10 Best Small Slow Cooker Options and Deals for 2018

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Small slow cooker cooking food.

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 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.

Inexpensive appliance

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.

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…

Our list of the best small slow cookers

1. The Elite Gourmet MST-250XS 1.5 Quart Slow Cooker

Size: 1.5 quarts

Small stainless steel Elite Gourmet Slow CookerI’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.

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2. Portable 1.5 Quart White Compact Slow Cooker by Proctor Silex

Size: 1.5 quarts

Portable small 1.5 quart white slow cooker by Proctor SilexHere’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).

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3. Proctor Silex 33111Y Portable Oval Slow Cooker (1.5 quart)

Size: 1.5 quarts

Compact red and white slow cooker by Proctor SilexBoy, 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.

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4. White 1.5 Quart Crock Pot Slow Cooker (SCR151-WG)

Size: 1.5 quarts

White slow cooker by Crock Pot with one settingIf 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.

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5. MaxiMatic Elite Cuisine Small 1.5 Quart Slow Cooker (MST-250XW)

Elite small 1.5 quart slow cooker with white exteriorThis 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.

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6. Red 1.5 Quart Slow Cooker by Kitchen Selectives

Size: 1.5 quarts

Red mini 1.5 quart slow cooker by Kitchen SelectivesIf 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.

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7. Blue 1.5 Quart Chefman Slow Cooker

Size: 1.5 quarts

Blue 1.5 quart small slow cooker by ChefmanI 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).

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8. Small Violet 1.5 Quart Slow Cooker by Nesco

Size: 1.5 quarts

Violet small 1.5 quart slow cooker by NescoThis 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.

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9. Dark Gray Compact Slow Cooker by Toastmaster

Size: 1.5 quarts

Compact dark gray and black 1.5 quart slow cookerHere’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.

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10. Elite Cuisine 1.5 Quart White Slow Cooker

Size: 1.5 quarts

Elite white compact slow cookerThis 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.

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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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