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eddy Aug 26, 2008 01:56 PM

Looking to buy Sanyo rice cooker model n55w. Recommended by cook's illustrated. Anybody know who sells them? Not listed in sear's or hbc etc Thanks in advance

  1. eddy Sep 22, 2008 04:29 PM

    Gort my sanyo at T&T Warden . Love it. eddy

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      KevinB Sep 21, 2008 10:43 AM

      We've been using a no-name unit for 20 years. My wife bought it at one of the little electronic stores that are wedged in between restaurants in every Asian strip mall in Richmond Hill and Markham. As someone noted below, clean up consists of scooping today's rice out (for fried rice the next day), putting in some hot, soapy water, and waiting for an hour.

      Even a gweilo like me can make perfect rice. My mother-in-law taught me the "water to one knuckle above" technique, and it's always been just right. Save your money; you don't need a $350 rice cooker any more than you "need" a $70,000 car.

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      1. re: KevinB
        stv Sep 21, 2008 10:05 PM

        "water to one knuckle above"...

        Wow...I remember learning that, at age 10 and had to compensate a little bit as I grew.

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          KevinB Sep 22, 2008 06:15 AM

          I have stubby fingers, and they've stayed the same. Keeps things simple!

      2. MichelinStarChaser Aug 27, 2008 06:12 AM

        Funny, I was just researching rice cookers myself, and although I am planning to get a Zojirushi, I am sure that some of the Asian stores that carry them may also carry Sanyo, so you can call to check:

        Korean Central Market, 675 Bloor St. West Tel: (416) 516-3966

        Mei King Company, 337 Broadview Ave. Tel: (416) 463-0442

        Sanko Trading Company, 730 Queen Street West Tel: (416) 703-4550

        Tap Phong Trading Company, 360 Spadina Ave. Tel: (416) 977-6364

        Tiger Electro Utensil Centre, 311 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON Tel: (416) 340-1986

        and also, you can check with Ashley's:
        William Ashley LTD., 55 Bloor st .W. Tel: (416)964-2900

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        1. re: MichelinStarChaser
          Kagemusha Aug 27, 2008 04:38 PM

          Mika's Japanese Gifts in Mississauga sells most of the Zojirushi line(rice cookers, bread makers, coffee makers, etc.) at very decent prices if you can make to the western GTA.

          1. re: Kagemusha
            MichelinStarChaser Aug 27, 2008 08:08 PM

            Thanks Kagemusha - I may just take a drive out there and check it out! (I've also always wanted one of their very cool portable bento box thingies...but I digress!)

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              garlicandwingnut Aug 27, 2008 08:54 PM

              I have a "Rival" rice cooker I bought 14 years ago and paid about $30. Today it would probably cost less. It is smallish and is not Teflon coated. I have likely made 900-1000 batches of rice. I like it because the cord, measuring cup and steamer store inside the unit and I can take it out of the cupboard with one hand!
              I am told the Teflon jobs are easier to clean but I don't like Teflon much and find cleaning easy if you just soak the bowl with soapy water for an hour.
              Buy something cheap, simple and not too big, use it for a while and experiment to see if you like it.
              One of our favourite sides from the cooker is rice, chicken stock instead of water, frozen peas, diced fresh carrot, tsp. curry powder and tbs. butter. Flip the switch. It will be ready in 5 minutes and hold beautifully for an hour.

              1. re: garlicandwingnut
                jayt90 Sep 21, 2008 07:23 AM

                I have a Rival, teflon, from a sale table ($20). Performs flawlessly.

                1. re: garlicandwingnut
                  embee Sep 22, 2008 06:19 AM

                  What kind of rice are you using that cooks in five minutes? My rice cooker (a National) works flawlessly, but it takes from 20 to 40 minutes, depending on the variety, to get finished rice.

          2. Kagemusha Aug 26, 2008 07:49 PM

            Look into Zojirushi. Product range goes from basic to overkill in rice cookers. All are superb.

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            1. re: Kagemusha
              Royaljelly Aug 27, 2008 01:27 AM

              Overkill... like their stainless steel model for $350? Pretty to look at, but come on, it's just rice!

              1. re: Royaljelly
                brendastarlet Aug 27, 2008 03:19 AM

                No need to pay that much. You can get a great Zojirushi for less than half that. I also have a Zoji hot water pot and love it.

            2. BokChoi Aug 26, 2008 07:18 PM

              In case you were open to other suggestions, I have had my Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy for years now and it has never let me down. Excellent product. Also on Amazon, or Pacific Mall.


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                eliisadick Aug 26, 2008 03:49 PM

                yo eddy, check out big asian supermarkets,lone tai .t and t. etc . they have em.

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                  ChesterhillGirl Aug 26, 2008 02:20 PM

                  Look at amazon.com. There are several Sanyo rice cookers listed on the Web site.

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