"Santa" brought this for xmas. Since I am working evenings, my spouse has dinner duty and with all the children's activities, healthy meals were often sacrificed. Now there is now excuse and I dont have to worry if I forget to start the crockpot while everyone's away! We've never used this kind of appliance before, so it did take a trial run to get used to and learn how it operates. Only problem - I now find the need for another one!