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Which Crock Pot Size Is Best?

Best Crockpot reviewEver wondered who invented the Crock Pot? Inspired by a stew his Lithuanian mom prepared in a crock which was then taken to the town’s bakeries to slowly cook overnight in their slowly cooling ovens, electrical engineer Irving Naxon created a bean simmer cooker. After Rival bought the Naxon company, it was developed into a full family meal cooker and reintroduced as ‘Crock-Pot’ in 1971. Three years later, removable stoneware inserts were integrated for easier cleaning. Crockpot is now considered a time-saving small appliance for busy cooks, as well as a useful tool for entertaining.

Crock Pot Sizes

Shopping for a Crockpot? Size matters!
.8-quart slow cooker is capable of preparing food for 10+ people
.7-quart slow cooker serves 9+ people or a 7lb roast
.6-quart capacity is perfect for 7+ people or a 6lb roast
.4-quart slow cooker serves 4+ people or a 4lb roast
.3.5-qt serves 3+ people, also great for potlucks
.3-quart is perfect for 2-person entrees and dips
.2-quart feeds 2+ people, perfect for small meals, dips and sides

Starting with two models that aim to please: the first manual model nicknamed the “Crowd Pleaser” makes itself available in either one of four separate sizes, while the second programmable Choose-A-Crock model incorporates three different size inserts within one outer shell.

Manual Crockpot “Crowd Pleaser” Series

Crockpot manual slow cooker 8-7-4-3QTThis manual slow cooker series has earned its nickname, as it makes itself available in four different sizes:
*8 Quart (SCV800)
*7 Quart (SCV700)
*4 Quart (SCV400)
*3 Quart (SCR300)
All four sizes feature three settings (High/Low cook and Warm). While the 4-quart comes in black, its three sibblings sport a stainless steel exterior with black accents and plastic handles.
Check out the Crowd Pleaser series here.

Programmable Crockpot Choose-A-Crock™ SCCPVS642

Crockpot Choose-A-CrockPop the lid off the heating base, and not one but THREE stoneware crockpots appear, nestled into each other:
.a 6-quart
.a 4-quart
.a 3-quart split in two
And since they are stackable, you get to store three slow cookers in the space of one! A programmable countdown control (1 to 20 hours) automatically shifts to the Warm setting when cooking time is over. There have been complaints about temperature control issues. Find out more about the SCCPVS642.

Crockpot 8 Quart SCCPVFC800

8-quart Crock Pot digital slow cookerWhat’s the biggest Crockpot size, you ask? The 8 quart! And not only is it available as part of the manual ‘Crowd Pleaser’ series above, but it also ranks second in popularity among all Crockpot programmable slow cookers.

Its digital timer counts down cook time from 30 minutes up to 20 hours. Whether set to cook on High or Low, once finished cooking, it will automatically shift to Warm, keeping food at the perfect serving temperature. Part of Crockpot’s Black Stainless Collection, it features a soft, warm black stainless steel finish which simply requires wiping with a dry cloth in order to retain its lustrous appearance. Find the SCCPVFC800 here.

Crockpot 7 Quart Models

1) Crockpot SCCPVF710 with Digital Timer

crockpot digital slow cooker 7 quartEndowed with a polished platinum finish and soft-grip chrome-plated handles designed to provide a touch of elegance to any countertop, this stylish 7-quart slow cooker features a digital countdown control that lets you program cook times anywhere from 30 minutes up to 20 hours. After cooking time is complete, the slow cooker will automatically shift to its Warm setting in order to keep your dish at an ideal serving temperature. There have been complaints about the lock feature. Find out more about the SCCPVF710.

2) Crock Pot Cook and Carry 7-Quart CPSCVTS70LL

7 quart cook and carry crockpotThis electric slow cooker comes equipped with a tight-seal locking lid to prevent leaks and spills for a travel proof slow cooker. On top of its Manual setting, three customized settings (food type, amount, desired meal time) allow you to automatically adjust cooking times. Unfortunately, temperature control is not always proving reliable. Check out the CPSCVTS70LL.

