I bought this because my mother had gone on about how when she was in college the 'it' thing to have was a hot pot. And, I wanted something easier than a microwave to cook pasta and rice/veggies.
This delivers so much.
My roommate and I started out by boiling water for tea and coffee. It took under a minute to boil enough for two mugs and when we filled it 3/4 the way up it boiled in approx. 2 min. --on highest temp--. Next we made spaghetti, it was handy because we did not need a colander --the spout that you pour it out has its own little strainer!-- We have made stir-fry and rice, mac and cheese, soups, all faster than stovetop/microwave. Easily the best [$] appliance I have ever bought. Perfect for dorms because it is so compact. -- only drawback when we had friends over we had to make two batches of noodles. But it still took about the same amount of time the stove would have.