I got this as a Christmas gift last year. I have not put it away since! I love this slow cooker so much that I use it at least twice per week. It is so amazing that it has a timer so you can set how long you want the food to cook then it automatically puts the slow cooker on the warm setting. You do not even have to be there to turn it down! This is great for me since I often times forget I am cooking. It also has the feature to just continue cooking until you turn it off. It is also nice because it has low, medium and high settings. It is also the perfect size. The only problem I have with this slow cooker is that when you have it on the warm setting it will burn the food. It is almost as if you have to let it cool down for awhile before you turn it on warm or it will keep cooking the food. This is only a problem if you leave the food in there for many hours as I tried to cook overnight and the food touching the sides was a little over cooked. Ease of Cleaning I do not think this slow cooker in particular is hard to clean, I just think they all are in general. I use the liners whenever I use mine and just throw that away and do a quick wash. Much simpler than scrubbing for hours!