Full disclosure...I have only used this machine once. However, my experience was a positive one. I made delicious chicken thighs (frozen) with potatoes and carrots in under 45 minutes. For someone like me who doesn't mind cooking but is horrible about remembering to set food out to thaw this is going to be a great addition to my kitchen arsenal. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is that the directions are not detailed and a little difficult to follow.