I love this thing and so does my husband!
We had to get rid of our rice cooker since teflon coating of the pot was peeling and buying a replacement pot would cost more that buying a new cooker. I figured if I buy new rice cooker I would eventually in a year or so have to replace again for the same reason. And I started looking for cookers with stainless steel pots.
I was hesitant getting this because I didn't need many features this thing had. I already have slow cooker and other pots and some reviews said that it spits hot water but I decided to give it a try again because of the stainless steel pot I figured in a long run it will save us money.
Omg how did I live without this thing? After couple of tries my rice comes out faster and perfect always which I couldn't say with my previous rice cooker. Then I tried stew in it, all I can say I no longer need my slow cooker and removed it from the counter.
I have no isssue with hot water spits and hopefully it won't happen. Haven't tried making cakes in it but I certainly going to try