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Next copper slow cooker

Next copper-effect 3.5-litre slow cooker review

This is a contemporary gadget that does the basics well, but is it worth the money? Read our full review below.

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
Pros: Silicone cool-touch handle and lid handle, contemporary copper-effect design
Cons: Poor-fitting ceramic bowl in outer base, no medium heat setting, can’t use on the hob

Next copper-effect slow cooker summary

The retailer Next perhaps isn’t the first place you’d look for a small kitchen appliance, but in the case of its copper slow cooker, it’s one to consider. The copper design makes a refreshing change from the brushed steel outers of many others. It has a contemporary feel and doesn’t look out of place on a kitchen countertop.

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On opening, plastic is noticeably prevalent, with seemingly unnecessary additions like two plug wrappers in addition to the plug spoke protection. It also has just a 2.5-litre working capacity, so don’t be misled by the 3.5-litre bowl size. However, its cooking ability justifies its inclusion in our best list.

How easy is the Next copper-effect slow cooker to use?

We particularly like the cool-touch silicone handles and lid handle on this slow cooker. It adds a good non-slip element to each.

The inner pot is ceramic, but doesn’t sit snugly inside the outer body, which makes it feel a bit unstable, even though there are non-slip feet. Made of toughened glass, the lid survived a drop on a stone floor.

The switch is easy to use, offering low, high and warm functions indicated by a power light. We tested the low and keep warm functions with a slow cooker beef stew and 5-a-day tagine recipe.

Results

The end results save it. Although some moisture escapes from the beef stew, the meat is tender and soft and not at all overdone after a full eight hours.

The vegetables don’t fair so well, burning a little around the edges and tasting a bit overdone. This is relatively easy to scrub off in hot soapy water, although both the lid and the pot are both dishwasher-safe.

Conclusion

If you’re after a contemporary looking slow cooker that’s simple but effective, the copper-effect gadget by Next is an affordable and stylish one that does the basics well. It makes a nice addition to a countertop.

Next copper-effect 3.5-litre slow cooker specifications

Capacity: 3.5-litre
Size: 35 x 26 x 24 cm
Settings: low, high, automatic keep warm
Pot: ceramic
Lid: toughened glass
Guarantee: two year
Dishwasher: ceramic pot and glass lid
Oven- and hob-friendly: no
Instruction manual: yes
Recipes: yes

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This review was last updated in March 2021. If you have any questions, suggestions for future reviews or spot anything that has changed in price or availability, please get in touch at goodfoodwebsite@immediate.co.uk.