To be honest, I don't know if there's a big difference between the various cheap ones on the market? I had a Conair one almost exactly like this one
for a long time and I felt like it performed great. I mainly used it for steaming my face to de-gunk my pores, and it worked well for that purpose. Like you I gave mine away in a move, and I've actually been meaning to get another and will probably get that one.