Slow cookers offer a convenient, hands-off approach to cooking hearty, home-cooked meals, without the need for continuous pot stirring. They’re particularly popular in the colder months, as you can use them to cook wintry dishes like stews, soups and curries.
Cooking meat in a slow cooker is also a simple way to achieve tender, flavoursome results, and even puddings, dhal and yoghurt can be made using these nifty appliances.
With Black Friday just around the corner, now is a great chance to pick up some of the best slow cooker deals. The cost-of-living crisis means lots of us are making more considered choices when it comes to appliances – we’re looking for not just a great deal, but also an energy-efficient gadget that helps us keep costs low in the long run. Several retailers have also released their Black Friday deals earlier this year, with plenty of savings to be found across a variety of slow cookers.
These gadgets can greatly vary in capacity, budget, and technology, but most are very straightforward and can be used straight out of the box. Some high-tech models also come with additional features, like sous-vide settings, automatic timers, and presets for specific ingredients like meat, poultry, vegetables and soup.
Slow cooking has also been touted as a way to cook meals more efficiently and at a lower cost versus using an oven. Slow cookers make batch cooking incredibly easy, which is another great way to save time and money. You can find further advice in our guide to energy-efficient cooking, plus these top tips for using a slow cooker.
We’ve been keeping an eye out for the biggest Black Friday deals on our best slow cookers from a range of retailers. We’ll keep checking the appliances on our list for any changes in price, to help you get the best and biggest savings.
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Black Friday slow cooker deals at a glance
- Amazon – deals across a range of appliances
- Currys – Black Friday deals have started early – save up to 40% across a variety of products
- AO.com – savings on air fryers, microwaves, coffee machines and more
- Appliances Direct – save 25% on kitchen appliances
- Lakeland – early Black Friday deals are live
- Very – find deals site wide in the early Black Friday sale
- Robert Dyas – deals across the entire Robert Dyas product range
- Wayfair – Black Friday presale now live
- John Lewis and Partners – Autumn offers available
- JD Williams – save up to 40% in the early Black Friday sale
Don’t forget that all of these retailers will be competing for your attention, so will be keeping track of other brands’ slow cooker deals as well as their own. Previously, we’ve seen Currys, AO, and John Lewis and Partners offer a price-match promise on slow cookers. When you find a price that you’re happy with, check for added extras like free delivery.
Best slow cooker deals 2022
Sage The Fast Slow Pro slow cooker
Best slow cooker and pressure cooker
Star rating: 5/5
While at the pricier end of the market, this multi-cooker with a slow-cooker function is a great investment. It performed very well in our tests, scoring highly on design, functionality, speed, and footprint. The cooker handles searing and sautéing with ease, and was capable of searing 900g meat for a beef stew in just eight minutes.
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It has an excellent non-stick coating, which meant cleaning up was a breeze. We also loved the Heston Blumenthal recipe book included, which included 41 recipes, and the instructional manual is clear and very well-written, too.
Read our full Sage The Fast Slow Pro slow cooker review.
Crock Pot TimeSelect CSC066
Best slow cooker for automatic functions
Star rating: 4.5/5
We found this high-tech model to be great value for a number of reasons – the first being its generous 5.6L capacity, which is ideal for large families or entertaining.
It has a sleek, attractive appearance and a surprisingly modest footprint for its size, and its main ceramic bowl feels weighty and robust. It scored highly on versatility too, as the pot can go inside the oven up to 250C.
The four automatic settings, which include meat, poultry, soup and vegetables, are very easy to set up. The only thing lacking for us was the number of recipes inside the manual. Regardless, this is an excellent slow cooker that produces great results.
Read the full Crock Pot Time Select review.
When is Black Friday?
Black Friday 2022 is taking place on Friday 25 November. Typically on the final Friday of November, it comes immediately after Thanksgiving and is followed by Cyber Monday on 28 November 2022. Because it’s so close to Christmas, it’s also a fantastic chance to snap up some of the best deals on Christmas presents.
What is Black Friday?
Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping events of the year, where you’ll have the chance to make huge savings across a range of products – from gifts to electricals and appliances, tech, fashion and more. Most retailers in the UK offer deals both in store and online.
Traditionally, Black Friday sales started the day after Thanksgiving, but this year we’re seeing discounts drop much earlier, with some Black Friday deals appearing as early as 1 November.
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How to calculate your kWh cost
Slow cookers can be very cost-effective as they typically have a low wattage, which means they’re much cheaper to run than a conventional oven. That said, they do vary in energy efficiency and the cost per kilowatt hour (kWh) can depend on your energy tariff and where you live.
To calculate your slow cooker’s daily cost, take the wattage and multiply that number by the hours of use per day. Then, divide the total by 1000 to get the appliance’s estimated daily kilowatt-hour (kWh). Don’t forget that this number will vary depending on where you live and who your energy supplier is. If you have a smart meter, you’ll be able to see the cost while your slow cooker is in use.
How do we find slow cooker deals?
When we look for slow cooker deals, we check a huge variety of retailer sites to see which deals are available. Larger brands, such as Amazon and John Lewis and Partners, have dedicated sale days where the best discounts are listed. As brands try to compete with each other, prices tend to change a few times a day, so we track all the prices to ensure you’re getting the best deal and update this list accordingly.
We also don’t just look at the larger retailers – we look at the smaller ones, too, as they may be offering prices that bigger brands can’t. Our ultimate aim is to ensure you’re getting the best deals and biggest savings possible, whatever the retailer.
How do we select slow cooker deals?
While there are lots of slow cooker deals around, those included in our list are the best performers of those shortlisted, tested and reviewed by BBC Good Food experts. Each slow cooker was put to the test using BBC Good Food’s triple-tested recipes, which allow us to assess how they perform and challenge any extra functions. We take note of what the appliance does well, but we also check for any weaknesses. Read our guide to the best slow cookers to discover our top-rated picks and find out which models achieved the highest star-ratings.
Are slow cookers energy efficient?
Appliances like slow cookers tend to run for a few hours, so they typically have a lower wattage. A lower wattage results in lower energy consumption, which means slow cookers can be classed as energy efficient versus other higher-wattage appliances.
Read our guide to energy-efficient cooking and check out our pick of the best energy-efficient appliances.
How to get a good slow cooker deal
- Stick to a budget: sales like these offer great opportunities to save money on a range of products, so to ensure you make the most of these savings, set a budget and stick to it.
- Read reviews: it’s easy to get pulled in by a good-looking deal, but there’s also a chance the model you have your eye on is a dud. Our expert reviewers have tested a wide variety of slow cookers, so you can rest assured their recommendations are solid. Each test and review is impartial, and we always include the most up-to-date advice on the products actually worth spending money on.
- Use tools that alert you to good deals: for instance, CamelCamelCamel will show you the price history of Amazon products.
- When you see a price you’re happy with, buy it: many deals are only available for a short period.
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All savings percentages have been rounded up or down to the nearest whole number.