I like the Panasonic 3 Cup Automatic Rice Cooker for when it is just for two people. It makes just the right amount of rice and you know it will not get wasted or go bad. The rice is done in little time and is fresh and fluffy and very simple to prepare. I have had better results making rice in the rice maker than in the pot. So I use mine often. If you want to keep it warm for a little while there is that option as well. It is super simple to prepare and great for beginners cooks or if you just want to whip up a fast rice recipe. It is really good when you add a little flavor, or veggies and sauces as well. Performance I have had great results and my rice cooker has lasted a long time. Ease of Cleaning Super simple to clean, you just pop out the tub part and you are set to wash. Ease of Use Easy as pie, a kid could do it. Durability Mine has lasted a long time, more than a few years. Design The design is simple and practical and all you need to have a nice rice prepared quickly.