I actually went to buy the small crock for cheese dips but soon realized the smaller unit would only hold a cup which for a family or guest just would not work and I discovered that the small crock temperature could not be a adjusted but this pot can be. The Crock-Pot 3-Quart Slow Cooker SCR300-SS / SCR300-R-NP is the perfect in-between size with all of the pluses of the biggest units. Time to Heat Another great advantage is the distribution of heat. It heats evenly and it doesn't seem to take any time to bring it to the desired temperature. Cooking Performance Wow I am so impressed with these newer crock pots. They have everything we loved in the old ones but a lot of new features. Especially being able to cook meat/potatoes/carrots without the vegetables cooking to mush. I had just purchased a larger unit and ended up buying this one so I had a smaller unit to use particularly heating cheese. This unit melted the cheese without scorching or sticking. Note: I did pre- spray the pan but in the old crock pot it still stuck. Ease of Cleaning These new units are easy to clean and the removable crock makes it easy to stick in the dishwasher. Ease of Use This unit is easy to use and easy to store. Design I love being able to remove the pot when I want to fill it and boy does it make clean up a lot easier. The knobs are easy to read and the temperature appears accurate. Durability I;m counting on this one lasting as long as the old one and see no reason why it would not.