Summary: After less than one year the non-stick coating on the insert has started to chip and pit. I have taken very good care of this rice cooker, have only used the plastic rice spoon included, yet the non-stick coating is coming off on the bottom. I am very disappointed because other than this, the unit has performed well.
Summary: If you are looking to save time and avoid watching your rice pot, it will do the trick. However, depending on the type of rice you are cooking, it may form a crust in the bottom of the pot or the water will foam and the pot will boil over. You must find the correct type of rice for the pot. I thought that aluminium pots and pans were a thing of the past but they are not. This one is made of painted aluminium nomather how bad they are for the health.
Pros: Easy as can be. If you can follow basic instructions this product makes some awesome rice. Quality feels very solid. I bought this for my bachelor pad and it makes so much rice I usually have some left over for another day or two. I have even some of that instant rice like uncle ben's box rice. It still cooked it just as it should. Enjoy!
Summary: spend a little more, get a little more. Even though I followed directions to a tee (rinsing rice, measuring, seating the bowl) -- it spewed water all over my counter. taking it back if i can find a retailer in my area.
Summary: To be honest, the model I purchased may be different. Purchased in 2007, $25, non-stick pan, glass lid and single "On" switch. Used approximately 20 times in 1 year before the switch malfunctioned and cooker randomly turned off. Decided to spend more money and purchase something that will work better and longer than 1 year. Went to www.rice-cooker-guide.com and ended up purchasing a Tiger rice cooker - which is phenomenal and in the end worth the huge price difference.