I never knew I wanted a rice cooker till my husband got me one for Christmas a few years back. I never really had a problem cooking rice on the stone top but some people do. With a rice cooker it is just so simple. You just add the rice and and water, all you have to remember though is that you need 1/2 cup more water than you do rice, so if you are cooking 1 cup of rice you will need 1 1/2 cups of water, 2 cups of rice 2 1/2 cups of water and so on. The rice cooker has an outer unit that is white and attractive. Inside the outer unit is the heating coil. The unit also comes with a removable pot, this is where the rice goes. It is kind of like an aluminum bowl. You can put it in the dishwasher if you like but I recommend washing it by hand. The set also comes with a one cup measuring cup and a rice spoon. It also has a booklet that tells you how to use the unit and how to measure things out. You can make from 2 to 8 cups of rice, which of course increases in size when cooked. The directions are in Spanish, English, and French. Unfortunately there are not any ric recipes included, that would have been nice. There are tips however on how to do certain things for different rices, like some you might want to rinse or soak so that the rice comes out less starchy. For regular white rice you can give the rice a quick rinse, then pour it into the pan, then add the water. For 2 cups of rice you would add 2 1/2 cups of water. Then you push it closed, and lock the sealer. It has like a little lock latch on it. To open it back up you just push the latch. Once you close it up though do not open it again until the rice is done cooking. Once you close it you push down the button in the front. There are two indicator lights, one that says cook and one that says warm. When you push the button down the cook indicator light will light up. You leave the rice cooker to do its thing. When the indicator goes to warm you then leave it sitting for at least an additional 10 minutes. It is so simple to use and the rice comes out perfect every time. Just don't forget to let it set for that extra 10 minutes. It will keep your rice warm and soft for an hour or two after you are done with it, after that the rice starts to dry out, so you can't leave it in there all day and expect nice fresh soft rice. If you hate cooking rice but love eating it, try this simple rice cooker, it is not that expensive and your rice will always be perfect with very little effort on your part. The inside pan is also very easy to clean, so clean up isn't even a problem. Performance Love it. Makes perfect rice every time. Ease of Cleaning Once in a while you have to take it all apart and clean it, but usually only after several uses. Usually you just have to clean the pan that comes out and it has a non stick finish and cleans up really easily. Then just wipe down the outside and that is it. Ease of Use Add rice and water, and push a button. Could not be easier. Durability I have had mine for a few years and it is still looking and working great. Design It's small and it is white so it goes anywhere just fine.
Crystal Lake, IL