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bear Dec 16, 2007 12:14 PM

I've seen this thread, which is very helpful. It seems to be the top choice for higher-end cookers. I'm looking for a model for around $50, with maybe a six-cup capacity. Any rec's?


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    ATaleOfFiction Dec 16, 2007 06:47 PM


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      cacruden Mar 23, 2008 08:05 PM

      I bought a Zojirushi (don't know the exact model but it was top of the line) - BUT it was not close to $50 (more like $200+ discounted). I use the rice cooker all the time so paying that was no problem. Funny thing is I have an old cheap rice cooker in storage that I had before - and I was not careful with it so it is all scratched up and makes crispy rice (browned). I have a Japanese friend that stayed with me and she told me that they buy special rice cookers to brown the rice like that - and all I did was to mistreat it.

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      RichardM Dec 19, 2007 11:58 AM

      Try to find a asian market or appliance store in your area. Tiger is a good medium priced brand but your budget might be too low for an electronic/fuzzy logic type cooker although that's what you want to get.

      1. ccbweb Dec 19, 2007 12:42 PM

        A quick peruse of Amazon's rice cooker options says that RichardM is correct: $50 is too low to get a fuzzy logic cooker. I think it's also right to say that's the best kind, but it's going to cost you more than $100 to get any sort of fuzzy logic cooker.

        As for brands, we've been very happy with our 5 cup Sanyo model.

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          sueatmo Dec 19, 2007 04:34 PM

          I agree that the fuzzy logic rice cooker works well. I have a Zojirushi and I like it fine. Its strength for me is that it can cook brown rice, as well as white, and can handle "porridge," meaning risotto. If bear only cooks white rice, a less expensive cooker should be fine for her.

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          Alan408 Dec 19, 2007 12:56 PM

          For your price range, based on my experiences with a Panasonic (National) I recommend a Panasonic. I saw a 5.5cup rice cooker for ~$35 at a local store a few weeks ago. Looking at Amazon today, they have that cooker for ~$30.

          My rice cooker is ~25 years old, used 15-20 times a year, and is not fuzzy logic.

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            scubadoo97 Dec 19, 2007 05:19 PM

            Cool. I'm looking to get a rice cooker not to make rice, I can do that very well, but to use for sous vide cooking with a PID controller. I need one with a mechanical switch as opposed to an electronic switch.

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              onocoffee Dec 20, 2007 12:47 PM

              scubadoo -
              I would think a rice cooker is a bit small for sous vide. Perhaps you might want to think about buying one of those restaurant grade electric steam pans (about eighty bucks). They hold a full hotel pan and use a heating element to heat the water in the reservoir.

              I've always thought about adapting one to use for sous vide but never got around to doing it. Although, I think with a thermocouple, a Fuji PID and a plug you could easily adapt the PID to the heating element.

              I would explore it more but I've just ordered 4 thermal circulators from PolyScience to play with!

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                scubadoo97 Dec 20, 2007 03:24 PM

                Ono, I have been looking at this product.


                For home use a good sized rice cooker would do the trick. 4 TC from PolySc is some serious bucks.

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            tinarina Dec 20, 2007 07:47 AM

            We've had the small Panasonic for years now (it definitely can do six cups) and it works great for all kinds of rice. At Pearl River Trading I think it's $30 or less.

            1. Kagemusha Mar 24, 2008 05:56 PM

              Zojirushi makes low-end National-style models, as well as the pricier Neuro Fuzzy(love those names!)models. Have both types and love 'em--totally bomb-proof and worth the extra $.

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