I purchased the cooker when it was on sale and have had it for a little over a month . It arrived promptly and well packed. The first thing that struck me when I unpacked it was how well it was made. The lid is very substantial with a hefty surround that seals well. The unit holds the set point temperature very well. I've only cooked steaks so far. It takes a bit of practice to get the searing perfected at the end of the sous vide cooking period without overcooking the meat. There are several videos on YouTube that give practical instructions and hints to get a perfect steak. I'm very happy with the purchase and I would definitely recommend it, even at the regular price.