Enjoy delicious meals every day with the best slow cookers in Australia

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Slow cookers are the perfect Winter appliance, and the best slow cooker in Australia will make you deliciously hearty meals time after time.

The concept is simple: Cook your meat and vegetables at a lower temperature for an extended period of time, allowing it to break down and absorb the other flavours in the pot.

Because it cooks meals for hours – between four and eight hours depending on your settings and ingredients – slow cookers are perfect for busy workers looking to come home to a tasty home-cooked meal.

The best slow cookers let you easily get everything prepped and started in the morning before work, and by the time you get home it will be ready to eat.

While slow cookers themselves are quite simple appliances, choosing the right model can still be daunting.

To help, we’ve done extensive research to pull together this list of the best slow cookers in Australia.

It’s worth noting that if you’re looking to cook lots of rice, you’re going to be better served by a dedicated rice cooker, which cook at a higher temperature then keep your rice warm until it’s ready to eat.

These are the best slow cookers in Australia right now:

Breville The Smart Temp slow cooker

Recommended by 5/8 review sites

This 6-litre slow cooker is the most recommended by leading Australian review sites, and it’s easy to see why.

A sensor automatically controls the cooker’s temperature to ensure that it doesn’t get too hurt and burn your food.

Three heat settings (low, medium and high) give you a deeper level of control over your cooking, while a timer lets you cook your meal as the recipe recommends.

Once cooked, the Smart Temp will keep your food warm until you’re ready to eat.

Sunbeam SecretChef HP5520 slow cooker

Recommended by 4/8 review sites

The heating element for the SecretChef HP5520 slow cooker wraps completely around the crock inside, ensuring that everything is heated evenly.

It also prevents food from sticking to the bottom of the dish.

It features 5.5-litres of cooking space, which is perfect for the whole family. The pan and lid are both dishwasher safe, too, so clean up is a breeze.

Russell Hobbs 7L Cooker

Recommended by 4/8 review sites

With a single control dial on the front, this slow cooker from Russell Hobbs is simplicity itself to use.

The large 7L ceramic bowl and tempered glass lid are dishwasher safe, while the only controls you need to worry about are setting the slow cooker to low, high or warm settings.

The lid also features a handy lid holder, so you can hang it off the cooker while you stir your food, preventing a big mess through your kitchen.

Breville The Fast Slow Cooker

Recommended by 4/8 review sites

Combining the speed of a pressure cooker and the convenience of a slow cooker, Breville’s The Fast Slow Cooker is designed to act as both appliances in one.

It can sauté, sear, slow cook, pressure cook and pressure steam your food easily. Once the cooking is done, it will also keep your food warm with a countdown timer.

A convenient 6L non-stick cooking bowl can be taken straight out of the cooker and placed on the dining table to serve.

Westinghouse Slow Cooker 6.5L

Recommended by 3/8 review sites

The 6.5-litre slow cooker from Westinghouse will look great on your benchtop, thanks to its unique tapered bottom.

It features High, low and keep warm functions, all controlled via the simple dial on the front of the cooker.

It’s also lightweight when compared to traditional ceramic slow cookers. Westinghouse claims up to 70% lighter in some cases.

Westinghouse 3 Pot Slow Cooker

Recommended by 3/8 review sites

What’s better than a single slow cooker? Three slow cookers, in a conveniently compact body.

Perfect for entertaining guests, the 3 pot slow cooker from Westinghouse features three 2.5-litre pots, so you can offer a buffet of flavour.

Each pot has its own high, low and auto cooking settings, so you can ensure each dish is perfectly cooked.

Kambrook Temp Control slow cooker

Recommended by 3/8 review sites

Kambrook’s Temp Control slow cooker is notable for its probe, which can be inserted through the lid into a large piece of meat to check the internal temperature as required by your recipe.

In addition to the probe, this slow cooker offers two additional cooking modes: A program setting that lets you determine the cooking time and it automatically keeps your food warm once it has finished; and a manual setting where you cook on high or low without a timer.

It’s 5.5-litre capacity is large enough for the whole family, comfortably able to cook a 2.7kg chicken inside.

How we chose the best slow cookers in Australia

The Sunbeam SecretChef Electronic Sear And Slow Cooker 5.5L is one of the best slow cookers in Australia.

Review sites – including this one – are subjective by nature. Everybody has a different opinion of what is best.

So to try and counter the fact that every best guide on the internet has a different opinion of what is best, we approached our list by combining the results of some of the top sites recommending slow cookers on the market today.

To determine this list, we followed the same journey most consumers would follow: we went to Google.

We searched for “Best slow cooker Australia” and identified 8 of the top results. It’s important to note that Google results can change often. The full list of sites we referenced is outlined below:

Referenced sites:

We listed out all of the slow cookers recommended on each site, tidying up any slight differences in spelling for consistency.

