You might have seen slow cookers and their recipes popping up in your Facebook feed recently, or perhaps you've seen them on food blogs. For a few years now, the slow cooker, also known as the crock pot, has seen a resurgence of interest. The device is hardly new, but the economic stagnation of the past few years, combined with the proliferation of creative cooking content, has built into the perfect storm of attention. It is popular to use slow cookers for increasingly elaborate meals. However, they still maintain their role as a great way to cook large amounts of food inexpensively and easily. In this post, I'll give you all the background you need on slow cookers, how they work, and what you need to know about them. I'll also review 6 of what I feel to be good representations of different kinds of crock pots. I am not necessarily trying to find the best 6 available, but to show you the options and give you an idea of what's out there so you can be an informed consumer. I love cooking with slow cookers and hopefully after reading this post, you'll see why and become just as enthusiastic as I am.