The top-rated crock-pots according to The Sweet Home as of 2015 are the Hamilton Beach 6-Quart Programmable Set 'n Forget and Crock-Pot 6.5 Quart Programmable Touchscreen Slow Cooker. Good Housekeeping lists the All-Clad 6.5 Quart Electric Slow Cooker with Ceramic Insert as their top pick.
The Sweet Home lists the Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker as the best slow cooker due to its intuitive interface, modest price, locking lid and stable temperatures. The Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker is also given high praise for its internal temperature probe and alarm that sounds when cooking starts and ends. It is the recommended budget pick by Consumer Reports, and Amazon users give the model 4.3 stars out of a possible 5.
For cooking times longer than 14 hours the Crock-Pot Slow Cooker is the top pick. The Hamilton Beach only cooks up to 14 hours, while the Crock-Pot has a 20-hour timer.
Good Housekeeping places the All-Clad Slow Cooker as its top pick, with superior cooking, a "Keep Warm" feature and a heavy ceramic bowl as its main features. The "Keep Warm" function automatically switches on after cooking for up to six hours. Good Housekeeping gives the All-Clad a product rating of A-, with the unit's weight at over 17 pounds and the ceramic insert that cannot be used in the oven or microwave as its only cons.