I have used my West Bend Crockpot a lot and I have to say that it has always cooked evenly and worked great for me. I use it quite often, finding a nice meal when i get home all ready to eat which sure beats starting dinner at 6pm....it helps to make sure you eat more healthy instead of stopping off for fast food because you are tired. I have made everything from Roasts to Meatballs in it and find it a wonderful addition to my kitchen. I actually own three of these, one was given to me by a friend who rarely used it and now she says she wished she hadnt given it up. So the next football gathering we have, I am going to fill it with cabbage rolls and deliver it to her home the night before all prepared so she can serve them to her husband and his friends and have her crock pot back!