Perhaps the best, and the worst, thing about slow cookers is that there are simply so many different models out there. On one hand, this variety is great because it means that there is no shortage of options and, with enough shopping around, you can find something perfect for you.
But, on the other hand, the range of models can quickly get confusing and overwhelming. After all, many of the different slow cooker models seem pretty similar to one another. In some cases, models may even seem to be identical.
That’s where we come in. One of the key aims of this site is to help people produce amazing food that’s also fast and easy. To do that, having the right tools is absolutely essential. So, in this post, we’re taking a look at a range of different models from Crock-Pot and highlighting the differences and the similarities between them.
2-Quart Slow Cookers
SCR200-B 2-Quart Slow Cooker
- Model Number: SCR200-B
- Size: 2 quarts
This model is the perfect example of an entry-level slow cooker. As such, the device isn’t complex by any means and it doesn’t even have a warm setting or an indicator light. But, having only a few features isn’t always a bad thing. Realistically, you can still cook great meals with a basic slow cooker, especially if you get a good quality one.
The model itself also performs well on Amazon with around 900 reviews and very few negative ones. It’s also worth noting that the small size isn’t necessarily a limitation. Instead, a small slow cooker can be perfect for people who live on their own or for cooking side dishes rather than main meals. We've also recently published a list of mini slow cookers you can browse to see what else there is in terms of appliances that fit in the under 4-quarts category.
4-Quart to 4.5-Quart Slow Cookers
SCV400B 4-Quart Manual Slow Cooker
- Model Number: SCV400B
- Size: 4 quarts
In many ways, this model is basically a larger version of the previous one. However, it does also come with warm as a temperature setting, which allows you to keep food warm rather than actually cooking it.
Like the previous model, this slow cooker gets great reviews on Amazon. In fact, it averages 4.4 stars across more than 1,000 reviews. It is also very reasonable in terms of price. While you still don’t have a large number of features, this slow cooker really has everything you need to make consistently good food for yourself and your family. There's a good reason it ranked #1 in the inexpensive Category for small slow cookers!
==> Read The Full Review Of The 4-Quart Manual Slow Cooker Here (Red Version)
SCR450-PT 4.5-Quart Patterned Slow Cooker
- Model Number: SCR450-PT
- Size: 4.5 quarts
Most slow cookers tend to look pretty similar, so it’s nice to come across models like this one where the design actually stands out. Essentially, the slow cooker itself is just a simple manual one, where you have the temperature settings of low, high and warm. This makes the slow cooker pretty similar to the previous model.
However, there are key differences too. In particular, this slow cooker is slightly larger (4.5 quarts versus 4 quarts) and it is also round rather than oval. Those differences may well make it more appealing, especially as round slow cookers often fit better into a kitchen. Plus, this model gets good reviews, so it clearly performs well.
SCCPVC400-S Count Down Slow Cooker
- Model Number: SCCPVC400-S
- Size: 4 Quarts
This model isn’t as popular as the previous two examples and it is also a bit more specialized. In particular, this one is a programmable slow cooker. With it, you have the ability to choose how long you want the device to cook for and it will switch to a keep warm mode once cooking is completed.
Being able to set the cooking time like this is perfect for anybody who has an unpredictable schedule or simply won’t be home when the cooking cycle is completed. The approach also means that you have one less thing to worry about, as your food won’t overcook because you’re running late or not paying attention.
5-Quart Slow Cookers
SCR503SP 5-Quart Round Slow Cooker with Little Dipper
- Model Number: SCR503SP
- Size: 5 quarts
For the most part, this slow cooker is the same as the patterned one from earlier, except for the color and a slight size difference. However, one interesting thing is that on Amazon it comes with a Little Dipper Warmer, which is basically a tiny slow cooker designed to warm up dips.
Beyond that, the model is fairly typical. However, it does receive good reviews and the price for the slow cooker is about what you’d expect as well.
6-Quart Manual Slow Cookers
SCV603-R-NP Red 6-Quart Slow Cooker
- Model Number: SCV603-R-NP
- Size: 6 quarts
Visually, this slow cooker should look familiar, as it really isn’t that different than the earlier models. In this case though, the size is larger again and the coloring is red. Once again, you have the same general features, including the three heat settings.
