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Rice Cookers - Opinions, prices, brown rice cooking and usefullness?

I've been considering a fuzzy logic rice cooker for brown and white rice with a hold function and would like to hear owners' opinions. I woild like to use it for white long grain and brown rice primarly, but other items would be considered. how much should I expect to spend to get a reasonable unit with a reasonable life span (I've seen units over $200 and might spend that much if it is really better than a $50-100 cooker). Help Please!

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  1. Try searching in cookware, there has quite a bit of discussion on rice cookers.

    I used to have a steamer that doubled as a rice cooker, but eventually replaced with a Zojirushi fuzzy logic and we love it. We have had ours for at least 4-5 years without issue.

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    1. re: rasputina

      Thanks for the info Rasputina; I'll check out the cookware section this weekend.

    2. We bought a Zojirushi induction rice cooker about 3 or 4 years ago and have had no problems. Bought it from a on line store called Very Asia. The lady I talked to told me the induction was somewhat better than the fuzzy logic. And we bought it. I would not know exactly what the difference would be other than the magnetic induction method of cooking. Works well.

      We also have and continue to use (rarely) a couple of old National/Panasonic rice cookers and they are great. They just don't have a keep warm function. Anyway, try Very Asia. Good Luck.

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      1. re: dcrb

        Thanks for the info DCRB... Did the salesperson say why the induction was better?

        1. re: bearfromobx

          bearfromobx,

          If I remember correctly, it had to do with the accuracy of induction which I am not buying into completely since both it and the fuzzy logic models are microprocessor controlled. But, it was made in Japan rather that China, if that makes a difference. Cup for cup, the induction is more expensive.

      2. Depending on the quality and size you want, and origin of country (manufacturer). I have a small Zojirushi. It was interesting that a small Zojirushi made in Japan costed slightly more than a larger Zojirushi made in China. Both Zojirushi, both belong to the same series.

        I spent slightly above $100. I think $110-120 for a 3 cups rice cooker. I have had it for 4-5 years.

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        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

          Chem,

          All of our rice cookers are Japanese and I did notice a couple of years ago that Japanese branded items cost more than their Chinese counterparts, even within the same company. Perceived difference in quality?

          1. re: dcrb

            <I did notice a couple of years ago that Japanese branded items cost more than their Chinese counterparts, even within the same company. >

            Yeah, I noticed that too. To be honest, I don't think there should be any difference as long as the QA tests are done correctly, but I just do not know for sure. Outsourcing is a particular problem during the first few years -- it is just part of the learning pain. We have gone through this in my company as well when we moved part of our research efforts to India. Talk about different standards. Now, the India counterpart is doing better. Ironically, the company is thinking about moving some of the research works back to US..... What the F?

            As for Zojirushi, I think that was the time when Zojirushi just started to outsource to China, so it is a bit questionable at the time.

            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              I've nothing against quality Chinese made products. Chinese products are going through what Japanese products did in the late 50's and early 60's. An overall perception of inferiority with a few items of good or better quality. But that has changed considerably over the years. If one sticks with the major brands, the actual country of origin should matter very little.

          2. re: Chemicalkinetics

            Is that three cups finished or raw, Chem? I usually cook for 1-2 people and store any extra prepared rice in the fridge for busy nights, so I can throw together a chow on rice or make a quick fried rice.
            I've looked at the Zojirushi models and don't mind the price if they do the job relably and last. I haven't found a local source (there was one, but they stopped carrying the line) so WWW looks like the route to go.

            1. re: bearfromobx

              Japanese rice cookers measure by raw cups. The rice cooker should come with a plastic measuring cup which measures one cup when filled to the top. Then you would add the rice to the cooking bowl and measure the water up to the line for however many cups of rice you put in. My husband and I get by with a 3 cup rice cooker from Sanyo which works just fine. Any leftover rice gets put into some single serving sized storage containers or we wrap single serving sizes in plastic wrap and freeze it. We thaw it in the microwave. Cooked rice tends to get hard if left in the fridge. Everyone freezes cooked rice in Japan.
              As for made in Japan and made in China, I'm not sure about the quality but the general impression is that made in Japan is better, Even Chinese tourists by the made in Japan models when they come on their shopping trips here. Maybe the made in China ones target international sales.

              1. re: tokyotogo

                Note, a "rice cooker cup" holds 3/4 of a cup of raw rice.

                1. re: Jeri L

                  Yes, I should have stated that rice "cups" and regular "cups" are different. I've never measured rice in anything other than the cup that comes with the rice cooker. It would be a sad day in my house if we ever lost that special cup.

                  1. re: tokyotogo

                    Thats why my rice cup stays in the bag of rice! and the rice paddles in the drawer beside the rice cooker.

          3. I received a Krups 10 cup rice cooker as a gift from my MIL several years ago. At the time the list price was about $80. I've been using it at least once a week and frequently more often since then. I love it! It came with a steamer basket but that is probably buried in the back depths of my cabinets. Never used it and haven't seen it in years.

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