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500 watts.
Capacity 1.5 litres.
Capacity 8 cups.
Removable crockpot.
Auto shut-off.
Keep warm function.
Non-stick bowl.
Toughened glass lid.
Dishwasher safe.
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#1
I've got one, it's rubbish always burns rice on the bottom. Don't waste your money!
#2
I had one of these which I have replaced as the non stick lining was coming off after quite a few years of regular use.
Agree with previous post that the rice burns on the bottom, however I found that adding extra water made this a little better.
Basically you get what you pay for, I paid £20 for mine and it served me well. Bargain for £9.99, heat added :thumbsup:
#3
osirrom
I've got one, it's rubbish always burns rice on the bottom. Don't waste your money!


There are 200 positive reviews on the argos website and plenty of positive reviews on here, it's only £9.99 and the next cheapest I can find are £30 - are the expensive ones really that much better? also you can buy a 3 year warranty for £1.99 so if the non stick coating does come off argos will replace it.
#4
Total rubbish product !

It's easy enough to cook rice
#5
osirrom
I've got one, it's rubbish always burns rice on the bottom. Don't waste your money!


Yes! it burns rice but still a bargain at this price.
#6
I got one a few months ago and its the best tenner I've ever spent. So much easier cooking the rice. I use the quantity of rice and water suggested for rice cookers on the back of the rice packet and its never burned my rice....
We thought it might be a gadget we'd never use but we use it several times a week. Its brilliant....
#7
it only burns if you don't empty the bowl as soon as it flicks to "Warm"

Tip: if you aren't ready to serve as soon as cooked, add a knob of butter/marg on top and leave on warm. This stops burning.
#8
zippypants
Total rubbish product !

It's easy enough to cook rice


Have you actually tried the product? I suspect that you haven't :whistling:
#9
alfiejts
I got one a few months ago and its the best tenner I've ever spent. So much easier cooking the rice. I use the quantity of rice and water suggested for rice cookers on the back of the rice packet and its never burned my rice....
We thought it might be a gadget we'd never use but we use it several times a week. Its brilliant....



Agree 100% I posted this ages ago after purchasing myself - it cooks the best rice ever cannot understand people saying it burns at the bottom as ours never has - cooks perfect rice everytime unlike the conventional method!! Heat added as a good reminder of this great product at a great price
#10
maccy1
Agree 100% I posted this ages ago after purchasing myself - it cooks the best rice ever cannot understand people saying it burns at the bottom as ours never has - cooks perfect rice everytime unlike the conventional method!! Heat added as a good reminder of this great product at a great price


i got this ages ago aswell and it has been ace perfect rice everytime. The rice is starting to catch at the bottom of the pan but i got the breakdown cover for £1.99 so i will just get another:) it is ace to just put it on and be confident you will get perfect rice.
#11
..or you could melt butter in a pan, add the rice, stir, add twice the measure of boiling water, stir, lid on, high heat to boil, time 11 minutes (depending on rice type), turn down heat, don't touch, lid off at end of time, stir, lid on , heat off...perfect...ready for a good 30 minutes
#12
Been using this model for 5+ years now, never once had a problem.
#13
Can someone explain to me how this makes cooking rice easier? After washing all you do is leave it in a pot...

I'd buy one if I could see/be told why. I'm open to having my mind blown.
#14
ooohhh I love rice but I already have too many gadgets in my teeny tiney kitchen already ... and there is no way I am giving up my George Forman grill!!!!
#15
I got spare one for when my other gives in as at this price you cant moan even if it does burn on the bottom.
Only ever buy one when its half price.
#16
AshleyTwo
Can someone explain to me how this makes cooking rice easier? After washing all you do is leave it in a pot...

I'd buy one if I could see/be told why. I'm open to having my mind blown.


I'm curious about this too - I don't have any problem cooking rice in a pan, so I'm not really sure what this does differently.
#17
I've collected mine today, build quality seems to be very good. I also purchased the 3 year warranty for £1.99, this covers breakdown and accidental damage. If you make a claim the faulty item is replaced or if its not still available then you are given Argos vouchers for the amount that you paid for it.
#18
I bought one last summer and before christmas I bought another one for my bf. It's brilliant. My tip of stopping the rice sticks on the bottom is to give the rice a quick stir from bottom to the top after the rice is cooked. It works every time!
1 Like #19
These are always on-again off-again half price - if you don't pick one up now I reckon they'll be on sale again by September ready for the students starting.

I bought one back in 2001 and used it a few times a week for 6-7 years until the non-stick coating had completely worn away and it was almost uncleanable (someone had used a metal scouring pad inside it! Damn them!). After that I went upmarket and bought a £50 Cuisinart ricecooker - I would say the difference in quality between the two isn't that much, and when my Cuisinart ricecooker went haywire after only 1 1/2 years and melted the heating element (thermostat wouldn't switch off), I went back to Argos for one of these.

