Summary: I've owned several rice cookers before, but my favorite was a Zojirushi several years ago. I lost it somehow and didn't want to spend the money on another one, so I just bought cheap ones. Surprisingly, it made a difference for something as simple as rice. The other ones would turn out too hard and I could never keep the rice in there - it would always turn hard after a few hours. This thing makes rice perfect each time!
Summary: I have a Zojirushi rice cooker that I purchased while living in Japan 5 years ago. I bought this one as a gift. I have read some of the negative reviews and I believe there is confusion when dealing with the amounts of rice and water. The instructions mention the measurements in cups. This refers to the measuring cup that comes with the cooker. Not, I repeat, not the US measuring cup one keeps in your kitchen cabinet.
Cook rice daily - disappointed for the brand (after 2-3 years?)
E. sumner, Amazon
1 July 2009
Summary: My parents had an awesome rice cooker that lasted well over 15 years, at least. Our Zojirushi was great at first, but has become a great disappointment. After one year of cooking rice 2-5 times a week, it began burning the rice at the bottom of the pan, oozing liquid out of the top, and undercooking the rice. We had to start adding an extra 1/2 cup (rice cup size) of water, which of course, made the oozing liquid worse. We never cook more than 2 1/2 cups of rice!
Summary: I have had this cooker for over a year now. I got it on the recommendation of a colleague who praised the brand heavily, but did not know the model no. of her own cooker. So I am not sure if this is what she had praised. I liked this one much better than my two other cheapo rice cookers I had purchased from Walmart, Macy's etc. The covered lid is a good idea for preserving heat and the rice does cook well if you get the quantity of water just right.
Summary: I decided to get this rice cooker after reading the reviews here. I've had it for about 3 months now, and it's never made anything less than perfect rice. It's slightly bothersome that there's no way to turn it off without unplugging it, but that's so insignificant I almost didn't mention it.
Summary: It's so nice to make rice and not have to watch the pot in case it boils over! I just put in the water, add the rice and walk away. The convenience is worth it. We've tried Basmati and brown rice and they're equally good.
Summary: My family loves rice, but it takes up a spot on the stove and it never seems to come out the same way twice. I was lucky enough to find this at a Thrift Store for $20, and it is great. Both my wife and I just pour in the rice and water turn it on and get the rest of dinner ready. We find it hard to believe we did not buy one sooner. We have cooked Long grain, short grain, and jasmine with great results.
After 7 years of weekly use it still makes great rice!
Diane "thethaichef", Amazon
9 August 2006
Summary: This is what I said in 2007: I have owned this exact model for over 3 years. I am constantly making rice as I am a thai chef and it does a wonderful job with jasmine rice. It will probably cook as well for any other long grain rice. I have read other reviews from people who tried to use different kinds of rice in this rice cooker. Not all rice are to be cooked the same. I think that this rice cooker was intended for more traditional long grain rice.
Summary: Browse through the reviews, and you will see i am not the only person with this problem. I failed to look at the bad reviews before purchasing this unit. I am now returning it to Amazon. This unit is not made for cooking brown rice. Brown rice has a very hard outer shell, and as recommended by the support staff at Zojirushi, you need to soak the rice at least 1 hour before hand. Although overnight soaking is recommended.