We bought this particular slow cooker just for the sole purpose of using it for a racing party to serve a warm dip from. The unit performs very well and served our purpose perfectly. The entire family loved the NASCAR design, as well as the usefulness of the slow cooker itself. I admit we bought this one because it was NASCAR we already have some various versions of many different slow cookers. This one works as well or even better than some I have tried. I like the ease of cleaning of this unit as well, I had concerns that the NASCAR images would become distorted from the heat of the slow cooker but it has not as of yet, and we have used it many times since purchasing it. I would recommend this slow cooker to anyone especially NASCAR fans such as our family. We have gotten much enjoyment from this unit and lots of great spicy dips. Try this out at your next racing get together for a great hit with the family and friends, as well as good food.