Slow cookers like the聽Crock-Pot became popular in the 1970s and have been a favorite way聽to cook ever since, because they practically require no effort or skills to聽achieve tasty results. All you really need to do is toss in the raw ingredients, set the cooking temp, and let the device do the work for you. In a few hours, you can come back to an aromatic kitchen and bubbling deliciousness.聽But which one to choose? Find out six things to look for when shopping, plus our top picks.

What to look for when buying a slow cooker:

Brit + Co鈥檚 Favorite Slow Cookers

Best Splurge-Worthy Slow Cooker: Cuisinart Multicooker ($159)

Why We Love It: This versatile appliance can be programed to slow-cook, saut茅, and steam聽and聽offers four temperature settings (high, low, simmer, and warm). You can keep this appliance on for up to 24 hours without worry too. We also love this little detail: It鈥檒l automatically keep food at the perfect serving temperature, so the days of burning your tongue are through!

Best Budget-Friendly Slow Cooker: Hamilton Beach 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker ($50)

Why We Love It:聽Set this slow cooker by either desired cooking time or until it reaches a specific temperature. If you struggle to know when you鈥檙e chicken is cooked through or the beef roast is at medium-rare, this gadget contains a temperature probe, so you can cook more precisely.

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