I find brown rice difficult to steam; it either comes out too sticky, or it comes out to dry with traditional crock pots. Since I don't make white rice, I was looking for a cooker/ rice steamer that would make brown rice as fluffy and tasty as white rice. I found this machine, and although it was extremely pricey, it works wonders, and it makes my rice perfect each time I use it. You simply press a button, and you set the type of cook you want. You can also preset the rice steamer by selecting the desired amount of time to steam the rice. I usually set it for 8 to 10 minutes at a time when steaming rice. Although I own a couple of crock pots, none of them steam brown rice the way I like it cooked. This device perfectly steams brown rice, it doesn't come out sticky, and the rice can still be eaten a few days after it is initially made. If you want an all in one cooker and steamer, this is the ideal choice. You will pay more for it, but it should last several years, and it has yet to give me any problems.