A true workhorse in the kitchen, a slow cooker is a fantastic investment.
Not only does a slow cooker practically DO the cooking for you, it allows you to use cheaper cuts of meat and turn them into something super tasty.
Here are 10 of the best slow cookers for every budget, from basic get-the-job-done to machines with ALL the bells and whistles!
Best slow cookers for families
Confused about what size slow cooker to buy? A good guide is:
- Small (family of one to two people) – 2L to 3L capacity
- Medium (family of three to four people) – 3L to 5L capacity
- Large (family of five or more people) – 5L to 7L capacity
As for choosing a slow cooker shape, I ALWAYS recommend an oval or rectangle bowl over a circle. In true square peg, round hole syndrome, there’s nothing more frustrating than your lamb shank bones or roast chicken not fitting in the circular shape!
1. Kmart 5L slow cooker
Head to Kmart where you can pick yourself up a basic, family friendly sized Kmart 5L slow cooker for just $20. Bargain!
2. Kmart 3L slow cooker
This one is as pretty as it is functional – and also from Kmart! Excellent for smaller serves, it’s Kmart’s 3L black slow cooker ($29).
3. Kambrook 3L slow cooker
Perfect for families of two or three, the Kambrook 3L slow cooker in super cool champagne colour ($39.95) is just the ticket for small appetites and vegetable bakes.
4. Kmart 5L slow cooker
Love the look of the petite Kmart black slow cooker above but require a bigger capacity? You’re in luck! Here’s the beautiful big sister, Kmart’s 5L black slow cooker ($39) that’s pretty AND affordable.
5. Russell Hobbs 6L slow cooker
Slightly bigger in capacity, run don’t walk to secure this great Russell Hobbs 6L slow cooker deal. Normally over $100, it’s currently on MEGA sale for a tiny $49.95 at Harris Scarfe!
6. Sunbeam 5.5L slow cooker
Not too dissimilar from what I personally use, the Sunbeam 5.5L Secret Chef slow cooker ($59.95), is fantastic for family cooking.
7. Morphy Richards 6.5L slow cooker
Adding a brilliant pop of colour to your kitchen bench this winter is the Morphy Richards 6.5L slow cooker ($90) in glorious red.
8. Sunbeam 5.5L sear and slow cooker
Part frying pan, part slow cooker the Sunbeam Electronic SecretChef sear and slow cooker($129) is saving us all on dishes. Hooray!
9. Breville 7L slow cooker
Taking on a heavy-duty feel is the monstrous Breville Ikon 7L slow cooker ($132). This appliance means business. Awesome for big batch cooking and large families.
10. KitchenAid 5.7L slow cooker
For those who take their cooking appliances super seriously (or those who want to have matching appliances), Kitchen Aid has a slow cooker in their collection (eep!). The KitchenAid Artisan 5.7L slow cooker ($259)is a beaut, complete with digital display and split glass lid for easy serving!
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Now that the slow cooker is sorted, it’s time to fire it up. Here’s 15 easy slow cooker family dinners (including dessert)!