I am thinking of buying another Zojirushi Rice Cooker. I had one for a few years, and it worked perfectly until it broke down from all of the abuse. The new ones cook brown rice as well, which I think is a big plus. This should be one of the greatest devices known to mankind, especially for people who hold down regular jobs. Put rice and water into the cooker in the morning, hit the cook button and leave. Perfect rice will be waiting for you when you return. For something different, cook the rice with broth instead of water. Or add other grains. I sometimes added cardamom to the pot, which makes for very nice fragrance and exotice flavor.