I’m a big fan of slow cooker dishes with all those flavors cooking together resulting in a tasty ultimate home-cooked meal. But, a slow cooker (colloquially referred to as Crock-Pot, which the brand name of the original slow cooker) is yet another small appliance that can clutter up a kitchen, especially a small kitchen.
What’s considered a small slow cooker?
Given they range from 1.5 quarts to 8+ quarts, the range in size is huge. Our list focuses on models that are 1.5 quarts in size.
How many people does a 1.5 quart slow cooker serve?
1 to 2 people. It’s important to note that when you look at the photos of 1.5 quart slow-cookers, they look big, but they’re not. If you have kids at home, you’ll need a bigger size.
Here’s our list…
Quicklist of 10 Smaller Slow Cookers
What are the benefits of a small slow cooker?
The 1.5 quart size slow cooker is great for a single person or perhaps even two people. Another great reason to buy this size is if you have a vegetarian or two in the house and often cook both meat and vegetarian dishes. This makes it easy to do that.
I know firsthand what it’s like cooking for both meat eaters and vegetarians for meals so this is a great reason to have a compact slow cooker on hand. Moreover, some people suggest that cooking small quantities in large slow cookers doesn’t work so well. So if you find you routinely fill up a large slow cooker 1/3 full, you might want to buy a smaller unit for better results.
Most slow cookers, including compact Crock Pot models, are not terribly expensive as appliances go. Sure, you can spend a lot, but there are many that are very reasonably priced. Most on our list fall in the reasonably priced range.
Our Expanded List…
Crockpot 2.5-Quart Mini Casserole Crock Slow Cooker, White/Blue
This mini casserole crock slow cooker is great for a single person or a couple to use to serve up some delicious food without too many leftovers. It has a 2.5 quart capacity with a removable lid. It is shaped like a casserole which makes it an attractive option to take with you to a small family gathering or potluck. It boasts high, low, and warm settings so you can cook your food then keep it warm.
A cord is provided to make it easy to grab and go and it offers lid-mounted clips to hold the lid in place. It is dishwasher safe so it is easy to care for and maintain.
Maxi-Matic MST-250XW Slow Cooker, 1.5 Quart, White
Decked out in an attractive white finish, this little 1.5-quart slow cooker is great for a single person who wants to plan ahead and have their meal prepared when they get home from a long day at work. It also works well for a family if you want to cook up a side dish to go with dinner after a long day. It features a tempered glass clear lid, cool-to-the-touch knobs and handles, and convenient temperature settings of low, high, and keep warm.
It is dishwasher safe, so it makes clean up a breeze.
Elite Gourmet Lid and Ceramic Pot Slow Cooker
This 1.5-quart ceramic pot slow cooker features adjustable temperature settings and is great for a meal for one or two people, sauces, stews, or dips. It has a stainless steel finish and a clear, tempered glass lid along with cool-touch handles and knobs. It can be washed in the dishwasher or by hand.
Instant Pot Duo Nova Seven in One Pressure Cooker
The Duo Nova is great for beginners since it combines seven appliances in one but does not take up too much space since it holds only three quarts. It can be used as a pressure cooker, rice cooker, slow cooker, steamer, saute pan, yogurt maker, or food warmer. This “Mini” model is compact and very convenient.
You can use it to cook for about three people, especially when making side dishes such as veggies or rice. This is a great option for people who are health conscious since it is powered by a very sophisticated microprocessor that will monitor and adjust the temperature, cooking time, and amount of heat which will cook food up to 70 percent quicker than other methods of cooking and deliver delicious results. The lid automatically seals the pot and the steam release is activated by the quick push of a button.
It even comes with a bonus sealing ring and boasts ten safety features. It has a chemical-free coating inside the pot which makes it even more safe and healthy to use.
Elite Cuisine MST-275XR Electric Slow Cooker
This electric slow cooker boasts adjustable temperature settings and is great for entrées, sauces, dips, and stews. It has a two-quart capacity and is decked out in a beautiful metallic red color. You can simply pour your ingredients into the stoneware pot before you head off to work or school, turn it on low, and come home to a warm welcoming dinner.
The stoneware pot and clear, tempered glass lid are both dishwashers safe and it boasts cool-touch handles and knobs so you won’t burn your hands while transferring it to another area.
TRU Dual Crock Buffet Slow Cooker S-2125
With this slow cooker, you get the benefit of two removable crocks that are 1.25 quarts each. It features individual heat controls of high, warm, and low along with handles that will not burn your hands and nonskid rubber feet to hold the unit in place. It is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.
