I have gone through numerous crock pots trying to find that one that has a good design, is easy to use and really works. Well I found it in this unit. Granted it's not programmable but then I never felt comfortable using that feature when I was away from home which is a lot. And the pluses of this unit far outweigh the absence of that feature. First there's that handy spoon rest on the top of the lid, so convenient for placing your serving/cooking spoon which by the way also comes with the unit. Second, there are the handles which lift up on the side of the crockpot making moving it from location to location much easier. Third, there's a lid rest on the back of the unit where you can securely place the lid while checking your food. This helps keep the counter free of a large lid placement and any food spill from that. Fourth, there are separate levers on the side so that you can secure the lid down tightly during cooking. Fifth there's a thick rubber lining around the lid which helps with the noise of a floating glass lid and also keeps steam and cooking fumes to a minimum. Another big plus for me was that I didn't need to air out or run the crockpot prior to using in order to eliminate toxic fumes as I did with my very expensive Cuisinart crockpot which then broke after two uses. I had to literally put that one outside when running because the fumes were so bad. This crock pot was ready to go. The ceramic was also easy to clean and the unit didn't get too hot when using stressing me out about accidentally touching it. All in all I am thrilled so far with this crock pot and looking forward to using it often when I'm in town. Highly recommended.