This is a high quality rice cooker that is durable and made to last. I have never been able to prepare rice on the stove top, but each and every time I try using this machine, it comes out perfectly. I've had my machine for a couple of years now, and it has always exceeded my expectations and made me happy. It is easy to use, and large enough to cook about 5 cups of rice at one time. There is a warmer on the rice maker so you can keep rice perfect until you are ready to serve it. The LCD display is easy to read. The unit is easy to clean and comes with a spatula and few other accessories. Had it not been for this rice maker, no one in my family would eve request rice. It is a great machine that works perfectly.