We all know about convenience and electricity-saving of crock pots that allow us to be away from what can be long and laborious cooking time required in many meat, beans and sauce recipes. The construction of the Rival 3100P Crock Pot is sturdy and solid enough, the cord is a tad short but not too restrictive as long as you can allocate enough kitchen counter space not too far from an electric outlet. However my own personal issue with most non-programmable crock pots, is the heavy-duty clay pot that, while thick enough and well-fired to withstand endless use, tends to give an unpalatable flavor no matter the dish. Be it sweet or savory, I seem to always get an unavoidable "clay pot smell and taste" to the food. This is especially damaging to broth recipes that depend on purity of flavor.