My mother in law purchased this crockpot for me with a note saying that my old one was tired out! I didn't agree with her but who is going to argue when someone is handing you a new cooking appliance? I did let it sit in a cupboard for awhile before I started using it since I had several other crockpots already and was a little irritated that she was telling me I needed a new one. Eventually I decided to put it to work cooking lots of different dishes for my family of 6. I found it is easy to clean with the removable crock and stainless steel exterior. The glass lid is also easy to remove baked on food from. It has been very reliable with even heating rather than burning food like my other crockpots. I wonder what I would do without it?! It is easy to use and makes life much simpler. In fact it has made life so much simpler that I ended up getting rid of all of the other crockpots that I had in my cupboard.