For the past year or so I’ve heard a lot of online friends talk about how much they love their rice cooker. Up until about a week ago I had never used or even understood the need for a whole appliance dedicated to cooking rice. I’ve always just bought a box, tossed it in a pot of boiling water and drained it. Simple process.
Then I was introduced to the Panasonic Microcomputer Controlled Fuzzy Logic Rice Cooker with One Touch Cooking.
This particular rice cooker isn’t overly large and cooks up to 5 cups of uncooked rice. Having always cooked rice from a pre-measured box I never really knew just how much 5 cups of rice is. Let me tell you … that is enough rice to feed a very, very large family, much larger than the five of us. So if you’re new to using a rice cooker and end up with about 3 cups of extra rice, you’ll appreciate the steam basket and function on this rice cooker. It’s great for reheating those leftovers.
The control panel is very simple to use with 4 one-touch cooking options including: quick cook/steam, white rice, brown rice and porridge/soup. So far we’ve used it to steam leftover rice, cook white rice, brown rice and jasmine rice. Each time the rice has come out perfectly cooked without being dry or sticky. The only exception was the jasmine rice which did turn out a bit on the gooey side.
I really feel like this product is missing some kind of alert system whether that be a countdown timer or an audible beep when the rice is done. It’s very easy to walk away and completely forget the rice and difficult to plan the meal around an unknown cook time.
That said, the machine does automatically switch over to the warm mode when cooking is complete.
Overall, I’d say my experience with this new-to-me product has been above average of what I had expected. Priced under $100, I’d say this is a very good value rice cooker for any sized family.
* I was provided with a rice cooker to review. Opinions expressed are based on my own experience.