I eat rice 4-5 times a week and have never enjoyed having to check on it constantly to make sure it is cooking properly. I decided to look into a rice cooker but was hard pressed to find one with a stainless steel pot that was reasonably priced. And then, voila, the ME81! Making rice has never been so easy. You add rice and water, plug it in, flip the switch to cook, and check back when it's convenient for you. Perfect rice every single time. It automatically switches to the warm setting when it's done cooking. Cleaning up is simple as well. I've found that if I turn it off once it's done cooking [rather than having it sit on warm for a long time] and then let it sit for 10 minutes or so, all of the rice easily comes up off the bottom and there's not even a need to soak it for cleaning purposes. If I do leave it on warm for a while, some rice does stick to the bottom but it's easily cleanable with a quick soak in the sink. Cleans beautifully. I absolutely love this rice cooker! Quick, low-maintenance, easy to clean. Excellent!