Although I have a larger 6 quart slow cooker, sometimes it's just too large. For slow cookers to function properly they must be at least 1/2 to 2/3rds full. So I started hunting for a smaller one - a nice in-between size. The key feature crucial to my purchase is that it had to have a countdown digital timer. The Cuisinart PSC-350C has the features I want - a countdown digital timer ranging from 00.00 to 24:00 hrs., a glass lid, removable ceramic pot, Low/High/Simmer/Warm function, auto switch to Warm up to 8-hrs., 3-yr warranty, plus a 68-page operating manual & cookbook (English & French). Price-wise, ordering through Amazon was substantially cheaper than buying it directly from the shops here in Vancouver. Delivery service was very prompt - delivered 1 week after ordering. The 3.5 quart is a perfect size if cooking for 1 or 2 people or for making dishes where you don't want tons of leftovers. It's a breeze to operate and cooks to perfection, automatically switching to the Warm setting (and staying there for up to 8-hrs) once the cooking mode has completed its cycle. To give dishes added flavour, I like to season, dredge and brown the meat, poultry or vegetables before placing in the crockery insert. It's really worth the extra time and effort, because then the meal doesn't take on a "boiled" theme. When adding extra cooking liquid, reduce it to about 2-1/2 cups, unless you're making soup. There is always more liquid left at the end of the cooking cycle than when you start. And for those who make Chinese congee (or jook), the slow cooker makes the process super simple eliminating sticking, burning or constant baby-sitting. Use your favourite recipe, but a ratio of 1 cup long-grain white rice to 10 cups of chicken stock (or water) gives a good consistency, cook on Low for 8-10 hours. Unquestionably, a huge benefit for having a slow cooker is that it provides an opportunity to purchase less-expensive, but far tastier cuts of meat. Also, it eliminates stress - there's nothing like walking in the door to the aroma of a delicious ready-to-eat meal!