I got this for a good deal otherwise I would have gone with the 6 (+) quart size. I like this one, but I liked my old one better so it may bias my feelings. It does what it is supposed to do. Cooking Performance It cooks high or it cooks low. It does okay at both of these, but does not have the ability to automatically turn off or hold temperature. Ease of Cleaning It is fairly easy to clean. It seems like it is easier to accumulate burnt on bits in this round shape. That may be due to the smaller volume and it's contents over cooking. A cleaning advantage with the round shape is that it fits nicely in the sink in the event that it needs to soak for a spell. Ease of Use It is pretty easy to use because there really are not a whole lot of options Design I like the round shape. There are some advantages to simple. Durability It has held up pretty well but we have not had it very long. It does take a little bit of banging up in our cramped cupboard because of space constraints and it takes the abuse well.