When I started cooking more Asian foods at home versus eating out, I purchased this rice cooker. In my search for rice cookers I thought I would need to buy a fancy machine with many different settings, bells and whistles. But in the end, I chose this one for my overall needs and it's simplicity. Overall it is a very good machine to cook rice perfectly as well as other foods that are good steamed. The machine takes up little space on the counter top and is easy to clean. The ease of cleaning is something I look for in all kitchen machinery. Also in my opinion, it looks very nice in a stainless steel decorated kitchen. The machine has settings for white rice, brown rice and steam. It also has a delayed timer and warming buttons. The delayed timer is a handy feature for when the main course is not ready. While the warming feature comes in handy to avoid putting the rice in the microwave for reheating. This feature also does not dry out the rice as would other reheating methods. Overall the Aroma rice cooker is a good add on to any kitchen, especially if you have had trouble in the past preparing rice perfectly.