Westbend 84905 5-Quart Oblong-Shaped Slow Cooker
For simplicity and versatility, the West Bend 84905 5-Quart Oblong-Shaped Slow Cooker makes it right to the top of this list. Easy to use and dishwasher safe, it doesn't get any better than this slow cooker. This options has a heated base that the crock sits on; the heat rises evenly through the food, cooking it completely and thoroughly. It has a rotary temperature dial with 5 settings, but for most meals, leave it on 3 and let this cooker handle the rest.
To warm leftovers, turn it to setting one, and if you want your food cooked for lunch, turn the dial to setting five. The actual crock can be removed for dishwashing, the base can be damp wiped clean and better still, the crock doubles as a Dutch oven that can be placed on the stove top. The West Bend 84905 5-Quart Oblong-Shaped Slow Cooker is also one of the lower priced units on this list.