Sanyo ECJ-F50S Micro-Computerized 5-Cup Rice Cooker and Steamer

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Product Description

Enjoy perfect rice with no hassle, everytime, with this Rice Cooker/Steamer with Fuzzy Logic Technology. The titanium-coated, extra-thick, nonstick inner pot with round bottom provides maximum heat distribution and optimum cooking. The multi-menu selections customize each batch to the specific type of rice you are creating, such as: white rice, brown rice, rinse-free rice, mixed rice, sweet rice, sprouted brown rice. Slow cook function is perfect for soups and stews too! Other features includeLCD Clock and 24-Hour Preset TimerEasy-to-Clean Removable Steam VentAutomatic Keep-Warm FunctionUnique Steaming Plate for Vegetables or EggsCombines bits of beef and slivered vegetables. Cooked rice is placed in the pot, heated for several minutes and topped with the other ingredients. An exclusive Sanyo feature.Rectractable CordMeasuring Cup, Nonstick Spatula and Manual with Recipes included

  • 5-cup micro-computerized rice cooker and steamer with fuzzy-logic technology
  • Multi-menu selections; LCD clock and 24-hour timer; keep-warm function
  • Titanium-coated, extra-thick nonstick pot with a round bottom for even heating
  • Steaming tray, measuring cup, nonstick spatula, and instructions included
  • Measures 13 by 11-1/4 by 10 inches; 1-year limited warranty

Customer Reviews:

  • Almost Famous
    This rice cooker has everything I wanted except for a beep when it's done. The pot is very heavy and thick with clear water level markings for different types of rice although they're painted on so be careful not to scrub them off. It is the only fuzzy logic machine I've seen with a steamer insert. I haven't tried that function yet though. To me it is the most attractive unit I've seen and a toaster cover fits it perfectly. I've used it several times with about 4 different types of rice and they've all come out perfectly. Towards the end of the cooking cycle the time left till done is displayed but I think a beep or 2 would be better. Really 4 1/2 stars is about right....more info
  • Love My New Rice Cooker!
    I absolutely love this rice cooker. In terms of functionality and form, it is light years ahead of the Aroma Rice Cooker which I purchased at Target a few years ago for about $25. The Aroma worked adequately, though if I left it on for more than a half hour or so, the bottom of the rice got very crispy. This Sanyo ECJ-F50S rice cooker is fantastic. And I haven't even explored all of its' features yet. In terms of making rice, it is an ideal appliance. It is small and compact, so it doesn't take up a lot of room on a countertop. I choose to store mine in a rolling kitchen cabinet which has very easy access. I've made jasmine and brown rice in it - the rice comes out perfectly. I believe it has a sensor built into it - the sensor senses the amount of moisture and knows when to shut off. I love the retractible cord - a brilliant feature. If I had to state one negative thing about this cooker (and it's definitely not enough to hold off from buying it), I wish it had a count-down timer. Instead, the count-down begins when the rice has 13 minutes left. The downside is that at any given point in time, you don't know (unless you notice the time you started the rice cooking) where it is in the cycle. The white rice seems to take about 35 minutes. The brown rice seems to take somewhere between an hour and 1 1/2 hours. Though I haven't used it, the unit has a timer so it can be set well before you need it and the rice will be finished at a pre-set time. My work keeps me at home quite frequently [...] and thus it isn't a problem to run up to the kitchen and set the timer. I can't recommend this rice cooker enough!...more info
  • Using it 2-3 times a day & loving it!
    After failing to get satisfactory functionality from an on/off Aroma rice cooker (which had a hot spot that burned everything), I am absolutely loving this Sanyo. Nothing burns, including wheatena & oatmeal (forget doing cereals in a rice cooker with no porridge cycle!). Brown rice (our favorite) comes out perfect every time. I especially like being able to set what time I want the food to be done (no math!) and the countdown timer is a bonus. I think the removable inner lid is an improvement over one-piece lids, which are hard to clean starch off of. The steamer tray looks worthless - too short, but our old Aroma on/off rice cooker is fine as a steamer - and I don't think that perfect rice & perfect steamed veggies can happen in a single machine anyway. As to the rice maker cup vs. the American cup - some reviewers are making this more work than it needs be - it's the proportion that counts. I find it easier to just use my regular measuring cups and use package directions as a starting point - most are just right. My only concern is that Sanyo recommends returning the machine to them when it needs a new battery (though it looks to have a removable cover) - and that's the reason we shied away from Zojirushi cookers. They do say that it will continue to be functional except for the clock - but that is one of my favorite features - being able to set 'done time' when I want to serve a meal....more info
  • My first rice cooker
    I've had this cooker for just a week. It's everything I hoped it would be. I read all the reviews of every rice cooker out there before I decided to purchase this one and wish to thank all the folks who write reviews.

