This crockpot is just right for any and all cooking. It is the old "manual" type by setting it manually to either low, high or off, but it's just right by me. I have had it for so many years that I have no idea how old it is. I use it many times throughout each month making all sorts of dishes, but mostly slow cooking meats. The inner part, the pot, removes so you can serve right out of it and then your food stays really hot. Easy to clean with or without using any spray cleaner. You may need to use a scrubby. I truly like my crockpot and won't be upgrading to any newer version as I really like this one. Time to Heat I think this crockpot heats in an ample amount of time without burning anything. Cooking Performance It has always cooked my food perfectly. I mostly slow cook meats and they turn out oh so good. Ease of Cleaning Cleaning is pretty easy. Just wipe the outer part of the unit. The inner part may need some spray before adding the food to be cooked. Worse come to worse, you may need to use a scrubby pad to get the ring off of the inside. Ease of Use oh so easy to use. Nothing to it. Set it either to low or high. Design the oval shape works well for chickens or roasts. Durability My crockpot has lasted so long that I'm not sure how long I've had it.