Crock pots are the best when it comes to making soups, stews, etc. at home. If you want to cook a tough cut of meat, and want it to have that gourmet flavor to it, then a slow cooker or a crock pot is your best buddy. But not all crock pots are the same, and the way they are designed can have a big impact on what you cook and how much you cook.
For single users or bachelors a smaller crock pot with mechanical controls should be enough. But in the end, it is up to you to decide exactly what you want your new slow cooker to do. Below are 4 great slower cooker options for single users and you can see which one we chose as the best crock pot for one person.
Proctor Silex Round Slow Cooker
When it comes to slow cookers for single individuals, the Proctor Silex is our most preferred model in the market. If you want to know why, there are plenty of reasons. First of all it feels extremely sturdy, and is really easy to use, with built-in handles on the sides, and has a detachable crock. The capacity on this crock pot is 1.5 quarts, and this is perfect for cooking up single servings or even small batches of soup, stew, casseroles, warm dips, sauces, meat, etc.
The temperature control dial is mechanical, which keeps the cost of this crock pot down. Integrated handles on the side allow you to conveniently carry this slow cooker around even when it is hot, and both the removable stainless steel crock as well as the glass lid can be easily cleaned inside the dishwasher.
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Crock-Pot Round Manual Slow Cooker
Crock-Pot is the original manufacturer of the iconic slow cooker design that came to be known as crock pot. This company’s name is synonymous with the slow cooker itself, and its design is extremely minimalistic and allows for fast, easy cooking – just the way every crock pot should be made. Its two best features are how inexpensive it is, and that it has a removable stoneware crock inside.
This removable crock is coated with a special non-stick “rinse clean” coating and has a capacity of 1.5 quarts. With the tempered glass lid on the top, you can easily see your food cooking inside the pot, and the integrated side handles make it super easy for you to carry the pot from the kitchen counter to the table. The handle on top of the lid is large and allows for easy removal of the transparent top. Also, both the lid and the removable pot are dishwasher safe.
Elite Gourmet Maxi-Matic Slow Cooker
Featuring a premium brushed stainless steel finish and a tempered glass lid with black edges, the Gourmet MST-250XS looks every bit as amazing as you would expect from a premium grade gourmet crock pot. Even with its premium construction and amazing features, this slow cooker comes in at just under 20 bucks, making it one of the most affordable premium grade mechanical crock pots out there.
Yes, it is mechanical, so you have to adjust the temperatures yourself, and there are no preset modes in this particular cooker. The side mounted carry handles are large and black colored, while the top lid is fully transparent. The 1.5-quart crock in this crock pot is made from ceramic and is removable, although you might want to keep it away from the dishwasher. There are four settings – off, keep warm, low, and high.
Crock Pot Slow Cooker
Do you love polka dots? Do you also love crock pots? Well then, how about both of them together – the SCR250 crock pot from, well Crock-Pot, is the answer to your needs for a crock pot that does its job while also looking super cool. It has the largest capacity of any crock pot on this list at nearly 2.5 quarts, and features a removable round stoneware crock.
This particular crock is dishwasher safe, just like the tempered glass lid that goes on top of this cooker. The large plastic dial on the front has three settings – off, low, and high. Which means that, operating this cooker is fairly simple, and the large carry handles on the side allow you to comfortably lift the cooker and carry it over to the table.
Choosing the Best Crock Pot for One Person
These are the main features that you should have in a good crock pot:
the insert or the pot itself is usually made of either ceramic or stainless steel. Some inserts come with a non-stick coating on the top to make cleanup easier. If you’re buying a crock pot and have a dishwasher in the house, then a removable insert could come in really handy since you can pop it off and put it in the dishwasher.
this is a no brainer, since a transparent lid is crucial in order to monitor your food as it cooks inside the crock pot, and translucent or colored plastic lids don’t allow you to do that. Get a crock pot with either a glass lid or a transparent plastic one so you can conveniently check in on the status of your food, and if possible, get a cooker that has a holder on top of the lid for a ladle that you’ll use while scooping the food out of the cooker onto the plate. Some models come with split lids that can be opened one half at a time, so the serving process becomes much easier.
Crock pots with automatic controls allow you to set presets, in which the cooker will automatically change temperatures and keep your food warm after it is finished. With manual cookers, you must change the temperature settings manually and on the fly, as your food cooks. You will have a warming mode, in which the cooker keeps your food warm, but you’ll have to activate it manually, and the cooker may or may not shut off automatically depending on whether or not it has a timer built in.
There are of course many extras such as programmable functions, preset modes, detachable cords, etc. If your crock pot of choice features the right implementation of all the primary features, then these extras are definitely a welcome addition, and will allow you to choose between two crock pots that are otherwise quiet similar in terms of core specifications.