I use this Crock Pot every once in a while when I get a large piece of meat or feel like trying a new recipe. This product has never disappointed me. In the beginning I had trouble washing it because I had very small sink to work in. I purchased the Crock Pot liners and all of those problems disappeared. This thing is a charm to start a meal in the morning and have it ready by dinner. It is great to have the travel locking lid to take a large portion of food to your friends and family. My unit has no issue maintaining good temperatures for my desired time frame. I think this is a great product for a busy family and I would highly recommend it to make some delicious meals.