As well as being a stylish looking item this slow cooker really lived up to expectations. It is capable of producing soups, stews and other tasty meals with enough left over for me to take to work for lunch the next day. OK, so it doesn't have a heat indicator light but it's easy to see that it's operating just by looking at the glass lid and seeing the condensation, not to mention that the sides get hot when it's operating. It also has a keep warm function which is an improvement over our last slow cooker. I'd say that this cooker is ideal for two, or for a family of four and we are really pleased with it.