Summary: i previously used panasonic 3 cup rice cooker for more than 5 yrs but its non stick coating started to wear off so i purchased this model available online.This is not non-stick which i prefer is healthy, has no automatic shut off and this cause rice to stick to the pan, to prevent this i unplug it as soon as it comes to keep warm. Am using this every day.
Summary: My old Panasonic rice cooker lasted 40 years until the on/off switch became unreliable. Tried the Sanyo 5 cup and returned it after it spewed starchy water all over the counter and floor. I should have stuck with Panasonic. This worked better than the old one I had. Only thing I would change is to have a detachable lid for easier cleaning.
Summary: Purchased brand new. Very disappointed with quality of cooked rice. Bottom of pot is burnt and very hard to clean since rice is very stuck on the bottom. Top half of pot, the rice turned out fine, but bottom half of pot the rice is really mushy. Terrible. Will tell all my friends about poor quality. I have used rice cookers for over 40 years and have NEVER come across one with such poor resuts! Tried 4 different times using less water. Results still of poor quality.
Summary: Oddly, if you set it on a stove top burner that you failed to turn off it will melt. I know because I have done it twice. HaHa. Hopefully I will not melt the 3rd one. But I keep buying the same one.
Pros: Cooks Evenly, Easy To Clean, Good Flavor, Multi-purpose, Quick and Easy
Summary: I writing this review in honor of the sheer quality of Panasonic's rice cookers. My first unit lasted 22 years and with any luck this current model will be the last one i'll ever buy. Its simple and works flawlessly all the time plus the cord wind-up function is nice. It may cost more than other cheaper brands but it you only buy one in your life, this will last you YEARS.
Pros: Durable, Exceeded expectations, Convenient, Easy to use