I purchased this rice cooker around a year ago, while I was looking for a cheaper alternative to a Zojirushi or Cuckoo fuzzy-logic rice cooker. Ever since, I have been extremely surprised by its durability and performance. And even though I lost the little plastic grommet that goes inside of the cooker's lid, it still cooks up rice perfect every time.
I've run everything from short grain highly glutinous rice (for sushi and sake brewing) to jasmine/basmati rice (for indian and pakistani fare) and back again. It even seems to handle that fickle wild brown rice stuff (which seemed impossible to cook properly before).
If you're new to cooking with a rice cooker, here's some tips:
- For highly glutinous rice, rinse rinse rinse! This will wash away rice starch and milling dust, you will be much happier with your rice after its cooked if you rinse it first
- Rice cook's better if you soak it for 15-20 minutes in room temperature water before you intend to click on the rice cooker. Why? Because it allows liquid to settle into the rice grains, and then once heated, the grains will steam from the inside out, cooking it all the way through. This is especially important when making Sushi rice!
- To my surprise, this rice cooker works fantastically at high altitude. My hometown sits at 7414 feet over sea-level. Usually I soak the rice, then do about 1 1/4 cup of water to every 1 cup of rice, and it still cooks up fluffy and delicious every time.
I bought this model over 3 years ago and use it several times a week for rice, rice pudding, soups, steaming veggies, steaming leftovers (has a plastic insert for sitting above the water or rice), and daily for my steel-cut oatmeal. I love the easy to understand buttons, and, I use my own timer for double items cooking and steaming simultaneously.
I often buy this model for gifts and have had wonderful responses from the users. I especially like to make steel-cut oatmeal which only needs 20-25 minutes to cook two large portions = 1 cup of steel-cut oats; just add diced apples, 1/2 cup cranberry or apple juice and 1/2 cup water (so sweet you won't need sugar!), along with dried cranberries, goji berries or raisins for a wonderful feast of a breakfast that will keep you going all morning long! Don't forget to add the walnuts on top!