Who Else Wants a LARGE Slow Cooker To Satisfy The Needs Of Many Hungry Bellies?
My friend, no worries. If you really need some help in the kitchen preparing food each night for a large number of people (say 6 or more) then you’ll want to pick up a large slow cooker.
With a large slow cooker you can simply chuck a hunk of meat in the pot with some potatoes and veggies (or whatever) and then simply leave it for 6 – 10 hours. And when you return home from work (or the park, or the beach) you’ll have a mouthwatering and delicious meal for you and the family to enjoy…Sound good?
These are the best 6 large slow cooker options because they offer you good value for the price tag. A reliable slow cooker is a must because if you’re like me, you’ll want to be using it 3-4 times per week for years to come.
*Note: I sourced the real user comments (shown below as slow cooker titles inside quotation marks) from Amazon. These people did not send me these reviews in any way. For the sake of transparency I just wanted you to know that. You can view all the reviews on Amazon at the links for each slow cooker below. I just thought I could save you some time by placing some snippets here.
The Best Large Slow Cooker Options For a Big Family
“Huge!” P. Smith (Las Vegas, NV, USA)
With a 7 quart slow cooker in your kitchen arsenal you’ll be able to feed an army. Coming in as the best large slow cooker option for a big family is the manual control 7 quart Crock Pot. The size of this Crock Pot will allow you to create meals large enough to feed a family of 9 (and have leftovers!)
You can cook chillies, stews, roasts and whatever else you can imagine with this cookers high, low and warm temperature settings. And when its all said and done you can simply take the pot and lid and chuck ’em in your dishwasher. Wasn’t that easy?
You’re probably thinking this Crock Pot costs an arm and a leg because of its size, right? You’d be wrong. This slow cooker is only about $30.
“Great price for large crockpot.” S. Heilemann (Bartlett, IL)
So you thought 7 quarts was enough? This one is 8! Coming in at number 2 is this beast by Hamilton Beach – 8 quarts. So I said above 7 quarts was enough for 9 people and leftovers… 8 quarts should sort out 11 – 13 people (maybe even more depending what you cooking).
This one is oval shaped, manually controlled and includes a dishwasher safe pot and lid.
Coming in at about $40 it is slightly more expensive than the above Crock Pot but it IS 1 quart more capacity. It’s also black. So if you prefer black over stainless pick up this 8 quart Hamilton Beach.
“Great For Partys!!!!!” cabin lover “jmaron” (tower, mn)
As you can see from the picture this Crock Pot is a little different than the others – it has 3 x 2.5 quart pots. What would you do with 3 pots? You could cook 3 separate dishes. You could use one pot for the meat, one pot for the veggies and one pot for the potatoes or corn or something else. You could use one pot as the entree, two for the main… The possibilities are really endless.
Each pot has its own manual temperature control to make sure each one is cooked to perfection. You get 3 spoons to make sure you aren’t mixing the dishes together. You can even remove each pot and use them to serve the dish – saving time and amount of dishes to chuck in the dishwasher.
So what’s it cost for all this possibility? Well, because this Crock Pot is quite popular there is usually some sort of deal going on. Check out the link below to see the current price.
“WITH MAXI-MATIC DINNER IS AUTOMATIC.” Teresa E. Noel (Staten Island, NY)
The biggest slow cooker available is the 8.5 quart Maxi-Matic. This big boy is powered by 300-watts so you will never have to worry about the cooker being able to cook such a large amount of food. It will! How much food is 8.5 quarts?
I own a 7 quart slow cooker. If I cook chilli to the brim of the cooker I can feed about 10 large and hungry and slightly drunk friends. So do the math and that means with 8.5 quarts you could feed about 12 large and hungry and slightly drunk friends. That’s a decent party. And that’s a lot of money saved on catering.
This Maxi-Matic is manual control with low, high and an auto/defrost temp settings. Aside from that it is and has everything you would expect in a slow cooker.
“For the size and price you can’t beat it.” Donald (Escondido, CA)
This is the different color version of the number 1 best large Crock Pot as shown above. So why number 5 on this list? No real reason other than the weird retro style design of this old girl. It truly is a preference thing and I just figured more people would like the stainless kitchen appliance.
With this Crock Pot you, of course, get a retro looking kitchen appliance, 7 quart pot that is dishwasher safe and manual control (high, low, warm).
I can’t really think of anything else to say about this one other than it is the same as the number 1 pick above except a different color.
“Favorite [kitchen] appliance.” Ellen West (Coleman, TX USA)
I own this Breville. I love it and use it all the time. The main reason I bought it is because it has the best pot for using on the stove top. Breville calls it EasySear and it allows you to cook the most magnificent baby back ribs.
You can see in the photo I took of my setup to the right that it is a large rectangular shape. It has a steel base that allows you to place it on the stove top. It has a low, high and auto temperature setting and the insert/pot is non-stick to ensure that your searing is to perfection.
Did I mention you can also cook in the oven with it as well? Yeah, you can do that too. To be perfectly honest I have not ever done that. I sear and then slow cook.
I really like the pot’s handles. They are large and very sturdy feeling. They have rubber on them to make sure your hands don’t burn when lifting it out of the slow cooker or off the stove top.
The lid is quite sturdy as well and as you can see it is made of solid steel – but it’s very light. I must say the lid does allow some steam to escape when slow cooking. I always thought the whole way slow cooking worked was by locking in all the heat. But nonetheless it still manages to cook perfectly. I think maybe Breville designed it knowing some heat would escape so it added a better heating element.
This slow cooker is a tad more expensive than the other ones on this list and that is why I placed it at number 6 spot. I am very happy with it and I think you would be too.