The Hamilton Beach Meal Maker 7 quart Slow Cooker is wonderful. You can make just about anything in here from meat, chicken, fish, vegetables, rice, desserts, etc. the sky is the limit. Really nice for meals you leave and let cook overnight or for a few hours to get that added flavor you don't have from quick cooking. It is simple to use and really easy to set up. Just plug in and put on the heat/cooking level you want and you are set to go. It is easy to wash, a little heavy, but simple. They last a really long time too. I have had mine for years and use it every so often, but its like new and in great working condition. I have never had any problems with it. Time to Heat Heats up pretty quickly, and remember this is a slow cooker....so moderated heat. Cooking Performance Wonderful, just make sure you have a few hours minimum. Ease of Cleaning Simple, quick and easy. Ease of Use Anyone could throw a fews things together to cook in here. Really great for couples or singles.