I can't tell you about durability, because I've only had the Crock-Pot (brand name, as well as description) for a couple of weeks. However, my previous Crock-Pot (ditto) was bought at a thrift store in Bend, Oregon, and it was old when I got it. I've used it for almost five years, and since I paid $4.00 (on Senior Sale Day) for it, I'm really thrilled with Crock-Pot. Anyhow, I wanted the larger oval model because I like to do beef back ribs in barbecue sauce, and cutting the ribs in half to fit the round Crock-Pot was a royal pain. The day after the oval model arrived, I put in a batch of ribs, and they fit just fine. After about 12 hours, everything was PERFECT! I've been exulting at this purchase ever since. 7 Quarts is probably over-kill for two of us, but the instructions say I can safely cook 3-4 quarts, and I freeze stuff, so I think this is going to work. There's no rubber seal, but the old one didn't have one, either, and it never seemed to matter. There's no mechanism (or rubber bands) to hold the lid on, but I don't take my Crock-Pot to potlucks or tailgaters, anyhow, so that doesn't bother me. For excellent slow-cooking for a very reasonable price, this is your Crock-Pot!!
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