179 of 181 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars worth the money
I bought this at a local Asian store for just under $100 and originally I thought is this worth the price? This is my first computerized rice cooker (I used a plain rice cooker before). Now after several months, the answer is definitely YES.
It does a lot more things than rice cooking. In fact, I used it for other purposes more times than rice cooking:...
Published on September 28, 2005 by H. Wang
30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Takes 40 minutes to cook rice
This rice cooker takes 40 minutes to cook regular white rice, and this is in a "quick" mode. The "standard" rice cookers which cost half as much will take only around 20 minutes to cook rice, and the rice tastes just as good.
The real value of this rice cooker is that this will cook rice porridge as well. It also appears to be a good steamer. But if you want a...
Published on December 30, 2006 by Jaewoo Kim
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179 of 181 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars worth the money,
This review is from: Sanyo ECJ-D55S 5.5-Cup Micro-Computerized Rice Cooker/Steamer (Kitchen)I bought this at a local Asian store for just under $100 and originally I thought is this worth the price? This is my first computerized rice cooker (I used a plain rice cooker before). Now after several months, the answer is definitely YES.
It does a lot more things than rice cooking. In fact, I used it for other purposes more times than rice cooking:
1. It does a nice job of slow cooking. The best thing is that it has a timer control: let you specify when to start the cooking, and how long it lasts. This is very important since many cheap slow cooker does not have both features. I routinely cook beef/pork soup in the rice cooker overnight, and the next morning it is done perfectly.
2. It does porridge! I love porridge but it is messy to cook. In my old plain rice cooker, water/rice is often spilled all over the place, which is a messy thing to clean. Now this cooker has specific selection to do this and works perfectly. No spills and perfectly done.
3. Non-stick inner surface. It is very easy to clean and the costing seems to be very sturdy too (should last a long time).
4. Did I forget to say rice cooking? It does this perfectly, better than the plain (cheap) rice cooker.
4. Overall it is easy to clean inside and outside. The top has a removable aluminum plate and it proves it helps cleaning greatly.
5. Easy to use. I have used rice cooker before, and this one needs little time reading manual and it is under control.
6. It is cheaper than comparable models from Panasonic, Zojirushi. Often 10-20% cheaper. And I found no reason other models should charge more (except brand name)!
However, I do have a couple grunts:
1. When I do slow cook or porridge, if I put too much water (close to 5.5 cup edge), it can spill depending on what I cook. So safest is never put over water over 5-cup line.
2. The steaming tray I found on 5.5 cup model is too small, only good for small items. And since it uses all spaces INSIDE the cooker, it can reduce usable space in cooker when you do steaming. So if you do steaming a lot, better choose a 10 cup model which I believe give you more room.
149 of 151 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What I hoped for and more,
This review is from: Sanyo ECJ-D55S 5.5-Cup Micro-Computerized Rice Cooker/Steamer (Kitchen)I decided to buy a rice cooker so, never having owned one, I did a lot of research. I spent hours comparing styles, brands and reviews and ended up feeling overwhelmed at first over all the choices. I was stunned between the variety of options and range of prices. How complicated can it be to cook rice? I had been doing it for years with just a pot on the stove, after all. I just wanted something that would cook both white and brown rice well, be reliable and easy to use, and was well-made.
I weighed the options between the simple, on-off kind which appealed to me in their basic functionality and lack of microchips, and the fancy, fuzzy logic kind that could do everything but clean the kitchen. I wondered if the latter kind were worth the extra money, or if they were just a product that appealed to folks who love the latest and greatest technology. However, the idea of using the rice cooker for other things like stew, porridge and one-pot meals appealed greatly to me. What to do?
After much reviewing I narrowed my search to the Zojirushi NHS-10 6-Cup Rice Cooker/Steamer for its simplicity and good reviews, and this Sanyo ECJ-D55S fuzzy logic cooker for the fact that it seemed to do everything the highly-rated Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 5-Cup Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker did, but for far less money.
