This Rival 2-Quart Slow Cooker is a great buy for someone on a budget. I found it to be very cost friendly when I purchased it. It is the perfect slow cooker for one person. I found the electrical cord to be a little short for my preference, but it would probably be fine for most people. The length of the cord certainly does not affect the performance of this slow cooker. The handles, one on each side of the slow cooker are sturdy and stay cool when the slow cooker is in use. The removable insert does require a pot holder on the handles when removing the insert. The lid fits very well on top. The entire unit is very easy to clean. The design of this slow cooker does not take up a lot of space on your counter or shelf. I like the basic, uncomplicated temperature dial on the front. The dial has always worked well for me and stays in the position I set it in. There are small half round legs on the bottom of this slow cooker that raise the bottom off the counter area just enough to allow for air circulation to keep things from overheating.