By VICTOR E. SASSON
In 2013, I ordered a new Panasonic rice cooker with lots of bells and whistles from Amazon.com, and my wife refused to use it.
She remained loyal to my first electric rice cooker, also from Panasonic, even though it was more than a dozen years old and the inner pot often burned the bottom of white rice.
On top of that, the inner pot was cracked, and Panasonic no longer stocked a new one.
She felt the new Panasonic cooker was slow, and didn't like all the condensation that accumulated in the U-shaped channel under the lid.
The new cooker also took nearly two hours to cook organic brown rice, which is all I prepare at home.
I smell a bargain
The Panasonic cooker I got from Amazon.com cost $67.99, but listed for $89.99.
The Aroma 3000SB cooker is nearly 30 minutes faster than the newer Panasonic cooker when preparing brown rice, and it has a neat feature to catch and drain condensation.
My wife used it to make white rice on the regular setting; it also has a "quick rice" setting that does the job in 10 minutes.
|MORE CHOICES: The 20-cup Aroma 3000SB rice cooker, above, has more functions than the more expensive Panasonic cooker, below.|
|OOPS: The Panasonic rice cooker is the first I've ever seen with a spatula server that doesn't fit inside.|
|LONGER WARRANTY: The Aroma rice cooker has a 5-year warranty, compared to 1-year warranty for the Panasonic cooker.|
|FOR CONDENSATION: This plastic collector, which catches condensation from inside the Aroma rice cooker, can be removed to throw the water into the sink.|