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Apr 17, 2010 07:05 AM

looking for inexpensive rice cooker

my less than 1 yr old 5 cup sanyo rice cooker needs to be replaced. the entire non stick coating is peeling off and it's becoming unusable. I called sanyo to complain but that's another whole issue- they were very unhelpful.

i'm looking for an inexpensive 5 cup rice cooker that won't die on me in less than a year. my dream would be to buy a jozirushi induction but i just don't have the budget for it but i can spend up to about $100. there are so many kinds i just can't choose.

i bought a cheap one at macy's (black and decker) but i can't seem to get around the black and decker name and associating it with a power drill. considering returning it.

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  1. My Aroma 10 cup one seems solid as a rock, and the interior has held up extremely well for the past 5 years or so. I know all about the "peeling" of which you speak. I was not expecting the this one to last this well for 5 years, but I'm nowhere even close to thinking about replacing it. Still cleans right up with a paper towel. The model I have has 3 buttons, delay, cook, and warm/off. I use it probably once a week on average. It was around 30.00, and I'd buy it again in a heartbeat. Hopefully the smaller sizes are as well made too. You mightt wanna also ping the gardenweb forums.

    1. I have a cheap Hitachi, I think it's a 10 cup, that isn't non stick and I have used for at least 15 years. I soak the bowl overnight after I've used it, then throw it in the dishwasher, never been an issue getting it clean.

      Has an On/Off button and a Cook/Warm toggle switch. Dings when done. That's it. Probably cost all of $25.

      1. I have a 4cup Tiger that's over 10 years old and still works like new. No problems with non-stick coating. I got it in a small grocery store in the Rosemead/Alhambra area. Most Asian groceries have an appliance section for things like air pots and rice cookers. It was in the $70 range.

        1. Low-end Zojirushi is less than $100. I bought mine probably 15 years ago and it is still going strong. I saw a similar one in Asian grocery store for around $80.

          1. Trolley, get over the B&D name and you may just be surprised.

            I have a White-Westinghouse rice cooker I bought for $15 at Kmart in 2002 and it's still a work horse.

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            1. re: pdxgastro

              pdxgastro, that's just what i did. i had no choice but to get over the B&D name and broke down to use it. much to my surprise it cooked 3 cups of rice twice as fast as my sanyo. it did a perfect job and we're happy for now. i'm still miffed about the sanyo. what a piece of crap! next time i'm getting a zojirushi but until then it's me and my B&D!

              1. re: pdxgastro

                I have a White Westinghouse 10-cup rice cooker from Kmart and it is useless!!!! The rice cooks okay but the steam hole blows water all over the counter. I was thinking about placing it in the sink while it is on, but the other problem is you then have to add more water to compensate for the loss. I am going to get rid of it and get one that doesn't leak.