I received this Oster rice cooker for Christmas this year and couldn't wait to use it. My best friend had recently bought a similar model and was telling me about the great things she's been doing with it and the awesome meals she could cook. My husband and I ***love*** rice and I therefore decided to ask for one for Christmas. I started using it immediately. I was a bit confused at first as I think I was using the wrong amount of water to rice ratio but have adjusted that and it works beautifully. My rice is ***so*** nice :) Since receiving it, I have used it once or twice per week. I have used it to steam vegetables, vegetable stir fry type mixes, shrimp, chicken, long grain and short grain rice and all have turned out wonderfully. I realize that this model is very simple, I'm unsure if there are any advantages to others. With the steaming tray, you kind of just have to time that on your own so it can be harder to judge as to when you should add your things to the steaming tray so they are done in a relatively reasonable time compared to the rice. I definitely would recommend this product to others.