This Sanyo rice cooker was given to me as a gift a while back. Before, I would buy boxed rice and just cook it over the stove top. Not tasty, but it did the job. When I got this rice cooker, I thought, "Well, why is it so costly? A rice cooker is a rice cooker!" However, this particular rice cooker is well worth the price. Not only does the cooker prepare just the right amount for me, but I've never really had the problem of my rice being scorched, or ending up too dry or soggy. I've thought about using the cooker to prepare things other than just rice, but for now, the cooker is serving its purpose as something functional and durable. While it may be expensive, I've found that in the past I've been having to replace rice cookers for defects and other problems relating to overuse and simply low quality. This product is a great investment, and if you wish, you can definitely use it for other things, making it not only durable, but versatile!