Use this for the first time today, it works great! It's a lot thicker than the metal one that came with my Crock-Pot Express so there is about that is lost when using it. this generally won't be a problem in my household. We used it to cook chicken breast and keep it out of the liquid at the bottom, it worked great. The handles got warm but not hot and made it easy to pick everything up at once. I would recommend this item for sure.