We bought a slow cooker a couple of weeks ago. Looked in Japan first, then realised it's probably cheaper to buy one in the US and have it shipped over. We ended up going with this model from Crock Pot. It ended up costing us $43, and we paid $40 for the shipping.
So far I am liking it very much. It's incredibly easy to use (just three settings: low, high, and warm) and you basically throw everything into it in the morning (or at night), turn it on, and leave it to do its thing for the next 8-12 hours.
I made pork and potatoes last week, and my wife made beef, carrots, onions, and turnip yesterday. Both came out really good.
I wish we'd bought one of these years ago!
It's pretty much perfect for our lifestyle, as we tend to work long hours and come home late. Coming home to hearty, tasty food done to perfection is a nice change.
Anyone else have a slow cooker? Any good recipes?