    I've cooked brown rice and sweet brown rice. I've made two batches of steel cut oats, used the slow cook function to test the temperature...I'm sure that it cooks at the high temperature rather than low that is mentioned in slow cooker cookbooks. The size is equal to that of a 1 1/2 quart slowcooker.

    I steam cooked eggs to hard cooked perfection and made a concoction from cooked brown rice and added some ingredients and and cooked a little more in the cooker...we loved it.

    The size is just right for two...enough leftovers for a second meal.

    Cleanup is so easy...

    I was very interested in the Zojirushi induction model but I noted that this model has a sprouted brown rice function...that means cooking sprouted brown rice, not sprouting it in the cooker. I had hoped that was not the case but given the difference in price I am not dissappointed.

    I hope this is helpful to someone as the other reviews have been very helpful to me....more info
  • Excellent rice cooker
    I needed a new rice cooker after the teflon coating on the pan of my Zojirushi on-off started peeling off. Zoji had already replaced the pan once under warranty because of the same problem. Another replacement pan would have cost me $50 with S&H, just about as much as a replacement of the cooker. I was not happy with Zoji because of the short life of the pan coating and the high pan replacement cost. I did use their cooker mostly for steaming though, rather than rice cooking, so maybe the fact that the bottom of the pan was dry at the end of each steaming cycle lead to the premature failure of the Teflon coating.

    Compared to the Zoji on-off, the pan that comes with this Sanyo model is much heavier and thicker and the titanium coating seems much more durable. Thanks to a prior reviewer for the alert on the difference in pan thickness between this and the 5.5 cup model. I will not be steaming with it, however, in case my theory above is correct. I now use my Black & Decker steamer for steaming, which works great.

    I have used this Sanyo for cooking brown rice, forbidden rice, Bhutanese rice, oatmeal porridge, and cooked rice/veggy/meat combinations. The rice comes out much better than my Zoji on-off - no crust on the bottom and uniformly tender. I usually soak my rice prior to cooking, as per Nourishing Traditions, so with the timer feature the longer cooking time isn't an issue for me.

    I actually use this cooker mostly for cooking oatmeal. I love the porridge option. I crack oat groats in my grain mill, set the timer for breakfast time, and set the cracked oats in the pan with water with some whey added for 12-24 hours. Grains are more healthful when they're soaked first - reduces phytic acid. Sure beats stirring and stirring a pot over the stove. If someone wanted to use rolled oats, the porridge option would overcook them, but maybe the Dol Sat Bi Bim Bab setting would work. I've used it to cook my rice/veggy/meat combos.

    My kitchen cabinets will appreciate not having the steam emitting from this cooker that used to come out of my Zoji. After cooking, I've always needed to remove the Sanyo inner lid and dry out the water that has settled on the lowest point of the rubber gasket. It would have been nice to have an audible signal at the end of a cooking cycle.

