I had a more traditional crockpot with a ceramic insert. That one had a timer, too, which also switched to warm when the cooking time ended, which was great. I work long days, so I would "undercook" the recipe and let it continue to cook while on warm for several hours. Stupidly, I put that ceramic insert in the sink when hot, and it cracked with the cold water, so I had to get another one. I picked this one out because I liked a lot of the features on this one (stainless steel outside, timer, extendable/retractable cord/lid that can be clicked in place for traveling). But when I got it, I realized that there are some downsides to shopping on line. First, the panel that had the timer thing on it was flimsy and just stuck on. Second, the insert was not ceramic. It was a non-stick aluminum. (I should have noticed that before I ordered it on-line, but I didn't.) Though lighter to lift out and stick-proof, you can't use metal utensils, and I'm not sure it works the same as the other timing wise, as I expect ceramic heats up differently/slower than aluminum. But the worst part was that the timer, which kicks over to warm once done (same as my old one, a feature I loved), inexplicably automatically TURNS OFF after 4 hours. I made turkey chili in it, but was so bummed when I got home to learn that it was cold because more than 4 hours had passed since it switched onto warm. Not a big deal to turn on high and heat up (the meal was delicious), but the 4 hours only thing just defeats the whole purpose of the crock pot in my opinion. So I returned it and bought another one (more like my old one), which I love. Hope this helps you.
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