Experts say that most rice cookers do a good job of cooking rice, but some rice cookers go above and beyond, allowing you to select cooking settings as well as starting and stopping times. The Sanyo Micom ECJ-F50S rice cooker performs as well as other highly rated fuzzy logic (computer-controlled) cookers for a fraction of the cost. Editors at Fine Cooking magazine say that it "has all the features almost anyone would need," including an LCD clock, 24-hour preset timer, slow-cook and keep-warm functions, steaming tray and the ability to cook several types of rice, porridge, soup and stew.
Users at Amazon.com and Cooking.com give the Sanyo Micom ECJ-F50S rice cooker high overall ratings, saying that it cooks "perfect" rice every time. A few point out that it takes longer to cook brown rice, which has to soak for an hour before cooking begins, but reviewers say that it turns out perfectly as well. It doesn't have an audible indicator for when rice is done and only counts down the last 13 minutes of cooking. If you don't need a programmable rice cooker, experts say that a more basic option like the Sanyo ECJ-N55W (*Est. $50) does an excellent job of cooking both white and brown rice.
Fine Cooking magazine provides the most thorough review of the Sanyo Micom ECJ-F50S, testing it and comparing it to four other fuzzy logic rice cookers. User reviews at Amazon.com and Cooking.com reflect the findings of professional tests: The Sanyo Micom ECJ-F50S produces excellent rice, equal in quality to rice cooked in more expensive models.
1. Fine Cooking
Editors of Fine Cooking magazine name the Sanyo Micom ECJ-F50S a Best Buy because it is less expensive than other fuzzy logic rice cookers but "has all the features almost anyone would need." Brown rice requires an hour of soaking, but otherwise turns out perfectly.
Review: Equipment Review: High-Tech Rice Cookers, Maryellen Driscoll, Jan. 2007
The Sanyo ECJ-F50S receives about 50 reviews at Amazon.com, most of which are positive. Users say that it's easy to use and does an excellent job of cooking several types of rice. One reviewer says that it doesn't cook dol sot bi bim bap (a Korean rice dish) very well, however. Others wish that it had an audible indicator when cooking is complete.
Review: Sanyo ECJ-F50S Micro-Computerized 5-Cup Rice Cooker and Steamer, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Oct. 2011
The Sanyo ECJ-F50S gets a high overall rating at Cooking.com from more than 40 reviewers. Most say that it cooks rice perfectly, even brown rice, and that it's easy to use and easy to clean. One user wishes the remaining time was displayed on the LCD screen.
Review: Sanyo Fuzzy Logic Rice Cooker and Steamer Reviews, Contributors to Cooking.com, As of Oct. 2011