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Slow Cooker or Roaster Oven?

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Hi Chowhounds,

I need an electric cooker for slow cooking as my cooktop is so small that I can't even put two pieces of cookware on it.

Now the question is: I see on here or elsewhere that a roaster oven like Nesco can act like a slow cooker, and in the market a 6 qt. Nesco is on par with a 6 qt. slow cooker. So, are there any major difference in their cooking performance? Either way, I would mainly use them for braising and stews but not much on roasting.

Thanks for the answer!

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  1. Sorry, I've never used one of those counter top 'roasters'. I do like my slow cooker and use it often but not all the time. I actually use my Weber Q a lot! especially during the warmer months but also during winter because I've got a covered balcony.

    1. If you have an oven that works OK I would go for the slow cooker. I had one of the Nesco roasters that you are talking about ... and while it worked great, it did have a pretty large countertop footprint and was kind of a pain to clean. I gave it away when I moved to a place with a larger kitchen. I would trust a slow cooker more than the roaster for all day cooking as well.

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      1. re: Samalicious

        Size is really not an issue, as a 6-Qt Nesco is no bigger than a slow cooker that capacity.

      2. Hi, I was looking for the answer to your question too, from what I found out the roaster can:roast, bake, cook, steam and slow cook. But I would compare the Waring, Hamilton Beach and the Rival before buying the Nesco. Good Luck....

        1. Another possibility that you may want to consider is getting an induction pad. It will give you another "burner" that is easy to store and can be placed anywhere you want, even on the tabletop. Induction is also the safest and most efficient cooking method - no risk of fire and it won't heat up your kitchen.

          A Le Creuset Dutch oven on an induction pad is the perfect way to make stew, IMO.

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          1. re: tanuki soup

            I did consider induction cooktops, because it's easier to store and is compatible with my cookware-- but I don't know. The cheapest induction cooktop is $70 (+S&H), which is kind-of-sort-of still within my range-- the two things I mentioned in my OP were at the $50 range; just I don't know I need the 1kw+ power.