When I purchased the West Bend 6-Quart Versatility Slow Cooker I had only planned on using it to cook chicken, rice, and soups, but once I grasped the full capabilities of this crock pot it has become my all purpose cooking machine. This crock pot cooks rice and chicken very well. There is a 1 inch by 1 inch dead spot on the heating surface, but I have learned to cook around this flaw. The temperature knob on this device is very accurate and reaches my desired temperature extremely fast. The best thing about this device is the versatility. I have been able to do a little grilling on the heating surface under the crock pot. I have cooked chicken breast, turkey burgers, eggs, and bacon with ease on this mini grill. Cleaning the grill afterwards is extremely easy in the beginning, but can become a little harder as time goes on. If I decide to clean the debris away right a way it will come off with a basic paper towel. If I wait a couple of hours and let the grill cool down it takes repetitive light scrubbing. The only problem I see with this crock pot is that the nonstick coating isn't too durable. The coating has been slowly coming off after only 5 months of use. Using some sort of cooking spray is a must when I grill on the West Bend 6-Quart Versatility Slow Cooker.