Sunday, January 03, 2010
Currently, I am in the process of deciding which rice cooker to buy. I have been wanting to replace my current one for a while now, ever since my mother put the bowl in the dishwasher and messed it up (it still cooks rice, it just isn't very pretty). This time I want to get one that is nonstick, so it will be easier to clean up. The one I have now isn't, and I usually have to soak it overnight before I can clean out all the rice that is stuck to the bottom. I also want the new one to have a steamer basket.
I wanted a Japanese rice cooker, but those don't come cheap. For now I'm going to have to settle for something on the lower end. I should probably just get the little Black & Decker they have at Walmart for about $14. It is nonstick, and it actually does have a steamer basket, which is uncommon for such a small, cheap rice cooker. It also got consistently good reviews online.
The other candidate is this Tatung rice cooker from newegg.com for $24.99 (no tax and free shipping). It's a Japanese style cooker (made in China, however), and it also has a steamer basket and is nonstick. The reviews are kind of mixed. Some of the reviews were great, but others said that the nonstick coating starts flaking off after about a year. Of course, maybe that would just give me an excuse to buy a new, better one at that point (lol). The other thing that worries me is that you can't return it, only exchange it if it is defective, and one of the reviews made it sound like you have to pay for your own shipping if you do exchange it. I do like the fact that it is a Japanese style cooker though, and not something that just looks like a crock pot--this is the cheapest one I could find that was like that.
Decisions, decisions ^_^;;
UPDATE: After a late night trip to Walmart to look at the Black & Decker again, I ended up going home and ordering the Tatung. After looking at it, I realized that the Black & Decker is too small to cook rice and steam veggies at the same time, which kind of defeats the purpose of having the steamer basket, as far as I'm concerned.