Hey, its like this. Cooking is like brewing, if it works for you and you are happy with the results then it is great.
For example: I am an extract brewer. I have not yet found the time to go to AG. Extract works for me. I can make a few batches of ale and cider, stock them away in the basement and it will last. It works for me. Is it the best way to brew so to reach a consistent level of quality that I want to achieve? no. For now it has to do.
I personally don't like crock pots and if ever editing your kitchen appliance I would recommend loosing the crock pot and upgrading, go to "AG" so to speak.
My argument is; why cook a piece of meat for eight hours until it is completely dried out stringy and over cooked? The meat loses it flavor. I have never had an outstanding meal made in a crock pot. I wont say it was bad just 'OK'. So' many people have tried to convince me by serving me their special dish made in a crock pot and I am never impressed. Just turns it to mush.
The argument on the other side is that you can start dinner in the morning and have it ready when you get home. I personally dont see the convenience cause I can do the same job in a pressure cooker in a tiny fraction of the time and energy consumption. I could prepare the ingredients in the AM get home from work put them in the pressure cooker and have the tough , beef pork, venison tender and ready to eat in under an hou, small enough pieces in a half hour. With a little practice and the pressure cooker you can make great stuff, whole dry beans, tough pieces of meat, (whatever) and with no fuss it comes out delicious and perfectly cooked in very, very little time.
Dutch oven works the same too.
Its like nonstick pans, I just dont need it.
But if it is working for you it is just fine. Nothing wrong with a crock pot. Works great keeping your meatballs and sauce warm on the table.