The compact 3-cup Panasonic SR-G06FG is the best basic rice cooker, according to reviewers. Consumer reviews say that it can't compete with more advanced rice cookers, but it cooks rice quickly and doesn't take up much counter space. Rice usually comes out fluffy and tender, but some batches come out crusty on the bottom. Its small size, however, means that it can't accommodate larger families. Rather, owners call the Panasonic SR-G06FG a good choice for singles or couples who don't eat rice daily. Experts say that while the SR-G06FG does a suitable job of cooking white rice, it's not recommended for brown rice. If you eat brown rice regularly, consider the Sanyo ECJ-N55W (*Est. $50) , a budget rice cooker that can handle brown rice.
We found the most thorough review of the Panasonic SR-G06FG rice cooker at MetaEfficient.com, a product review website, where it is compared to five other rice cookers. We also found several owner-written reviews at Amazon.com. Some reviewers are more concerned with Amazon.com's customer service than with this cooker's performance, but most reviews are informative.
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The Panasonic SR-G06FG is the most basic model recommended at MetaEfficient.com in this roundup of five rice cookers. It is recommended for small households with small kitchens and for those who aren't concerned about fancy features. It cooks white rice well, but isn't recommended for brown rice.
Review: The Best Rice Cookers, "Siel", March 5, 2009
This cooker earns an above average rating in more than 200 owner-written reviews. Most owners are satisfied, but a few say it looks cheap and some wish it had a keep-warm setting. The general consensus here is that it's a good basic rice cooker for the money.
Review: Panasonic SRG06FG 3.3-Cup Automatic Rice Cooker, Contributors to Amazon.com