CookWorks Rice Cooker £11.99 @ argos
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CookWorks Rice Cooker £11.99 @ argos

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Found 22nd Sep 2013
Was looking for a rice cooker for uni and found this! comparing this to other super markets and retailers I thought this was best value for money especially for a 1.5L size + excellent reviews.

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Had one for 10 years, used at least twice a week and still going strong!

Serious question so forgive me if it comes across as sarcastic but are these any better than the usual pan cooking method?

want to know why as well please

kee66

want to know why as well please



Can't over cook, auto turn off and switches to keep warm mode.

99.9% of Hong Kongers own an electronic rice cooker. I just bought this fuzzy logic Hitachi for HKD699 from electric tung.

http://www.electrictung.com/en/廚用系列-Cooking/煮食煲-Cooker-Pot/西施電飯煲-Warm-Jar/rz-xm18y-bk



Edited by: "Speculator" 22nd Sep 2013

kernowdevil23

Serious question so forgive me if it comes across as sarcastic but are … Serious question so forgive me if it comes across as sarcastic but are these any better than the usual pan cooking method?



YES YES AND YES!! Will never cook rice the old way again. Check asia out they use these on a mass scale

btw, rice cooker technology in the UK is at least 20yrs behind SE Asia.

After reading the reviews, I'm sold!

Thanks for the replies which were helpful

Speculator

btw, rice cooker technology in the UK is at least 20yrs behind SE Asia.



I agree and you really do get what you pay for.

We have had 2 of these and they didn't last long, either the switch become broke and the non stick coating started to peel off.

Ended up buying a proper Asian imported one for around £100.

You really do get what you pay for with these unfortunately.


Edited by: "karlypants" 22nd Sep 2013

Question to those that already have one:- Is it automatic i.e. does it just cook and go to warm itself, or do you have to time it and move it to warm when the rice is cooked?

i have this. works perfectly.. still going strong after 3 years

karlypants

I agree and you really do get what you pay for.We have had 2 of these and … I agree and you really do get what you pay for.We have had 2 of these and they didn't last long, either the switch become broke and the non stick coating started to peel off.Ended up buying a proper Asian imported one for around £100.You really do get what you pay for with these unfortunately.



I am fortunate because I go to Hong Kong virtually every year and get my rice cookers and warm jars from there.

I don't understand why the big manufacturers like Panasonic, Hitachi, Toshiba and Zojirushi don't sell their rice cookers in the UK?
Edited by: "Speculator" 22nd Sep 2013

plane_boy2000

Question to those that already have one:- Is it automatic i.e. does it … Question to those that already have one:- Is it automatic i.e. does it just cook and go to warm itself, or do you have to time it and move it to warm when the rice is cooked?


we been using this for nearly three years. I can confirm that it goes to warm after cooking the rice. .. Automatically. ... the us no timer out anything on these. ... just put rice and water and turn it on when it's done it goes into warm automatically

plane_boy2000

Question to those that already have one:- Is it automatic i.e. does it … Question to those that already have one:- Is it automatic i.e. does it just cook and go to warm itself, or do you have to time it and move it to warm when the rice is cooked?



yep,switches to warm mode when cooked,have used mine for 3 years and perfect (foolproof)results every time! (i could never get it right in the traditional way)

Don't use mine often but it always does the job nicely

Speculator

I am fortunate because I go to Hong Kong virtually every year and get my … I am fortunate because I go to Hong Kong virtually every year and get my rice cookers and warm jars from there.I don't understand why the big manufacturers like Panasonic, Hitachi, Toshiba and Zojirushi don't sell their rice cookers in the UK?



must be a lack of demand, or either sellers unwilling to stock more quality products, sell many £10 ones that dont last, or sell a few expensive ones. (notice this on electric fan heater)

Thanks, been wanting one of these for a while. Reserved one.

cheers am rubbish at cooking rice

I have a Sanyo Fuzzy Logic and it's fantastic. Makes great rice and also makes cooking rice based meals so much easier as you don't have to worry about timing.

Anyone care to recommend a full electronic one ? I've seen a few on amazon

I have one of these, as others have suggested you do get what you pay for, and the non stick surface does start to stick after a while even though I have used silicon utensils to avoid scratching. That said the rice is still perfectly adequate. The more expensive ones allow more functionality, also you can use them for other meals a bit like a slow cooker!!! I haven't tried this though but there are recipe books out there!

Have this about 3-4 years now and love it, wouldn't dream of cooking rice the old way! I only paid £9.99 for mine and it is getting a bit grubby looking, the non stick isn't non stick anymore but it's being used 3+ times a week so it's no surprise! You get what you pay for, I'm happy enough spending £10 on a product that lasts 3-4 years

cookie_monster28

Have this about 3-4 years now and love it, wouldn't dream of cooking rice … Have this about 3-4 years now and love it, wouldn't dream of cooking rice the old way! I only paid £9.99 for mine and it is getting a bit grubby looking, the non stick isn't non stick anymore but it's being used 3+ times a week so it's no surprise! You get what you pay for, I'm happy enough spending £10 on a product that lasts 3-4 years



My National (Panasonic) rice cooker bought from Hong Kong 12 yrs ago is still non stick. We use it at least once a day, every day of the year for the last 12 yrs!