I tend to use a bit more water than it recommends, and I haven't had any problems with burning rice - in fact it tends to work better if the rice is left to sit on the "warm" setting for a while. It could be that the previous commenters had used nowhere near enough water (although the basic function of the ricecooker would prevent rice from burning), but I really think that what they're referring to as "burnt rice" is more a crisp layer of dried starch at the bottom of the pan which can form during the cooking process because of the "absorption method" that is used to cook the rice. Excess starch can be prevented by either using a different brand of rice or by washing the rice once or twice before cooking. :thumbsup:
#20
AshleyTwo
Can someone explain to me how this makes cooking rice easier? After washing all you do is leave it in a pot...

I'd buy one if I could see/be told why. I'm open to having my mind blown.


Mostly it's for the convenience - you set it and forget about it. I've come back to my rice cooker after 2 hours and it's been perfect. You could probably leave it on overnight and it would be fine. You don't have to worry about setting the heat, watching in case it boils over, draining (in the case of boiled rice) or scrubbing the hell out of a pan (what usually happens in the absorb & steam method).
#21
I've had this cookworks model before - it does the job but it isn't brilliant by any stretch. The thermostat ended up going on mine, so it would always switch itself to warm (wedging a knife under the switch sorted it). I've heard of a few people with the same problem.

The worst rice cooker I've ever owned, but it was only £10 so can't complain too much.

I guess the "burning" people talk about is the crust you get (and are supposed to get for perfectly cooked rice), which on this model does seem to be a lot thicker than with other rice cookers/cooked in a pan.

As to what advantage, well you don't want rice to be taking up a ring if you only have four/six rings and you are cooking a indian.

An advantage with more expensive models is that you can set your rice to be cooked for a certain time (perfect for breakfast rice), which obviously doesn't apply to this.

I also second rinsing your rice thoroughly before cooking via any method, even better to let it soak for 30mins+, then rinse a few times. Especially if cooking basmati. I wouldn't recommend putting butter or oil in though, that will just give you skanky, greasy, sticky rice.
#22
osirrom
I've got one, it's rubbish always burns rice on the bottom. Don't waste your money!


you do have to wash the rice thoroughly if it is not to stick (rather than burn - never had rice "burn").

important to do this with rice, to get rid of the starch, whatever method you use.

I found this rice cooker to be pretty good. My other rice cooker has never failed yet.

Admittedly she is higher maintenance than this one.
#23
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#24
I just tend to get the microwaveable rice for about a quid.
#25
I have one of these, and recommend it :)
#26
Arima
Mostly it's for the convenience - you set it and forget about it. I've come back to my rice cooker after 2 hours and it's been perfect. You could probably leave it on overnight and it would be fine. You don't have to worry about setting the heat, watching in case it boils over, draining (in the case of boiled rice) or scrubbing the hell out of a pan (what usually happens in the absorb & steam method).


Cheers for that.

Sounds like its not really for me then. I'm normally in/around the kitchen when cooking anyway.
banned#27
kzee;8762400
Yes! it burns rice but still a bargain at this price.

My pan doesnt burn rice so how can paying out a tenner for something that burns rice be a bargain lol
banned#28
xcookx;8767585
I just tend to get the microwaveable rice for about a quid.

wow - thats one way to pour money down the drain as you probably get a 10th of what you'd get with normal rice. Probably saves you 2 minutes in total lol
#29
AshleyTwo
Cheers for that.

Sounds like its not really for me then. I'm normally in/around the kitchen when cooking anyway.


Its good because you just put the rice and water in the cooker, turn it on and then forget it whiilst you get on with preparing the restof the meal.
What yuou're not doig is continually watching teh pan, turning it down top simmer when it starts boiling, watching it not boil dry and them making sure you turn it off at the right time.

Also - it does cook rice differently than just boiling in a pan of water. The rice is far more "fluffy" like you get in a restaurant. Even the same rice comes out differently from a cooker.

You're not just "boiling the rice in water" as you do in the pan. The cooker boils off the water which actully steams the rice and then, when the water is all boiled off, you leave it to steam in the residual steam in the cooker before lifting the lid, for another ten minutes until you use it - so it does actually cook the rice differently than just boiling it in a pan (or microwaving it...)
#30
alfiejts
Its good because you just put the rice and water in the cooker, turn it on and then forget it whiilst you get on with preparing the restof the meal.
What yuou're not doig is continually watching teh pan, turning it down top simmer when it starts boiling, watching it not boil dry and them making sure you turn it off at the right time.

