This Zojirushi water boiler was given to us as a gift. At first, I didn't know what in the world we needed with a water boiler. But, I have fallen in love with it! Yes, it's easy to boil water on the stove with a kettle, but when you have little ones that are distracting it is very easy to boil a kettle dry! Having this water boiler has been so convenient. I can immediately put hot water in my tea pitcher and steep it for 5 minutes. That compares to waiting several minutes for water to boil on the stove top...and getting distracted by the kids in the meantime. It is also very handy for Miso soup or cleaning with hot water. It's there and handy. I do wish it had a larger basin to hold more water. Seems that I am always filling it up. I love the "unlock" button, which is required before you can release hot water out of it. I also love that you can set the temperature on it. It is quite expensive for what it is, but the convenience is worth it to this busy mama.