Crockpot 6 Quart Models

1) Portable Crockpot with Digital Timer CPSCVC60LL

portable crockpot digital slow cookerCreated in 2013 as its first programmable model, the CPSCVC60LL portable Crockpot digital slow cooker is highly rated and has proven itself as the company’s most popular programmable Crock Pot. It comes with carrying handles and a hinged locking lid complete with gasket for safe transportation. Its digital countdown control allows you to easily program cooking time anywhere between 30 minutes and 20 hours! Once it reaches its programmed cooking time, it automatically switches to the Warm setting.

Party time is made easier with its convenient 6-quart removable oval stoneware that doubles as a serving dish which can easily serve seven people. Since its appearance in 2013, it has built up an impressive crowd of devout followers that find it easy to use and clean and appreciate its versatility. Making their appearance in 2020 and 2019 respectively, the next two programmable Crock Pots are gaining in popularity. Go here for the CPSCVC60LL.

programmable crockpot MyTime Technology

2) Crock-pot 2137020 with MyTime™ Technology

First in line to sport MyTime™ technology, model SCCPVFC630-S-BR can automatically adjust cooking times based on your feedback from its three customized settings: food type, amount and desired meal time. No more overcooking even if you’re home late! It also features a Manual setting. Click here for the 2137020.

programmable crock pot Auto Warm Setting

3) Crockpot B07S6Y4YRJ with Auto Warm Setting

Four programmable controls allow you to cook on High for either 4 or 6 hours, or on Low for either 8 or 10 hours. When cooking is done, this slow cooker will automatically shift to its Warm setting, keeping food at the perfect serving temperature. Find the B07S6Y4YRJ here.

4) Portable Manual Crock Pot Slow Cooker SCCPVL600

manual portable crockpot 6 quartAlso highly popular and hot on the heels of “the Crowd Pleaser”, this 2010 model is available in Black, Red, as well as Stainless Steel. Its lid-mounted locking system makes it easy to transport and the perfect go-to resource for worry free potlucks, backyard parties, tailgates or even picnics. Three manual settings allow you to slow cook on High or Low, as well as Keep Warm, and then serve straight in the stoneware insert, simplifying cleanup. The SCCPVL600 can be found here.

Small Manual Crock Pots

4 quart manual crockpot

Crockpot 4 Quart SCV401

This first small crock pot size was created in 2005, third in line among the company’s manual slow cookers. Its polished red exterior is accented with a white border and plastic handles. Simply select the High or Low setting to cook, then use the Warm setting to keep food at an ideal serving temperature. It measures 11.9″L x 8.8″W x 11.8″H. Go here for the SCV401-TR.

Crockpot 3.5 Quart SCCPCCM350

3.5 quart crockpot manual slow cookerIdeal for lasagna, one-dish casseroles or even dessert, this oven safe rectangular cook and carry Crockpot (19.5″L x 12″D x 9″H) is equipped with manual controls (High, Low and Warm). Equipped with a secure-fit locking lid for mess-free portability and a 24″ cord that wraps for easy transport, this little wonder is perfectly designed to party with the best. Find the SCCPCCM350 here.

Crockpot 2 Quart SCR200

smallest crock pot 2 quartJust over a decade after it first made its appearance, the smallest crockpot size still rates the best small crock pot size on the market. Round with a Black finish and a 24″ cord, this 1500-watt slow cooker features two manual heat settings (high and low) and measures 7.4″D x 8.9″W x 9″H. It has maintained its popularity, though there have been a few complaints about durability and temperature control. Here you’ll find the small but mighty SCR200.


Manual Crock Pots

8-7-4-3 quart: SCV800, SCV700, SCV400, SCV300 Crowd Pleaser Series
6 quart: SCCPVL600 Cook & Carry Portable
4 quart: SCV401
3.5 quart: SCCPCCM350 Cook & Carry Portable
2 quart: SCR200

Programmable Crock Pots

8 quart: SCCPVFC800 Auto Warm
7 quart: SCCPVF710 Digital, CPSCVTS70LL Portable Auto Adjust Cook Time
6 quart: CPSCVC60LL Digital, SCCPVF620S MyTime, B07S6Y4YRJ Auto Warm
6+4+3 quart: SCCPVS642 Choose-A-Crock Stackable

All Models

.include a cookbook
.come with a one-year limited warranty
.stoneware inserts (oven safe up to 400°F) and glass lids are dishwasher-safe

For a quicker, healthier mode of cooking that preserves nutrients, why not try Instant Pot pressure cooking?

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