I used this insulated carrier to transport a corn casserole dish for a 3 p.m. gathering that's 45 minutes from me. The "eating" didn't commence until about 4 p.m. because we were waiting for one more person's dish to arrive. My dish was still a nice warm temperature at two hours later (commute time to serving time)! The reason it was more warm than hot was because I had to remove my dish from the carrier for setup and by the time I got through the line, it was warm. (When I first arrived at the location, I checked my dish and it was piping hot--45 minutes later--just like it was when I took it from the oven!) I also utilized the zipper pouch on the outside for my serving spoon. Nifty! Really like this product!