Overall this is a great crockpot to cook stews,soups and more in. But it does take a while to heat up and get hot and cook. Overall I like it and would recommend it. I own this product and giving my own review, I did not receive it from any where. It's a very easy crockpot to use. It is great besides the heat up time which is approximately half hour. I have cooked more than 2 hands full of meals In this crockpot, I have had it a while and it still is alive and cooking. Once it get's heated up. It does cook very well. I love the lid this comes with. It has rubber under the lid to prevent sliding of the lid. Awesome feature. Time to Heat Takes a while to heat up. about half hour. Cooking Performance It cooks great once heated up, Cooks chili pretty fast, probably in 1 hour. I love the cooking performance of this product. Ease of Cleaning Very easy to clean. Insert bowl comes out and inside can be easily wiped down. Crock pot bowl is dishwasher safe or just handwash. Ease of Use Very easy to use. Love it. You put the bowl insert in, plug it in and heat it up, Load food into it, and put the lid on top and let it cook. Design I like the ease of design, Nothing to difficult. Durability Great Durability.