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Tiger Rice Cooker JBA-T18A (Made in Japan) $300 at Costco (Membership Required)

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First deal, please be nice etc.

I've been looking for a new Tiger brand rice cooker (well known to be the best brand going) for a while, but they seem to be expensive and hard to find at a bricks and mortar shop. My girlfriend picked up this rice cooker from Costco today, and not only is it at least $50 cheaper than any I could find on eBay, Costco has a great warranty in the unlikely case that anything goes wrong with it.

Made in Japan. Around 20 of these were in stock at the Canberra Costco today. Available in fashionable Urban Beige. Deal will probably end when Costco is sold out. Not sure if available in all Costcos.

Get your fluffy, toothy, delicious rice on, OzBargainers.

$305.03 @ Catering Sale - thanks/credit to monkp

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  • +17

    First deal, please be nice etc.

    I think you will find this community is already quite nice

    • +12

      …With rice? o.O

      • +14

        Ozbargain : 8/10
        Ozbargain with rice: 10/10

        thank you for your suggestion

    • +7

      this community is already quite nice

      Until someone quotes from the OzB etiquette

    • +4

      I think you will find this community is already quite nice

      unless they had some ice…

      • +2

        unless they had some ice…

        Is that your vice?

        • +4

          No, it's five spice.

        • +4

          @mafmouf:

          No, it's five spice.

          That's nice…

        • +2

          @jv: nice has been used twice….

        • +2

          @heist82:

          nice has been used twice….

          you mean thrice…

        • @jv: can i give you some advice?

        • +1

          @heist82:

          can i give you some advice?

          not sure if I want to risk throwing the dice…

        • @jv: never hassle a group of titmice…

        • +1

          @heist82:

          never hassle a group of titmice…

          unless they have lice

        • @jv: some of which also have jaundice

        • @buckster:

          some of which also have jaundice

          which is a reason for rejoice !!!

        • +2

          @jv:

          *rejice

        • +2

          @iforgotmysocks:

          I guess that must suffice

        • +9

          @jv: with twice the mice, whom asked for advice for the rice device, to cook said rice, nice.

        • @jlogic:
          lol this is why use ozbargain!!

  • +9

    Good deal. Well done OP

  • +3

    I have one of these and it takes a while to cook… not sure if there's something wrong with it.

    • +10

      I was hoping it could cook under 5 mins for $300.

      • +1

        the longer the better the rice, cook under 5 mins could be hard to find for raw rice. even if there's one, not many would want to pay $30 for it

      • +11

        Use pressure cooker

        • +8

          That is so Asian lol

        • @cloudie9: No objection about that,!

        • +2

          @tupham:
          I'm under pressure. You're under pressure. We're all under pressure.

        • Not sure what is wrong doing that. Pressure cookers cook much faster and save fuel not loosing the taste…
          Cook rice open and it take longer with almost same taste.

      • +1

        no rice cooker will do rice in 5 mins …….if speed is your driver ….. freeze a batch and them microwave when you need it.

        • +1

          You just blew my mind with a simple yet unimplimented life hack. I'm going straight to my mum's house and cooking 20 kg of steamed rice!

        • +4

          …and enjoy the bacillus!

        • +2

          @tupham:

          here are some tips to reduce bacillus poisoning risk:
          http://healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/S_T/Safe-cooling-of-cook...

        • +1

          When I was in the Philippines almost nobody owned a fridge. People would leave rice out overnight in the tropical heat and then eat it again the next day. I ate the rice also and suffered no ill effects. I'm not recommending anyone do this based on my anecdote.

        • +1

          @davelarz: That's right, same goes for the meat. Just put one of these over the top to keep the flies off and it's fine.

        • Ah yes, I remember these.

      • +2

        I have this Panasonic rice cooker that can cook 3 cups of rice in 8 minutes with the quick cook setting. https://www.billyguyatts.com.au/panasonic-1l-rice-cooker-sr-...

