Slow cookers are one of the hottest kitchen accessories of the last few years, as they guarantee a home-cooked meal with minimum effort.
But with so many different appliances on sale, how can customers know the best one to buy?
Now Good Housekeeping Institute (GHI) has published the results of a test of all the top brands to find the very best, and the worst.
And the test reveals that the top-rated slow cooker is just £40, beating devices that cost £200 and £250.
Crock-Pot has the best-rated slow cooker, according to Good Housekeeping. The best device is rated 91/100 and costs just £40 (left). It’s a lot cheaper than the next best-rated gadget: a £199.95 device by Sage by Heston Blumenthal (right)
The top-rated slow cooker is the catchily-named Crock-Pot SCCPRC507B-060 Slow Cooker, which costs just £40. It scored an impressive 91/100, with testers praising the ‘large capacity’ for families and ‘extra features’, reports GHI.
The next best-rated device, Sage by Heston Blumenthal’s The Fast Slow Pro, is more than four times the price at £199.95, and scores three points fewer.
However testers says there is little that cooks won’t like about the high-tech device.
Another cheap device, a £42.99 Andrew James Digital Slow Cooker, achieves the same 88/100 rating as the Sage appliance, with testers saying that it ‘creates a nice balance of flavours’.
Another cheap gadget made the top three. A device by Andrew James was rated 88/100 and costs just £42.99
The best (and worst) slow cookers
1. Crock-Pot SCCPRC507B-060 Slow Cooker (£40): 91/100
2. Sage by Heston Blumenthal’s The Fast Slow Pro (£199.95): 88/100
3. Andrew James Digital Slow Cooker (£42.99): 88/100
4. Morphy Richards 48702 (£29.99): 86/100
34. James Martin Wahl Slow Cooker ZX771 (£36.99): 67/100
35. VonShef (£34.99): 66/100
36. Crock-Pot Saute Slow Cooker SCV1600BS-1UK (£59): 65/100
37. VisiCook SLG55 Slow Cooker (£49.99): 57/100
5. Judge Cookware Judge Slow Cooker 1.5L (£25.94): 85/100
6. Team International Family Slow Cooker (£21.99): 85/100
7. Russell Hobbs Chalkboard 3.5L Slow Cooker (£25): 84/100
8. Morphy Richards Digital Sear and Stew Slow Cooker (£49.99): 84/100
9. Swan 3.5 Litre Retro Slow Cooker (£24.99): 84/100
10. Russell Hobbs 6L Digital Slow Cooker (£59.99): 84/100
11. Andrew James Sizzle To Simmer Slow Cooker (£47.99): 84/100
12. Russell Hobbs 3.5 Litre Slow Cooker (£17): 84/100
13. Lakeland 3.5L Slow Cooker (£32.99): 83/100
14. Team International Team Sl5810M2 (£14.99): 83/100
15. Breville Glass Slow Cooker VTP140 (£59.95): 82/100
16. Crock-Pot CSC026 (£99.95): 81/100
17. Morphy Richards 460751 (£49.99): 81/100
18. Swan 1.5l Slow Cooker SF17010N (£14.99): 81/100
19. Philips Jamie Oliver Auto Stir Home Cooker (£250): 80/100
20. Crock-Pot SCCPQK5025W Slow Cooker (£17.99): 80/100
VisiCook’s £49.99 SLG55 Slow Cooker (left) was the worst rated out of nearly 40 gadgets. Crock-Pot won with another slow cooker but its £59 Saute Slow Cooker SCV1600BS-1UK (right) was rated near the bottom with a score of 65/100
Von Shef’s £34.99 Electric Digital Slow Cooker 6.5L was in the bottom three
They all are ranked a lot higher than Philips Jamie Oliver’s £250 Auto Stir Home Cooker, which is given a 80/100 rating.
At the other end of the scale, a £49.99 VisiCook SLG55 Slow Cooker achieves the worst score, with a rating of 57/100.
Testers, who tried out the appliance back in 2010, said it ‘produced unsatisfactory results when cooking both meat and vegetable dishes’.
Also down at the bottom is another device by CrockPot, the £59 Saute Slow Cooker SCV1600BS-1UK, which no longer appears to be on sale.
Making up the bottom three is VonShef’s £34.99 Electric Digital Slow Cooker 6.5L, which has a rating of 66/100.
The testers said: ‘Results on the low setting were disappointing because it seemed set at too high a temperature.’