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I'm in the market for my very first rice cooker. I have been looking at all the Zojirushi ones on Amazon. Too much to choose from! I thought I had one picked out but apparently it needs a battery change every few years and has to be sent to the manufacturer to do so? Can anyone suggest a good rice cooker? I understand some cookers can be used for cakes and porridge as well and would love that option.

http://www.amazon.com/Zojirushi-NS-ZC...

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  1. I've had this one for a few years. It's made PERFECT fluffy rice every time. VERY simple. Equal parts well washed rice and cold water. Last night I used it. One cup well washed white basmati rice one cup cold water and I added a tablespoon of butter and a pinch of dried Italian herbs.

     
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    1. re: Puffin3

      Same here. I use the measuring "cup" and fill with water to either the 1, 2, or 3 "cup" measure. For those that don't know, it's not really a measured "cup."
      That said...... very easy and yes, perfect rice everytime, white brown, long grain, short grain.

    2. I have the 10 cup model of the one you are looking at (neuro fuzzy). I've given the 5.5 cup model to both my daughter and to my nephew & his bride. LOVE it. I cook rice (brown & white as well as specialty), steel-cut oatmeal (on the porridge setting), risotto, and combo rice dishes with various veggies and meat. I like the fact that I can saute veggies and rice in it before cooking the rice, and I love the fact that I can load it up, set it and forget it. We do a lot of Mexican cooking, and it is great for Mexican-style rice.

      I've had mine for 2 years & was not aware of the battery change issue. Need to look into that.

      1. Both Sanyo and Panasonic have fuzzy logic models, some with a timer but without a battery-run clock, but I think one style of the Panasonics has no delay feature.

        http://us.sanyo.com/Microcomputerized...
        http://shop.panasonic.com/shop/kitche...

        Panasonic seems to have a couple battery free options, but the large black one from Sanyo is 10 c.

        And Zojirushi sells a model that seems to be carried at Bed Bath and Beyond without a clock. I think some military bases may also carry it, but I've never seen it anywhere else. It's NS-WXC10 for 5.5 c model
        http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/produ...

        1. I have the 10 cup version of the one you linked to, and it's provided perfect service at our house for 4 years. No battery issues.

          1. I have this cooker and have never had any problems at all. Highly recommended.

            Note there is another version of this exact same cooker that is made in China not Japan. I have heard that one is not as reliable but I'm not sure. It is about half the price.

            I have the one made in Japan.

            1. <I thought I had one picked out but apparently it needs a battery change every few years and has to be sent to the manufacturer to do so? >

              For what it is worth, I have a rice cooker very similar to the one you have in the link. Zojirushi Fuzzy Logic...etc. Mine is 3 cup. It is a very nice rice cooker in my opinion. I have never tried to use it for cakes, but I have tried it once for porridge. I still like to use my porridge in a pot on stovetop. My porridge (congee) is more Cantonese style -- very thin rice based mixture.

              About the battery, I didn't and don't worry about it. It is only useful for delay timer cooking, and I don't use that function. I don't know if you would.

              "The delay timer feature allows you to set the rice cooker to complete cooking at a specific time. Set the rice cooker to complete cooking when you wake up in the morning or when you come home in the evening."

              http://www.zojirushi.com/ourproducts/...

              For what it is worth, I have the rice cooker for 6 years, and the battery is fine, and others have theirs longer. Like calumin, I have one made in Japan.