        Note: I'm Asian and I grew up on eating rice everyday and I highly recommend the Panasonic. I also think that rice from Thailand Jasmine Rice is the best. Sunrice which is from Australia tastes terrible to Asian palates.

        • +1

          I concur best rice for us is Thai Jasmine, Sunrice taste like plastic! :D

        • +2

          @Speedz: mmmmmm plastic
          (buy Australian)

        • I agree, the Panasonic does a great job. I just wish it beeped when it was done.

    • +4

      It should take about 45 minutes, it's because it actually cooks it properly/well.

      • +5

        To counter this, I will often put the rice down to cook right at the start of my kitchen preparation. That way, by the time, I have prepped, snacked, and cooked, the rice is generally done.

        • Yup, this is what I do. As they have a keep warm function it doesn't matter if the rice is cooked before the rest of the meal!

        • +1

          Same, though I have a mini rice cooker that takes 20mins.

      • We have a different model Tiger and it'll cook the rice in about 15 minutes. Small wait but certainly not 45 mins.

    • +1

      How long does it take to cook about 2-3 cups?

      • +3

        as some1 having rice every day - yes I am Asian - I would strongly recommend this rice cooker. I have a pressure rice cooker atm and the rice is awful to eat.

        • -2

          How are you cooking it? Bain marie is the best and only way rice should be cooked in a pressure cooker.

        • @Jhonka: I feel like an idiot now. Are you saying double boiler is the only way to go? My pressure rice cooker is now mainly used for cooking congee for my kids since I have other cookers but I shall try your technique and see how it goes.

        • @andrew81:
          Oh my bad I thought you were talking about a normal pressure cooker and not a rice pressure cooker.

        • +1

          What model is your pressure rice cooker? It'll be good to know what models to avoid in the future.

          I'm using a pressure induction rice cooker from Cuckoo (Korean brand) and it's pretty good (as long as you get the water level right) but very expensive:
          http://cuckooworld.com.au/cuckoo-ih-pressure-cooker-crp-hw10...

      • About 30-40mins in 'Normal' mode. But I just use the quick mode and it does that amount of rice in 20mins.

      • +1

        mine takes 20 minutes ……. think of it ….. has to bring water to the boil and the rice has to absorb it ….. there's some basic maths and physics that say you won't get rice cooked in 5 mins.

    • +4

      If it's not a pressure rice cooker, expect cook times 45-1 hr. That's just the way it is. If you want a fast rice cooker, look for a pressure cooker model.

    • Check the manual. I've got a model like this and ours has a quick cook mode. Speeds up the time - not by too much though. It does make the rice slightly more drier when it's done.

    • +1

      There is a quick mode to cook rice in 25 mins.

      The normal mode takes double the time.

    • Have you tried the Quick mode? The regular mode takes about 35 mins to cook, Quick does it in about 20mins.
      I assume the longer gentle cooking is better, but we don't have time for that.

    • Good rice cookers take between 35-45 minutes to cook the rice, they do this so the rice comes out pretty much perfect. If you want rice quickly they sometimes have a turbo button on them, often dries out the rice at the bottom. Alternatively go to kmart and aldi and buy a $20 rice cooker and they will give you meh rice in about 15-20mins.

  • +4

    Good deal, I have one too. Bought it off eBay a couple of years ago.

    It does take awhile to cook white rice and even longer to cook brown rice. But the rice is much fluffier than your cheap quick cookers.

    Worthwhile if you eat lots of rice and have time to wait for fluffy rice.

  • +6

    I saw a huge stack of these at Costco Brisbane last weekend. I've heard the Tigers are the best, but I don't see what all the fuss is about. Anyone able to expand on that? I've got a $100 Breville rice maker that I bought using FlyBuys and I think it's awesome.

