Several years ago my wife and I were in Thailand and visited friends (native Thai). Rice is a very typical food item and she made the best I've had. Asked her what her secret was and she said showed us her rice cooker, just like the one above. First thing I did when we got back was to order one of these and I haven't been disappointed in the three years I've had it. Makes perfect rice every time and so convenient. Anyway, my grown daughters always commented on the rice I make and they love the cooker too, so what a better Christmas present than to by them each one, especially at the rice we paid. They love it, particularly with their busy schedules.