I have made everything in this rival slow cooker from sausage cheese dip to brown sugar, bacon-wrapped hot dogs! I received this slow cooker as a wedding gift almost 9 years ago...I have never needed to purchase another one. The rival slow cooker is extremely well-made...with the exception of the plastic handle on the lid. After 8 years of use, the plastic handle on the lid did just pop off. I have continued to use the slow cooker, however, because everything else about the rival slow cooker is in perfect working order. I love that I can put the lid and removeable bowl in the dishwasher after use. It is a tad bulky for most of the dishwashers I have owned, but I have always been able to squeeze it in. I am a firm believer in products that stand the test of time. I am not a rich woman and do not have the funds to constantly replace cooking appliances. Thankfully, the rival slow cooker is not something I have to worry about replacing. It has lasted longer than I expected and is still going strong! Time to Heat The rival slow cooker heats up extremely quickly. I often give it a quick touch on the side to make sure it is heating properly and it does not disappoint! Cooking Performance I have not had any trouble cooking with the rival slow cooker nor have I had to adapt recipes to ensure that food cooks properly. Ease of Cleaning Dishwasher friendly! Ease of Use It only has 4 settings...it doesn't get easier than that.