I just got this item a short time ago so I am still learning about it. So far my experience as been good. I am a vegan and cook a lot of things from scratch. However when I use a conventional pressure cooker I have to "baby sit" it to make sure things turn out right. This device is an improvement. Now I can just load, set it, walk away, come back later and find the food is perfectly cooked and kept warm. The preset buttons are helpful. I use one to make yogurt using soy milk (I've never seen it available in stores) and it comes out perfect. I hope that this pot holds up with regular use. It comes with a 2 year warranty (you have to contact them to get the 2nd year) which is reassuring. Only time will tell.