I looked forward to using the Pure Oriental Sushi maker and had looked into 2 alternatives before choosing it. First of all, use proper sushi rice! I tried it first with Basmati rice which just didn't stick together. I do find sushi just as easy to make rolling in a standard sushi mat as using this maker. However, this maker comes into its own when slicing. I found it easy to slice lovely even pieces of sushi, which looked great on the sushi plate. It is fairly easy to clean, but do this immediately before the rice residue goes all glue-like and hard.