I received this Black and Decker Food Steamer as a wedding present over ten years ago and it is still working great! This is one of the most used appliances in my kitchen. On an average week, I probably use it three times. Some of my favorites to steam are fresh vegetables such as broccoli, sugar snap peas, and green beans. It is very easy to use and when you are finished, everything can go in the dishwasher with the exception of the base with the heating element. There is a cooking guide on the back which tells you which water level and how long to set the built-in timer which dings when finished. There is a bowl with it and I have to tell you that rice is my absolute favorite thing to make in this steamer. My rice comes out perfect every time and it is delicious too! This is definitely one of my kitchen favorites!