This Proctor Silex 1-1/2 quart round slow cooker is one of three that I own. I have more than one because I use them based on purpose and capacity. This is the unit I use when I am making enough food for less than three people. Of the three, this is the easiest to use. Unlike other smaller slow cookers this one has the advantage of having three settings (high, low and keep warm). Most smaller cookers do not have three settings. I have used my unit many times and have never had any problems with overheating. Relative to clean up, the ceramic crockery is removable which makes for easy cleaning. The outside of the unit is easily cleaned with a damp dishcloth. The lid is a sturdy glass one which fits snugly on the ceramic. I put the lid into the dishwasher. Another nice feature is how small it is, so it fits easily on the counter top and storage space, which is at a premium in my pantry, is not sacrificed. Lastly, the cord is really much longer than on the other two of my units, which is also a nice feature.