It says that I am the first person to review this product, so here goes. I bought this slow cooker because this is the black version of model 48710 3.5L in stainless steel, which has received rave 5 star reviews.
I can compare both models with each other, as I have owned and cooked in both.
I first bought the 48710 in stainless steel for my elderly mother, and it certainly lived up to expectations. When it came to replacing mine, I found this black version, which I must say looks very contemporary, and would suit a lot of people's kitchens. Personally, I much prefer the colour, and the fact that it doesn't show any fingerprints, which the model in stainless steel does. Apart from that, they are identical, and the cooking results in both are superb. They are true to their settings of low, medium and high, and do not cook too high, or burn food as some other slow cookers have been accused of. I find these 3 settings give you loads of flexibility on food timings, better than just having low and high, as on most others.
We are a family of 2 adults and 2 kids, 8 and 6. Its a perfect size for us, and stands out on the worktop all the time. We are now eating healthy, tasty home-cooked meals. We will probably use it 1-2 times per week.
As a mum, my busiest time is after school, but now I can spend all my time with the kids, helping with homework, running them to after school clubs, knowing that all I need to do is serve up, and wait for the compliments! Plus when husband is running late, its no problem. We are eating far less ready meals and take aways now, think we'll be losing weight too, without feeling deprived!
Only thing is, I now find that to truly take advantage of this way of cooking, I am going to need a bigger pot, so that some days I can cook loads, eat and freeze. This is where the true cost and time-savings will be. Next time, I am going to research a bigger one that has got a timer and keep warm facility, so that chicken or fish don't overcook if we're out at work for 10 hours or so. I think it will be very useful to have both sizes.
If you want be economical, yet still eat healthy, delicious, restaurant quality food, I can totally recommend this model.