This rice dispenser is probably adequate for most families. First of all when you pull it out of the box you think you got an 80's IBM computer which is fine b/c it's supposed to stay in the cabinet. The construction is very basic. It's a box with a lever that lets out the rice into a small draw. The amount of rice that is dispensed is based solely off of how long you hold down the lever. Being that it is so basic it should last awhile. If your family is Asian and/or your diet involves rice at every meal get a bigger capacity dispenser.Overall it would probably good enough for most families. if you need something that dispenses more precisely or holds more rice get a different one.