Crock-Pot 3.5 Quart Casserole Manual Slow Cooker
This manual slow cooker in a beautiful charcoal color has a 3.5-quart capacity and serves three or more people. It features a 9 inches x 13 inches oven-safe rectangular removable stoneware pot that is the best shape and size to serve up casseroles, lasagnas, and more. It features high, warm, and low settings to cook your food or warm it up.
It has a great locking system so it is easy to take with you when heading to a party or potluck.
All-Clad E9078064 Stainless Steel Multi Cooker
This silver stainless steel multi-cooker holds eight quarts of food but is designed to not take up much space on your kitchen counter. It features a perforated insert that makes it easy to drain and is warp-resistant. It is more durable than most traditional crockpots and is even over and broiler safe.
A lifetime warranty is offered with this amazing model and it is dishwasher safe. You can cook up a meal for your entire family in this multi-cooker.
Crock-Pot Two Quart Round Manual Slow Cooker
This wonderful crock-pot two-quart round manual slow cooker serves three or even more people and has convenient high and low cook settings. You can cook up a meal for two or three people while you’re at work so you can come home to a healthy, nutritious, and delicious meal waiting for you. You can cook a meal for one or two people and side dishes for several people.
This model keeps the temperature steady so your food will be cooked to perfection every time.
Tru BS-325LR Slow-Cookers
This 2 1/2 quart slow cooker offers three removable stoneware inserts with three independent heating controls that include low, high, and warm. With this triple slow cooker, you can plan your menus and prep for a party very easily in advance. This unit is great for serving up an amazing buffet of appetizers and dips and even tasty stews and soups.
You can even cook up a warm beverage or a dessert and have it ready for your guests.
ELITE CUISINE MST-250XW
This mini 1 1/2 quart slow cooker is great for cooking up one meal for a single person. You can also use it to cook up side dishes for several people or for making dips and sauces for a party. Its round small shape makes it easy to store and it will not take up much room on your countertop but will match any kitchen décor since it is cloaked in white color.
This cool and hip unit boasts a hookup that is connectable to an entertaining system. You read that correctly, you can cook while enjoying your favorite jams. You can even mix and match it with different units that make it great for any special occasion or just cooking alone in your kitchen.
It holds two quarts of amazing food which means it is great for dips, appetizers, soups, chili, and meals that are made for one or two people. It offers low, high, and warm settings for extra convenience and flexibility while you are entertaining your family and friends. It’s available in several different colors, including metallic black, metallic red, and metallic blue.
Hamilton Beach 4.5 Qt. Digital Multi Cooker
The Hamilton Beach® Digital Multi-Cooker with a 4.5-quart capacity is very convenient since it combines the functions of a slow cooker, rice cooker, and food steamer all rolled into one single compact appliance. It boasts intuitive digital controls that will make switching between cooking methods a breeze. From grits or hot cereal in the morning for breakfast to cooking up rice, a casserole, poultry, or veggies, this amazing appliance will cook the foods you love without taking up too much space.
Courant Stainless Steel Slow Cooker
This slow cooker is designed to save you money while providing you with great meals for you and your family or your guests when you hold a special event. You can create dinner for your family in the morning then go about your daily tasks without worrying about what you’re going to cook for dinner. It does not take up very much space on the counter so it is super convenient.
It has convenient low, high, and warm settings so your food is cooked thoroughly and just the way you enjoy it every single time. It looks clean and classic in your kitchen since it’s made of stainless steel and it has easy cool-touch handles so you can move it anytime you want to without burning your fingers. The removable ceramic pot is easy to clean by washing it in the sink or by placing it in the dishwasher.
Cuisinart 3.5 Quart Programmable Slow Cooker
Slow cooking is considered to be an art form and this Cuisinart 3.5 quart can bring it! It is programmable so you can start your meal at the exact time you want to so it is ready when you are ready to eat it. It offers a very precise, 24-hour LCD countdown timer along with four cooking modes that even includes a warm setting when the time expires.
In other words, you can cook up an entire meal for your family while you’re at work or on the go. It is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.
Hamilton Beach 3-Quart Slow Cooker
With Dishwasher-Safe Crock & Lid, Matte Black This three-quart capacity slow cooker by Hamilton Beach produces three servings of food and will even cook a three-pound chicken or a two-pound roast while you go about your day, saving you tons of time and energy. It offers 3 cook settings and a removable stoneware crock that can be placed in the oven or microwave if needed. You can remove stubborn food easily since this unit is dishwasher safe.
This kitchen tool will look great on your countertop or island since it is decked out in a sleek black finish.
