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What is the difference between a crock pot and slow cooker? Both terms seem to be used for the same thing. Is this correct? Are they the same? Or is there some key difference between them?

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Crock-Pot is a brand name. Slow cooker is the generic term.

It's like Kleenex & tissue or for the Brits, Hoover & vacuum.

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crock-pot is a American brand-name slo-cooker is a British brand-name

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"slo-cooker" may be a brand name for a generic 'slow cooker', it just happens to be that the British chose a brand name much closer to the generic. –  Bryson Oct 5 '11 at 0:20
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"Crock-pot" has become a genericized brand name; any brand of slow cooker can be called a crock-pot, even though Crock-Pot is a specific brand. For more examples, see wikipedia's list of genericized brand names.

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All crock-pots are slow cookers (in the USA), but all slow cookers are not crock-pots. For instance, I inherited a slow cooker from my mother that is essentially a non-stick casserole with a lid that sits on a separate warming unit not unlike an electric griddle. It's pretty useless for cooking, but a decent service unit.

EDIT: Obviously, it is marketed as a slow cooker. Equally obviously, it's not a crock-pot. Down-votes without explanation are very annoying. http://www.target.com/p/west-bend-oblong-slow-cooker-with-tote/-/A-10646883?ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001&AFID=Google_PLA_df&LNM=|10646883&CPNG=Appliances&kpid=10646883&LID=PA&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=10646883&gclid=CIXhr9TbhroCFYk9QgodURQAUg

THIS is a crock-pot: http://www.target.com/p/crock-pot-stainless-steel-slow-cooker-5-qt/-/A-10963122?ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001&AFID=Google_PLA_df&LNM=|10963122&CPNG=Appliances&kpid=10963122&LID=PA&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=10963122&gclid=CI_Ln_CUh7oCFQeCQgoddgIAoQ

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That is the same device being talked about. It's just designed to be removed from the heating element for transport. Mine does that too, though it's shaped a bit different. –  Yamikuronue Oct 8 '13 at 11:25
    
@Yamikuronue talked about where?? The question asked about the difference between crock-pot and slow cooker. I gave an example of a slow cooker that is decidedly NOT a crock-pot. And now I've been down voted twice? –  Jolenealaska Oct 8 '13 at 11:32
    
One of the benefits of a "crock pot" is that it heats from the sides as well as the bottom. My slow cooker obviously heats only from the bottom and in no way resembles a crock-pot. –  Jolenealaska Oct 8 '13 at 11:38
    
Plus a crock-pot is insulated all around. My not-a-crock-pot is not. –  Jolenealaska Oct 8 '13 at 11:58
    
The term slow cooker is the generic product name for a stand-alone appliance with a heating element and ceramic casserole dish that cooks foods with slow, moist heat. As I suspected! My appliance doesn't even really meet the standard for slow cooker (although it is marketed as such), much less crock-pot. –  Jolenealaska Oct 8 '13 at 17:06
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