I have a love affair with Crock Pots. Unfortunately, not all of them live up to high standards. I have had my current crock pot for about 10 years and just recently the plastic handles cracked and broke in 2, leaving very sharp edges. So, I decided it was time to get a new one. Crock pots have come a long way in 10 years! First of all, this one is huge. Mine before this must have only been a 5 quart. There is a noticeable difference in size. Also, my old one had 3 settings: warm, low and high. This one has many settings and is digital. It is very high quality and looks very sleek and stylish.