crock Pot iStir slow cooker comes with two different attachments that, after the first 2 hours of heating, work every thirty minutes to continually stir your food while it cooks. If you aren't planning to use the iStir lid, it also comes with the traditional lid with the handle, too. This cooker uses 4 preset time and heat settings to cook food, and once the cook time is finished, it switches to "Keep Warm" mode.
Cuisinart 6.5 Quart Programmable Slow Cooker
The Cuisinart Slow Cooker has a few extra features that make it stand out, including an extra "Simmer" temperature setting that offers an option to the traditional High, Low, and Warm settings. You can also program it to cook for up to 24 hours, which is great for food that require long and low cooking times. It also comes with a small rack that will hold bakeware during cooking, and a countdown timer so that you'll know when the cooker is finished.
And if you're truly looking for the slow cooker with all the latest bells and whistles, check out Crock-Pot's WeMo enabled slow cooker. Because it's wi-fi enabled, you can control cooking times and temps from your phone! Stuck in traffic? Long line at the grocery? Don't despair over dinner. Just crank up the slow cooker app and get things cooking at home before you're even there.
Slow cooking is both a time and money saving practice. If you're looking to finally invest in a new slow cooker, take a look at the above models for some ideas on features you might like to have.
Paige Estigarribia is a writer for The Dollar Stretcher who enjoys writing about food, frugal living, and money-saving tips. Visit Paige on Google+.
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