My wife bought this pot for me as a birthday present. I originally was looking for a five quart crock pot, but I now realize that the five quart would have been overkill. As usual my wife knows best. Time to Heat Heats up fairly quick and keeps the temperature very steady. Cooking Performance It cooks everything. I bought the Adirondack Cookbook which has great soup and crock pot recipes in it. This pot has never let me down. Everything I make in it tastes great. The pot does all the work. Ease of Cleaning The lid and crock are dishwasher safe but they can be washed by hand. Ease of Use Set it up. add your ingredients, cover, and turn it to the desired temperature and walk away until you are ready to eat. Design Standard crock pot design. No frills just a great crock pot. Durability I have had no problems with this crock pot. It has very few parts to break. So far all is good and it has been a couple of years since I received it as a gift from my wife. I highly recommend this crock.