The Best Slow Cooker: Chefman Slow Cooker with Stoneware Crock
If you can believe it, the best slow cooker, according to our Test Kitchen, wasn’t the biggest name in the business (though we did test it!). Instead, it was a smaller brand with a totally new style of crock. Here’s why we’re trading in our old Test Kitchen slow cookers for a Chefman Stoneware Crock model ($44).
Features We Loved
Stoneware crock: The unique stoneware crock was our Test Kitchen’s favorite feature. In addition to working with the slow cooker base, it could be used in the oven or heated on the stovetop. That means when it comes to prepping some slow cooker meals, like pot roast, you can brown the meat and then slow cook it all in one pan. No need to get your cast iron pan dirty browning that chuck roast
Dishwasher-safe crock: When you’re done with your slow cooker meal, you can pop the stoneware crock right into the dishwasher for easy cleaning. This stoneware insert is the slow cooker gift that keeps on giving.
Beautiful aesthetics: We know that the look of a product has nothing to do with its performance, but we appreciate a good-looking gadget when we see one. We love how Chefman’s slow cooker looks sitting on the countertop.
Price: Chefman’s standard 5-quart slow cooker costs less than $45. If you want to upgrade to the six-quart or super-sized seven-quart option, you’ll still spend only $50.
How It Performed
Chefman’s stoneware slow cooker passed all our tests with flying colors, garnering a perfect score from our Test Kitchen.
When it came to cooking chicken in cream sauce, this brand produced perfectly cooked chicken in two hours. As for the cream sauce—it simmered nicely but never curdled.
But what really impressed our culinary team was how well the pot roast turned out. After cooking low and slow for a few hours, the pot roast came out fork tender and ready for a cozy, cold-weather dinner. What put it over the top, though, was that the roast could be browned in the crock right on the stovetop—no need to dirty another pan. This extra step isn’t necessary, but it adds some depth of flavor to your roast.
This stellar performance, along with the affordable price, had our food stylists and cooks singing Chefman’s praises. This slow cooker exceeded our expectations, and we’re happy to recommend it.