    • +6

      Can be programmed. You set the time you want the rice to finish cooking. There's a steel cut oats option on mine. I set it to be ready at 6am. Then when I wake at 6am I have cooked steel cut oats that soaked overnight. The non stick coating is amazing, and all i have to do is give it a quick rinse and wipe, then fill it with rice and have my breakfast. 45 mins later I have perfect fluffy rice. It's also really good at keeping rice warm without ruining it. It's a quality product. Maybe your Breville one can do all this too, I dunno. But I'm happy with the tiger.

      • +3

        My Breville Rice Box does all that for a fraction of the price. The non-stick coating hasn't worn at all, and I've been able to keep rice warm for up to 4 hours and it's still perfectly fine. Perhaps it's just that I've never had any experience with a Tiger rice cooker, but I remain unconvinced.

        • +24

          Perhaps one day in the future I'll manage to change your mind. I will not rest until that day has come.

        • +4

          Looking at your link, back when I bought my tiger Breville rice cookers didn't look like that. It looks like Breville made a tiger rice cooker. So even Breville knows tiger ricer cookers are good.

        • +1

          @FatBlanket:
          Perhaps they did. I read somewhere that the Rice Box is made by someone else and just badged as a Breville. No idea who would make them, though, and it definitely isn't made in Japan.

        • +1

          why compare Breville rice cooker with Tiger? they are very different. Breville is very good. I have the dual boiler and happy with it.
          but I am not even willing to pay $50 for a Breville rice cooker.
          If you are happy with it, I think that's great because you can save some money and also happy with your rice box.
          IMO it is hard for Tiger to make ricebox for Breville with that retail price, if tiger can manage to sell $500 rice cooker why would they make it for Breville's $100 ricebox. but this is only my guess.

        • +2

          @evie:

          Tiger probably "assembles" them. Lot's of the components will be sourced from elsewhere. Breville will just buy similar if not the same components. This is what they do in other manufacturing industries. Same same but different name.l

        • My 10 years old Tigers rice cooker is still going strong. I had tried cheaply brands before which lasted one year on average.

        • +1

          @evie:

          'rice box' LoL

    • +1

      I've had a tiger cooker for about 5 years now. Only recently I've started to use the other functions like steaming, slow cooking, hard boiled eggs, set and forget really.

    • +1

      If you are happy with the Breville then congratulations. It is actually damn hard to find a rice cooker to be happy with.

      I actually had a ricebox and sold it to get an aroma before going back to tiger. simply cant go wrong with a tiger. My mom's tiger lasted her 25 years, she cooked 2 to 3 times a day and every time the rice came out exactly the same.

      Many of my friends recommended Zojirushi. Would try it when my current tiger gone into retirement. probably in 25 years I guess

      • +1

        Zojirushi, JDM Panasonic, Tiger are all brands that you can't go wrong.

        And yes, you will be waiting a while for any quality rice cooker to go into retirement.

    • +3

      Most Asians go for the Tiger brand (and other Japanese big name brands) for its long-standing build-to-last quality (20+ years). This is the group of people (myself included) who eats rice almost every day. Most other brands I've used will last 2-3 years before something broke or the non-stick layer starts to go.

      The other features, slow-cooker, steaming, bread and cake making, yada yada, are side bonuses since the rice cooker don't tend to be left empty of rice for that long (occasionally on days when we eat noodles instead :P).

      One thing they have to invent one day is functionality to time the rice cooker so it starts cooking without you being around (have to separate the rice and water at the start) and have fresh, fluffy, hot rice in the morning or when you arrive at home.

  • +2

    They had the induction version Tiger at Auburn NSW from memory a few weeks ago - was about $550. Didn't see this one. We have the induction one, so can't comment on this model

    • +2

      The induction ones are insane expensive and apparently tiger regular models are still pretty great.

      • +4

        its just that most of us are so fascinated about japanese rice cookers…
        http://68.media.tumblr.com/7cb1e8f8269e6a3f470187b5e05619bb/...

