We were so tired of making too much stuff in the crockpot and having to freeze it. We are only 2 people and the 2-1/2 quart crock full of food was several meals. This makes one dinner each and leftovers for one to two lunches. Perfect. Works great, comes with a band to keep the lid on tight if you want to transport it...like for snackfests at a party where you're bringing the sauces or the little sausages in bbq sauce or the chili for the hotdogs. The controls..