This cooker makes excellent rice. Unlike the typical, more inexpensive types, which conduct heat directly to the pan containing the rice, this model steams the rice in a slightly elevated stainless steel bowl. So add water to the cooker, place the rice and water in the insert, place the insert in the cooker, cover and start. Oddly, the lid is a mirror-finish stainless steel but the body is brushed stainless steel. I would prefer both with the same finish. Other reviews mentioned rust spots inside the cooker, and that is my experience too. The interior stainless steel obviously contains impurities, but the spots are superficial and should not effect performance or longevity. Overall, I'm very pleased with this product.