7-Quart Manual Slow Cookers
SCV700SS 7-Quart Manual Slow Cooker
- Model Number: SCV700-SS
- Size: 7 quarts
The first thing to note about this model is that it is just a basic slow cooker. So, it has the same general settings as many of the other models and the same style as well.
However, the 7-quart size is going to be appealing to some people. This is larger than the average slow cooker but can be perfect for people with bigger families or those that make lots of leftovers. The slow cooker also gets great reviews and is reasonable in terms of price, particularly for the size.
SCV700-B Black 7-Quart Slow Cooker
- Model Number: SCV700-B
- Price: NA [November 2, 2016 9:29 AM]
- Size: 7 quarts
This slow cooker is basically a black variation of the previous one, which is why the model numbers are so similar. Interestingly, this version doesn’t fare too well with reviews and there are more negative ones than positive. That’s fairly unusual, especially for a Crock-Pot model.
This pattern of reviews suggests that there may be something wrong with the particular model or just that a bad batch may have been created at some time. With that in mind, the silver model is probably a better choice, especially as the two do offer the same functions.
SCV700-B2-WM1 Manual Slow Cooker
- Model Number: SCV700-B2-WM1
- Size: 7 quarts
It isn’t clear what the difference is between this and the previous model, especially as they look identical. However, based on the model numbers and the reviews for the previous one, I would guess that this is a revised version with the faults addressed.
Regardless, if you want a black 7-quart slow cooker, this one seems more reliable than the previous example.
SCV700-KP Purple Manual Slow Cooker
- Model Number: SCV700-KP
- Size: 7 quarts
Visually, I love this model, especially as it is such a cool shade of purple. Besides that, it’s nice to have a slow cooker that looks a little unusual. That being said, the current price of the model is surprisingly high, given that the only difference here is color.
As such, the slow cooker might be appealing but many people wouldn’t be willing to pay the extra cost simply to get a nice color.
8-Quart Manual Slow Cookers
SCV800-B Black Manual Slow Cooker
- Model Number: SCV800-B
- Size: 8 quarts
This slow cooker may look almost identical to some of the previous models but it does have the advantage of size. In particular, it is an 8-quart model, which is one of the largest options for slow cookers. Crock-Pot estimates that this size can serve 10+ people, although the precise number would vary based on what you were cooking and how hungry the people were.
Regardless, the large size means you can feed more people with this slow cooker than normal and that will often be the reason for choosing the model. At the same time, the price here is very reasonable when you consider the size of the slow cooker.
SCV800-S Manual Slow Cooker
- Model Number: SCV800-S
- Price: NA [November 2, 2016 9:37 AM]
- Size: 8 quarts
For the most part, this model is the same basic slow cooker. In this particular image, the dial is marked with 0, I, II and III, instead of the conventional temperatures. At a guess, I would say these refer to off, warm, low and high, respectively, although the listing doesn’t offer any information.
However, when you look on the Crock-Pot site itself, the labeling for this model is exactly the same as the previous one. Either way, the model would still function roughly the same and is an alternative option if you don’t want a black slow cooker. Also, don't forget that we've reviewed a number of extra large slow cookers from different brands that you can look at for some other ideas of what to buy.
Other Slow Cookers
SCV6530R Manual Slow Cooker with Little Dipper Warmer
- Model Number: SCV653-R
- Price: NA [November 2, 2016 9:38 AM]
- Size: 6.5 quarts
The basic slow cooker model here is very similar to the red one mentioned earlier in this list, although this one is 6.5 quarts in size, while the other was 6 quarts. In terms of function, this one works like you’d expect, although the additional Little Dipper is a nice touch. The model also seems to perform well, with most reviews being positive.
SCCPVM600H-BI Metallic Slow Cooker with Hinged Lid
- Model Number: SCCPVM600H-R
- Size: 6 quarts
The final slow cooker that I wanted to touch on was this model here. The device is fairly similar to the other models on the list, with the same low, high and warm settings. However, it is a little bit more stylish visually, especially with the appearance of the dial.
The other cool thing about the model is the hinged lid. This can make it easier to serve food, as you don’t have to worry about holding the lid or finding somewhere to set it down. The feature might seem like a bit of a gimmick but it is still appealing, especially as the slow cooker itself is reasonably priced and gets good reviews.
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