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Rice cooker question -- 10 cup overkill?

Was just at Costco - Zoji Fuzzy Logic 10 cup cooker on sale for 89 - but for a family of 3 that might eat rice once a week - is that overkill?
It is less than the same model in a 5.5 cup version on amazon - opinion?

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  1. I wouldn't think that you would need to fill it to capacity. Just as you wouldn't make ten cups of coffee for your family in the morning?

    I would wonder about the amount of space that this rice cooker would take though.

    1. space is not an issue

      1. but would quality suffer if I were to only make say 3 cups or less of rice (even 1 cup uncooked)?

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        1. re: ErikaK

          Quality will only suffer if it's a pretty low-end machine. A good machine can cook a small amount or a large amount with no problems. The cheap ($20ish) machines I have used can only cook rice will in the mid-range of what they claim to. For example, I had a 5 cup, but it only performed well with 2-3 cups.

          1. re: ErikaK

            I recently bought a 10-cup Zojirushi fuzzy logic model and we normally use it for 2 or 3 cups. It works fine, plus you can adjust it for different kinds of rice. It is excellent for white or brown rice, and the timer feature is good, too. It isn't small but it doesn't take up that much more space than our old 5-cup regular rice cooker.

          2. i own a zoji fuzzy logic 10 cup rice cooker and have cooked as little as 2 to as much as 10 cup rice cooker. no quality issues either way.

            1. If you're cooking a few cups of rice once a week, there's absolutely no point to getting a rice cooker at all. Would you buy a microwave to heat up a TV dinner once a week?

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              1. re: MikeG

                As someone who owns neither a microwave nor a rice cooker, I heartily agree. It's not like I don't have my own kitchen clutter (toaster oven, stand mixer, practically industrial blender), but I find those two things completely unnecessary.

                1. re: Pei

                  While I find white rice is easy enough to make up on the stove, I finally broke down and bought a rice cooker after one too many unsuccessful attempts to make edible brown rice on the stove. I just could not do it and was sick of cooking up a pot of gloppy mess.

                  My rice cooker makes perfect brown rice (which I eat at least once a week), so it was a wise purchase for me. I too hate kitchen clutter -- and got rid of the microwave and the toaster to make room on the counter for the rice cooker without cluttering everything up.

                  The microwave I really don't miss as it was a huge space hog and nothing ever heated evenly anyway. The toaster I occasionally miss, but I prefer rice to bread, so it was a fair tradeoff and I can always heat (although not toast) bread in the oven.

                  1. re: omotosando

                    I own a big ol' honking 15-cup Rival rice cooker, but I cook rice on the stovetop for "regular" meals. The Rival is a special-use thing...big parties, reunions, etc. If you cook LARGE quantities of rice more than twice a year, then I'd spring for the rice cooker. I'm cooking gumbo for 50 at the end of the month, and I'd be lost without the large capacity rice cooker...

              2. It just seems to me an awful lot of $$ to spend on something you really have no use for. Rice cookers are great if you use them a lot (much less every day like the people for whom they were designed), can really use the extra stovetop space, need to keep rice warm for hours for a family or something, etc. But for a single pot of rice once a week? I'm all for useless gadgets if they're cheap, but I can think of a lot of better things to do with $100.

                1. I think if you really appreciate well cooked rice like at the restaurants and space is not an issue why not get a rice cooker. I recently got a Sanyo ECJ D55S (5.5 cup) and I got a The Ultimate Rice Cooker cook book which tells me how I can use it to make full meals and also use it like a crockpot and steamer for veggies. I wanted to make sure I used it for more than just white rice. I was looking at the different dimensions for a 10 cup and it really isn't that much different, I think it could be nice for making chili for a party and large quantities to freeze. I read that for the 5.5 cup it makes good rice for the smallest quantity of 1 cup to 5.5 cups and the 10 is 2 cups up to 10. If steaming veggies is important to you see if it has a steamer basket included, most fuzzy logics don't.

                  1. Thanks for the feedback, still considering the options.
                    I have plenty of storage space for appliances so it won't
                    I am just a failure at cooking rice on the stove no matter what method I follow it never comes out the way I want it to - that is why I am considering a cooker. Also, rice seems to be one of the things we sometimes have to wait for - if I have a plan for dinner that requires rice, I would love to set the cooker when I leave first thing in the morning and have rice when I get home - one less thing to worry about, and one less burner to use.
                    We had a cheap on/off cooker but it failed the 2nd time we used it.

                    1. Get the big rice-cooker. It costs very little and gives a lot of convenience. I bought a 10-cup Panasonic with fuzzy logic for my family of four even though we usually cook just 1-1/2 cups of rice (measured uncooked) for dinner and we eat rice maybe just once a week ot two weeks.

                      I wanted the larger capacity for dinner parties, porridge, steaming vegetables, steaming buns and dumplings, and steaming a whole chicken (yes, it does that!).

                      I have cooked as little as a half-cup of rice (measured uncooked) in it with no problem at all.

                      The 13-hour timer is an excellent convenience, as is the keep-warm function.

                      Don't let anyone tell you it's just as easy to use a saucepan on a stovetop -- it's not!