Also - it does cook rice differently than just boiling in a pan of water. The rice is far more "fluffy" like you get in a restaurant. Even the same rice comes out differently from a cooker.

You're not just "boiling the rice in water" as you do in the pan. The cooker boils off the water which actully steams the rice and then, when the water is all boiled off, you leave it to steam in the residual steam in the cooker before lifting the lid, for another ten minutes until you use it - so it does actually cook the rice differently than just boiling it in a pan (or microwaving it...)


I appreciate that it does things a bit easier but my rice is very much fluffy and I'm so used to the pattern I can cook the rice while doing everything else :p

Maybe if I wasn't broke I'd me more willing to but £10 could go further at the moment.

Oh and I boil mine in its steam within the pan when I do it anyway.
#31
Does this make a better job than my boil in the bag rice?
#32
xcookx
I just tend to get the microwaveable rice for about a quid.


I agree, the tesco boil-in-bag rice is fantastic, hassle free and tastes great. Put one or two bags in a pyrex bowl, fill with boiling water, add salt and heat on high in the microwave for 20 minutes - perfectly cooked non-stick long grain rice with hardly any washing up.
#33
mills85
it only burns if you don't empty the bowl as soon as it flicks to "Warm"

Tip: if you aren't ready to serve as soon as cooked, add a knob of butter/marg on top and leave on warm. This stops burning.


Doh! why didn't I think of that. Mine burns the rice at the bottom as well so this has to be worth a try and if it works I'll give you some rep :thumbsup:
#34
If you have a microwave, why bother with this? Cooking normal rice in a microwave is easy, tastes yummy (fluffy basmati each time) and is easy to clean.
#35
Had one of these for over a year (got it from Argos for about this price back then).

I've never had rice burn but maybe that's becasue I always add a drop of oil or butter and I usually give the rice a bit of a stir to fluff it up just after the light switches to 'Warm'.

Chuck in the rice (there's a measure included) , slosh in the water (there are measuring marks inside the pan to fill it to), switch on and job done...cooked rice.

BIG ADVANTAGE: it gives consistent results....takes away all the hassle if you are cooking the other stuff for the meal at the same time and can't give the rice full attention....or the phone rings, or someone comes to the door, or they are announcing the winner on Britain's Got Talent, or the kids are starting WW3 upstairs, or ..... It is so much less hassle because you can put the rice on an hour before you need it and it will still be just about perfect exactly when you want it, so no 'military-precision' planning on when to start cooking it in the middle of cooking everything else for the meal.

DISADVANTAGE: Unless you eat rice regularly, or have a TARDIS-like kitchen cupboard, this thing is going to take up precious space.


Also, I have been experimenting with adding flavours and it works great with no extra effort.....just sprinkle in some cinnamon powder at the start of cooking ....goes really well with things like lamb and BBQ'd stuff (say, about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon with a serving for 2-4 people) and/or some tumeric (gives it a nice yellow colour and the turmeric adds a more 'savoury' taste to balance the cinammon).....or add whatever spice(s) you fancy.
#36
Lymey


Also, I have been experimenting with adding flavours and it works great with no extra effort.....just sprinkle in some cinnamon powder at the start of cooking ....goes really well with things like lamb and BBQ'd stuff (say, about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon with a serving for 2-4 people) and/or some tumeric (gives it a nice yellow colour and the turmeric adds a more 'savoury' taste to balance the cinammon).....or add whatever spice(s) you fancy.


If you add coconut milk and sugar - you can make really nice Thai coconut rice :-D.
#37
got one - not a problem with it - bargain at this price.

hot !!!
banned#38
mpwheatley;8770043
I agree, the tesco boil-in-bag rice is fantastic, hassle free and tastes great. Put one or two bags in a pyrex bowl, fill with boiling water, add salt and heat on high in the microwave for 20 minutes - perfectly cooked non-stick long grain rice with hardly any washing up.

BLIMEY! 20 minutes! Mine takes 6 minutes in boiling water and only 1 pan to rinse. Half the price of boil in the bag rice too :-D Microwaving rice is just wrong imho. Its not rocket science to cook rice lol
#39
To cook something like basmati is 10mins on heat, 5mins off heat - using a pan or rice cooker.

Microwave rice is just nasty, can't understand why anyone would ever want to when rice is so simple to cook on the hob.
banned#40
afx;8784249
To cook something like basmati is 10mins on heat, 5mins off heat - using a pan or rice cooker.

Microwave rice is just nasty, can't understand why anyone would ever want to when rice is so simple to cook on the hob.

my basmati definitely takes 6 minutes once boiling and then I sieve it and serve immediately.

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