5 Stars By BTA-MALL Customer on 2016-11-27
Wonderful and super useful!
Have to say this is absolutely awesome. I bought it at discount price around 18 dollars. And it can be used to cook noodles, make rice, make soup, and even hot pot!
4 Stars By tm on 2016-11-08
Mostly Positive, considering the price
Update 6/17/17: I've now been using the rice cooker for 7 months, and it continues to work fine. I just do 2 cups of brown rice all the time. In addition to rice, I've found it convenient for cooking beans (pinto and black beans). I fill the bottom with about an inch of dry beans, let them soak in water for several hours with the cooker unplugged, and then add spices and let it cook through the regular cycle and then stay on the warm cycle another hours or two. There are 2 negatives: if you put in too much water, prepare for a big mess, and the bottom eventually gets stained with the strongly colored beans.
I've now been using this little rice cooker for over a month, using it about 3 times a week, cooking 1, 2, or 3 cups of brown, white, or brown/white mix (using the "rice cooker cup that comes with it, which is 3/4cup). It's much smaller than rice cookers I've used in the past, and barely can handle the 3 cups. I've been quite happy with it -- the rice is great and it cleans up well. For the price and value, I have no complaints. I've found that adding a little more water and getting the rice right when it's done (that is, don't let it sit there warming too much) gives the best result. Now for the negatives I've found, things which you would expect from such an inexpensive item: 1) when making 3 cups (and sometimes 2) the liquid can climb out the vent hole leading to a messy lid and sometimes spills on the counter, 2) you have to plug and unplug the unit each time you use it or it seems to warm endlessly, and 3) if you let the cooker keep warming for too long after the rice is done, it will often leave brown overcooked rice mat sticking to the bottom. Since I rarely make 3 cups, (1) is not much of a problem, but I do find that (2) is annoying. Regarding (1), I've found that placing a little corn cob skewer in the vent helps limit the mess, perhaps by allowing liquid to drip back into the cooker -- see the photo.
5 Stars By Go Bronson on 2015-04-27
I LOVE IT! I was unsure after reading some of ...
I LOVE IT! I was unsure after reading some of the comments about the lack of off switch or whatever, but I bought it anyway and I absolutely adore it!
This little rice cooker is small enough for my tiny space in my kitchen, but big enough to do enough rice to feed our family of 6 using proper portions!
The ability to cook veg on top is just awesome and so far i've tried carrots on their own and a stir fry, while cooking rice. The stir fry veggies came out amazing and tasted better than when actually stir fried and I cooked veggie bites (like chicken nuggets but full of brocoli etc) i the steamer, while rice was cooking, too!
I've only had this thing for 2 days and already it is the most used "gadget" in my kitchen!
The on and off switch is no big deal. It heats then turns to warm. When you are done, put your rice in a container, unplug, clean up, great!
This little guy cleans up very easy with soap and water!
The instructions tell you to stir rice a while into cooking and a paddle is provided for doing so, so you don't need to worry about using metal utensils or anything like that!
It says not to cook minute rice, and it says that brown rice takes longer. I actually tried brown minute rice our of curiousity and it cooked actually just the way I like it!
For $18 this is a gem and you won't be disappointed!
5 Stars By Ellen on 2016-08-28
Great rice cooker for everyday use.
I bought this rice cooker when I moved into my first place, and it was a great addition to my kitchen. It's a really good basic to have, and always cooks my rice to just the right amount of fluffiness. The red is a nice pop of color with all my other black appliances, and it's always reliable.
Some advice with this rice cooker: I recommend getting some sort of on/off outlet for it. It turns on to the warming setting as soon as it's plugged in and will not truely be off until it's unplugged. I've often forgotten to unplug it and ended up with burned rice. I bought a cheap outlet adapter with an on/off switch that makes things much easier.
A second note is that it tends to release a lot of steam and starch as its cooking. Nothing that would set off an alarm, but enough that any nearby appliances might end up with a white coating on them. Keep it moved away from them or expect some cleanup.
4 Stars By Denise Fiorilla on 2016-10-27
4 out 5 only because I have not used the steamer yet. But I love the way the rice cooked. I followed other customers reviews and added the teaspoon of olive oil before putting the rice in that I rinsed until the water was clear and then let it sit in the water for 30 minutes. I used vegetable broth instead of water. I made sure to stir the rice after 15 minutes then as soon as it was done I unplugged it, served it and it was delicious!
4 Stars By Dim Dandy on 2010-01-05
I just got this cooker today, so durability is not something I can rate yet.
These are the things I like;
1. No plastic. This was important for me. Both the bottom rice cooker and the steamer tray are metal. The lid is glass.
2. Nice and compact. I cook for my wife and myself, so I don't something huge, and of course storage space is always limited. The steamer tray is small; on the other hand, the manual claims that this can cook up to 5 cups of rice.
3. Easy cleanup. Yes some of the rice made a gooey mess in the bottom, but a little soaking took it all right out.
5. Multi-purpose. I have used it once so far, and here's what I did. I put some brown rice in the bottom rice cooker, and some salmon, broccoli and cauliflower in the steamer tray. The manual says nothing about steaming anything other than veggies, but I thought I'd try it. The result: Excellent. The salmon was cooked to perfection, and so were the vegetables. So I had a complete, tasty, and healthy meal, all in one cooker, and so long as I was prepared to let the bowl and the tray soak for a bit, cleanup was a breeze. Oh and you can make soups, stews, etc. instead of cooking rice. It's not a large-capacity cooker but it would make plenty of stew for two people.
Things I don't like:
1. No timer. It apparently senses when the steam is gone, and then switches to "warmer" mode automatically. The only control is a switch that goes from "cook" to "warmer." This also means that you have to unplug it to turn it off, though that doesn't bother me.
