Summary: Pros: small, doesn't take up a lot of cabinet or counter space, cooks perfectly every time, switches to "warm" setting automatically so you don't have to watch over it constantly, cooks any grain--quinoa, brown rice. Comes with a steamer basket that is great for vegetables, had a couple leftover parsnips from a stew and decided to try steaming them in the rice cooker and they came out perfect.
Summary: I'm a Black and Decker 3-cup Rice Cooker kind of guy. I opened this thing and laughed at the size of the container. 20 cups? When am I going to be hosting dinner parties? I don't need 20 cups! Then I realized that when I use the included veggie steamer basket, the size makes a lot more sense. For the last few days I have put a cup of rice in bowl, covered it with water, and filled the steamer basket with broccoli, snow peas and asparagus. The veggies come out PERFECT.
Summary: Mine broke in less than a year with daily use. I had to press down the power button a certain way to get it to work. I did that for a few months and as of today it doesn't work at all. I would still recommend as it's a reasonable price and if it's going to break so easy a more expensive one isn't worth it for the amount I use it.
Black and Decker RC866C Basic Rice Cooker - Customer Review
Luis Almeida, Amazon
16 January 2014
Summary: I would recommend this product to anyone. The quality and its function are very good. Easy to clean, not too big and it doesn't burn any rice at all. Overall, I am very happy with this cooker.
Summary: I've used a variety of rice cookers. The Aroma/Aromaster twenty buck cheapie is my old standby and I still have one at work when I want to bang out a cup of rice to eat with whatever I'm eating for lunch. I also have a 4-cup Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy at home which was eleven times the cost of the Aroma but makes perfect white, brown or sushi rice every time; I tend not to contaminate that by putting veggies or anything else in it as its nonstick coating is very fragile and...
Never owned a rice cooker before, but now a believer.
Mary S., Amazon
15 January 2014
Summary: I'm not a very good cook when it comes to rice and was so excited to get this! My first use caused the rice to be a little overcooked on the bottom. After adjusting my time a little, my second attempt came out much better, but still just a little crusty on the bottom. Not quite perfect rice, but very close. From reading around online, it seems most rice cookers leave a little crust on the bottom.
Summary: The Black & Decker 20 Cup Basic Rice Cooker is anything but basic in my opinion. I've used it over the last few weeks to cook beef stew, red beans, chilli and rice. Cooking rice is the easiest, of course. Using Bob's Red Mill Rice Short Grain White, 27-Ounce (Pack of 4) , I rinse and soak my rice in a Japanese Vegetable Fruit Rice Wash Bowl #0800 for about 15 minutes prior to cooking to remove some of the starch.
Summary: I've been missing out on a lot! I use to stand in front of a pot of water waiting for it boil, then pouring the rice in and then watching it cook. My rice never came out right every time. I dreaded cooking rice, until I got this rice cooker. It is truly a set and forget type of cooking tool. I measure my rice, then measure the proper amount of water, turn it on and when I return 30 minutes later, my rice is perfect! I haven't had an issue yet. I also love the steamer.