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Slow cookers are a fairly inexpensive kitchen appliance, with an average online price around $55. The majority are priced between $25-$70, with plenty of good models in the lower end of that price range. But if you're on a tight budget or just plain not interested in spending a lot of money, here's what you need to know about the cheaper models:

  • About half of the <$25 models are very small, with capacities up to 3 quarts. Some are as small as 16oz and are more suitable for preparing a dip or sauce rather than an entire stew.

  • The larger models on this list, with capacities upwards of 4 quarts, have better scores on average than the smaller cheap models. When it comes to slow cookers, Buzzrake's data shows that it's always recommended to go with a mid-sized or larger slow cooker; users prefer them and rank them much higher than smaller ones.

  • Inexpensive models are not programmable, meaning they do not have a shut-off timer. They typically have 3 settings: high, low and keep warm.

Below you'll find a list of the best inexpensive slow cookers, according to a cumulative calculation of user opinions.

Top Inexpensive Slow Cookers

The Top Inexpensive Slow Cookers were determined by an in-depth analysis of the collected opinions. Buzzrake took into account the frequency and manner in which the following factors are mentioned for each slow cooker: ease of use, customer satisfaction, overall value, ease of cleanup, performance and appearance.
#1 rated in inexpensive: Hamilton Beach Dana Gibson 6-Quart Slow Cooker, scored 83/10083

1. Hamilton Beach Dana Gibson 6-Quart Slow Cooker

User opinions show that the Hamilton Beach Dana Gibson 6-Quart Slow Cooker is the best option in its price range. This manual slow cooker is ranked #5 for performance and #9 for appearance among all models on the market. It is also considered the best meat cooker.
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#2 rated in inexpensive: Hamilton Beach 3-Quart Slow Cooker, scored 81/10080

2. Hamilton Beach 3-Quart Slow Cooker

The Hamilton Beach 3-Quart Slow Cooker is ranked #2 among all slow cookers in the low price range. This model tops the charts for durability and overall value. Its customer satisfaction ratings are also quite high.
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#3 rated in inexpensive: Hamilton Beach Oval 4-Quart Slow Cooker, scored 81/10081

3. Hamilton Beach Oval 4-Quart Slow Cooker

The Hamilton Beach Oval 4-Quart Slow Cooker is the #3 best inexpensive slow cooker. This slow cooker is highly praised for its performance. It rates above average for most categories, including quality, easy cleanup and overall value.
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