Long gone are the days when slow cookers came in one-size-fits-all. Now slow cookers come in a wide variety of sizes. Our guide will help you choose the best slow cooker size for you and your family.
It is also important to use the correct size crock pot for your needs. To cook properly, slow cookers need to be at least half full – but not too close to the top of the slow cooker.
Under 1 quart in size
These slow cookers are designed for making dips easily, such as spinach dip. They are not meant for cooking meals.
1-1/2 quart slow cooker
These slow cookers are designed for single people who want the convenience of a slow cooker but without needing to cook larger quantities. They are also a great size for families who want to do a side dish in a smaller slow cooker while using a larger one for the main meal.
3-1/2 quart slow cooker
This size is perfect for a couple or a family with small children.
3-1/2 to 4-1/2 quart slow cooker
This size is meant for a family of 3 or 4.
4-1/2 to 5 quart slow cooker
This size is perfect for a family of 4 or 5.
6+ quart slow cooker
These slow cookers are primarily for very large families or for use at events like a potluck. It is also great for families who want to double recipes in order to freeze the leftovers.
Notes about roasts
If you frequently cook large roasts in a crock pot, a 5-6 quart slow cooker is needed, so keep that in mind when selecting your crock pot, or remember to select smaller roasts to fit in your chosen slow cooker.