Being a girl on "the go", I love cooking with a crock pot. The fact that I can put my meal together in the morning and its ready when I get home is AMAZING! This crock pot has a press panel and you can choose 4hr/6hr low, or 8h/10hr high. So if you want to cook for a different time, I suggest picking the closest time and switch it to warm manually. You may have to play with it the first few times, to get the timing right. The first time I tried it on low, and my food took way longer than expected to cook. That was total bummer, since i was starving! It also has a switch to warm feature is awesome for unattended cooking. This way your food won't burn or get dried out. The shape of this crock pot is great. It is oval, rather than circular, and is big enough to fit a whole roast comfortably. It makes a perfect amount for me and my boyfriend as well as leftovers! Overall, I think this crock pot is perfect for a small family or couple. If you want something easy to use and inexpensive this is the way to go.