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11 Best Fermentation Crock [Reviewed & Buyer’s Guide]

Are you new to fermenting sauerkraut at home? Or are you a pro fermenter looking for a gear change? Either way, we’ve got your back!

Trying to find the best Fermentation Crock out there can be pretty confusing. After all, there are so many options available on the market.

But don’t worry; you’ve come to the right place!

We’ve done all the research on your behalf and come up with the 11 best Fermentation Crocks on the market. The best part about this guide is that all 11 crocks are available online and, therefore, just a click of a button away from being delivered to your doorstep!

You will also be pleased to know that each of these crocks has been chosen based on extensive research and highly rated customer reviews.

So, without much ado, let’s get started, shall we?

Top Fermentation Crocks

Our Top PickOur Top Pickhstcstbl-table__imageHumble House HHSK102
  • It comes with glazed weights and a cabbage tamper
  • Made of thick, high-quality ceramic with cadmium and lead-free glaze
  • Available in a variety of colors and sizes
hstcstbl-table__imageE-Jen S1.7
  • Made of high-quality propylene plastic
  • Microwave, freezer, and dishwasher-safe
  • Sizes ranging from 1.7 liters to 17 liters
hstcstbl-table__imageSeeutek BZ-564
  • Available in a variety of colors and sizes
  • Made of high-quality ceramic
  • Comes equipped with two stone weights and a pick tamper
hstcstbl-table__imageKenley fej-l5-fba.01
  • It has a burp lid and comes with weighting stones
  • Built of high-quality ceramic and 100% natural materials
  • Available in only a 5-liter volume
hstcstbl-table__imageK&K Keramik  BHBUKPPAZINH1314
  • Inner lining is Lead and Cadmium free
  • Made of high-quality handmade ceramic
  • Weighs 10.3 pounds
hstcstbl-table__imageNik Schmitt 370611
  • Made of Stoneware and available only in 10 liter size
  • Dimensions are 10.6 x10.6 x10.6 inches
  • Coated with a naturally manufactured lead and cadmium-free slip glaze
hstcstbl-table__imageOhio Stoneware Fermentation Crock
  • Large crock with a 3-gallon volume
  • Handcrafted with stoneware
  • Comes with a lid, two weight stones, and a recipe book
hstcstbl-table__imageMortier Pilon 100679
  • The crock itself constitutes of a two-part jar and a red elastic band
  • Dimensions are 7.92 x 10.69 x 7.92 inches
  • Weighs only 3.08 pounds
hstcstbl-table__imageCrazy Korean Cooking COMINHKPR71061
  • High-quality propylene plastic that is mixed with 7 to 10% natural clay
  • Double lid
  • Available in a wide variety of sizes
hstcstbl-table__imageSchmitt Gartoph SCH-3203-W
  • Measures 17.72 x 3.94 x 31.5 inches
  • Weighs only 0.81 ounces
  • Comes with a notched lid, bulbed handles, and dual weights

Jangdokdae, Korean traditional jars contain sauces and condiments.

  1. Humble House HHSK102

This German-Style Crock is ideal for someone who wants to invest in a traditional water-sealed unit on a budget. It’s available in four color and three volume variants. Furthermore, this crock is made of thick ceramic and is finished with a lead and cadmium-free glaze. It comes with a couple of glazed weights and an 11.75-inch wood tamper that allows users to ferment the traditional way.

Humble House SAUERKROCK Fermentation Crock with Glazed...
Humble House SAUERKROCK Fermentation Crock with Glazed...
  • Ferment food the traditional way with our water channel...
  • 6 in. wide and 8 in. tall; Makes up to 4 standard size mason...
  • Fill the gutter with water to seal food from foreign matter...
  • Constructed of thick ceramic and finished with a lead and...

Why Did We Like It?

This product is manufactured by a small American family business, which we loved! The versatility of this crock enables it to be used for a wide variety of purposes. This includes not only making sauerkraut, kimchi, and pickles but also being able to brew kombucha or growing a sourdough starter. The thick ceramic walls of this fermentation crock are strong enough for daily use while simultaneously being light enough to carry everywhere with ease.

