When I got the 6 quart size crock pot as a gift I thought it was going to be way too huge! Surprisingly enough I now can't imagine using one smaller. It is just the right size and shape to fit roasts, whole chickens, and other large pieces of meat. This model does not have anything super fancy but it gets the job done well. I have also learned to just use a Christmas light timer in my plug in if I want to delay the start of the crock pot. Works like a charm!