Prices range from $25 for a basic, two-temperature-setting (Low/High) model to $125 or more for a programmable, multi-temperature model.
- Look for a stoneware insert. This dishwasher-, oven-, and microwave-safe insert makes cooking and cleaning a snap.
- Choose the right size: A standard 2.5-qt. model is fine for two; 3.5- to 5-qt. serves a family of four; larger families need at least a 6-qt. capacity.
- Determine what’s best for your schedule. Programmable models generally let you select a 4- to 6-hour cook time or 8- to 10-hour cycle. A warm setting comes on at the end, and keeps food warm until you’re ready.