The West Bend oblong 5 quart slow cooker is a good versatile cooking machine. I received my slow cooker as a gift years back and enjoyed many years of cooking with it. My absolute favorite aspect of this slow cooker is you can take the slow cooking pot off the bottom heating part and it doubles as a griddle. Many times we enjoyed pancakes on this. It was nonstick so clean up was really easy. The downside was after many uses with the cooking pot on top the griddle began to get scratched and the nonstick coating began to flake off and was eventually unusable. This did not affect the crock pot performance at all though so it was not so bad. However this inside of the crock pot was also coated with a nonstick coating, which did make clean up so easy, as some crock pot foods can really leave a mess. In time, however this coating also began to chip and scratch even though we were careful to use only plastic utensils with it. We now no longer use it, but in the time we did we really did love this crock pot!
Kansas City, MO