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.