10 Best Slow Cookers - Best for Small Families Crock-Pot 4-Quart Slow Cooker You won’t have to sacrifice function for size with this compact, 8½-by-12-inch pick. Because it’s oval, it accommodates a whole chicken or roast (unlike round versions). The price is nice, too. But there’s no timer, so you have to switch to the warming mode manually. To buy: $25, crock-pot.com.