I really like this slow cooker. It's a little bigger than the 6 quart. I have always used. I found that my 6 quart slow cooker was always just not quite large enough. I cooked a roast, carrots, and potatoes in the 8.5 quart slow cooker, and it worked out much better. I really like the quality, and the looks of the 8.5 quart slow cooker. Most of all, I love the way it cooks. Everything I've cooked comes out very well . I'm very happy I bought this slow cooker and would recommend it.