My most recent addition to my collection is a Sanyo ECJ-JG10W IH Pressure Rice Cooker. This is a 5.5 cup family sized rice cooker. I am a self confessed Zojirushi rice cooker fan but it has to be said that I am really impressed with this unit from Sanyo. I like how it offers some features that Zojirushi machines do not have. For instance, the Steamer Plate and steaming function for vegetables and eggs is really cool. I also like how there is a cleaning function setting which can be used if the cooker seems to be retaining odors, e.g. if garlic or onions are added to a dish.
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Sanyo ECJ-JG10W Review
As far as the quality of the rice that it makes, I am also very happy with that. Admittedly I have not used this machine a great deal yet but I feel that the quality of the rice it makes is as good as I get from my Zojirushi NP-GD05 (EDIT: After using the Sanyo a few more times, I’ve decided that I think my Zojirushi Induction Heating rice cooker makes a better quality rice). Where the Sanyo impresses me is that as soon as I set the rice to start cooking it showed on the timer display how long it would take. This machine is faster than my Zojirushi NP-GD05. This is because the Sanyo has a pressure cooking function which helps to reduce the cooking time.When I made 2 cups of white Japanese rice (at regular texture) it took 37 minutes. This is about 10-15 minutes quicker than I would have expected. This just goes to show that the pressure cooking feature is more than just a gimmick. I’m not sure whether the pressure cooking ability actually makes the rice taste any better but it definitely reduces the cooking time. If you’re not to fussed about the pressure feature then I’d recommend the Zojirushi NP-HBC10 Induction Heating Rice Cooker.
With this unit I also get the choice of choosing the texture of the rice. The options are regular, firm and soft. Another thing that I like, although have not used yet is the Sleep operation. Once the rice has been cooked and the unit has switched to Keep Warm mode, if you know you’re not going to need the rice for a long time, e.g. overnight, you can set it to Sleep. This switches the rice cooker to a slightly lower Keep Warm temperature. The benefit is that is should keep the rice in a more succulent condition. After 8 hours, it will automatically switch back to the normal Keep Warm temperature. The manual states that rice can be kept in the Keep Warm state for a maximum of 30 hours.
Sanyo ECJ-JG10W vs Zojirushi NP-HTC10
If you look on the Amazon website you’ll see that both of these machines are around about the same price. If you want a cheap Sanyo ECJ-JG10W, then you are out of luck. These rice cookers are two of the most expensive available in the U.S.
To be honest, if I had to choose one, I’m not sure exactly which one I would pick. Before purchasing the Sanyo for myself, I would have always suggested going with Zojirushi. I have been using their machines for years and know that they are top quality. On top of this, when I ask Japanese people about rice cookers, they talk a lot more about Zojirushi than they do Sanyo. At the same time, the Sanyo rice cooker is working really well for me so far. The fact that it offers the steamer functionality is a big plus for me. It doesn’t have a GABA brown rice setting though. This is something that Zojirushi IH rice cookers have. If I’m honest, I hardly ever cook GABA brown rice because it takes so long (about 3 hours) but it’s nice to have the option.
So what I’m saying is that both these IH Pressure Rice Cookers are top quality kitchen appliances. They are a bit different so if you want a top of the range model, just decide for yourself which you prefer. I’m sure you’ll be very happy with either of them.
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