Summary: I've had mine about 2 weeks now and have to say I am very happy with it. It works great with brown rice and white. Reading the water level is difficult as others have mentioned. But I resolved that by taking the special spoon that comes with the cooker, standing it upside down in the pot and filing small marks on the side of the spoon handle that correspond to the pot markings. Now when I add water, I stand the spoon up in it and add water to the mark on the spoon.
Summary: We use the Sanyo ECJ-N55W mostly to cook brown rice. It does it perfectly. We have tried other things and everything has come out perfectly cooked. The non stick pan is wonderful and the clean-up is simple. We love it.
Summary: If you eat lots of rice, this is the utilitarian, simplistic, no bells and whistles appliance for you. Contrary to some commentary, it IS easy to clean. The beauty of this appliance is the hands-off rice cooking of ANY rice (I cook mostly brown) that I toss into it. It is not fussy, does not require programming and reliably does the job while I prepare the rest of the meal. The less pot checking I have to do, the more complex and enjoyable I can make the meal.
Summary: We were looking for a steamer and the rice was a bonus. Turns out the rice is really nice (at a great price). The instructions are confusing but the results are great. The rice cooker has been better then expected.
Summary: I have used this machine twice--once with brown rice and once with white. Both came out great. I did find the directions for the amount of ingredients confusing. It uses much less water than I expected. All in all, a great machine.
Summary: The instructions are easy and in 45 min. you have great rice. The cooker comes with everything you need to prepare rice, vegetables, soup, etc. The 45 min. it takes until the rice is ready is just enough time to prepare the rest of the dish. I had the supermarket slice up (free) some London Broil into 1/4" slices and I finished the final slicing for Mongolian Beef when I got home.