Summary: Nice way to cook rice. Microwave often boiled over, stove top had to be watched too much, this requires less vigilance, although not a robot. Needed to buy a rice washing bowl to improve results.
Great rice cooker, but poor documentation and instructions.
Leonard Baak, Amazon
12 January 2014
Summary: This rice cooker is eventually easy to use, but no thanks to the instructions and documentation that comes with it. I bought this rice along with "The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook" (Hensperger, Kaufman) from Amazon. The book has some great recipes and cooking advice, whereas the Panasonic rice cooker documentation and instructions had virtually none and what was there was not well written.
Summary: Let me start by saying this: I suck at cooking rice. This rice cooker, however, makes it super easy to always have fantastic tasting rice provided that you plan ahead a bit. Both the white rice and the brown rice setting work great, with white rice usually taking 20-30 minutes and the brown rice taking significantly longer (1 hour pre-cook soak, then about 1.5-1.75 hours to cook after the brown rice cook mode has been started).
Summary: I over all like Panasonic products a lot and have been happy with them. This rice cooker is, however, different. The flawed design is that this one does not have an holder to collect the steam water that runs off the cover when you open the cooker. The water just collect at the rim on the edge. When water is too much or you do not give it time to evaporate on its own, it drains down.
Summary: I'm disappointed at the amount of water that came from this appliance while cooking the rice. It's very messy. I followed the instructions. I've used other rice cookers and have not had that problem. I'd like to return it as I've only used it once.