Summary: This product was a disaster. It sputtered through its vapor hole in the lid and sent rice starch everywhere. I must have gotten a defective one because it was not possible to make rice with it. It would not shut off (actually I never let it run long enough to find out after smelling burning rice). I went to Target and bought 19 dollar "Aroma" rice cooker based on the recommendation of a Korean friend. It works great!!
Great Rice Cooker - Instructions Less Than Helpful
24 April 2007
Summary: The instructions for this product are so badly translated, that it is almost impossible to determine the rice/water ratio. However, through trial and error, we figured it out (approx 1.5 cups of water per cup of rice). We LOVE the retractable cord. Makes storage so much nicer! Overall, this is definitely worth the money.
Summary: I love this one which I have it for 3 years now. It offers a lot of good features so I think it's too good for the price. I have an infant and a todler which most of my times are for them. I need to puree a lot of baby food. This wonderful cooker helps a lot. Beside cooking rice beautifully and keep it warm. The pordrige feature does a good job in cooking chicken vegtable noodle soup (or rice pordrige) in just about 1/2 an hour.
Summary: I'm not sure whether this is more a product problem or a service problem, either way, you need to be cautious. I've always had good luck with Panasonic but after using it 3-4 times over a 2-week period, it went south.. completely. No nothing. So I take it to my not-so-local Panasonic "Authorized Service Center" who proceeded to take 4 weeks to get the part. I took it home and used it once... and again, completely dead. This took another three weeks.
Summary: I'm not sure whether this is a product problem or a service problem, either way, you need to be cautious. I've always had good luck with Panasonic but after using this rice cooker 3-4 times over a 2-week period, it went south.. completely dead. So I take it to my not-so-local Panasonic "Authorized Service Center" who proceeded to take 4 weeks to get the part. I took it home and used it once... and again, completely dead. This took another three weeks for the same part.
Summary: I have been wanting a fuzzy logic rice cooker for some time and decided to get one of these. It looks like they may be about to be discontinued as the price keeps going down and Panasonic is not coming out with a newer model to compete with the newer Zojirushi's. I bought it because I like Panasonic and the price was right. This is a nice 5 cup model with regular rice, quick, reheat, porridge, and steam functions. It comes with a nice steam basket and measuring cup.
Summary: This rice cooker is great! Rice simply tastes better from a rice cooker than from a saucepan, and we use it to steam veggies and cook brown rice, as well. Suggest users also purchase a rice cooker cookbook, as the recipies with this unit leave much to be desired! Also, plan to experiment, as the directions aren't very well written. The cooker itself is great, and it has a retractable cord!!!! Something that should be included on every small appliance.
Mary Jo Sminkey "15 years of Amazon Reviews!", Amazon
16 February 2005
Summary: Amazon Verified Purchase ( What's this? ) This is my first rice cooker, although I've used my friend's so had the basic idea of what they could do. I can't believe how easy this thing is and how perfect everything comes out! With nothing required from me in terms of figuring out how long to set it (although I've learned to start it early since it does a nice job of keeping the rice warm, and that works better than having dinner ready but np rice!
Summary: UPDATE after 2 year's of ownership: the inner container of the unit is not as durable as that of Zujiroshi. It developed scratches after 1 year. We used the Zujiroshi unit more often and it is still smooth like new. UPDATE after one month's use: the unit also works as a slow cooker and a steamer. Cleaning is no problem. Better than I had expected. Better than my old 3-cup Zujiroshi. 5-star it should be.