3.5-quart slow cookers - are they worth it?

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It can be confusing to choose a slow cooker size, especially online; it's hard to estimate how big a 7-quart model is versus a 4-quart model and know exactly what you're going to need. To complicate things further, the volumes of slow cookers increase in half-quart increments. If you're thinking you need a small one, keep in mind that one of the most popular sizes for compact cookers is 3.5-quarts; here are some tips to help figure out if this is the right size for you:

  • 3.5-quart slow cookers are on the smaller end capacity-wise. They are ideal for small families of 2-3, or individuals who like leftovers.

  • A good rule of thumb with meats: is 1qt = 1lb. In other words, if you have a 3.5-quart slow cooker, you should be able to fit a 3.5lb roast or bird in it (depending on the shape of the pot).

  • A 3.5-quart slow cooker can contain almost as much as a 9x13 baking dish.

Opinions on 3.5-quart slow cookers show that they are usually of good quality and perform well. Surprisingly, smaller doesn't mean cheaper with slow cookers; this size sells for an average of around $45. Slightly larger slow cookers (4-5qts) have the same average price and a wider range of products. It might be worth your while to consider a larger slow cooker - if you can spare the space - for the same price.

Top 3.5 Quart Slow Cookers

Buzzrake conducted a thorough analysis of users' opinions and produced the following rankings for the Top 3.5 Quart Slow Cookers. Buzzrake took into account how frequently users mention different aspects of the slow cooker positively or negatively.
#1 rated in 3.5 quart: Crock-Pot Casserole 3.5-Quart Slow Cooker, scored 84/10084

1. Crock-Pot Casserole 3.5-Quart Slow Cooker

The Crock-Pot Casserole 3.5-Quart Slow Cooker takes 1st place among 3.5-quart slow cookers. This model has very high cumulative ratings; it is ranked #3 for performance and is considered very attractive.
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#2 rated in 3.5 quart: Cuisinart Programmable 3.5-Quart Slow Cooker, scored 82/10081

2. Cuisinart Programmable 3.5-Quart Slow Cooker

The Cuisinart Programmable 3.5-Quart Slow Cooker is considered one of the best 3.5-quart slow cookers. This unit has a timer and is ranked #9 for ease of use. It is also praised for its performance.
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#3 rated in 3.5 quart: Sunbeam 3.5-Quart Slow Cooker with Removable Crock, scored 78/10078

3. Sunbeam 3.5-Quart Slow Cooker with Removable Crock

The Sunbeam 3.5-Quart Slow Cooker with Removable Crock is ranked 3rd among 3.5-quart slow cookers. This product receives good scores for several factors, including quality and durability. It is the #6 choice for making soup.
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