Crockpot 2.5-Quart Mini Casserole Crock Slow Cooker
This beautiful white and blue 2.5-quart capacity crockpot is styled like a casserole dish and is great to cook your food in then head off to a party, potluck, or another special event. You can cook up some amazing dip for a baby shower or meal meant for two in this amazing crockpot that does not take up very much space in your kitchen at all. It is high, low, and warm settings to keep your food fresh and warm until you are ready to serve it up.
The stoneware crock insert is microwavable safe and can be placed in the dishwasher.
Pioneer Woman 1.5 Quart Slow Cooker
This set of two beautiful Fiona Floral and Vintage Floral 1.5-quart slow cookers by Hamilton Beach will make cooking fun again. It is a very functional unit that allows you to cook meals, party dips, sauces, and so much more, even when you are in a hurry. It features a little dipper for your convenience and makes about six cups of food to feed to your family as side dishes or an entire meal for one or two people.
You can also use it to heat up leftovers.
Chefman Slow Cooker
This 1.5-quart slow cooker by Chefman is compact sized to cook food for one or two people and is available in an array of colors, including red, blue, and black to work well with any kitchen décor. You can cook a two-pound roast in this amazing slow cooker or a dip or sauce for a get-together. You can make side dishes for your family to save you time and hassle at the end of the day or use it to make lunch on a lazy Sunday morning.
It works well as a very stylish chafing dish or food server also. It boasts three heat settings and uses less energy than conventional ovens. It is dishwasher safe and includes access to ClubChefman.com where you will find a slew of tailor-made recipes, cooking videos, personalized cookbooks, and so much more.
[NEW] KOOC Small Slow Cooker
This small slow cooker by KOOC will help you cook up two quarts of deliciousness. This unit comes with five free KOOC liners that make cleaning it a breeze. It is pretty in pink and helps to reduce the loss of nutrients from the food you use to cook.
It has three temperature settings and is made to last in stainless steel. You can hook up a connectable entertainment system to this amazing appliance that also comes in metallic black if pink is not your thing. It is also available in other sizes so you can cook food to feed one or two people or an entire army of people.
Topwit Electric Hot Pot Mini
This electric mini hot pot by Topwit has multiple functions and also works as a noodles cooker and electric kettle with options for steam only, cooking eggs, and has an overheating and boil dry protection component built-in which makes it great for cooking soups, sauces, dips, and stews. It has a 1.2-liter capacity which means you can make plenty of great food without it taking too much space on your counter or island. It is great for use not only at home but for camping, while traveling, while you are staying at a rented house that does not have a kitchen, an office, a dorm room, or even to take on a business trip with you.
It has built-in safety features, including stay-cool handles so you can hold it without it being hazardous. It has a detachable structure design that makes it easy to clean and the fun part is that it resembles a giant coffee mug.
What is a slow cooker and how does it work?
Since the heat in a slow cooker begins at the base of the unit, it heats up the sides then into the food you place inside. The steam that is generated from the heat creates a vacuum seal for the lid which helps maintain low and consistent temperatures so that your food retains moisture during the cooking process. The liquid will not evaporate or become concentrated which means, for example, if you cook chicken in a slow cooker it will be nice and juicy at supper time instead of dry and not very appealing.
What are the benefits of a small slow cooker?
There is a long list of benefits when it comes to using a small slow cooker including the fact that it tenderizes different types of meats that may be less expensive cuts that tend to dry out more quickly. A slow cooker allows you to cook a wide range of foods, from one-pot meals to stews, different types of chili, casseroles, soups, roasts complete with potatoes, sauces, dips, rice, and even desserts. A slow cooker also uses less energy which saves you money and you get to cook your food for dinner while you’re at work all day saving you a ton of time in the evening when you’re tired.
Does the size of a slow cooker matter?
Slow cookers are available in a wide range of sizes, shapes, in colors. size is important in the fact that you only want to fill a slow cooker up about two-thirds of the way to the top so you will want to make sure you have one large enough to feed the number of people who live in your household or the number you have invited to a party, wedding shower, or another event that you need to feed. Small slow cookers are great for people who live alone, couples without children, or people who simply want to make side dishes in their slow cooker or desserts, dips, or sauces.
What are the benefits of a slow cooker?
The main benefit of a slow cooker is to save people time and energy, especially when they are in a hurry. For example, you have just pulled a twelve-hour shift at your job and you need to go home and feed your family dinner but because you used your slow cooker, the meal you have planned will already be cooked and ready to eat when you walk in the door of your house. Slow cookers are also great for making casseroles, soups, dips, sauces, and other foods that you want to take along with you to an event.
Also, some types of meat turn out much better when they’ve had hours to cook at a low-temperature setting and slow cookers offer that too. Slow cookers also use less electricity than conventional ovens which means you’ll save a few dollars on your electric bill the more often you use your slow cooker than your regular oven.
