I never thought that using a slow cooker would become one of my favorite kitchen appliances since I am a casual cooker and don't like spending too much time in the kitchen. As a busy working mom, there are times when I wish I could just close my eyes, reopen them and find dinner ready. Unfortunately with this not being the case, I just love to use this cooker which allows me to put the food to cook before I head out to work and then come home to tender meat and cooked vegetables for dinner. The time I save is what makes it the best for my schedule. When I get home the food is basically ready and I have to do is add whatever other item I wish to eat with my meat and vegetables or just serve my family as is. I am not afraid to leave it on because I find it to be safe and extremely easy to use. I have definitely told my friends and family about how content I am with my slow cooker and I have recommended they get their own because the time you can save in cooking allows a family more time together. I will also say that I recommend any and every busy mom and dad to get one and see how much easier the cooking life becomes.