We calculated the frequency in which each product was mentioned across those eight guides. The more frequently a product is mentioned, the more agreement there is between experts reviewing these products that it is, indeed one of the best products available.

We set a minimum of three mentions across all eight guides to be eligible for inclusion here.

Before we created this page we took some time to remove products that are either unavailable, or difficult to find in Australia.

We also leveraged our own experience with products to ensure that we wouldn’t be recommending any product that doesn’t deliver.

Full list of products considered for this guide

Breville The Smart Temp Slow Cooker
Sunbeam SecretChef HP5520
Russell Hobbs RHSC7 7L Slow Cooker
Breville The Fast Slow Cooker
Westinghouse Slow Cooker 6.5L
Westinghouse 3 Pot Slow Cooker
Kambrook 5.5L Temp Control slow cooker
Breville The Flavour Maker Slow Cooker
Sunbeam HP8555 SecretChef Electronic Sear & Slow Cooker
Russell Hobbs 3.5L slow cooker
Kmart 5L Slow Cooker
Instant Pot Duo Nova 5.7L
Crock-Pot CHP600 Choose-a-Crock One Pot Slow Cooker
Crock Pot 4.7 Litre Hinged Slow Cooker
Tefal Cook4Me multicooker
Tefal Clipso Minut’® Duo
Russell Hobbs RHSV6000 Master Slow Cooker and sous Vide Machine
Russell Hobbs RHSC650
Russell Hobbs RHSC4
Russell Hobbs 6L Slow Cooker
Philips Viva Collection All-in-One Multicooker
Philips Original All-In-One multi cooker
Nutri Ninja Foodi multi cooker
Morphy Richards Sear and Stew Slow Cooker
Healthy Choice 8 Litre Slow Cooker
Crock-Pot Slow Cooker Mini
Crock-Pot Sauté Slow Cooker
Crock-Pot express crock multi cooker
Crock-Pot Digital Slow Cooker
Crock-Pot 7 Quart Slow Cooker with Programmable Controls and Digital Timer
Bellini 5.5L Sear Slow Cooker
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Best slow cooker in Australia buying guide

Finding time to cook a nice, healthy meal when you work long hours can be hard. A slow cooker lets you put dinner on in the morning, slowly cooking it through the day so that it’s ready to go when you are in the evening.

Whether you decide to buy one of the slow cookers listed above or something completely different, the things to look for when choosing the best slow cooker are the same.

Capacity

The biggest decision you need to make when buying a slow cooker is what size you need.

Largely, that depends on how many people you typically cook for. If you’re cooking for two people, then anything around the four litre mark will be fine.

If you need to cook for a family, or an even larger group, then look at models with five litres at least.

Searing

Slow cookers are great at breaking down cheaper cuts of meat, but to get the best flavour from your recipes you’ll want to brown the meat first, creating a caramelised flavour that enhances your meal.

Look for models that let you do this in the pan itself, or by removing the inner pot and placing it on the stove.

This makes it easier to clean up as you’ll use fewer pans, as well as ensuring that all your food never leaves the one pan you cook in.

Ease of cleaning

Slow cookers are pretty simple appliances, and as such are fairly easy to pull apart and clean. Keep an eye out for dishwasher safe parts, and make sure you can fit the main pot into the sink to wash up.

Simple controls

At a minimum, look for a slow cooker that offers a low and a high temperature setting. It’s worth noting that even a high setting isn’t as high as appliances like air fryers or even rice cookers, but will typically cook a meal in about four hours opposed to eight hours.

Some models also offer an Auto mode, which will cook on high to bring the food up to cooking temperature, then drop to low for the remaining time.

Timer function

Having a timer function isn’t a necessity when buying a slow cooker, but it can help ensure you don’t overcook your meal.

Price

A cheap slow cooker can cost just $20, and it will do a pretty good job if you let it.

More expensive models will set you back a few hundred dollars, and typically offer larger capacities and electronic controls.

One type isn’t necessarily better than the other, though. Just make sure you choose a model within your budget that cooks enough food for your household, and you’ll never look back.


Update history
  • 14 April 2023 – First Published
  • 26 October 2023 – Updated the number of recommendations. Removed the Sunbeam Secret Chef 5.5L Sear & Slow Cooker, Kmart 5L Slow Cooker, Crock-Pot Digital Hinged Lid One Pot Cooker CHP550, and Breville Flavour Maker 7L Slow Cooker. Added Breville The Fast Slow Cooker.

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  • Nick Broughall

    Nick is the founder and editor of BTTR. He is an award winning product reviewer, who has spent the last 20 years writing, editing and publishing technology and consumer content for brands like Finder, Gizmodo and TechRadar.

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