I've used many pressure cookers over the years, from my Mums one from the 1950s (one of those with clamps that fitted over the lid), to a nonstick one with a timer. When I decided that it was time to buy a new one for myself I did lots of research online, and found that this one was highly recommended. And, best of all that the best price was to be had at Lakeland. The cooker is superbly made, the heavy base means that nothing sticks, even when the heat is up high to bring the cooker to pressure. The mirror finish exterior means it looks good too! A handy cooking guide on top gives some basic cooking times for commonly used food items. Using the cooker is simplicity itself, prepare the food, make sure your liquid level is between the minimum and maximum amounts, put the lid on and turn on the heat. Wait until the red line on the pressure indicator is on the right line and start timing. When the cooking time is ended, reduce the pressure, open the lid and enjoy! No hissing, clanging or steamy kitchens, just beautifully cooked food in about a third of the normal time. If I had one criticism, I do think that a vegetable steaming basket should have been included, I'm using one from one of my many dead pressure cookers!