Moving on, even the smallest variant of this crock (2 liters) can ferment up to 4 standard mason jars of vegetables, which is impressive. The larger size options of the crock can thereby be used to ferment bigger or more significant amounts of vegetables.

Since this crock is available in a variety of colors and volumes, it allows consumers to choose one according to their specific needs and tastes.

Moreover, this crock has a food-safe glaze that is free of lead and cadmium. This makes it look not only pretty but also effortless to clean, making it one of our top contenders!

What Could’ve Been Better?

While most reviews for this product are overwhelmingly positive, some consumers have complained that the build of the container is uneven, making it unsteady to place on flat surfaces. However, the company has always agreed to issue a refund or replace the order in all such circumstances.

  • Strong and durable build
  • Lightweight
  • Compact and easy to store
  • Multiple uses
  • Budget-friendly
  • Build issues in some instances
  1. E-Jen S1.7

Next up is an open-lid fermentation crock that is not only the most affordable on this list but is also available in a wide variety of volumes. The container is made of high-quality propylene plastic, and it comes with an adjustable pressing plate. This plate alternatively forms an airtight lid that facilitates vacuum and promotes a state that benefits the growth of healthy bacteria.

E-Jen Premium Kimchi, Sauerkraut Container Probiotic...
E-Jen Premium Kimchi, Sauerkraut Container Probiotic...
  • Easy to use! Essential product for kimchi, pickling...
  • Food safe, dishwasher safe, freezer safe, microwave safe,...
  • Great for storing other dry goods like grains, beans,...
  • Modern technology combining ancient Korean Earthenware with...

Why Did We Like It?

We were impressed by the highly-rated customer reviews this product received even after being the cheapest one on the list! So, if you’re looking for a fermentation crock on a tight budget, this is definitely the one for you.

Moreover, we loved the multifunctionality of the product as a storage container for dry goods such as grains, beans, flour, and pasta. We’ve all bought things that we planned on using regularly but ended up only using once in maybe six months.

In that scenario, this container comes in handy because not only can it ferment with ease, it can also double as a container that is both freezer and microwave friendly.

Also, this container’s design and box-like shape make it very easy to store goods in cramped spaces such as the refrigerator and the pantry.

What Could’ve Been Better?

The only downside we noticed of this product would be the material this is made of, i.e. propylene plastic. If you’re environment-conscious or someone who is simply looking for a more traditional heavy weight-fermentation crocker, then this product is not for you.

  • Lightweight
  • Easy to store and operate
  • Multifunctional
  • Available in a variety of volumes
  • Made of plastic
  1. Seeutek BZ-564

This is a traditionally structured water-sealed fermentation crock that comes with two stone weights and a pick tamper. It is available in two colors and two sizes, which are 2 and 5 liters respectively. The surface of this container is made of high-grade ceramic, while the interior is finished with a lead and cadmium-free glaze.

Seeutek Fermentation Crock Jar 5 Liter / 1.3 Gallon -...
Seeutek Fermentation Crock Jar 5 Liter / 1.3 Gallon -...
  • 🥬 Seeutek fermentation crock is a traditional way of...
  • 🥬 1.3 gallon pickling crock suitable for retain any...
  • 🥬 High-grade ceramic material, fermenting crock surface...
  • 🥬 Easy to wash - Smooth glazed fermenter surface and the...

Why Did We Like It?

This fermentation crock has some very glowing reviews online, and most of them insist that this is one of the best crocks on the market today. The range of sizes available makes it easier for you to purchase one according to your needs. 

That being said, its long-lasting build and remarkable feature of being able to retain the freshness of food for years have made it a popular choice. The comparatively low cost of this crock makes it a budget-friendly option that is perfect for a small family or individual use.

Unlike most water-sealed containers, this one has a reasonably big opening that allows you to insert your hands and wash it or stack vegetables with ease. Also, this product is quite versatile and can be used to ferment, pickle as well as make kombucha.

What Could’ve Been Better?

We did not come across anything that could be tagged as negative about this product. We only wish that this fermentation crock was available in larger sizes for professional users or people who simply prefer to ferment in large batches.

