While it’s tempting to emulate Ina Garten and make bread from scratch and homemade sauces for every dish, sometimes you just don’t have time for those big aspirations. Maybe you don’t even enjoy cooking, and you have 20 other things you’d much rather do, like binge the newest Netflix series.

If you don’t like cooking, it doesn’t mean you’re relegated to delivery forever. While bringing a new appliance into your kitchen, especially one as hefty and intimidating as a slow cooker, might seem like the opposite for what someone who doesn’t like cooking should do, we have a method to our madness. Once you get over the daunting size of the slow cooker, it will be your lazy-but-phenomenal-meal-making best friend.

A slow cooker requires nothing except a tiny learning curb to get started and a repertoire of recipes. Oh, and a great slow cooker. We can’t help you with the first two items, but we can definitely recommend five fantastic slow cookers to get you started.

KitchenAid KSC6223SS 6-Qt. Slow Cooker

If you’re looking for the best, you go to KitchenAid. With this slow cooker, if your recipe comes out rough, you’ll know it’s either you or the recipe and never the slow cooker.

BLACK+DECKER 7-Quart Digital Slow Cooker

Slow cookers are pretty big, and there’s no way around that, so your kitchen will need to make some room for this new item. At least with this model, your cookware will be so aesthetically pleasing you won’t mind the reduced counter space.

Wolf Gourmet

Are you ready to invest in the Rolls Royce of slow cookers? This model has enough settings to keep your friends asking what culinary school you studied in for every dinner party to come for years.

Proctor Silex 33111Y Portable Oval Slow Cooker

Not ready to part with your precious counter space when you only need meals for one or two? This slow cooker packs a punch but won’t have you struggling with bulky cookware.

Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker

This slow cooker comes prepared with the necessities to prevent the mistakes you’d otherwise learn to avoid the hard way — namely, clips on the lid so you won’t have to worry about spills. It’s also a great feature if you plan on showing off your newfound slow cooker skills at a potluck.