What to look for when buying a slow cooker
When cooking for a household of two, you'll only need a 3-4L model but if your family is double in size, go for a 5-8L model. Depending on what you plan to cook, size can matter. Oval-shaped slow cookers are best for longer cuts of meat.
There are several features you won't want to compromise on. Make sure it includes a timer, is dishwasher-safe, and has automatic settings so it can reduce the temperature if you've stepped away.
"Food can be left unattended to bubble away in the slow cooker for approximately eight hours if on the low setting. However, there are slow cookers on the market that have timers which can switch the machine to 'keep warm' at a set time," says Fiona Mair, Choice expert and test coordinator.
Another important but not entirely necessary slow cooker feature is the sear function.
"When cooking with a slow cooker, searing the meat first is very important. This allows the meat to caramelise and more flavour to develop," says Fiona.
7 best slow cookers to invest in this winter
We round of some of the best slow cookers on the Aussie market. Plus, with EOFY sales currently happening, you're bound to score a bargain on this handy kitchen appliance!
This extra-large slow cooker has the capacity to feed up to eight mouths or more. If you love hosting friends and family, this slow cooker from Breville should be your go-to.
Slow cook, pressure cook, sauté, sear, steam and bake all your comfort food favourites in this popular product. Though the price tag is steep, it's well worth the investment.
This slow cooker is a game changer! With a clip-on lid, countdown timer and detachable probe, you'll be able to cook your dish to perfection.
With in-built recipes and an intuitive digital screen that guides you through the steps, this multi-cooker does all the work. Every Cook4Me appliance comes with 150 recipes covering starters, mains and desserts and most of them take only 15 minutes!
This luxe slow cooker comes with many impressive features, including a triple safe lid, auto steam release, and dual sensors to monitor ingredients for more accurate temperature and pressure control.
Whether you're throwing a three-course dinner party or simply catering to different tastes, this slow cooker can whip up three separate meals at once. It also has a warming function in case you're serving one meal at a time.
This one-pot-wonder covers all bases with buttons for meat, poultry, yoghurt, dessert, risotto and more. You'll be able to master any dish with this handy appliance at your side.
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