Summary: I got tired of owning rice cookers that were unpredictable, and finally shelled out the extra cash for this one. I haven't been disappointed. We have made white rice, brown rice, wild rice, Jamaican rice and beans, hominy, rice pudding and cornmeal porridge using this cooker. We have not been disappointed yet. The only concern I have had has been a result of people putting sharp metal knives and forks, point down in the bowl prior to washing.
Nice looking and does the job better than my less expensive normal cookers
Yan Chen, Amazon
30 October 2013
Summary: The 'gaba brown rice' cooking does make brown rice cooking easier, the taste is better than simple 'brown rice',although it takes 3 and half hours! White rice result is good for me, grains are separate from one another, and nicely soft. Porridge cooking is normal. Hasn't tried sweet rice and slow cooking yet. The timer is very convenient too.
Summary: We've always had the traditional round Tiger non-computerized rice cookers. Depending on the type of rice, variations in water levels is pretty important. With traditional rice cookers, they are not as kind to your rice if your water levels are off, either too soggy or too dry and hard.
Summary: Zojirushi is a well established brand that is among the most popular in Japan for rice cookers and this is the second that I've bought. I've bought this new one as my family is growing and it can do slow cooking - great for soups with bone! We generally only eat Japanese rice, so I can't speak to how it is for brown rice and such.