I purchased this item because it looked good, but also because of the large capacity. Two problems: I use a crock pot to cook meals while I am at work, so I am gone for 9 hours. I made chicken soup and it turned out to be almost burned chicken stew. Not only did it cook at too high of a temperature for a slow cooker, the top did not seat well, leaving a 1/4 inch gap on both ends, so what little moisture may have been retained due to the high temperature was lost due to the space between the top and the cooker. I immediately returned it, and now waiting for a refund. I have purchased many other items from Overstock, and this is the first time I had to return something.