I had never used a pressure cooker before, but this was such an amazing price I knew I couldn't pass it up. I've wanted an electric pressure cooker for quite a while partly because I have a friend who cannot say enough good things about hers. I now know why. I'm so pleased with this purchase that I recommend Wolfgang Puck electric pressure cookers to EVERY BODY! This makes a fabulous wedding, birthday (for your culinary inclined friends), Christmas gift, etc. I can make an amazing beef stew that tastes like it cooked all day in 23 minutes, tonight I made red beans and rice (with 2 cans of beef broth, a generic box of mix and frozen chicken breasts to shred) in 20 minutes! My family LOVES it and it literally took NO EFFORT!! You gotta try this appliance.