  • Long-lasting and sturdy
  • Easy to wash
  • Can store fermented food for very long periods
  • Budget-friendly
  • Only small sizes available
  1. Kenley fej-l5-fba.01

While being one of the less expensive recommendations, this water-sealed traditional fermentation crock is also one of our best ones. Its USP is the long-term storage ability that preserves your fermented foods for years while keeping the flavors intact. Also, it’s carefully designed with a food-safe coating to prevent oxidation and any bad tastes that are sometimes associated with inferior quality crocks.

Kenley Fermentation Crock 5 Liter and Pounder - 1.3 Gallon...
Kenley Fermentation Crock 5 Liter and Pounder - 1.3 Gallon...
  • Create your own healthy sauerkraut, kimchi and pickles: A...
  • Easy to use 1 gallon fermentation crock with lid & weights:...
  • 100% natural materials, high-grade ceramic & food-safe...
  • No preservatives or artificial additives: Pickles last for...

Why Did We Like It?

Our next recommendation is very highly rated in the reviews, and for a good reason! We love its high-quality build and its ability to ferment food in it for years at a stretch without any additional or artificial preservatives other than the usual saltwater.

Moving on, it’s a traditional and eco-friendly way of storing food that is beginner-friendly and extremely easy to take care of. The food-safe inner coating of the jar prevents oxidation and ensures that no liquid or vegetable matter is absorbed by the jar. Therefore, this successfully enables it to maintain the full flavor and benefits of the vegetables being fermented.

Furthermore, this crockpot is said to be made using only 100% natural materials. And who doesn’t love an environment-friendly product? Because we sure do. Kenley is also renowned for having a quick and trustworthy customer service team, which is always a pro in our books!

What Could’ve Been Better?

This fermentation crock is only available in one color and one size – brown and 5 liters – which is a bit of a letdown. This might make this product less than ideal for some people to invest in it. But that’s not exactly a deal-breaker, in our opinion.

  • Durable
  • Can retain vegetables for years at a stretch
  • Eco-friendly
  • Easy to operate and take care of
  • Great customer service
  • No color or size options available
  1. K&K Keramik  BHBUKPPAZINH1314

This is a hand-made German water-sealed fermentation crock pot designed in a modern, functional, and bulbous shape. It has two handles on each side and is made of high-quality one-piece ceramic that was fired at 1260 degrees centigrade. This crock is available in a 7-liter size and comes in a beautiful speckled brown color with a shiny copper finish.

Kerazo 7 L (1.9 Gal) K&K Keramik German Made Fermenting...
Kerazo 7 L (1.9 Gal) K&K Keramik German Made Fermenting...
  • High quality German hand-made ceramic ~Fired at 1260 C ~Free...
  • Deep gully - allows expelling of gas; prevents entry of dust...
  • Handles on two sides for ease of lifting and transporting;...
  • Beautiful speckled, earthen brown and copper coloring with...

Why Did We Like It?

This fermentation crock is not only beautiful to look at with its speckled earthen brown and copper color but also structured unconventionally with a bulbous shape. It has a deep gully and a narrower mouth that enables gas to be expelled from within while simultaneously preventing dust and air from entering.

Moreover, this is one of the few crocks that have handles on each side to enable them to be easily carried around. It has thick walls and a thick base, making it a sturdy option for consumers. Each of these containers also comes with a complete set that includes the pot, lid, weighing stones, and a recipe manual.

All of this makes it an attractive choice for consumers. But is the inclusion of these additional items enough to justify its steep price? That’s the only question left to answer…

What Could’ve Been Better?

This crock is very steeply-priced because of its high-quality build and manufacturing process, thereby making it unaffordable for many consumers. Also, its traditional structure might make this product a little difficult for beginners to operate.

  • Made of sturdy and high-quality material
  • Nuanced and beautiful design
  • Surprisingly lightweight
  • Hand-made in Germany
  • Very expensive
  1. Nik Schmitt 370611

Nik Schmitt has been considered one of the go-to brands for sauerkraut crocks for a while now. Hence, adding one of their water-sealed crocks in our recommendation guide was a no-brainer. This product is manufactured and imported only from Germany and is handcrafted f

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