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Anyone notice a quality in rice cookers COO......

chefwong Jan 24, 2011 03:52 PM

I replaced a old 3 cup Zoj. with another one after *accidently* breaking the other one.
The new one was Made in PRC. After 6-8 months of usage, the non stick coating started wearing.

Compared to my old one, which the inner pot was still good, I'm going to ~assume~ the ones made in Japan are still better.

Don't have a need or want for anything larger.

I'm off to a old supermarket I know that doesn't really move their electronics in hunt for a 3 Cup Made In Japan Tiger .

Anyone else notice this ....

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    chefwong Jan 25, 2011 09:57 AM

    Replacement pots are expensive in relation to a new rice cooker....depends how you look at it and the Green eco factor.$40+ for a inner pot I can't fork over, especially rolling the dice on COO - quality factor as well.

    I still use a National *branded* thermal boiler and it's just like brand new. Granted, I do descale about every 12-18 months.

    Even the tiger USA 3 cup units are PRC made. I DO recall seeing the old stock...it's just a matter of seeing if the market still carries them.

    Another Expensive option but always a option....there are tons of newer models, Hitachi, Sanyo, Panasonic and Zoi that is available from Japan that in theory should work with our USA voltage.....

    1. raytamsgv Jan 25, 2011 09:50 AM

      Perhaps you can order a replacement for the inner pot. I don't recall the brand I have, but I contacted the US headquarters and purchased a replacement.

      1. Kagemusha Jan 25, 2011 09:46 AM

        I see a bit of ``sample variation`` in the quality of their non-stick surface, especially on their old school cookers. I`ve bought 3 3-cuppers for family over the past couple of years and noticed 2 were looking a bit scratched from light careful use. The shop they came from sells silicone scoops the owner thought worked better than the hard plastic or wood versions. My 3 cupper`s pot is a bit marked from moderate use but not badly from around 5 years of service. Still, I don`t think current Zojirushi or National old style models are as sturdy as the oldies, do you?

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          yfunk3 Jan 25, 2011 05:17 AM

          A Zojirushi made in China? I honestly have never heard of such a thing. Maybe you got a knock-off?

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            chefwong Jan 25, 2011 05:23 AM

            Nope. Tiger and Zoji make models in Japan and China.......

            I have compiled a list of COO of which models are made where .
            The only 3 cupper that is *current* and made in Japan is only the Zoji. 3 cup induction model.

            I do recall seeing a *fuzzy logic* Japan unit 3 cupper in this old supermarket a year ago. Hopefully they still have stock.

            And yes, the inner pot quality of my PRC unit is nowhere in comparison to my previos 3 cupper if not my rarely used 10 cupper induction.

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