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.
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.
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.
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.
Summary: I have had this thing for about a month now and have used it about 12 times I'd guess. I've only cooked short grain high quality sushi type rice from California that I always wash thoroughly before cooking in it. Pros, in about 15 minutes I have AWESOME rice, hot and ready to eat.
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.
Summary: I bought this Zojirushi NHS-10 pot-type rice cooker two years ago, mostly as a convenience while preparing other parts of the meal. Alton Brown hates rice cookers, because (aside from a little steamed vegetable tray) they don't 'multi-task'.