        • +2

          i think it's the japanese culture of perfecting things that we hope flows through to the rice cooker.

          i own 4 rice cookers more to do with sizes than one cooks better then the other ….. tiger is my smallest one ….. grevillea my biggest …… all cook rice to the same standard ….. trick is rice to water ratio and rice type get that wrong and it doesn't matter which brand you use.

          with tiger you expect better spare part support …. eg scratched bowls but the cost of. new bowl made buying a new cooker attractive …

        • @garage sale:

          There is another trick, wash the rice about till the water is very clear. This might take about 5 minutes.

        • +2

          I posted this because I've seen a lot of Chinese travel to Japan they would by tiger rice cookers and toilet seats with washing functions (some times a few of each)…most importantly I'm Chinese too, nothing else.

        • @mrgeckoz: FYI they are called bidets (pronounced bee-day)

        • +2

          @SuiCid3: Toilet seats with washing functions aren't bidets. You could argue it is a bidet like function or feature but the bidet would be a separate seat in the bathroom..

        • @jason andrade:
          You raise a good point about bidets but manufacturers eg Coway and Hyundai etc. call them bidets when they replace the toilet seat and are plumbed in.

      • +3

        Take it easy, no need to feel excluded, he didn't say "only" Chinese. Only you made it "only".

        What's wrong with his statement?

        • +1

          No reason to exclude. What benefit does narrowing the focus to Chinese give to this conversation?
          I'm not PC (I'm totally against it), but people should never stereotype unless there's a very good reason.

          I really like OzB because it doesn't matter if you are Asian, Muslim, European, Australian, Botswanan, etc, people don't care. We're not the newspapers here :)

        • +2

          @DeWalt:

          It's not an excluding comment.

          The reply made it emply that its an excluding comment when it's not.

          The reply could've​ been "and other rice loving people too!"

          Does the original statement add value to the general conversation? No but neither do many comments on here. We could shoot them all down.

          Let's imagine I'm a 4th generation Australian and I now live in China. Someone on a similar site posts a deal for a French fry cooking machine. Someone says oh, the Americans in China will be excited by this. Do I reply, so only Americans eat French fries right? I guess some people will get fired up by this but clearly not me.

          Is it a stereotype? Probably but I don't think there's an issue with stereotyping if it's not a serious issue. That's what comedians do and we laugh at that, so it's okay then? I believe we should not stereotype when it's a serious issue but rice and rice cookers are not that serious.

          Finally let's not get into who claims the right to French fries.

        • +3

          @DeWalt:

          He said Chinese because he is Chinese. He has no experience with being anything else, so he can't speak for other cultures.

          Not sure why he got negged so badly. Maybe if he said "Us chinese", people wouldn't have gotten so touchy

    • +6

      So all the homeowners then? :(

      • +3

        yeah pretty much >.>

        • -2

          Isn't it great being a generation or three, screwed by the old folk for profit, clear and simple. Yup, let's let foreigners buy up all the property, what could go wrong………….

        • +8

          @hamwhisperer:

          northern Americans bought most properties in Australia, it is the local media which chose to highlight the Chinese buyers only.

        • +2

          @Hsinking: >it is the local media which chose to highlight the Chinese buyers only.

          Because that runs well in a country that views itself as white - fear of the other.

        • +2

          need to differentiate between apartments and houses….. seems we were happy for asians who are accustomed to living in small apartments to be buying the high rises that were being built …. based on their visas … which mainstream australians didn't want to live in.
          it's more a negative gearing things that has made houses expensive .

          in the 70s and 80s it was mediterraneans that were accused of real estate prices and the a culture focused on property acquisition ….. " what do you call a greek with one house" "slow".

          governments set tax and investment policies …. people just use them and it's not dependent on their country of origin just ambition.

        • @Diji1: just because Sydney Morning Herald (or other paper) runs an article, doesn't make that an Australian view. Most of us have friends from multicultural background, don't we? I do.

          Listen to the people you know in your community, at the shop, cafe, restaurant. You've got good and bad attitudes from all walks in this country. If you really want to create a stereotype, you will (eg. White Australians are all racist! I'm telling you, they judge you by their skin colour!)

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