When I saw this slow cooker in the store, I thought it would be the perfect answer to eliminating a few small appliances. The price was good also, so I bought it and took it home. The cord is long enough and attaches with a magnetic action and stays connected when being used. The lid fit well on the top. The basket is a very lightweight metal that I felt could have been made a little stronger. When I had a full basket of food in there to deep fry, it didn't feel too secure. I did not like the detachable basket handle. I found it difficult to keep attached to the basket when I was lifting the basket out of the slow cooker. The outside container of the slow cooker worked well for me. It was large enough without being too large to do most of the things I needed done. I found the legs of the slow cooker to be a little too slippery for my taste. To gain added stability when using this slow cooker, I put a hot pad underneath it. I did not like using it as a slow cooker because I felt the material of the slow cooker was just too thin. It did clean easy. The temperature dial worked well.