Ah, finally a high quality cookie press, with metal parts that will stand the test of time. I've owned several plastic ones which didn't last very long. The plastic levers just can't take the pressing up & down & they break, usually when I'm in the middle of a big batch of cookies. So I was happy to find this metal one. I've had it for 9 years & it still works great. The key is to make sure that the dough is at the right temperature so it flows smoothly & quickly presses out one cookie after another. If it's too warm it sticks & if it's too cold it will be stiff. Sometimes if I am making a lot of cookies the dough warms up & gets sticky & doesn't press out perfectly. I find if I set it in the freezer for a minute it'll cool enough to press out perfect shapes again. Don't leave it in the freezer any longer or the dough will be too stiff & you'll need to let it warm up again, which may affect the taste. It comes with such a large assortment of discs that you can make so many beautiful shapes for holidays or just everyday. I have made sweet & savory recipes, both delicious & pretty. This isn't something I use every day, but since it is so easy & quick to make cookies I use it more often that I thought I would. It's easy to clean, take it apart & wash in hot, soapy water then let air dry on a clean dish towel. I never put it in the dishwasher. Also I store it in a tin to keep it clean. I highly recommend this press.