Summary: This rice cooker has been just awful. Spits steaming water everywhere through the vent at the top. Takes way to long to clean this thing. Don't even think about cooking your quinoa or other grains in this thing. They get stuck in the tiny hidden spaces around the lid. I've had to spend a half hour or more with a toothpick trying to scrape out all of the mess after it finished cooking.
Summary: This is a great rice cooker. I cook several different kinds of rice on a regular basis (short-grain, long-grain, jasmine, brown, black, and quinoa) along with veggies in the steamer basket. It turns out very well, as long as you don't leave it on the "keep warm" setting very long. I usually just turn it off shortly after it's done, and if you keep it closed, it will still stay warm for at least 30 minutes or so.
Summary: I wanted a rice cooker for cooking brown rice. This doesn't have a separate button for cooking brown rice, which I thought it would, but by following the manufacturer's directions the brown rice cooked perfectly. I also cooked steel cut oatmeal and other recipes with no problems.
Summary: I read the reviews on here before I purchased, and I agree with all the criticisms. It met my relatively low expectations. 1) I don't cook more than 4 cups at a time. I think 8 cups may be its "real" limit. Not 16. 2) Having the lid attached was a very strange idea, and makes it very hard to clean. 3) Don't leave this thing on after it beeps that your rice is done. Your rice will slowly burn on the sides and bottom.
Summary: We searched for a simple yet versatile rice cooker and this one is perfect. We didn't have much experience with rice cookers so after reading all the reviews on rice cookers we were a little confused. We took a chance with this one based on mostly positive reviews and boy are we glad we did. If you read the instructions, you will have absolutely no problems with this rice cooker. Use the included measuring cup and white or brown rice comes out perfectly every time.
Summary: Following the rice to water ratios provided in the manual, I've made perfect white, brown and wild rice. I also played around with steel cut oatmeal and found that a 1 part oats, 3 parts water ratio makes perfect oatmeal in about 30 minutes - half the stovetop time and with no monitoring. The removable cooking bowl is very easy to clean.
Summary: I purchased this cooker based on the great reviews. It does a good job cooking but takes too long. It usually takes around 45 min to cook 2 cups of rice. The slow cook time is why I've given it a poor rating. I'm looking for a new cooker that cooks in 10-15 min like my old one. I wouldn't recommend this if you're used to a fast cooker.
Summary: Did I mention perfectly.... yes every time.... After using for 5 month now... I can say that.... I am from India... we eat rice a lot.... and I cook rice in variety of forms... like Veg Pulao, Veg Biriyani, Tomato rice, shrimp Pulao.... etc... What ever I Cook, I was never disappointed..... I had couple of different, even cheaper rice cookers like Black and Decker and some thing else....
Summary: Having lived in Asia for many years, I was used to rice that was cooked well. Returning to the states I found that I resumed cooking in my old way with a pan - simply not a good way to do it. Over the years I have had many rice cookers, but this one is simply the best of them all. Easy to use, and with the added advantage of being able to steam veggies in the basket over the rice. It is no larger than most rice cookers, but is does a lot more work.
Summary: Does just what it's supposed to do. With this, and all rice cookers I've ever used, you do have to follow the directions exactly. If 2 cups (as with this one) is the minimum number of cups of rice it lists, then 2 cups is the least you can make. Making less won't work. Likewise for trying to make more than what is listed.