I bought this based on all the reviews. The only complaint anyone made was about price so I figured I'd go for it. This is my first experience using a rice cooker and I wish I'd gotten one years ago! I just made my first batch of rice - with ground beef, boullion, garlic and ginger. After cooking the rice, I combined it with veggies to make fried rice and it is delicious! No hassle with watching it, adjusting the temp, making sure it doesn't burn, boil over, etc. The rice is perfectly done, not sticky or gooey and of course, not burned. I also got the Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook to go with it because I love all kinds of Asian food and there is a huge variety of recipes with all types of rice. I especially like "congee," aka porridge, the ultimate comfort food soup made with rice and other ingredients. I look forward to making that during the winter or to help myself feel better if I get a cold. I'm also looking forward to trying GABA (germinated) brown rice. Certainly, this is an expensive machine but if you eat a lot of rice and want it done perfectly in a machine that will last, this is a good one to get.