Is it safe to leave a slow cooker on all day?
Today’s slow cookers are made with built-in safety features that will control the temperature as well as automatically shut off the unit if it’s been on too long. This means that if you get caught in a three-hour traffic jam on your way home from work, your food will not be burnt to a crisp and your house will not be on fire because your slow cooker would have turned off or gone to just simply to the warm setting to keep your food tasty and safe to eat when you do arrive home. It is important that you follow the directions of the slow cooker model that you purchase to keep everything safe and working properly.
Are four hours on high the same as eight hours on low?
The difference between the high and low setting that is on your slow cooker is the amount of time it will take for the food inside to reach the simmering point or to reach the temperature at which the contents inside of the unit needs to be cooked at. For example, if your recipe calls for eight hours on the high setting, it can actually be cooked for up to 12 hours if you have it set on low.
Is it better to slow cook or pressure cook?
It depends on what you will be cooking as to whether or not you should use a slow cooker or a pressure cooker. A pressure cooker utilizes hot steam and pressure to cook food quickly, such as dried beans. For example, many people use a pressure cooker when they are cooking a pot of green beans, potatoes, and pieces of ham.
A slow cooker is used more for cooking one-pot meals, whole roasts, soups, and so much more.
Can you put raw chicken in a slow cooker?
It is up to you if you want to put raw chicken or other raw meat directly into your slow cooker. Some people prefer to brown their meat and poultry first but you do not have to as the slow cooker heats the meat all the way through and locks in moisture to keep it nice and moist. Keep in mind, though, that chicken does release a lot of moisture during the cooking process so you may want to brown it first.
It can also be decided by what your recipe suggests that you are using.
Our Previous List of Favorite Small Slow Cookers
1. The Elite Gourmet MST-250XS 1.5 Quart Slow Cooker
Size: 1.5 quarts
I’m kicking off the list with this unit because the customer feedback is amazing. With hundreds of excellent top ratings, yet priced really low, this is a fantastic slow cooker deal. While it’s basic in features, it looks good with a stainless steel exterior.
The inner 1.5 quart stoneware pot is removable and dishwasher safe (as is the tempered glass lid). As you can see, this isn’t some fancy digital machine. It operates with a dial.
There are 3 settings which are “low”, “high” and “warm”. Overall, customers (hundreds of them) love this machine. However, the negative feedback largely pertains to temperature.
The hot is too hot. The warm is too warm. Or the hot is not hot enough. This can definitely be an issue when there are only 3 settings. If you have specific temperature needs, you’ll want a more fully featured slow cooker with more granular temperature controls.
3 Standout Slow Cookers:
2. Portable 1.5 Quart White Compact Slow Cooker by Proctor Silex
Size: 1.5 quarts
Here’s another insanely popular slow cooker with hundreds of very good customer reviews. With three settings, you get some cooking temperature flexibility. While most smaller slow cookers have three settings, some don’t.
This model also includes a rubber sealed lid. It also comes with a rubber cord to secure the lid for transporting finished dishes (this is an uncommon feature for smaller slow cookers, which probably contributes to its popularity). It’s white in an oval shape.
The white fits well in most kitchen color schemes. The interior crock pot and lid are dishwasher safe (I’d never buy one that wasn’t).
3. Proctor Silex 33111Y Portable Oval Slow Cooker (1.5 quart)
Size: 1.5 quarts
Boy, do people like this slow cooker. While it doesn’t have quite as many reviews as the Elite Gourmet above, it has well over 100 and the average rating is high. This red slow cooker will stand out in any kitchen.
If you think a splash of red will work for your kitchen, give this one careful consideration. This is also a simple machine with three settings “keep warm”, “low” and “hot”. That’s it for settings – no timer or more granular controls.
The removable stoneware pot and lid are both dishwasher friendly. One additional feature this unit has a rubber seal to seal the lid. However, while this feature may enhance the machine for some people, a few people didn’t like having to attach the rubber seal.
One other concern was that it’s very small. That’s the point though. It’s a 1.5 quart slow cooker which is very small.
They look a lot bigger in the picture. If this was a big pot, the 7 quart pots wouldn’t fit on the counter.
4. White 1.5 Quart Crock Pot Slow Cooker (SCR151-WG)
Size: 1.5 quarts
If you don’t like mucking around with settings, this is a good option for you. This 1.5 quart white slow cooker by the maker for the first slow cooker, Crock Pot, is as basic as it gets with no settings. Both the stone insert and lid are dishwasher safe.