Despite my initial urge to keep it simple and buy the basic on-off cooker, I ended up buying the Sanyo fuzzy logic cooker and I couldn't be happier. It is versatile, easy to use and takes up very little counter space.
It cooks excellent rice. My son, who thought a rice cooker was a frivolous thing to buy unless you eat rice three times a day, thinks the rice and oatmeal it cooks is "awesome." My husband and I have experimented with cooking several different kinds of brown rice (short grain, long grain, basmati, rose and black) and several kinds of white rice (long grain, Jasmine, basmati, arborio and sushi). In addition, it handles less common whole grains like millet and quinoa just as well as rice, and better than the pot-on-the-stove method.
The added versatility of the fuzzy logic style means you can make things like puddings, pilafs, porridges, etc. (we can't wait to try tapioca pudding or poached dried apricots, for example) that are harder or impossible to do in the on-off style. We have made steel-cut oats, rice porridge, and cornmeal mush/Indian pudding. While the steel cut oats and porridge were perfect, the cornmeal mush was lumpy, but that was probably our mistake in setting it up on the timer for a delay cook--hence we did not stir it during cooking as was recommended, since the cooking took place before we got up in the morning.
The timer that allows you to delay cooking or arrange to have it complete cooking at a specified time. Although it didn't work for the Indian pudding, the delay timer works perfectly for the oats, rice porridge and regular rice. There's nothing like waking up to fresh, perfectly cooked cereal. The delay timer means you can prepare supper in the morning and avoid the depressing, last-minute, evening rush to get food on the table at the end of the day.
It makes one-pot meals and more complex dishes. I have made pilafs with added ingredients such as raisins, nuts and vegetables, sauteeing onions and seasoning right in the cooker bowl before adding the grain, and the results have been excellent.
It has a steamer basket for steaming things like fish and vegetables over the rice during the last part of the rice cooking. We tried this option and while it cooked the fish and veggies very well, the rice was oddly colored and flavored by the fish and asparagus. Next time we might opt not to steam over rice, but to steam after the rice was done and removed. Also, milder-flavored vegetables such as carrots would probably not taint the rice so much. There isn't much room to do both at the same time, except perhaps for a 2-person meal (in the 5.5 cup cooker).
I bought Beth Hensperger and Julie Kaufmann's "The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook" to go with the Sanyo rice cooker and have found it opens up a whole, exciting new world of cooking. Although (according to the book) some recipes don't work as well in a fuzzy logic cooker as in an on-off style, there are whole categories that you cannot do without a fuzzy-logic cooker.
This rice cooker does so much more than cook rice! It's almost like having a cook in the kitchen, preparing nourishing foods and keeping them warm and ready for you when you want it.
I can't recommend this Sanyo rice cooker highly enough. If you are wavering about getting a rice cooker or about whether or not you should go for a simple one or a fuzzy logic one, or if you are considering getting the Zojirushi NS-ZCC10, but can't quite bring yourself to spend so much more money for it, this is the rice cooker for you.
A few nit-picking things: the manual is obviously translated by someone whose first language is not English and some sections leave you a bit puzzled, such as the one on the delay timer, which barely mentions that the timer is set for the finish time, not the start time. Also, it's hard to know how long things will take--there are general guidelines in the manual but I'm never quite certain when something will be finished, as there is no timer counting off the time until, oddly enough, the last 13 minutes for the rice cycle and the last 10 minutes for the porridge cycle. Once the cycle is complete, the timer chimes briefly and then the machine switches over to Keep Warm, which does a nice job of keeping the rice moist and warm for several hours, although the longest we have kept it at this setting is two hours.
99 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cook very good rice, easy to use, nice construction. (can't decided between sanyo or Zojirushi),
This review is from: Sanyo ECJ-D55S 5.5-Cup Micro-Computerized Rice Cooker/Steamer (Kitchen)I love this rice cooker. It has a nice steamer which is the main reason I pick over the Zojirushi brand.
