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Panasonic DF181WST 10 Cup Rice Cooker $73 Delivered @ Amazon AU

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    Are these enclosed ones considerably better than the regular bowl + glass lid type cookers?

    • +11 votes

      Not sure abt other brands, but we bought a cheap glass lid one before (Kambrook).
      Water spits out of the little nozzle on the glass lid which meant the rice wasnt cooked properly. It was horrible. I would like to describe it as italian al dente rice, which it should never be.
      We actually own the model I posted for a few years now.
      Solid machine, no issues

      • +1 vote

        how long does this one take to cook white rice?

        My parents have a tiger and it takes no joke, 30-40mins. I had a cheapy from kmart and now a breville and they both take 15min. They cook rice ok but the non scratch started flaking really quickly, I'm gonna take my breville back soon…

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          i have never timed it but would say 30mins sounds about right.
          There is a quick cook function which we use on occasional basis and that takes roughly 15mins.

        • +3 votes

          I owned this model since July 2018.
          This Panasonic DF181WST 10 Cup Rice Cooker features/functions is rather basic, but it does it job well.
          In fact, this model is Panasonic top selling rice cooker for many years and still popular today.
          White rice takes 45 minutes to cook.
          Porridge and brown rice will take 90 minutes to cook.
          Can also use as steamer or boiling soup.
          It may take longer time to cook rice and porridge but the end-products taste awesome.
          I would recommend this Panasonic rice cooker.

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            @Michael Lim: omg 45min is so long, how can you stand it….

            I'm assuming the non stick is holding up well? That's my #1 must have now, good non stick. Might just have to suck up the long cook time.

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              @ippy: Longer cook time = fluffier rice…

              You can zap the rice in a microwave, rice will be cooked but it won't be fluffy.

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              @ippy: Generally longer time makes better rice. If it is too quick, how can you stand the rice? Or, you just don't care about rice as much as time?

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                @Jamesx: I'm asian, so I think I have standards.

                Stove top (not my method of choice) yields rice in about 15min. It tastes fine
                "Cheap" rice cooker also yields rice in 15min, tastes fine
                Pressure cooker yields rice in about 17min (15min to reach pressure, 2 min to cook). tastes fine

                Expensive rice cooker = 40mins………………. not much diff to the above

                • +1 vote

                  @ippy: Sorry mate, not all Italians have good taste in espresso…

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            @Michael Lim: These use fuzzy logic, so cooking 1 cup of rice or cooking 10 cups of rice is going to take a different amount of time. The type of rice you're cooking will also affect timing. These do have a quick cook mode, which results in slightly less fluffy rice, but cooks faster. In my experience, the difference in 'quality' is negligible. So always I opt for quick cook which will do 3 cups of jasmine in about 20 minutes.
            Had mine for about 4 years so far. Daily use, never skipped a beat. Highly recommend.

    • +2 votes

      Yes, night and day. At the very least because the bowl and glass lid ones spill rice water everywhere which is surprisingly hard to clean up. Quality of the rice is better too, much more consistent and evenly cooked. Between the enclosed types the difference is much smaller though. You can get several models of enclosed rice cookers for sub $100 too, recommend for anyone who eats rice more than occasionally.

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      10 times better.

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      Yeah much better. Better heating algorithm, better quality cooking vessel.

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    How do branded ones compare to a $30 Kambrook one?

  • +1 vote

    cheaper than the 5 cup!

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      the 5 cup has 16 Auto Menu Modes:
      Quinoa, Brown, Multigrain, Jasmine, Sticky rice, Clay pot rice, porridge, slow cook, cake, bread, steam & even the ability to choose from regular, hard or soft texture white rice

  • +2 votes

    I have the 5 cup one. Doesn't skip a beat. Use it every day.

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    philips rice cooker also on sale for $99

    not sure how they compare tho

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      They both use the fuzzy technology.
      Looks like the phillips can do more like lentils and quinoa.
      Philips doesnt come with a steamer basket
      Personally i prefer the panasonic one cos of ease of function and price.

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      The Philips rice cooker has been as cheap as $67.99 (about 2 years ago).

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    anything decent in black or dark colours? my 11 year old tefal just started erroring

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    Just ordered the tefal $75 one today, should I cancel the order and buy this one?
    Seems this is better

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      which tefal one?

  • +2 votes

    Not beeping when it's finished cooking is a deal breaker for me. https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/412995

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      thank you for saving me $73

      Note also the non-detachable lid, making clean-up a royal pain

      • +1 vote

        I find it really easy actually. When you open the lid, all the condensation pools into 2 little pools which you just soak up with your kitchen towel. The lid can just be cleaned with a damp towel or paper tower. Easy.

