This is your basic crock pot and it has everything you need. Great size for large family meal planning, easy to read dial and has a good cook book. It's great for new cooks and busy Moms and Dads preparing meals early in the day, having them ready when you walk in at night. The price is excellent! Time to Heat The heating time is good for a crock pot, the internal pot is thick so it does take a little time to heat and cool down. Cooking Performance You have to remember this is great for stews, soups and chilis - NOT for browning meat. It's great for what it is intended. Ease of Cleaning This would be my only complaint. The interior gets harder to clean the longer you use the crock pot. I have to soak the crock before I can get it clean and your not supposed to use a harsh cleaner or rough sponge to clean it, baking soda doesn't help. Ease of Use Sooo simple. Put the vegetables in, meat on top, add some flavored liquid - Rotel is my favorite with chicken - and turn it on. What could be easier? Tender meat with veggies and gravy, add rice when you get home, easy peasy! Design Simple and easy to read dial for cooking settings. Crock comes out for cleaning. I know they want the electric cord short for safety, but I would like it longer personally. Durability We've only had 3 in 38 years of marriage, that is pretty durable.