- In addition the rice cooker bowl is coated w/ titanium which is much more durable then the other option. The bowl has 2.5mm thickness which when you hold it, you can tell you are getting your money's worth.
- rice is cooked just right. not too sticky or too dry.
First time I make rice with this rice cooker is completely painless and get perfect result. I use one of the korean brand white premium rice and use the water measure that's inscribed in the rice cooking bowl. It cooked just right.
This rice cooker is large enough for 5 people (two bowls each), and not too big for one person. The steamer is perfect for me to heat up left over food (or other cooking that I can do without using the harmful microwave cooker.)
Don't get the 3 cup version unless u are sure u do not need to use the steamer.
The user interface is nice and simple.
From the construction standpoint I think this is far better then the Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 (street $129+tax). The Zojirushi rice cooking handle actually can make it difficult to clean. This is a suggestion my mom made who has certainly do rice cooking for over 50 years.
I pick the Sanyo not primarily because it's less expensive but it's a better rice cooker.
Price paid for Sanyo: $99 + tax.
I'll provide more feedback after I use the rice cooker for a longer period of time.
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes really good rice and looks good, too,
This review is from: Sanyo ECJ-D55S 5.5-Cup Micro-Computerized Rice Cooker/Steamer (Kitchen)I struggled over which rice cooker to buy. This one appeared to be like many others, but would it be too small? Most of the time I was making rice for myself, but occasionally I would have some people eating with me, so I was really on the fence about getting a larger one. I certainly didn't want 2 cookers. I broke down and finally got the Sanyo, and it's the perfect size for one and really fine for a few people. Using the largest amount of rice makes enough for 4 hungry eaters. The rice comes out great when making the small or large amounts. I like the countdown at the end which tells you how much time if left. What I don't like is the fact that there is no "quick" rice setting that others seem to have. I've gotten used to the fact that I'll need 40-45 minutes before eating the rice, which usually isn't a problem. I also think the timer setting (so that you can can leave it on before you go to work and come home to pefect rice) isn't very user-friendly, but I've gotten the hang of it now. If you're thinking about a small rice cooker, you'll be pretty happy with this one.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little more information about the timer feature...,
This review is from: Sanyo ECJ-D55S 5.5-Cup Micro-Computerized Rice Cooker/Steamer (Kitchen)I bought this model to replace/supplement my basic one-button rice cooker and because I have branching out beyond just making rice in the rice cookers (see Beth Hensperger's excellent book, the Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook).
As others have written, this is a great unit & is well designed. The timer function unfortunately did not have the feature I was hoping it did, so I'm passing this along since the item description doesn't have enough information in it to figure this out before you buy.
The big Timer button on the unit has exactly two uses:
1. When you are in any one of the rice or porridge modes (the Menu button is used to set the mode), you use the Timer button in conjunction with the Hours/Min button to specify the time at which you would like the cooking to be finished, for example - 7:30pm.
2. When you are in slow cook mode, you use the Timer button (and Hours/Min buttons) to key in the amount of time you want the unit to run -- for example, 3 hours.
Unfortunately, you cannot use these two features in combination. For example, I was hoping I could set the unit up with beans in it so that I could delay the start of the cooking until say 4:30 pm and have it run for 3 hours so that the beans would be done by 7:30pm. But... neither this unit nor any other rice cooker units I looked at seems to be able to do this (which is why I still give it 5 stars anyway). Ah well - next generation of cookers I guess.
Update: 1 year and 1/2 later, this unit is still going strong. It is used at least 1x weekly. I have never had a unsatisfactory batch of rice (or beans or porridge or oatmeal) out of it. I kept my old one button unit tho; it is a much better steamer than this one (the basket is too small I think).
Update: 3 years later. Still working exactly as well as the day I bought it. Unit used at least 1x daily for oatmeal and every 2-3 days for a batch of rice or other things. If I ever have to replace it, I would buy the same unit again.
