Summary: Best rice cooker for the money, in my opinion. Measure out the amount of rice you want to cook and put it in the pot. Fill the pot about half full of water and stir it around with your fingers. You'll be amazed at the amount of starch and talc that comes off the rice. That's the white junk that other reviewers complain about being sprayed on the counter. Carefully pour the water out and add more water. Do this a couple more times until the water runs fairly clear.
Summary: I like rice and over the years have acquired a number of those fuzzy-logic expensive cookers (I'm a sucker for technology). But those machines, hard to clean and with features I never use, all sit in the pantry while I turn to this little old-school cooker. It's easier to clean up after, has the steamer insert that I use often, and cooks up a perfect serving of rice for dinner. What more do you want?
Summary: This Zojirushi 6-cup model was perfect for a 1-2 person meal, and I usually cook about 2-3 cups. It cooks perfect rice every time - when you add two cups, you fill water to two cups level...that's it! Very simple. I'm Asian, so cooking rice is required on a daily basis. One thing I noticed about this unit is that it tends to spatter when the water boils to cook the white Jasmine rice.
Summary: I like the rice cooker and made purchase after reading reviews. True that it spatters all over your counter during cooking. Two fixes I've tried. (1) place a damp folded up paper towel over the steam vent and (2) place raw carrots to steam cook at same time. Results are great. I used the short cut carrots. Benefits: (1) set up and can walk away and (2) keeps food warm on a warm mode if family is trickling in for dinner.
Summary: Rule # 1 -- follow the directions, especially about rinsing the rice. Rule # 2 -- buy the cooker size that is larger than you think you need. We use it every week and for 4 months have never had a problem. Perfect rice.
Summary: Ditto what others have said about washing your grains - it's imperative. As it is I stand the cooker on a dishtowel and drape a couple of floursack towels around it. The vent hole does spit and a film will cover anything that is not covered. That being said, this cooker makes some fabulous brown rice and oatmeal. It's my first one.
Summary: Very disappointed after reading so many good reviews. I run to the pot as soon as the cooking light switches off, but the rice is already burnt. First time I used it, it was barely burnt, but with each use it is getting worse, so now a lot of rice comes out burnt. I did some research as to why this might be happening, but there does not seem to be anything wrong with what I am doing. Instead some people blame the heating plate for being too powerful.
Summary: I bought this rice cooker because of the majority of good reviews. Well, I should have listened to the bad reviews. This rice cooker shot out starchy water through the hole in the top all over my kitchen! I even carefully followed all the directions. Unfortunately, I let the 30 day return window close before using this product. I really wish I could return it. Do not buy this rice cooker!!! I am EXTREMELY dissapointed and can't believe I paid as much as I did.
Summary: Good rice cooker; just follow the instructions with the accompanying cup and it cooks rice perfectly. The nonstick lining makes for easy cleanup. Only problem is that it tends to sputter when cooking less than 2 cups of rice, so keep a tray under it or put it on a counter that can be easily cleaned. The steamer is great for cooking small amounts of vegetables or meat. Beware though!