Summary: Did not purchase on amazon. The price here is about $270.00 (May 2010), that was way too much so I shopped around and scored a new one for $200 shipped on eBay. Honestly even $200 was a lot but based on the reviews, I decided I had to have it. Now I wouldn't say don't buy from Amazon, they are great and if u have issues you can return. I don't think eBay buyers get the 1 year warranty...so there is some risk to save some money.
Summary: There is an old saying, "You get what you pay for." This no exception. The Zojirushi NP-HBC18 10-Cup Rice Cooker makes the best textured rice I have ever eaten. I wish to thank all the previous reviewers for their comments which ultimately drove me to make this purchase and I might say without any regrets. If you love rice, this is for you.
Summary: Never owned a rice cooker before and my stovetop rice left a lot to be desired. Even though this cooker might seem pricey, I have 3 reasons that make it worth the money for my home. First, it never misses, the rice always comes out perfect; secondly, it will keep rice warm for a very long time and still remains better than anything I've made in a pot; lastly, it is evidently a well constructed product.
Summary: Product is fantastic. Much better than we even expected. You can't screw up the rice. We have made meals in it and they have been incredible. Highly recommend this product to anyone that has rice as a staple in their diet.
Do NOT order from MVTrading Co if its the vendor on your order!
Bruce A. Mattheson "Ricecookerless", Amazon
4 March 2010
Summary: Had MVTrading Co email me AFTER the purchase asking for sales tax of over $22 AFTER I had already paid within Amazon. They sent me a nice email explaining how they would lose money as they have to provide a 15% commission to Amazon and with sales tax they wouldn't make a profit.
Summary: My review is for its look, not for quality or functionality. So one star only for at least changed color from white, pink, or flowery to grey, close to stainless steel color. Unlike most reviewers, I have used fuzzy logic rice cooker for more than 18 years. I bought the National brand - now called Panasonic "The brand Japanese trust" for about $125 in 1991-2. I like almost everything about it, most importantly the consistent quality of rice coming out of it.
Summary: This is the best rice cooker ever! I had another brand and was not happy with the quality of it but it made rice okay, I thought. Then when I got this new one, I realized there was no comparison. It cooks rice to perfection. It does take longer to cook than my cheaper one but well worth the wait.
Summary: Over the past 40+ years - I think I bought my first "automatic" rice cooker in 1965 - I have owned quite a few rice cookers. I loved the first one and adore this one. As the new technologies appeared on the market here in the U.S., I upgraded and also bought the larger capacity ones. I used my Zojirushi "flower" rice cooker for several years and still have it and use it when I need to cook two types of rice (or another grain) when my main one is in use.