ok, ok, I'm not a very experienced cook, which means I AM a microwave oven addict! Along with your conventional uses, I use it to boil water. Because my stove doesn't always work, I am reduced to my small appliances, such as an electric frying pan and my microwave oven. This one was given to me, so I got it used, without a handy book to tell me how to use it. But the controls are pretty self-explanatory, and I really like that this one has easy power level adjustments. Guess what? There's even a button for boiling water! What more could a person like me ask for? All-in-all, I won't be looking for a different one soon!