Best-value multifunction rice cooker
It's not a programmable rice cooker, but experts say the Sanyo ECJ-N55W, with its multifunctional capabilities, excellent cooking results and affordable price tag, offers the most bang for your buck. It can cook several types of rice, as well as soup and porridge. It also includes a steaming basket for vegetables. Reviewers say the Sanyo ECJ-N55W rice cooker does especially well with brown rice, and that it isn't prone to messy boilovers like glass-lidded models. It also has a keep-warm function, but using this setting for more than a couple of hours can dry out your rice.