To begin with, you have to seriously consider how much money you can realistically afford to spend. Of course, it is nice to buy top of the range, expensive products. However this may or may not be an option for us. So we should start to think seriously about our budget before we do anything else. To be honest, good rice cookers can be bought for about $100. Obviously, the more you spend, the more features you will be able to get your hands on.
If you can afford $100 or so, you want to try to purchase a Micom rice cooker. This is a type of machine that many different brands produce. Currently in the United States and Canada there are four Japanese electronics manufacturers that are selling their products in electrical stores as well as through the online retailer, Amazon. These companies are Zojirushi, Tiger, Sanyo and Panasonic. Buying any one of these brands would not be a bad idea. Of course, you may have experience with some of these makes already so perhaps you have one already in mind. I would say that the brand you choose is not necessarily of huge importance. If you can afford to get a Japanese rice cooker then you are in good shape.
One of the most important things to consider before purchasing a new rice cooking machine is the size of machine you should get. There are actually three different sizes that are designed for use in the home. The sizes are 3 cup, 5 1/2 cup and 10 cup. These size values refer to the number of cups of un-cooked white rice that they can prepare. So it really depends upon the size of your household, i.e. how many people you will be cooking for, that determines what size of machine you should get. This is definitely something you should keep in mind as you browse through various reviews.
You can read a wide range of rice cooker reviews at the Japanese Rice Cookers Store.
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