I am new to the world of rice cookers, and now I wonder how I ever lived without them! I make rice a lot for my family of 4, mainly because it is a cheap filling ingredient, but sometimes I would get distracted and forget about the pot on the stove cooking my rice. Ruined a pot that way, so I thought about investing in a Rice Cooker. Now this is not top of the line in anyway, but for someone who is new to the Rice Cooking scene, I really recommend it. You add your rice and the water to correspond with the type of rice. Push the button and go. The outside of the machine stays cool, while the rice gets perfectly cooked inside. The see through lid is just a great perk. The Aroma 7Cup rice cooker comes with a steaming basket so you can steam your own veggies, and the bowl inside is removable for easy cleaning. I have used this rice cooker to make my morning oatmeal, put my oats in with water and then take care of the morning routine for my kids. When I am done, my breakfast is waiting for me!