This crock pot is great if you're cooking a large quantity. However, I have found that it's disadvantages outweight the positives. First of all, the design is horrible! The top handle gets hot with the pot and you always have to use a towel to remove the lid. In addition, the cooks all food super fast. I have yet to find one recipe that I can cook all day without burning! The typical cook time is 3-4 hours in this thing! Time to Heat It cooks too fast and heats super quickly. Cooking Performance It cooks well for the most part, but you have to reduce the cooking time drastically. Ease of Cleaning Super heavy stone insert that is very hard to clean. Ease of Use It is easy to use because it's so large. Design The lid needs a handle that doesn't get hot! Durability Super sturdy item!