My stove top safe slow cooker got badly scratched at a party the other day, so I am in the market for a replacement. Most have ceramic inserts, so they are not safe to use on the stove top for browning meat/onions prior to putting it on the appliance to finish cooking. I'm accustomed to be able to do it all in one pot (including cooking off excess liquid when I get home should I need to) but I assume there must be some benefit to the ceramic kind since that is what the majority of the ones on the market are made of -? It seems like a lot of excess dishes to me. Any insights?
The dishwasher safe thing is not an issue for me because we don't use the dishwasher for any pots or pans anyway, and I am looking for an actual slow cooker appliance, not an instant pot (I already have a stove-top pressure cooker) or a dutch oven (I have two and a braising pan). I need something that can prepare food when I return to full-time work in the fall and have it ready to feed a family of six when I come through the door :)