Summary: I have had my rice cooker for about 7 years and it has always performed perfectly for me. The browned rice on the bottom is perfect for chazuke in fact I would like to find out how to get more of the toasted rice. Also great the next day for fried rice. i am sorry that others have had a problem but mine has been wonderful, also used for quinoa, black amd red rice, wheat berries and anything that needs to be steamed.
Summary: I bought this one to replace a model that had a different name on it but was suspiciously identical in looks as this one. The last one I had worked 2 months. (We cook a lot of rice in our house, at least 4 times a week.) This most recent one I got that had the name "Elite" on it lasted about 3 months. One day they work fine, the next no light turns on, and it doesn't heat up anymore. How dumb I feel for buying the second one.
Summary: Bought at $20. It's worth $2 for the spatula that it comes with. The "Keep Warm" functionality is completely useless as your rice will get hard and stale after being in the machine. You're better off putting left over rice in the fridge. The worst part is the inner bowl. I believe it's coated aluminum. It scrapes very easily, doesn't distribute heat well (bottom part will burn), not durable at all... I can go on forever. Just cough up $100 more and buy a Zojirushi.
Summary: I bought this because it was on sale at Kroger and I borrowed my friend's all the time. Now I wish I would have purchased another brand, whether it was the same on a smaller one or more on another of the same size. PROS: - Worked great for 4 months before I put it in storage for the summer. - Great size and prize for a college student like me. - Steamer basket made it easy to pull a healthy dinner together in the dorm room! - I even made great oatmeal in it!
Summary: I am not sure if the quality is as good as it was over five years ago when i got this rice cooker, but i have had it so long that i am not even sure i remember living without it. The rice cooker has a few quirks, but once you practice a bit its perfect. I only cook sushi rice in it so i am not sure about other rices but, the ratio is 1 cup rice (rinsed) to 1.5cups with cold water, and you have to unplug it once you hear it click to warm and just let it sit for a while to...
Summary: First, as soon as it's plugged in it powers on. Second, following the rice recipe in the manual ALWAYS ends with scorched rice. Third, it smells like burning plastic while it burns your dinner. There's no timer on this cooker--so I couldn't turn my back on it out of fear it would burn down my house. Is this some kind of device unleashed on the American public by a foreign government to make our cooks seem unfit? Pure cr@p. Don't buy this.
Summary: I've had this rice cooker for over 7 years now and I love it! I cook mainly brown rice and quinoa in it. The trick for brown rice is 1 cup rice to two cups water and for quinoa it's more like one cup quinoa to 1 1/2 cups water. Also, if you cut up raw carrots and throw them in with the the brown rice they cook perfectly in it. Super easy to use. Great for 1-2 people. If you are feeding more I would go larger.
Summary: Bar none, the worst small electrical appliance I ever owned (I am middle aged). After a month, the top fell apart and the inside lining melted off. The off and on switch and spring mechanism under the pot stopped working. Steamer part turns rice green. A gummy residue is left on the counter after you cook rice. I like an appliance that gave me an electrical shock better than this.
Summary: I'd give -5 if I could. Worst rice cooker ever invented. The company should be sued. It cooked 3 batches of rice then it started to smell like burning plastic and stopped working. Save your money for a different brand.