I use a slow cooker every other day during the WNY winters. I now have 6 different sized slow cookers. I decided to splurge on this one because I was tired of the Rivals, Slow Cookers and Hamilton Beaches' handles cracking and breaking off on the outside metal housing. I have made chili and stew in this cooker so far. This is very large and takes up a great deal of counterspace but works very well. I haven't used the programmable part of the slow cooker yet but I am looking forward to trying it out.