I have this slow cooker and this is by far the best I have ever owned. Over the years I've gone through about 5 different brands. This one has it all - a separate dish that can go into the refrigerator/microwave/slowcooker and oven! It also comes with a timer that you can set any amount of cook time on. Also in terms of cooking temperature you can choose between low and high settings as well as a warm setting. By default when it's done the cooker goes into WARM until you turn it off. What I also love is the fact that it comes with a meat thermometer! NO MORE GUESSING! Food can be cooked safely to the right temperature. Very easy to use - even my husband, who hates cooking, can use it!