This is the only slow cooker I've ever had, and I love it. I've never had any trouble with my food cooking too quickly or too slowly in it - my dinners always turn out great in my crock pot. It came with a strap to keep the lid on for traveling purposes, which has really come in handy. It doesn't have any fancy settings that some slow cookers have these days, but I like it just the same. Simple, easy and reliable.