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Great versatile rice cooker
on 11 July 2014
This isn't a state of the art rice cooker, but it doesn't have a state of art price. I have used the rice and steamer functions, and both have worked well, following the reasonably clear instructions. I also simmered down some rhubarb on the saute programme. It looks and feels good quality, and the outside doesn't get overly hot. There is a clever plastic cup built into the hinge, which collects all the steam, so no more rattling lid, puddles on the worktop, or wet underneaths of cupboards.
It would have been nice to have advice as to the length of time and temperatures of the various programmes, to allow easier experimenting with it as an electric cooker. It would also be nice to have a handle or lip, to allow easier removal of the hot bowl so cooked food can be cooled more quickly. An extra lid for the bowl once it is removed would also be handy.
It is missing some of the functions of the more expensive ones eg slow cooking, porridge. But if I have a casserole, I like to be able to cook some of my meal separately - extra vegetables, rice or pasta.So one more expensive machine which can do everything but only one at a time, and needing to wash the bowl in between, wouldn't suit me. I had a previous model from Breville and it lasted over 6 years of very regular use.