Throw your ingredients into the pot, set the time and temperature, and get on with your day. It’s as simple as that! By the time you’re ready to eat, your meal of choice will be cooked to perfection and piping hot, without you so much as having to pick up a wooden spoon. But not all slow cookers are made equal. Read on for some top tips on how to pick the right device for you and your family, whether functionality, design or easy maintenance is your top priority.

The multi-use, super durable bowl is suitable for all cookers, allowing for flash browning of ingredients before stewing. Crock-Pot

If you’re more of a hands-on cook, look for a slow-cooker with a multi-functional, removable inner pot. Some slow cookers come with pots that you can pop on the hob to sear before you stew or slide under the grill to crisp up the top of your meal before serving.

Sleek Design

This small but efficient option has a simple interface and looks great in any kitchen. It’s dishwasher safe and easy to clean. Morphy Richards

Think about how many mouths you have to feed when picking out your pot. Some are cute, compact and perfect for a single-person household or a couple, while others can hold a large capacity suitable for bigger families. If you’re aesthetically-focused, you’ll also want to choose a design that looks good in your kitchen.

Great Value

This robust option has a large capacity and glass lid so progress can be seen without heat loss. The matt black coating also adds an element of fun, letting cooks and kids scrawl on the side in chalk.

Fun and functionality is also worth considering. If your kids like to help out in the kitchen, choose a device that’s easy to clean, has a simple interface and perhaps boasts some family-friendly features. All you need to do now is decide what’s for dinner!