We received this slow cooker as a wedding gift and love the options its opened up to use in the kitchen. It's a bit bulky in its large oval shape with protruding handles and trailing power cord, but so very worth finding the storage room for. I love the option of throwing some ingredients into the pot and having dinner waiting for me when I get home from work. I especially love this in the summer when it throws absolutely no heat into the house while it cooks. The heavy ceramic crock goes easily into the base and the lid is a very sturdy glass with a plastic grip. It's a bit of a chore to clean simply because of the weight and size of the crock - however it does clean easily. There are multiple settings, low and high with four various pre-set time frames that accommodate almost any meal. You can always turn it back on if necessary. Essentially this pot does all the work as it slow cooks your food, locks in moisture and eventually blends your spices and flavors. A must have for people who want homemade food but don't always have time to stand over the stove.