Never used a slow cooker and now I wonder why I didn't. Couldn't ask for more of an appliance. Great not have to be at the stove to watch food for boil overs and burning. Tried everything from soup to short ribs and complete success! Easy to use and easy to clean up. Spoon rest is a nice feature. This is a real value!!!!
The only reason I bought a programmable slow cooker was to use it while I am at work all day. The problem is, it turns off automatically after the time is up. Most switch to auto warm mode. This model boasts an auto off and auto warm feature. When you get into the manual, you find out auto warm feature means it automatically warms for 2 hours after you manually turn it to warm mode. Auto off means it turns off after the time is up.
It does work nicely otherwise. The lid feature is really nice - you don't have to find somewhere to place the lid while serving.
Conclusion - if you're looking for a slow cooker to use while you're not at home, choose a different one.
I got four in four different colors for a party to serve dinner. It was hit. Everyone complemented on the and wanted to know where I bought them. :-).
Have just used them once. I hope they last long too.