I received this Hamilton Beach three quart crock pot for my birthday last year and I love it! I tend to forget to set any kind of meat out to thaw for dinner, and this crock pot has saved me multiple times on that! I thaw the meat in the microwave, put it in the crock pot, add water and vegetables, and three to four hours later I have a delicious dinner with minimal effort. I can feed a family of four with it easy too. With children in the house, I stay busy so it helps to be able to put dinner on when I get up and slow cook it all day. This crock pot is absolutely great! It is easy to clean, all I do is throw the inner pot and the lid in my dishwasher and forget about it. It is small enough that it is easy to store in the top of my pantry. Also, it seems to be pretty durable. I have only had it for a year and a half, but I use it all the time. I have never had any problems with it. It heats up quickly, and is great for both quick crock pot meals and slow, cook all day meals.