This is a good skillet for cooking meats and vegetables. The skillet heats up somewhat evenly except the edges do not heat up as well as the middle of the skillet. The temperature dial is easy to use and sensitive. Performance This is a decent skillet and we rely on it to cook big batches of stews and fajita vegetables. It cooks well and is reliable. I also use it to keep food warm during parties because it is safer and more convenient than using the stovetop. Very versatile and also small enough to take with you on the go. Durability The black skillet can scratch if you use a knife or fork to stir which is annoying. Made from hard metal and will last a long time. Ease of Cleaning The outside of it usually gets sticky if you don't clean it after every use. Wish I could put it in the dishwasher. Easy to clean with a sponge and soap. Ease of Use Easy to turn on and off and adjust temperature while using it. Lid fits nicely. Heats up pretty quickly. Good plug length.