As a divorced single working mother with very little spare or extra time on my hands. This single item not only has lasted me 20 years but has cooked my family and friends many meals. Meals ranging from pot roasts to spaghetti sauces, alfrado sauces, ribs, soups and stews to baking apples cinnomon and sugar. That alone mak es the best air freshening potporris but can be used just as apples, over icream, cobblers, pies or over pancalkes and waffels. Time to Heat Heating of this item is impecable. It heats up fast and cooks very thorough. Safe to leave on a low heat to simmer a roast from a state of being raw to falling apart finished when you return after a tiring day at work. It can re hest in just 15 minutes, stores nicely in refidgerator leaving less dishes and pans to be scrubbed dried and put away later. Cooking Performance What can I say. Top performamce. I have had and used my regularly over twenty years and have never had a problem or delay with the heating pr performamce in any way. Ease of Cleaning Soak, wash and rinse. Couldn't be easier.