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WTF went wrong with rice cookers?

Posted January 26 into Food & Drink by John Birmingham

Seriously, after long using a basic model Sunbeam and replacing it only every 3-4 years, I've had to buy six rice cookers in the past twelve months. They keep burning out.
Granted, a couple of the replacements I bought were cheap no-name units from Woolies. I got everything I deserved dropping any money on them.
But even the Sunbeam, and most recently a Russell Hobbs unit all burned out after one or two uses.
I really don't want to go back to cooking rice on the stove top. I've had to relearn that arcane skill recently and there is nothing to recommend it. I'll happily check out any model anybody reading this is happy with.

15 Responses to ‘WTF went wrong with rice cookers?’

w from brisbane swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 26
You've had bad luck, I think. My rice cooker packed it in after about 7 years but I haven't replaced it yet.
Of the rice cookers Choice reviewed, 4 of the top 6 were Breville.

John Birmingham reckons...

Posted January 27
I’m also looking at a Panasonic.

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Barnesm puts forth...

Posted January 27
have you checked if you have recently desecrated a shrine, or committed an offence against Inari Okami, the Shinto Godess of rice? inari-zushi is a packaged shusi roll of fried tofu used as an offering, though I doubt I could bring myself to offer that to anything.

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted January 27
Fried tofu? Are you trying to get me cursed?

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Murphy_of_Missouri is gonna tell you...

Posted January 27
If I want rice I just order take out.

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Brad asserts...

Posted January 27
Zojirushi is where it's at... the 230V models seem to be a bit more expensive than the 115V ones, and in other news I'm shocked to find gambling in this establishment.

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insomniac mutters...

Posted January 27
Rice on the stovetop is not that hard. What's the problem? I have two ways of doing it. One taught to me by my Malaysian ex-MIL, and one forced upon me by ms insomniac when it was a WTF-are-you-doing-with-the-rice moment.

Dave W puts forth...

Posted January 29
Is it heresy to also talk about microwave rice?

1 cup of rice. 2 cups of water. 14 minutes on high. Done.

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Ceramic reckons...

Posted January 27
Ugh, bl***y every thing is designed to self-destruct these days. Its awful and such a waste of money. I have about ten headphones that I want to get fixed/ fix one day when I can work out how.

Re: rice, cooker, got no idea. Might getting an industrial restaurant quality one help?

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted January 28
That’s not a bad idea. I might ask around a few restaurants

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Bangar swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 28
Any idea of what your supply voltage is? Your inverter should display it. Being above 230V could be the problem.

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon would have you know...

Posted January 29
i can't help in this regard - due to limited cupboard space i put a ban on electrical goods that could be replicated by a saucepan or frying pan. I use the Kylie Kwong method (which i'm pretty sure is bog standard) and it has never failed me.

John Birmingham ducks in to say...

Posted January 29
WHAT IS THE KYLIE KWONG METHOD????

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon puts forth...

Posted January 30
Stove top. 1 part rice to 2 parts water. On high uncovered till it starts boiling. Turn down to low, lid on for 10mins. Take off heat and let sit for 10mins (do not under any circumstance take lid off). Draw back is this requires a small amount of attention whereas with a rice cooker you turn on and walk away.

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spankee would have you know...

Posted January 31
I'm a +1 for the Breville. On our 2nd one in 14 years. Bonus is that there is a 2nds shop in Tinglapa.

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