Who Else Wants Turn Knob Slow Cooker Control and As Such – Maximum Reliability and Simplicity?
Manual slow cookers come with a turn knob style control that you set your desired cooking temperature to usually ‘low’, ‘high’ and either ‘auto’ or ‘keep warm’. There really is no easier to use kitchen appliance than a manual control slow cooker.
These 6 are well and truly a step above the other manuals as they optimize style, reliability and value for their price tag. So take a look at each one and see which floats your boat.
*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.
Best Manual Slow Cookers
“Superior Unit Produces Yummy Food.” John P. Richardson (Colorado Springs, CO)
Whether you’re cooking for your big family, entertaining a group of friends or just keen to cook up and have leftovers… My number 1 manual slow cooker is the Hamilton Beach 6 quart. And it even comes with a clip on lid so that you can easily transport your cook without worrying about spilling.
With 6 quarts you can easily cook 6 pound chickens so it almost doesn’t matter how many mouths you have to feed – there will be enough grub to go around!
At around $30, this is just ridiculous. Everyone should have a few of these at that price. I mean, seriously, what’s $30 compared to the amount of good, quality and delicious food you get out of this investment.
“Perfect smaller Crock Pot – 5 stars.” AMJ (USA)
Coming in at number 2 on this list of best manual slow cookers is the 3 quart stainless steel Crock Pot. It sports high, low and keep warm settings and has a dishwasher safe pot and lid.
This Crock Pot is perfect for bachelors or couples looking for a smaller sized Crock Pot for their kitchen. With 3 quarts you will still guarantee leftovers if there’s only 2 of you.
At about $20 it is an obvious addition to your kitchen arsenal.
“Does exactly what it should!” Ghenghis (Mongolia) <– That’s the name given!
The other big cooker on this list of manual slow cookers takes the number 3 spot. This one, a Crock Pot, is designed for 9 or more people and is only $30.
So if you have the need for a large, and I mean large, Crock Pot – and you like manual – then this is the one for you. It has a nice stainless steel exterior finish and a dishwasher safe lid and pot to make cleaning up after the big cook a cinch.
“Great to use & cute, too.” T. Gross (New England, USA)
The smallest volume slow cooker available takes the number 4 spot on this list. It is rated with 4.5 / 5 stars and that is impressive to say the least. It really is perfect for small meals for 2, appetizers, breakfast, baby food and really, whatever else you can imagine.
I mean imagine waking up to perfect oatmeal each morning… Just chuck the oats in the night before, and no worries. You can eat it straight out of the 1.5 quart pot. Sound good?
The cooking modes that you get with this manual are high, low and keep warm as is the standard. For a change of pace, as well, this cooker is white instead of stainless (less fingerprints!)
“Great Value.” peru510 (San Pablo, CA)
Another Crock Pot? Yes! They invented slow cookers and they have perfected slow cookers and this one is no exception. Do you like the look of black instead of stainless?
This black 4 quart manual Crock Pot is probably the most perfect slow cooker for a small families needs. You can easily make enough chilli, stew or chicken to feed a group of 4 or 5. So if that sounds like you and you like the looks of this one – it’s only about $25.
Crock Pot hasn’t left any stone unturned and this puppy comes with a dishwasher safe pot and lid to ensure you spend minimum time cleaning up and maximum time savoring the delicious food.
“Excellent for empty nester… or a student!” L. Mountford (Bellingham, WA USA)
Here is another small sized manual slow cooker for you to consider. The above Maxi-Matic and this one are essentially the same thing and are both about $15.
This one is highly rated, as well, with a 4.5 / 5 star rating. This cooker is perfect for an empty nester or student or really anyone that just wants a small sized affordable slow cooker.
The possibilities are endless and not everyone wants leftovers all the time… Cook single serve meals for yourself!