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Apr 13, 2010 05:04 PM

Any experience with the PC Home products?

My immersion blender has gone the way of the dodo - also - in the market for a new toaster. Every week I wander past the Home aisles at the Loblaws at Gerrard & Vic Park and I wonder if it's just a waste of money or a decent product.

Does anyone have experience with purchasing the PC Home brand small appliances?

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  1. I have a number of the small appliances (coffee grinder, rice cooker, immersion blender, panini press) and feel they are good value.

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    1. re: Full tummy

      I have tried a few.
      Cast iron pans and grills are great for the price, but I don't see them this year.
      The larger rice cooker: again great for the price, makes perfect rice, porridge, even stews. But the teflon type lining is weak and prone to scratches
      The $10. probe thermometer is very good, you just have to wait 7 sec.for a reading. The inst reads are $100+.
      The ceramic knives are good, but need constant care.
      I returned the burr coffee grinder. Uneven grinds, lots of splatter. I bought a Baratza (Italy) and have been happy with it, even at $200.

      My biggest gripe is the lining on the rice cooker. Could be a lot better.

      1. re: jayt90

        Simpler the better. Just don't expect stellar performance from Loblaws cut-rate stuff. Often, better-grade brand-name appliances are available at, say, Costco, for only a few bucks more. Much of Loblaws small appliance line-up amounts to little more than low-end look-a-likes(e.g., rice cookers) that just don't deliver.Jayt90's rice cooker woes typify the basic problem. Get a low-end Zojirushi!

        1. re: Kagemusha

          It's great to find better without paying much more, but I have to ask, how much would a low-end Zojirushi cost? I have a Zojirushi and a PC rice cooker, and I have to say the PC is the one that I use most often. It's just plain easy to operate, and I don't need to read the instruction booklet every time I use it. And for the price, if it wears out in a few years (though I've had it for this long and it hasn't), I can't complain: I bought it for under $40.00. Will it make the best sushi rice? No, but that's not my typical use, anyway.

          I've had an electric PC kettle for a couple of years now, and it heats up as fast as my twice-the-price Russell Hobbs did. It also has a handy temperature gauge so that I can get the water before it's too hot, when this is important.

          While others are not satisfied with the burr grinder, I have been using one for about five years now and haven't had any problems with it. That said, we are not heavy users, my husband being the only one who drinks coffee at home.

          So, buyer beware, as with anything. Read the reviews. Look at the other options. But I don't think it's fair to just dismiss the PC products.

            1. re: piccola

              Sorry, can't address that. Mine is Villaware, and I am very happy with it.

            2. re: Full tummy

              The cheaper, old-school Zojirushi models are bullet-proof and affordable. The deal breaker on most low-end cookers for me is the crappy, disappearing non-stick lining.

      2. I don't recommend the PC coffee maker- ours just died after 2 years, mainly due to a serious design flaw where water ends up seeping into the maker/electrical elements due to a] an extremely small area for pouring water, ensuring that you'll splash over the side, and b] the lid also doing the same thing. Reviews on the PC website also attest to this. However, I really like their coffee grinder [the $20 one]. The meat thermometer is also ok for the price point.

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        1. re: Smorgasbord

          Has anyone tried the PC bread knife? It was only 3.99 (I think) and had a yellowish handle.