It's good, you can tell it's not the most well made slow cooker however it does the job. I'm not a top chef and all I use it for mainly is porketta... and it works, makes the porketta tender and I will get my use of it. I'm sure it would work great for other things too however you don't have a ton of settings and it's not the biggest so if you are cooking a lot you might want to think of getting something bigger. Time to Heat When using a slow cooker I tend to let it sit for a long time so it heats up enough for me... does it do it fast???? I don't know but it works! Cooking Performance Tender and juicy porketta... need I say more? The one thing I will say though is it doesn't have a ton of settings, this might make a difference depending on what you are cooking with it. Ease of Cleaning Nothing more or less than other slow cookers I have owned, wish it cleaned itself lol Ease of Use How much easier can it be... I put my porketta in, some water and turn it up! Design A slow cooker... not much you can do with one of this price range. Durability It's a cheap slow cooker but.... it does the job!