Top 5 slow cookers: for one-pot meals

Slow cookers are a godsend. Just whack in all the ingredients in the morning, and by teatime you've got a lovely meal. Here are the top five slow cookers recommended by Mumsnetters.

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1. Asda ESC-30 Brushed Steel Slow Cooker, £14.00

Cheap, cheerful and utterly reliable, Mumsnetters are crazy about it.

"I love this slow cooker. It's not fancy with loads of extras, but it does exactly what it says on the box.... cooks slowly!"

"It consists of only three parts - a glass lid, black ceramic pot and a brushed steel outer, so it is also easy to clean and the pot is dishwasher safe. The other great thing about this is it is so simple to use: there's only one switch with three positions, low, high and off."

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2. Mr D's Eco-Friendly Thermal Cooker, £79.95


Not only is it good for the environment, it saves you money on gas/electricity bills, too.

"It's like a huge flask, really well insulated. Once the food is hot after simmering for 10-15 min it finishes cooking without any more heat."

"You simply put all your ingredients in your 'One Pot Meal' into the pot and heat it on the hob until it is hot. Then you remove from the hob and place the pot into its thermal container, close and seal the lid and leave until ready to eat. No power source needed! It retains the heat that continues to cook your lovely meal."

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3. Tesco SCSS12 3L Slow Cooker, £10.00

Brilliant value for money, and lightweight enough to transport if necessary.

"Excellent value for money, and the 3 different heat settings are perfect. I have previously owned a round tall slow cooker but this oval shape is much more versatile."

"This is a great product and is comparable to the more expensive makes. It is very simple to use and lightweight so can be transported. I recently made a chilli in it in the morning which was then lovely when switched back on to warm through on our camping trip."

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4. Breville Stainless Steel 3.5L Slow Cooker,  £17.99

Easy to use and easy to clean - a crowd pleaser, then. 

"Just got one for Christmas and used it twice, it's amazing and fool-proof (even with a baby brain!)"

"Easy to clean and it actually cooks your food (unlike my previous slow cooker where the food I cooked was still raw when I got home)!"

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5. Russell Hobbs Slow Cooker, £24.99


Reliable, versatile and good quality: what more could you ask for? 

"We have only started using this recently and it is a godsend - simplicity itself to use. We have found it also works well with most brands of vegetarian sausages."

"Big and fantastic - keeps me sane thinking about what's in it when I've had a long day and still have to rustle up tea. Makes jam, soup, stews, curries - the only thing it can't do is roast a chicken or pay me a compliment."

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Prices correct as of 6/1/16

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