That's about the only thing I have to carp about so far. It didn't bubble or spit at all.
If I can get at least three or four years of regular (and by regular I mean nearly daily) use out of this thing, I'll consider it an extremely good value.
Update June 2010: OK sometimes it does bubble and spit a bit. Nothing terrible. I've used it probably 25 times altogether without any problems. Considering the low purchase price, I'd call this thing a good value. I'd buy it again.
UPDATE: Three years later, it's still going strong. The steamer pan has become discolored and strange looking--blotchy is the word--but it still works great. It has never failed to cook rice perfectly.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Make that six years. I believe this thing will last longer than I will. In fact, it may be an advance agent of SkyNet, biding its time for the beginning of the robot war to destroy all humans!
5 Stars By Sam on 2016-09-30
Only a few uses and I'm in love!
I'm a college student and really enjoy making my own meals (lets face it, college cafeterias can't uphold to the standards of a home cooked meal!). One thing that has turned into a staple for me is rice, plus I love to eat it. I always used to cook rice on the stove and it wouldn't turn out that great, so long story short I bought this. I'm planning to use it weekly and it's already been a huge help with meal prep. But I've already come up with some helpful tips for use!
1. Don't use cheap rice. If you don't have a choice then really rinse it and get a strainer made for rice. I used cheaper rice and then made expensive jasmine rice. Even though I rinsed the cheaper rice throughly, it still bubbled up and I had to stand next to the cooker. With the jasmine rice I had no problems. It was perfect!
2. Always rinse the rice no matter what! This is important! I recommend getting a strainer specifically made for rice. It comes in handy! Plus on BTA-MALL you can get one for about $6!
3. Add some butter or olive oil. This is more a taste thing, but it also helps with stickiness if that's not your thing.
4. Don't add too much water, and absolutely use the measuring cup that came with the cooker for the rice. For 3/4 cups of rice you fill to 1 cup water on the rice cooker and so on and so forth.
5. Unplug when it's done! The warmer mode is alright, but leave it too long and the rice on the bottom will burn. Unplug when it's done and wait 5 minutes to remove the inner bowl. Also, use hot pads (it's hot).
Overall, I really like the convenience of this! I think if you have a small family of 1-3 people this rice cooker will be perfect for you. And if your a college student, this is really helpful. It can be used for more then just rice, so I really recommend it!
3 Stars By Derek on 2016-09-06
Great idea, but I ended up going with another brand.
Rice is easy enough to boil all by itself, but I just couldn't pass up ease and laziness for such a low price!
This rice cooker is very easy to operate, given that it literally only has two user-controlled functions; on or off.
The problem for me came in when I kept burning the rice to the bottom of the pan. Every. Single. Time. I followed the instructions to a "T," found differing opinions of amount of water, using salt, etc, online, and none of them worked. The auto-off just doesn't work.
A couple months after buying this, a friend mentioned she had the same problem with the exact same make & model. We swapped, and both of us had burnt rice again. Curious to experiment, we went to Walmart and purchased two competing brands. The rice came out beautifully every time.
I suppose it's possible that we both got defective devices, but my money is on poor design, in this case.
4 Stars By BTA-MALL Customer on 2017-02-18
Messy if making 6 cups; great for smaller jobs!
I'm not a big rice eater, but I must say that I can see myself using this little rice cooker more and more often. First, I HIGHLY recommend that you don't try to make the maximum (6 cups of finished rice) in this cooker, unless you like cleaning up your kitchen from a big mess. It rapid-boils and literally spews water out the hole in the top of the lid.
Four (4) cups finished rice is manageable, however, it still shoots out a bit of water on your countertops. Two cups of finished rice is wonderful.
If you are cooking rice for a "family" don't buy this one. If you are a couple or an individual, this is a fabulous little cooker and simple to use. Just push down the button to start it up. It changes to the "warm" mode by itself when the water is gone. This is achieved by a weight sensor in the bottom of the vessel.
Feel free to get creative with your recipes in this little guy; everything seems to turn out good. It's light-weight and about 7" tall and 8" in diameter (across). It has a metal coated insert for cooking that is about 4" deep. It has a glass lid and a small vent hole. There are rubber feet on the bottom, so it stays firmly planted on the countertop.
Fill it , turn it on, and walk away. Beautiful, rice will be ready when you need it. LOW maintenance; my way of cooking!
4 Stars By skinner on 2016-03-27
Perfect Pot of Rice
I got it today and have already made a perfect pot of rice. I filled measuring cup with rice 2 times, put it in the inner pot and rinsed with water several times to get rid of most of that starchy white stuff that makes a mess, poured in enough fresh water to fill pot to number 2 along with a teaspoon of olive oil (very important) and salt to taste. Set the pot to cook and approximately 20-25 minutes later, rice is ready. No starchy mess on the lid or on the counter, very quiet while cooking and a subtle popping sound let's you know the rice is cooked and the warmer is triggered.. I've been using rice cookers all my life and the last one still worked but the inner pot started scaling which caused the rice to stick. So far this Oster rice cooker works perfectly hopefully it will last as long as the previous one. I didn't give 5 stars only because I still haven't used the steamer and it's too early to know if it'll last. For those of you wondering about the shade of red, it's the same shade as the Keurig Single Brewer. I plan to post an update.
Update: After a month I am very happy with my rice cooker. I use it several times a week and never had any starchy mess spilling over. I've used the steamer alone to steam frozen roasted vegetable tamales and they turn out perfect. Cooking them in the microwave always made the edges crunchy or overcooked. You need 1 1/2 cups of water in the pot then place frozen tamale on steamer, put the lid on and then cook for about 25 - 30 minutes.