Find the Right Slow Cooker
The Rival Smart-Pot Crock-Pot
The Rival Smart-Pot Crock-Pot ($30 to $60) was the first programmable slow cooker. Just push the touch pad to scroll through the timed cooking options. It can be set for four- or six-hour cook times, and the unit automatically cooks on HIGH temperature. To cook on LOW, set the cook time for eight or ten hours. At the end of the cook time the setting switches to WARM. Available in 5- and 6-quart sizes with and without a built-in timer. Order a Rival Smart-Pot from Jardenstore.com.
The Rival Versaware Pro Crock-Pot
The Rival Versaware Pro Crock-Pot ($60-$80) is programmable with a built-in timer. Settings include LOW and HIGH; at the end of cook time, the temperature automatically shifts to WARM. The 6-quart oval stoneware liner can be used directly on the stovetop to brown meat or sauté vegetables. The liner can be returned to the slow-cooker base and programmed to cook. Once the food is done, the liner can also be used as a serving dish. Order a Rival Versaware Pro Crock-Pot from Jardenstore.com.
The Hamilton Beach 3-in-One Slow Cooker Multi-Color
The Hamilton Beach 3-in-One Slow Cooker Multi-Color ($50-$75)comes with stoneware liner bowls that are 2-, 4-, and 6-quart sizes. The bowls go from the slow-cooker base to the table. They are color coordinated and nest for easy storage. The settings are LOW, HIGH, and WARM. This model does not have a timer. Order a Hamilton Beach 3-in-One Slow Cooker Multi-Color from HamiltonBeach.com.