You can get a discount 8 cup rice cooker on Amazon. These devices are cheaper than most Japanese brands and offer pretty good value for money. The issue is that they do not have quite the same level of electronic components. So if you require a Micom rice cooker, then you would be better off with a Zojirushi, Panasonic or other Japanese brand.
However, if you are more interested on saving money on the purchase of your unit then an 8 cup rice cooker makes a great choice. There are a few Western brands to choose from. The machines featured above are produced by Aroma and Cuisinart (then Aroma again).
The beauty of these 8 cup rice cookers is that they are capable of preparing more than just rice. In effect they also have some slow cooker functionality as well. You can make soups, stews and use them to steam vegetables too. For well under $100, these appliances might be the right option for you.
To be honest, I personally prefer the functionality of rice cookers that have the Micom (Micro Computerized) chip. But this sort of device is more expensive than the 8 cup rice cookers pictured above. If you take a look on the Amazon website, you will be able to find out more about their specifications.
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