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sbug206 Jun 9, 2009 05:56 AM

Has anyone seen Sanyo rice cookers in the GTA besides at T&T?

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  1. shiro miso RE: sbug206 Jun 9, 2009 06:21 AM

    Hey there... don't know about Sanyo specifically but last time I went to Ozawa imports they had a great selection of rice cookers that they really recommend. I got mine there and it was a panasonic. 6 years later it still looks new and works perfectly...

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    135 E Beaver Creek Rd, Richmond Hill, ON L4B, CA

    1. helen0505 RE: sbug206 Jun 9, 2009 09:21 AM

      i bought my sanyo rice cooker at Pacific Mall.

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        sbug206 RE: helen0505 Jun 9, 2009 10:01 AM

        Which model did you get? I'm looking at the HC55S. The Sanyo cookers get great reviews in general and are much cheaper than the Zojirushi ones. How is yours so far?

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          helen0505 RE: sbug206 Jun 9, 2009 01:09 PM

          i cant remember the model # but based on an amazon.com search, mine looks like ECJ-D55S.

          i bought it because of the great reviews but i do find that it takes longer to make rice compared to my previous rice cooker (which was a tiger brand one.) i think it takes about an hour for regular setting and at least 45 minutes for the "quick" mode. i believe my mom has a zojirushi one and it takes like 30 minutes to make rice. i could be wrong though!

          thats really my only complaint. otherwise, its great!

      2. Kagemusha RE: sbug206 Jun 9, 2009 01:55 PM

        They've faded relative to Panasonic/National and Zojirushi. Some people get upset about Chinese-assembled Zojirushi products but the components are Japanese-made; the hi-end Zojirushi stuff is Japanese-made and pricey. Above all, avoid the offbrand models or stuff made by unlikely brands like Black and Decker or Oster, etc--usually pure schlock.

        1. Royaljelly RE: sbug206 Jun 9, 2009 04:52 PM

          we bought top of the line Zojirushi stainless steel rice cooker 6 months ago and it just stopped working one day for no reason. Having had a National for 10years and never an issue it was shocking to pay $400 and get this kind of quality, Japanese assembled or not!

          It is also a pain trying to get it fixed - the only service place was a shop in Market Village and it took forever to get a reply from them, let alone for the repair. We were probably partly to blame as well, since we had a similar experience with a Zojiroshi water kettle. So the lesson is - don't buy any Zojiroshi, at least there won't be a third time for us!

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            Kagemusha RE: Royaljelly Jun 9, 2009 06:50 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.

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              szw RE: Kagemusha Jun 9, 2009 07:33 PM

              What kind of functions do you get with all these fancy cookers? I've only ever had a regular cheapo rice cooker.

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                mogo RE: szw Jun 9, 2009 08:08 PM

                Mine had a timer delay, a "quick cook" setting, and an okayu (porridge) setting. There are others that have settings for different kinds of rice (sweet, brown, mixed, etc).

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                  Royaljelly RE: szw Jun 10, 2009 02:45 PM

                  I haven't explored all the fancy options yet, but it seems to cook more varieties of grain other than plain white rice. Thought I saw wheat germs as an option but I have only just used it to cook my mixed white and brown rice since that is my staple nowadays. I prefer short grain and chewy texture and have to say it is perfectly cooked to my taste.

                  I think the point I was trying to make is that if the warranty doesn't promise a quick and convenient repair it is pointless to invest this kind of money on something you use everyday.

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              neighborguy RE: sbug206 Jun 9, 2009 07:26 PM

              I'm in the asian malls and I see the fancy Japanese cookers and as much as I'd like to decorate my kitchen with one, the 9-yo basic Sanyo is still going strong. It has two buttons -- depress one for cook, the other for keep warm. It's only a five cup and a pot is ready in about 15 minutes.

              1. lilith RE: sbug206 Jun 13, 2009 06:47 PM

                Off topic but I found microwaveable rice cooking pots @ Utsuwa no Yakata @ Pacific Mall for $12 or so.
                Never tried the microwaving method but clay pots do a good job in rice cooking in general
                and it's nice and small (cooks 0.8 cup at a time, or 120g) so if you only want to cook
                a small amount at once, it may be worth checking out.
                (1 cup rice yields 2 bowls of cooked rice)
                Comes in white or black.

                http://www.maruri.ne.jp/benri.html

                It's the one at the top of the page.

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