I have an average size family of 5. We like to cook rice for our side dish for many meals. I used to just boil water and cook rice on the stove top. That of course required watching for the water to boil and then setting a timer for when the rice would be done. Sometimes of course it would stick to the pot and sometimes the water level was off, etc. This rice cooker is simple and quick to use. There are 3 options - you can cook 1 cup, 2 cups or 3 cups. The cooker comes with it's own measuring cup. If you use 1 cup, then you fill the cooker with water up to the 1st line, 2 cups, use the 2nd line, etc. The just place the convenient see through lid on and press the button down to "cook". When the rice is done the cooker clicks and the button moves to "keep warm". Cooking on the stovetop does not have an option to "keep wam". The lid is self venting, so there are no spill overs or boil overs. The rice is cooked to the perfect consistency each and every time. You can even serve right from the removable non-stick bowl. And since it is non stick it is super easy to clean.
Stuarts Draft, VA