Customer feedback: Overall, very positive with a lot of customer reviews. This is a popular “no-setting” slow cooker with good feedback. Main positive feedback: Great for small dishes, super easy to clean and super small so it fits small kitchens.
Main negative feedback: Too small and only one setting. I think some people who gave it a bad review didn’t realize this had only one setting, so be aware this model only has one setting. It’s an easy feature to overlook (I suspect some people wonder why on earth any slow cooker would have only one setting.
5. MaxiMatic Elite Cuisine Small 1.5 Quart Slow Cooker (MST-250XW)
This 3-setting slow cooker (low, high and defrost) offers a dishwasher friendly stoneware interior and lid. While it doesn’t have as many reviews as the above models, this one has a good number and the overall rating is incredibly high. The positive feedback simply praises the fact this machine warms up all kinds of food well and that it’s compact.
The negative feedback pertains to there not being a rubber seal for the lid so steam escapes. If this is a concern for you, look for a unit that specifically has a rubber sealing lid or if you want it for rice, you’re better off getting a rice steamer instead of a slow cooker.
6. Red 1.5 Quart Slow Cooker by Kitchen Selectives
Size: 1.5 quarts
If you like small red appliances, this should be a contender (assuming you want a small slow cooker). I’m a big fan of incorporating splashes of red in interior design; using small appliances, pillows and furniture to do so works well. In fact, an all white or gray kitchen interior can look great with a few red small appliances on the counter.
This mini slow cooker is our first 2-setting unit with low and high settings. You adjust settings with a simple dial. This model is fairly popular with over 100 customer reviews.
Overall rating is very high, but as with all appliances, there are some who had a bad experience. Other than a few defective unit comments, the main negative feedback pertained to it being too small.
7. Blue 1.5 Quart Chefman Slow Cooker
Size: 1.5 quarts
I really like the glossy blue design of this machine which has 3 cooking settings. The stoneware interior pot and lid are both dishwasher safe. When you buy this, you get slow cooker recipes as well as access to Clubchefman.com for more recipes and tutorials.
Unfortunately there are no customer reviews so there’s no feedback to comment about. But, given it’s not expensive and if you’re looking for a blue small appliance for your kitchen, this is worth a shot (there aren’t exactly a lot of blue appliances available).
8. Small Violet 1.5 Quart Slow Cooker by Nesco
Size: 1.5 quarts
This slow cooker also comes in red or blue. The removable cooking pot is dishwasher friendly and can go into the oven or refrigerator which makes it a great pot on its own. With three settings you have some cooking control.
The settings are low, high and auto. One tidbit of interesting customer feedback was from someone who uses this to make jewelry in it and uses it for many hours every day. She admits she abuses it daily for this purpose and that it keeps on working well.
That’s a great testament to the quality and durability of this machine.
9. Dark Gray Compact Slow Cooker by Toastprimary
Size: 1.5 quarts
Here’s another 2-setting slow cooker with dishwasher-safe crock pot and lid. This model’s tempered glass lid locks in steam and heat for faster cooking. Includes rubber feet so that it doesn’t slip or slide on your countertop.
While it hasn’t racked up too many customer reviews, the few it has are overwhelmingly positive. A single 1-star review appears to be a mistake because the comment is “Love this little guy” which doesn’t sound like a 1-star review. Another comment was that they loved the appearance of this slow cooker.
I agree. I like the look of it too. The dark gray and black will fit well in any kitchen.
10. Elite Cuisine 1.5 Quart White Slow Cooker
Size: 1.5 quarts
This compact slow cooker offers three settings: low, high and warm. The warm keeps food warm until it’s served. The removable inner crock pot and lid are dishwasher safe.
The handles stay cool during cooking and warming. Like all other slow cookers here, it’s very, very compact; food for 1 to 2 people maximum or warm dips for appetizers. Very good customer feed back and ratings.
While it doesn’t have hundreds of reviews, the few it has are very good.
That’s the end of our list of compact slow cookers that qualified for this list. We did not include all 1.5 quart options since we focused on only models with good customer feedback. This list should help you narrow down your options.
The price range isn’t much at all so choosing one boils down to choosing the features you want and then picking one that will look good in your kitchen.
How do we put together our list?
I’ve not tried every slow cooker appliance so it’s not based on testing 75 models. While that would be ideal, my aim isn’t to declare the best slow cooker available based on testing. Instead, I want to help cut your research time by putting together a sound list of compact slow cookers together to save you time.
Our criteria are small and have good customer feedback with an average high rating. Sure, even the highest rated models have some terrible reviews. It happens that people get a lemon.
However, when one or two or even a handful of bad reviews are tempered by hundreds of good reviews, it’s a sign that it’s a quality product.
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