Everything is better when cooked slow. I've had one for many years.Im cooking for myself nowadays and was given a gift of a slow cooker and by jaysus it is the dogs bollix especially regarding stews of any kind.
Two benefits: you can use cheap cuts such as shin or shoulder, and, you can have an extra beer when you are out without being obliged to arrive home bang on time. Hell, the extra hour will improve it.
I swear by mine and have never sworn *at* it.