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    I had this exact rice cooker for 2 years, then upgraded to a multicooker by Crockpot and haven’t looked back. This model is very basic, it makes alright rice but nothing fancy. The steam basket can be helpful but more often than not you don’t want to steam the food at the same time as cooking rice because cooking times are different, so you end up using a steamer on the stove to save time.

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      You can always put the steamer in the cooker after a certain time. The result is always good if you are short of time. If you are aftering perfection, this will be challenging.

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    can the aluminium disc and seal be removed for cleaning ?
    i know not all rice cookers do, which makes cleaning the inside of the lid difficult.

    ease of cleaning is a big one for me and it’s one of the reasons i’ve passed by a few models of rice cookers.

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      check online user manual for this model panasonic , the aluminium discs and seal inside the lid can’t be removed for cleaning ….with other model panasonic and some other brands of rice cookers it can

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      cleaning is PITA. After a while more and more debris got stuck in places hard to clean. Be prepare to spend more time cleaning the cooker than eating the rice.

      Having said that, the result of the rice is really good, very forgiving with water differences and different types of rice. Will cook almost perfect rice anytime.

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    Sistema 82001 Microwave Rice Cooker 2.6L was $5-7 when on sale. Been using that for years now for rice and congee. Nothing wrong with the texture as long as you have the right technique and rice.

    Note these type of "smart" rice cooker is extremely hard to clean especially the lid and it does not come off so you can't throw it into the sink or dishwasher. Everyone I seem always have some stain built up over the years.

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      Do you prefer fluffy rice at all?

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        No food can convince to buy an appliance that cannot be clean properly!!

        I hear pressure cooker can do fluffy rice too but I am not going to risk blocking the nozzle and cause it to blow up.

        Microwave Rice Cooker is fast easy and quick to clean. Fluffy or not is not my priority.

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          It's highly unlikely to happen.. in the first place it's unlikely to be blocked, secondly the pressure would build up high enough to blow out the soft piece of rice blocking the vent before anything else happened, thirdly modern pressure cookers have like 4 points of failure to vent the pressure to prevent that and lastly if its an electric one, even if everything fails it'll turn itself off.

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      Do you have a recipe for congee in the microwave cooker that you can share? I h fever thought to make that but it sounds great!

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        If you can read Chinese then there are lot of recipe, just google it, however…..

        I don't think you can make the Hong Kong style where all the rice is almost broken, not that I like that style anyway. The Taiwanese style when you can till see the rice can be done in microwave, double the time and water in the Sistema instruction should do it. It may differ depends on you microwave power.

  • +2 votes

    I have this one its pretty good :D

    • +3 votes

      Perfect rice of what standard?

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        of a standard good enough to complement the stir fry unicorn meat ………get the amount of water wrong and no rice cooker will save the result,

        a lot comes down to rice brand, and working out your water to rice ratio, no rice cooker drains the water if you add to much ……xiaomi if in china you can scan the
        barcode i believe , not sure it it tells you amount of water to add, probabaly doesn’t know australian rice brands.

  • +2 votes

    Wish the 5 cup was on special, I only need a small one

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    Apply code 10APP for $10 discount using amazon app.

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      Cheers will update post

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        Code not working. Existing prime member here.

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    I already have 4 rice cookers, do I need another one? Decisions, decisions.

  • +1 vote

    We use the 5-cup cooker nearly every day and it's worked flawlessly since day 1 (3-4 years).

    "Quick Cook/Steam" takes about 20 minutes to cook, "White Rice" takes about 30-40 minutes.

    I rate Panasonic appliances very highly, and this is no exception.

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    Thanks.

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    Damnnn.. Really want the 5-cup version. Only 2 people in the household :(

    Is the 10-cup really big?

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      Yeah, I'm in the same boat. What's the minimum amount of rice you can cook in this device?

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    • +1 vote

      A 2 people household can quickly grow to a 5 people household in a few years :)

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      No big difference.
      5 Cup: 38 x 22 x 27 centimetres, 3.18 Kilograms
      10 Cup: 38 x 26 x 27 centimetres 3.5 Kilograms

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    I have got one, it is great! Easy to use and fast cooking.
    Bout it like 50 bucks at TGGs when it was on half price sale.

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    Code doesn't work for me via website or mobile app.

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    Hmmm should I spend the $80 on a new inner pan for my Tiger JBA-T10A or just get one of these?

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    Code not working via site or app for me.

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      That code for $10 was just that first time app use code. And the price on the rice cooker went back up at 10am brisbane time

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    is it over? showing up as $112 for me

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    Yeah looks like it’s expired now

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    Amazon cancelled my order today