Like having an extra burner and also a simmer and fast boil. Temperature Control Easy to set the temperature and buzzes when reaches temperature. Heat Distribution Food seems to heat evenly, no cold spots so far. Durability Haven't had it long enough to really know but so far am happy with it. Design Needed to go for black since bisque is out of style. Matches the microwave that is above it. Ease of Cleaning Easy to remove grates and wipe down.