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Zojirushi Rice Cooker in Toronto?

cakelover36 Feb 21, 2009 07:32 AM

Are these sold anywhere? I saw one at a neighbourhood Korean grocery, but I was looking for a real selection at a non-grocery store. Does anyone have a Zojirushi? They are from Japan.

  1. Royaljelly May 18, 2009 05:48 PM

    As a unhappy owner of 2 Zojirushi products, I just wanted to chip in my 2 cents about their sudden lack of reliability concerns. Being a reputable brand and paying a higher price than others you'd think their products would last well past their warranties... not so anymore. I have their top of the line stainless steel rice cooker which I paid over $300 for (yes, all we use it for is cook rice, haha). Damn thing looks nice on the kitchen counter, but after 6 months of use it just completely died. Dropped it off at the repair shop a month ago, still no word on it's repair status...

    Another item was their electric kettle which I paid over $150 for. It lasted just past the 1 year warranty, after which it stopped pumping. Took it to the same "authorized" repair shop in Market Village, where they charged me $35 to "fix it". I got it home, and had it working for about 1 day with a very weak dribble compared to it's proper pump flow, and then completely died again the very next day. I called the repair shop, they gave me some lame excuse, and I ended up buying a Panasonic kettle and it's still running like new.

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    1. re: Royaljelly
      Kagemusha May 18, 2009 05:57 PM

      My experience has been just the opposite with Zojirushi products over about a decade. Rice cookers have been bomb-proof, whether simple "old-school" types or moon-shot "Neuro Fuzzy" models. Same goes for their killer coffee maker. The only failures I've ever heard of resulted from impact damage during house moving or dives to kitchen floors. Zojirushi does recommend a regular shot of their cleaning compound for its hot water dispensers. As they say--YMMV...Mine obviously did.

    2. Kagemusha Feb 21, 2009 09:44 AM

      Contact Mika's Japanese Gifts in Mississauga. They carry most of the Zojirushi line and can order most of what's currently available that's not in stock--rice cookers, breadmakers, grills, coffee makers, whatever.Zojirushi basic cookers(like the old school Panasonic/National models)are Chinese-assembled from Japanese components and are as rock-solid as the upmarket models.

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      1. re: Kagemusha
        NoFixedAddress Feb 28, 2009 07:41 PM


        Get 20 percent off the Zojirushi Micom Fuzzy Electronic Rice Cooker/Warmer and also receive a free Cook-Zen, a cooking pot designed for use with microwaves.

        The rice cooker/warmer has a fuzzy logic system that calculates cooking time based on the type and amount of rice.

        The 5.5-cup version was originally $164.45, now $131.56;
        the 10-cup one was originally $168.30, now $134.64.
        Valid February 1 through March 31, 2009;
        use discount coupon code “KORCK115” at www.korin.com.

        1. re: NoFixedAddress
          Kagemusha Mar 1, 2009 04:08 AM

          FYI, aren't those US$ prices??? Add in shipping and I suspect the "deal" evaporates quickly, no? Probably cheaper locally.

          1. re: Kagemusha
            wizenhymmer May 17, 2009 08:25 PM

            you can try bed bath and beyond. good return policy and sometimes they have 20% off on single items.

            if you're not set on the zojirushi, have a look at the sanyo.
            it is made in japan. we got one and so far so good.


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        Wandering Foodie Feb 21, 2009 07:51 AM

        If you're adamant about one made in Japan, check the cooker carefully. Zojirushi actually has two versions, one made in China and one in Japan which is slightly more expensive.

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        1. re: Wandering Foodie
          tribe Feb 21, 2009 02:10 PM

          woah, i didn't know this. i have been looking mainly around pacific mall. they had the same model in J Town but it was way more. Perhaps because it was a japanese made model

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          tribe Feb 21, 2009 07:41 AM

          Probably at Pacific Mall. Or Japan Town

          1. NoFixedAddress Feb 21, 2009 07:35 AM

            From their website.......tee heee

            This link shows Toronto area Dealers that offer them

            (YOU have to be in YOUR Postal Code for list:)


            I cut/pasted a list for EWE:


            Some products may not be available at some stores. Please call to check for availability. If there are no store locations near your area, or if you have any other questions, please contact Zojirushi Customer Service at (800) 733-6270 or e-mail us.

            Tap Phong Trading Company
            360 Spadina Ave.
            Toronto, ON M5T 2G4
            Tel: (416) 977-6364

            Sanko Trading Company
            730 Queen Street West
            Toronto, ON M6J 1E8
            Tel: (416) 703-4550

            William Ashley Ltd.
            55 Bloor St .W.
            Toronto, ON M4W 3V1
            Tel: (416)964-2900

            Mei King Company
            337 Broadview Ave.
            Toronto, ON M4M 2H1
            Tel: (416) 463-0442

            P.A.T. East Supermarket
            1973 Lawrence Ave. East
            Scarborough, ON M1R 2Z2
            Tel: (416) 288-8420

            P.A.T. Spring Garden Store
            63 Spring Garden Avenue
            Willowdale, ON M2N 3G1
            Tel: (416) 226-5522

            North York Jang Teo Market
            15 Grant Brook St.
            North York, ON M2R 2E6
            Tel: (416) 222-3896

            Jar Shyn Electrics
            880 Dundas Street East Unit D2b
            Mississauga, ON L4Y 4G6
            Tel: (905) 848-6789

            Full Time Home Appliance Centre
            4490 Sheppard Ave. E. Unit 2
            Scarborough, ON M1S 4J9
            Tel: (416) 291-5218

            Heisei Mart
            3160 Steeles Avenue East Unit #8-11
            Markham, ON L3R 4G9
            Tel: (905) 305-0108

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            1. re: NoFixedAddress
              BokChoi Feb 23, 2009 05:38 AM

              Wow, great and comprehensive list.

              I see them all the time in the Market Village, main floor. They are even licensed repair men for the machines if you need a tune-up. Prices are reasonable. Pac Mall has the ones made in Japan. They are pricier than the made in China versions. Check the labels. Sales people are helpful there, and I believe they speak English.

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