I just recently bought this crock-pot, mainly due to aesthetics. The paint is well done and doesn't flake or scratch if handled properly. The latches were new to me and were at first difficult to figure out how to open. Upon reading the manual, I found out that pushing down gently on the lid handles with your thumbs while turning the latches and lifting the wire makes it significantly easier to open than forcing it like I initially had done. The lid did trap steam under the handle, but hand-washing or using the dishwasher to clean and rinse the lid seemed to do just fine. Overall, I am satisfied with the piece for the price I paid.
This crockpot is exactly what you would expect, quality wise, from Crock-Pot. Durable, easy to clean, and heats evenly. The locking lid for carrying is a new feature for me and took a second to figure out but seems handy. The colors and appearance of the crock pot are amazing. Vivid and nicely done. I was afraid the design might be some sort of stick-on but it isn't. Nicely done, matches my green apple mixer and retro themed kitchen perfectly. Several people have asked where I bought it.
I'll admit that I purchased this only because of the chevron pattern. I had a perfectly functional crockpot already, but needed some inspiration to actually use the darn thing. This is ADORABLE to say the least. It looks fun in my kitchen and it really does make me want to use it. The only downside I noticed is this: My husband was soaking the lid in some dishsoapy water and when I want to wash and dry it, I could see the underside of the handle through the clear glass lid, and I noticed it was full of soapy water underneath. I struggled a bit to pull the handle away from the lid so the water would drain out. Hopefully it dries up on its own and won't get mildew or something under that. It might happen on all Crockpots, I don't know, I hadn't used my boring one enough to notice this.
OTHERWISE, I love it!