Update: 6 years later. Still working like the day I bought it & still used almost every day.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS THING IS A GENIUS!,
This review is from: Sanyo ECJ-D55S 5.5-Cup Micro-Computerized Rice Cooker/Steamer (Kitchen)Being Japanese doesn't make me an expert in rice, but I can tell the difference in brands of rice and how recently it was harvested. I've recently been eating this high-tech microwave rice from Japan because my rice cookers have been failing to make really good rice (all three of them).
Then I found this baby...
Wow. This thing is amazing. Medium grain, long grain, basmati and brown rice all come out perfectly. Not just good, perfect. I just bought a second one as a gift for my parents.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value rice cooker.,
This review is from: Sanyo ECJ-D55S 5.5-Cup Micro-Computerized Rice Cooker/Steamer (Kitchen)I live in Japan and have owned several rice cookers. I wanted to buy one for my mother in the USA. Bowl construction is a key factor and the highest quality models in Japan have specially constructed, really thick bowls. This cooker was advertised as having an "extra thick" bowl. I was dissapointed to find out that the bowl was not near as thick as Japanese models. I don't know how the bowl will hold-up in the long run but the cooker does make very good rice. For occasional use this one should be fine.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I chose this over Zojirushi's model...,
This review is from: Sanyo ECJ-D55S 5.5-Cup Micro-Computerized Rice Cooker/Steamer (Kitchen)becasue it has a dedicated Brown Rice cycle as well as a Porridge cycle (great for steel cut oatmeal). I used to burn rice in a cheap, simple, non-fuzzy logic rice cooker, but have never anything but perfection in this one. If you're deciding between this one and the 10-cup cooker, which isn't much larger, keep in mind that the 10-cup model has to cook a minimum of two cups (3/4 cup rice cooker cups) of rice whereas this model can cook as little as one cup.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love mine!,
This review is from: Sanyo ECJ-D55S 5.5-Cup Micro-Computerized Rice Cooker/Steamer (Kitchen)This rice cooker is VERY easy to use! I measure the rice first and put it into the non-stick pan and rinse the rice right in the pan pouring out the starchy water just a couple of times and then fill it up to the line that is marked on the inside of the pan for the amount of rice and type I am cooking. Then push the menu button to select the type rice and then press the start button. If you are cooking white rice all you have to do is push start because it is set for white rice by default. That is all there is to it. 45 minutes later you have perfect rice! If I want rice with dinner I start it first before putting anything else together. Since it can stay warm all day and still be the same great rice, you could start it in the morning. I use mine almost as much as my microwave! Also it is high quality, the nonstick pan isn't a cheap one that is going to peel off, it's very hard. This makes it a breeze to clean, takes one second to wash it and one second to dry it.
It makes great brown rice too! Super Cooker and better priced than some of the others!
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could it be the perfect Rice Cooker? YES!,
This review is from: Sanyo ECJ-D55S 5.5-Cup Micro-Computerized Rice Cooker/Steamer (Kitchen)PERFECT! That's how my first batch of Thai rice came out. I read the manual (in five minutes or less) put in the correct amount of water, put in the corresponding amount of rice and about forty minutes later, viola! A perfect batch of rice!
Next we move on to porridge, soups, stews and steaming. Yes, this Rice Cooker does all of this and more. If these (soups, stews, Etc.) are as easy as rice (which I am certain they will be) then this Rice Cooker is a winner.
The Stainless Steel accents really make this look like a very well made, almost commercial quality item. The carry handle is very functional and convenient and the retractable cord shows thoughtful design. The size is just right and it stores with ease. Clean up is a snap. Most important is that the keypad is very simple and easy to use but is still feature rich enough to keep even the most advanced gadget head (like me!) happy.
Last are the timer and keep warm functions. Time your rice to be cooked and fresh when you come home from work, excellent! Keep your rice warm for up to eight hours (we kept one batch warm for almost twelve hours and it was still warm, moist and fresh at the end of the day) and that's it, a perfect item.
With so many poor quality items on the market today, I must tell you that any cook would be absolutely thrilled with this cooker. Enjoy!
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