I bought this as a Christmas gift for myself in 2011 for less than ten bucks, not expecting much from it. I have been pleasantly surprised from it and it still works like it did when I got it. I use it anywhere from four to eight times a month to make a couple cups of rice at a time. I have never been able to make rice on the stove top come out good, and I like to make Spanish rice for Mexican nights, fried rice for mini Chinese buffets at home, or just plain old white rice, and this cooks up my rice perfectly. I have actually come to enjoy rice even more because of buying this. I also like that it fits perfectly on my counters, and it stores away easily when I am ready to put it away. It is also very easy to clean, and the rice does not stick, so I do not have to waste time with cleanup or storage. It is also simple to use, nothing complicated with this unit. It was ready to go right out of the box after a quick first use cleaning, which I recommend. All in all, I would buy again.