For a family of 5 on the go, it's essential to get good meals, prepared ahead of time, that don't need watching. With Low, High & Auto the controls are simple.
Some people like the auto for the initial boil and then simmer action, I personally tend to use the low most of the time if I know I'm leaving it unattended.
Soups, stews, chili, mince and especially curry are excellent - it's worth noting that I brown meat in a regular pan beforehand to get a nice brown finish, you don't have to - but stewing steak for example will look "rare" even though it's fully cooked (if that's important to you)
I read one review where someone questioned that the lid just "sits" and is not airtight - well it's not supposed to be, in fact I have another slow cooker with a locking lid - but that is just for transportation purposes to prevent spills - the lid should have some give. Being see through glass means you don't have to move it anyway, so I don't see the problem.
The inner ceramic bowl is heavy, and a little cumbersome to wash by hand - I would recommend this even if it was dishwasher safe (it isn't by the way) as you often get a tide ring after long cooking that needs a gentle scrub. Just remember it may be heavy for older or arthritic people.
The lid is dishwasher safe, but be warned, the heat dry settings on a dishwasher will eventually fatigue the handle and it will break after time.
The only thing that would have made this perfect (so I knocked off half a star) is that there is no "WARM" function.
Even on LOW, the food stays piping hot for a long time, the warm function enables you to keep the food at just that, especially if you have people coming in at different times to eat.
At this price, quality and ease of use however, everyone should have on - highly recommended.