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What store has the best selection of rice cookers?

foodfanUSA Nov 3, 2009 08:09 PM

I just visited 99 ranch in Foster City and was pretty disappointed with their selection, any thoughts/recs? Looking for a Japanese model around 100 Dollars ish.

  1. CarrieWas218 Nov 4, 2009 06:40 AM

    Soko Hardware in J-Town San Francisco has a really great kitchen department downstairs. They have more than half-a-dozen models, ranging from $25 to $300.

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    Soko Hardware
    1698 Post St, San Francisco, CA

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      kc72 Nov 4, 2009 06:55 AM

      What size are you looking for? Looking for one of those fuzzy-logic models?

      In addition to Soko, check out some of the larger Korean markets. The shop right outside of Koreana Market in Oakland has a decent selection, but I think $100 might be pushing it. I ended up getting a really good deal for mine on Ebay. My sister got her Tiger (not Japanese) brand rice cooker for about $85-90 at Costco.

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        sfbing Nov 4, 2009 07:04 AM

        Kamei probably has the widest selection that I know of. There are probably a dozen models there from Zojirushi, Tiger, etc. The prices are typically as low as you can get. However, when the model in question is Zojirushi's pressurized rice cooker, that means paying $350 for a $415 rice cooker! I'm very happy with my Zojirushi neurofuzzy ($140).

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        Kamei Restaurant Supply
        527 Clement

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        Kamei Restaurant Supply
        547 Clement St, San Francisco, CA

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          escargot3 Nov 4, 2009 08:11 AM

          I love that store. Kamei has EVERYTHING for a kitchen, and really great prices.

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            Robert Lauriston Nov 4, 2009 09:05 AM

            Third on Kamei. They have a whole aisle of rice cookers and great prices.

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              chairbc Nov 14, 2009 04:35 PM

              this is another vote for Kamei, our source for just about any kitchen gear these days...

            2. Kosmonaut Nov 4, 2009 09:55 AM

              Soko Hardware in Japantown SF has a good selection, as does Kukje Supermarket in Daly City.

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              Soko Hardware
              1698 Post St, San Francisco, CA

              1. PeterL Nov 4, 2009 12:25 PM

                You need to go to a restaurant supplies store, not a supermarket. IIRC there is one in SF Chinatown, don't remember the name. Also you may even try Fry's electronics.

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                  ikb Nov 5, 2009 09:20 AM

                  Amazon is probably your best bet. Over 250 rice cookers, including Hello Kitty. However, they don't stock National. But there is a good selection of Zojirushi.

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                    sfbing Nov 5, 2009 09:31 AM

                    Prices at places like Kamei are significantly better than amazon.

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                      Robert Lauriston Nov 5, 2009 09:41 AM

                      And Kamei's selection is huge.

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                        ikb Nov 8, 2009 12:10 PM

                        I go to Kamei all the time. Kamei is cheaper than Amazon, but Amazon's selection is significantly larger and more modern. Perhaps shop on Amazon to pick the 2-3 models you like, then go to Kamei to see if they offer them and at a good price.

                2. foodfanUSA Nov 14, 2009 12:21 PM

                  late reply but I ended up going to a little korean housewares store called Cosmos, it is right off El Camino in Santa Clara. I picked up a 3.5 cup Sanyo fuzzy logic model and it works great, the store has a very large selection of rice cookers, asian style kitchen housewares and gadgets. The prices were great and the woman that run the shop are really personable and friendly. thanks for everyones help.

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                    Kim Cooper Nov 14, 2009 04:40 PM

                    For future reference, Marina Market in San Mateo (at Hillsdale and Norfolk) has a surprisingly large selection of rice cookers most of the time. Probably not as many as a cookware store, but several models and sizes.

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                    Marina Market
                    735 Escobar St, Martinez, CA

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                    cakebaker Nov 14, 2009 05:13 PM

                    I also highly recommend Kamei. I would do some research if you haven't gotten it yet before going on Amazon perhaps so you know what you're looking for since they have so many.

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