Have you wanted to try a Skinny Slow Cooker recipe but don’t own a Crock-Pot? There’s no cheaper way to land one than by trolling for a hand-me-down. But if no one you know is sitting on a mustard-colored number from the ’70s, you can still equip yourself to make Slow Cooker Enchiladas or Sweet Potato Mash for less than $40.
Here are the top budget slow cookers chosen by Cheapism.com:
· The smaller, 1.5-quart Proctor Silex 33015Y ($11.47) (B0002CA3C6) may strike some as useful only for things like sauces, dips, and fondue, but reviewers have also found it ideally sized for a single person with a small kitchen.
· The Hamilton Beach 33155 ($21.99) (B004U1OD58) features a strap and a rubber gasket to hold the lid in place, so you can safely transport a dish to a party or potluck. Online reviewers appreciate that this 5-quart slow cooker costs so little, yet makes enough for leftovers.
· The Hamilton Beach 33163 Stay Or Go ($31.99) (B00008I8NS) includes not only a lid with a gasket and latches to prevent spills but also a serving spoon that snaps onto the top. This slow cooker holds six quarts.
· The Crock-Pot SCCPVL610-S Programmable Cook and Carry Oval Slow Cooker ($39.99) (SCCPVL610-S) is a programmable slow cooker, a rare find for the price. That means you can set not only the heat (high or low) but also the time, and this 6-quart model will automatically switch to a keep-warm mode when the dish is done cooking.
All the models on this list have glass lids, so you can monitor the contents without taking the top off, which only increases the cooking time. Each of these slow cookers also has a removable ceramic insert that can go in the dishwasher.
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