So do you want a Crock Pot or a slow cooker?

Crock Pot Programmable Slow Cooker

Wait, what is the difference?

So that you know, Crock Pot is just a trademarked brandname of slow cooker now owned by Rival Company, which is a brand of Sunbeam Products. So if you say you want a Crock Pot, you are really just saying you want a slow cooker sold under that trademarked name (Crock Pot = Rival = Sunbeam).

Hamilton Beach, another brand of slow cooker, and Rival Crock Pot slow cookers dominate the market. Together they sell probably 85% of all slow cookers sold.

Here I want to breakdown the -Best of Rival Crock Pot Slow Cookers- so that you can quickly and easily pick the best one for your needs.

Best Programmable

Programmable slow cookers take computer technology and apply it to optimise control of your slow cooked meals. So instead of turning a knob to low heat or high heat, you can program (via the touch screen) a cooking time and temperature – sort of like you can for a microwave. The idea is novel and allows for a more modern feeling kitchen appliance.

Crock Pots that are programmable are usually more expensive than their manual counterparts, and rightly so. Of all the programmable slow cookers offered by Rival under the Crock Pot trademark the best one is…

Crock Pot Programmable Slow Cooker Crock Pot 6.5 Quart Programmable

Crock Pot 6.5 Quart Programmable

Do you want maximum control over your slow cooked meals?

Well with this Crock Pot you can program cooking times from 30 minutes up to 20 hours. The smart Crock Pot does the rest!

I personally like how this Crock Pot has a deep pot as oppose to less depth and larger diameter (to make up 6.5 quart volume). It saves on counter space and cooks more like a slow cooked meal should, while some slow cookers cook like food would in a pan (instead of a pot).

Other features are similar to other brands programmable variety: dishwasher safe pot and lid, digital timer, aesthetically pleasing exterior polish and nifty looking handles for easy moving.

Best Value For Money

It would be a stupid question for me to ask you, “Do you want to pay the least to get the best?”

So I won’t.

Instead I will just tell you the best Crock Pot that you can get for a low price tag. It is the…

Crock Pot Manual Slow Cooker Crock Pot Manual Round

Crock Pot 3 Quart Round Manual


This thing is top value.


Maybe because it is so much easier to ship a round, instead of an oval, slow cooker. Probably not the correct reason, but who cares why you can get it for such a great price – you just can.

This Crock Pot is manual and allows for simplicity of use by letting you cook on high or low only. It is 3 quarts in volume, which means 3lb roasts. And has a dishwasher safe pot and lid.

Best For Big Families

I have a 6.5 quart slow cooker and I swear that when I cook up my *epic* chilli (to near overflow) it could feed 20 people – and handsomely. So when I recommend a Crock Pot for a large family I am hoping they’ll have leftovers, as well.

Yesterday I recommended an 8 quart slow cooker from Hamilton Beach and today I am recommending…

Crock Pot Manual Slow Cooker Crock Pot White Oval Manual

Crock Pot 7 Quart White Oval Manual

Do you want to cook awesome meals easily, for your entire large family?

With a whopping 7 quarts of capacity Crock Pot has you, your family and your extended family covered for dinner, and maybe even breakfast leftovers too. And when you done just chuck the pot and lid in the dishwasher to clean-up.

Best For Bachelors

This is me. I have expensive taste… I tend to think we get what we pay for, and so my pick as the best Crock Pot for Bachelors, like me, is the coolest of the lot…

Crock Pot Programable Slow Cooker Crock Pot 6 Quart Programable Stainless FInish

Crock Pot 6 Quart Programmable

Do you like having the best looking things that just perform?

This programmable Crock Pot allows for you to tell it how long you want it to cook for and it does the rest. It has a removable, of course, 6 quart dishwasher safe pot for easy clean-up (I like).

O, and it was designed as part of a limited edition “Designer Series” with black and stainless finish. Cool, hey?

Best For Potlucks (Cook at home then take to the party)

Down below a little further you will see that the top rated Crock Pot is a cook and carry one that is meant for potluck style events – it is red. For diversity, here I am recommending the same model and size of Crock Pot except this one has a different exterior finish…

Crock Pot Cook and Carry Manual Slow Cooker Crock Pot Cook and Carry Aluminium Polish

Crock Pot 6 Quart Manual

Do you like cooking at home and then bringing your tasty food for friends to share?

The 6 quart cook and carry Crock Pot comes designed with a rubber seal and lid locks so that you can easily transport your pot and not worry about spilling the goodies inside.

It is controlled manually with a low, high and keep warm setting.

Best For Entertaining

I am assuming that at some point you will use your Crock Pot slow cooker to whip up a top meal for family and or friends. And so, you will need not only something that can cook lots of food but also something that can easily be served to your guests.

In addition, you probably want something that looks sleek and sexy, correct?

I think the best Crock Pot for those needs is the…

Crock Pot Trio Slow Cooker Crock Pot Trio Server

Crock Pot Trio Server

Do you want a sleek and sexy *large* Crock Pot(s) for entertaining?

The Crock Pot Trio Server comes with 3 pots in 1. Each pot is 2.5 quarts and allows you to manually control each one, thus allowing you to cook different dishes for your guests – all at once.

Of course the pots are removable and dishwasher safe, so that the clean-up is easy and fast (back to the wine!)

Most Popular 

See Best Programmable

Top Rated

As voted by customers…

Crock Pot Cook and Carry Slow Cooker Crock Pot Cook and Carry 6 Quart Oval Manual

Crock Pot Red 6 Quart Oval Manual

Simply put: people love to cook their meal and be able to transport it, without the fear of spilling, to their friends house.

So if you want a slow cooker that is loved by a lot of people – get this one.

It is manually controlled and has a lid locking system for painless transport.

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