OK, I just read "my" reply and I have to confess that my dh was posting as me. He bought the rice cooker to keep me from ruining anymore rice. So far it has saved us many a fuss. The new cooker he bought is bigger/sturdier than the old one. The old one just had a little hole in the lid that was supposed to let some of the steam out. It was very messy, but the new one has a removeable cylindar that traps any spew and lets the pressure off without the mess. I think they all have steamer baskets so that shouldn't be a big deal. I am happy with the new cooker, but dh is the one that read all the features and could probably write a rice cooker article for consumer reports. I will have him come back and explain the merits of the higher end models. He is very much into the "bang for buck" so he will definately push the cheapest high end model.
Oh, and brown rice was the straw that broke the camel's back with dh. The last time I made it in a heavy saucepan with a tight fitting lid, I still managed to louse it up so he decided to find a way to make it fool proof. Although I was a bit insulted at first, I am happy to report that my brown rice has never tasted better.