Summary: I was neither satisfied with the product, nor the "shopping experience" for this product. I specifically wanted this to cook brown rice as we are trying to eat healthier. It tends to get scorched on the stove top, plus takes a long time (not so long in hindsight). I talked to friends who had a rice cooker (not this brand) that they were happy with and then I read the reviews on Amazon and other sites.
Summary: This may be the perfect rice cooker. It is easy to use and clean, and it has allowed me to become a rice cooker extraordinaire! (If you saw how poorly my rice used to turn out, you would agree.) The capacity is perfect; I can't imagine that I would ever have a need to make more rice than this machine can produce. I knew this model did well in the "Cook's Illustrated" evaluations, and I was attracted to its reasonable price.
Summary: I've only used the rice cooker about 10 times. So far, no complaints. Harder rice such as wild or brown takes longer to cook, but that's the way it is not matter what you're cooking it in. If you try to max-out the # of cups you're cooking the steam release will boil over on the top. The steamer release is easy to remove and clean. Works best if you are cooking less than 1 - 1 1/2 cups of rice (plus the recommended water).
Summary: I've always cooked rice in a saucepan on a stovetop before but got tired of the pan bubbling over all the time. This cooker is great. It is capable of making quite small amounts of rice too. I routinely cook about one-half a cup of rice in it and it turns out great. Brown rice needs to be soaked for six hours or longer prior to cooking or it really won't turn out very good but that is usually recommended anyway.
Summary: After a cheap rice cooker I had for years died, I thought I would upgrade and get this one. I wish I had heeded some of the reviews I saw on here. First of all, it is difficult to read the water level lines on the inside of the pot. I am young and thought it couldn't be that bad. It is. I have to hold the pot directly under a light to see the markings at all. Also, I often find that my rice is not cooked through when the cooker indicates it is finished.
Summary: I carefully read all of the reviews and the Sanyo ECJ-N55W rice cooker/steamer seemed like the best one. It is extremely simple to use and clean. It makes perfect rice everytime and as a bonus, it steams vegetables perfectly. If you were like me and were cooking your vegetables in the microwave, you will never go back. They taste some much better after being steamed. Broccoli takes only ten minutes to steam in this cooker.
Summary: For some reason, I always manage to botch rice the old fashioned way. Not enough water, too much water, too much heat. It never turns out right, which is why I bought a rice maker. I also love steel cut oats, which the reviews said this machine also cooked with ease. I used it a lot when I first bought it and it cooked everything very well.
Outstanding Rice Cooker, Especially for Brown Rice
Big Chuck, Amazon
28 January 2012
Summary: This is an excellent rice cooker, and as other reviewers have commented, it does a particularly good job with brown rice (be sure to soak brown rice for a couple of hours first). It avoids some of the problems of the Panasonic SRG06FG which I used for several years: the pan heats evenly and rice does not stick, burn or clump; white and brown rice come out evenly cooked; no leaking of steam and water through the top; the larger capacity (5.5 cups vs. 3.3) is more usable.
Summary: This cooker does a great job cooking rice. I have not used it for other recipes as it was purchased for rice prep. I find it easy to clean and easy to use. The cooker I had years ago was a nightmare in every way. I would recommend this with no reservations.