Summary: I went back and forth for about a month due to our family has never paid more than $30.00 for a rice cooker. I always thought: why would you? Well I lived in Japan for 7 years and love rice but still used the cheapo rice cookers. My wife is from the Philippines so we eat rice 8 days a week. :) This came in last night and I surprised my wife by having the rice ready. Her first question was: "How much did you pay for that?
Summary: I owned a Zojirushi for years. This is an upgrade to the cooker that I loved and used but gave away. I love all the features I was accustom to on my previous machine, and the special GABA brown rice feature of this cooker is an added benefit. Two things I'm not happy with are that there's no cord retraction and I'm not able to use the extended warming cycle on GABA brown rice.
Summary: Worth taking the time to review..MADE IN JAPAN, for those wondering. I've used it five times now and it performs magnificently. We make only brown rice had a 25+ year old Zojirushi purchased by my hubby when he was stationed in Japan, before we were married. We used it 2-4 times a week for the 23 years we've been married! However, this model is like the difference between a skateboard and a Jaguar...amazingly perfect rice, much better than I've ever made before.
Summary: For $250 I spent (compared to other brands for ~$50-100 for same features), this one is completely not worth it, and I would never buy another Zojirushi (rice cooker and water boiler). It's inner seems made of steel and non-stick painting - good. It cooks porridge pretty well (we've only used preset timer to do it) - but I've hard ~$50 Tatung's porridge that's just as good. Regular cooking of rice turns out OK too. (though takes pretty long) The good ends there.
Summary: I bought this on March 2012, It was Great, I can keep warm and nice Steam rice for more than 24 hrs. But Since April 2013, This Rice cooker Failed. I still can cook rice perfectly, but to keep it warm... in 6 hrs my rice smell bad. Inner lid cleaned, electrical good, steam valve cleaned, all cleaned, and still smell.. now confused what should I do with this rice cooker. Should I try new model? I thought this model with high $$$$ will last more than 5 year..
Summary: Overall happy with unit. Like others, it did smell when I unbowed it. Using the suggestion of quick cooking water only, the smell went away after 3 cycles. Really they should do that at manufacturing so I don't have to. I've tried white rice, brown rice, and porridge. All worked great, especially the porridge. I use to stovetop cook and consistently watch over it. Not anymore. Just put in rice, pour in water, select porridge and start. Soooo esay.
Summary: Length:: 2:27 Mins This is not your average, cheapo cooker that you get at an Asian Store. This premium quality machine performs as good as it looks. You get professional, restaurant quality cooked rice every time. Pros: - Consistently cooks rice to perfection - Easy to use, easy to clean - Cooks a wide variety of rice (white, sushi, basmati, brown, etc.) - It plays theme songs when the cooking starts and ends - Stainless steel.
Summary: Japanese products quality drops like a stone. No wonder why Sony, Panasonic, Sharp get beat down by Samsung, LG...
Pros: It cooks rice
Cons: I am a Chinese and I love to eat rice and know what good rice is. I heard good thing about Zojirushi and would give it a try. I found it's not better than other rice cooker which cost less than $100. This one cost me around $300. And after 2 years use, the lid just doesn't close. My friend bought the same model at the same time with me and it died less than one month.
Summary: I purchased one of these rice cookers, with a fuzzy logic board. It contains a battery, not replaceable by the consumer. The battery will last about 3 years, which means it will have to be replaced. Although I like cookers with programs, in my opinion the price is too high for something that needs repair after 3 years. I am thinking of purchasing just a simple rice cooker that will cook/steam rice and vegetables.