>>I started off with an Aroma slow cooker from CostCo (like $30) but have gotten a slightly more expensive one.<<
The first one I got was a simple 2-qt model with two settings and inset liner. Then I got a bigger one, 5-6 qt with a glass lid and removable liner, still two settings. The fancy one is 7-8 qt and oval, with removable liner, and four settings (4, 6, 8, 10 hours) plus a warm mode. So I can crock a main dish, a side dish, and a dessert all at the same time!
>> I like making chili and stew in it! Pretty similar concepts really, just differs slightly in ingredients and flavoring.<<
I make stews sometimes. Also the venison spaghetti sauce that I make is much like a wet chili.