I paid around HKD500 equivilent to £40.

Edited by: "Speculator" 22nd Sep 2013

Speculator

btw, rice cooker technology in the UK is at least 20yrs behind SE Asia.


not just behind SE asia..add west asia,middle east and USA to that..

Speculator

I don't understand why the big manufacturers like Panasonic, Hitachi, … I don't understand why the big manufacturers like Panasonic, Hitachi, Toshiba and Zojirushi don't sell their rice cookers in the UK?


because rice sadly doesn't have as many fans is the UK..Panasonic,Sanyo,Hitachi etc sell their cookers in asia,middle east and USA and South America where people eat more rice..it's a shame though thieir rice cookers are excellent and a good 50 years more advanced and better than the models available in the UK.you can find some of them on ebay every once in a while but usually twice the price they should be.
Edited by: "Tequila" 22nd Sep 2013

karlypants

I agree and you really do get what you pay for.We have had 2 of these and … I agree and you really do get what you pay for.We have had 2 of these and they didn't last long, either the switch become broke and the non stick coating started to peel off.Ended up buying a proper Asian imported one for around £100.You really do get what you pay for with these unfortunately.



I have one of this also Cookwork, I have been using it for six years now, and I m usin git for about 3 times a week still going strong ....
Previous poster have also confirmed this, using it for ten years ...

Tequila

because rice sadly doesn't have as many fans is the … because rice sadly doesn't have as many fans is the UK..Panasonic,Sanyo,Hitachi etc sell their cookers in asia,middle east and USA and South America where people eat more rice..it's a shame though thieir rice cookers are excellent and a good 50 years more advanced and better than the models available in the UK.you can find some of them on ebay every once in a while but usually twice the price they should be.


I saw a few documentaries saying the rice they eat in Japan for instance is totally different to the one we eat in Europe.

Prefer this one over the Lidl one I bought as first it's larger and the lidl one doesn't half feel a bit dangerous given the cord is removable.

my get one for the wife as I always end up cooking the curry as she can't cook the rice, just wash the rice cover with water, small salt and butter, cover bring to boil, then low heat, move rice to one side of saucepan leave empty side on low heat while you cook onion bhajis and naan bread yum yum.

Sometimes I do wonder where some people get their experiences from!!!

I have this and so does the mother in law and its perfect. Cooks the rice much better than boil in bag or crappy pan and none stick is great as any rice just washes off with ease.

The person mentioning the none stick coming off probably had his through the dishwasher at high temps or used a metal spoon to serve or metal scorers to clean.

Ignore the crappy reviews from people that don't look after their possessions properly or use them in the way they are intended.

Well worth the money IMHO

Speculator

btw, rice cooker technology in the UK is at least 20yrs behind SE Asia.


Maybe they copied a GB model! X)

Had one for two years now and I'm glade that I bought it, it makes perfect sushi rice. Its worth that much to make sure you make near perfect rice. I would recommend

MaximusRo

I saw a few documentaries saying the rice they eat in Japan for instance … I saw a few documentaries saying the rice they eat in Japan for instance is totally different to the one we eat in Europe.


there are different types of rice of course,but that has nothing to do with japanese rice cookers not being available here.
like I said japanese rice cookers can be bought from foreign websites,ebay (but will cost much more than they should) and they cook with all types of rice.as far as I know japanese rice is same/very similar to white basmati rice.

Edited by: "Tequila" 23rd Sep 2013

bought last week. life is easy...

How much rice to how much water do you put in one of these ?

U get a wee cup to measure and there is a measurement guide inside so if u put in 4 scoops of rice u put the water up to the line that says 4 great rice cooker I've had mine for a long time will say tho it is no starting to stick a wee bit but has been well used

If you don't want another gadget in the kitchen, just follow this method, I add mushrooms, peppers, sweetcorn and onion, using half a stock cube. Perfect results every time. deliaonline.com/how…tml

I have this for 7 years now. During that time, It breaks after ~2 years and I've had 3 replacements from Argos so far. I just go there and they replace it on the spot :). Amazing Customer Service! The rice cooker is really good and simple too, although if I'm cooking some rice dishes like Biryani I do the old fashion way of cooking in a pot on the hob.
Some of my asian friends doesn't even know you could use hobs to cook rice! Everyone in Asia simply use Rice cookers! A lot of my Uni mates buy this cooker too. By far this is the best value. It comes with a small measuring cup and plastic spoon. Just turn it on and it switches to warm automatically after finished cooking. Usually around 13 minutes for 4 cups of rice.

heat added picking up today ta op
will be doing brown rice and chicken for my
17 month old black Labrador annie

ta heat added byeeeeeeeeeee xxxxxxxxxxx

Does it work for all types of rice? Brown rice takes a lot longer to cook.

Thanks, have just reserved one...Previously thrown away a small fortune in bags of rice because I cook it so badly!
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