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Any Rice Cooker Gurus in here

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Has anyone noticed a quality difference between the Made in C vs. Made in Japan units.
Aside from the souring of parts....

I can't just put my finger on it, but out newer Made in China Zoji. unit - the inner pot quality was not very good at all. Non stick coating was thing, wore off faster. As well, right above the water line, where the water boil/starch - it actually made that area rough on the inner pot that would NOT wash off after a long good soak.

My comparison would be my current 10 cupper (which only get's used for guests/events) or even my previous 3 cupper that was made in Japan. The inner pots were WAY better in quality and never exhibited such issues.

Off my soapbox. I prefer the 3 cupper, but I'm awaiting a Made in Japan 5 cupper Induction Pressure unit anyday. Hopefully, it was bee just as good as the the ~old~ ones.

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  1. I am not sure that it is worth spending big $$ for a rice cooker. My $20.00 Aroma cooks rice (both white and brown) as good as the much expensive Panasonic that I used to have. YMMV.

    1. Well I only have the Zo that is made in Japan so I can't compare. I also have the 10 cup model and we use it multiple times a week. I hate non stick and wish I could get a clay pot or even just an uncoated steel pot for it but I've no problems with my non-stick one.