    After using this cooker for 40 days, I am happy with it's functionality. I am unhappy that it will eventually need to be shipped to Sanyo for a battery replacement so the timer function will keep working. In order to prolong the battery life, I keep my Sanyo plugged in all the time. The battery doesn't get used unless the unit is unplugged. However, the directions do say to unplug the unit when not in use. I wonder why. The cord storage function is neat, but it doesn't matter when the unit stays plugged in. Someone wrote on a review for a Hitachi unit that it has a battery that can be replaced by the owner.
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  • Perfect Rice Every Time
    This rice cooker takes all the guesswork out of making perfect rice -- I purchased one for friends and liked it so much I bought one for myself. It is a reasonable size and keeps one more pot off the stove when cooking. The retractable cord makes it easy to store, and it's easy to clean. But, best of all, you just add rice and water to the right line, and perfect rice every time! Only downsides are that there is no audible signal to let you know the rice is done, and the countdown display doesn't show up until 10-15 minutes before it's done (it depends on how much rice you're making). But, if you know it takes about 30-40 minutes to make rice on regular cook (there's a fast cook that works well too if you're in a hurry), those aren't huge downsides. The "Keep Warm" feature also helps offset these downsides, as when the rice is done, the cooker keeps it warm until you're ready to serve. Overall, pricey, but worth it if you make a lot of meals with rice....more info
  • So easy to make perfect rice!
    Whether it has been Basmati, Jasmin, or Brown rice, it comes out perfectly every time! Very easy to make, even the more complex pilafs. Very easy to clean....more info
  • Perfect Rice Every Time
    No matter how much water I put in, no matter what grade the rice is, the rice is always perfect. Now, when I add coconut milk, I can taste the coconut more with the Sanyo! I highly recommend this item!...more info
  • The best ever!! Perfect!!! The best in the Line!! Better than the 5.5 cup!
    People who are addicted to Zojirushi may change their mind when they discover how great the Sanyo ECJ models are!! I have the ECJ-F50S, pretty much the same as the D55S but with a thicker titanium coating--3.5 mm!! The 5.5 cup only has 2.5 mm thick titanium coating. It's super durable and cooks rice perfectly! We have been using rice cooker our whole life and this is the best we have used so far! If size doesn't really matter, go for the 5 Cup F50s model, that one is much better! ...more info
  • Favored by the Japanese
    I work for a Japanese owned company, so I did a little survey prior to purchasing a rice cooker. Of the many Japanese nationals working in my office the majority said that Sanyo was the preferred rice cooker for their families. They specifically recommended the ECJ-F50S model, by and large they all preferred Sanyo over Zojirushi. I look forward to using my new rice cooker, knowing that persons who eat rice three times a day (per their description, not mine) prefer this machine....more info
  • Great product, speedy delivery
    I am very pleased with both the product and the merchant. The delivery was prompt, and the rice cooker arrived in perfect condition. This is the second Sanyo rice cooker that I own. The thick inner pot is a great plus over my first one - it looks and feels very sturdy. The only thing I miss is the peeping sound my old Sanyo cooker makes to confirm that I have changed the option and the signal sound I hear when the rice is done. Overall, a great cooker that produces great results....more info
  • takes a long time to cook but cooks different varieties of rice perfectly
    The heftier inner bowl of this particular model has people hunting all over the place for it when sizes smaller and larger are passed over. The rice cooker does a fine job and replaces our humongous Panasonic 10 cupper. This one does take forever to cook. Oh, yes: the paddle is at the bottom underneath the packaging. I thought I was missing it especially since I got a ripped box and ripped manual so I emailed and got replacement paddle from Sanyo before I found the original one during recycling. Ooops! Unlike all previous Panasonics, there is not a magnetic handle cup to place the rice paddle in. Pity. The Panasonic magnet won't stick on this either so I always have to have a designated place for the rice paddle.

    We own a rice cooker to make our daily rice because having a designated machine is less stressful. Do you need a rice cooker? No. Steaming rice in a pyrex bowl is certainly faster and would require leaving the burner on low to keep the rice warm until you are ready to eat it. But there's something about compartmentalizing the rice cooking part of one's day that removes it from being a constant consideration.

    p.s. We usually make two cups of rice per meal and there is enough height remaining for me to place a 4-cup round pyrex bowl of some savory food to warm.

    Two months of daily use later, I recommend this product because the rice comes out fine but it does take 35(!!!) minutes. If you want faster rice, then steam rice on a rack in pot.


    I use this all the time.

    Is this frugal? no but it is much less hassle than a pressure cooker and it has made perfect long grain, short grain and basmati rice at first go

    Would I have purchased this used at a cheaper price off of craigslist? no
    Did I shop around for the best total price including the manufacturer's website? yes and so should you...more info
  • The Perfect Rice Cooker & More
    This rice cooker is superb. It cooks from 1-5 cups of rice perfectly every time. Yes, it takes longer than your standard rice cooker but that seems to be due to the micro-processor. It adjusts cooking temperatures to make sure the cooker doesn't get too hot and glue the rice to the bottom of the cooker. I also like the way the cooker vents only steam and doesn't spit rice paste all over the counter like my old cooker.

    The cooker is simple to use and has settings for all types of rice (including rice porridge) plus an auto-on timer. The cooker also has a keep warm feature but normally you don't need it. The extra heavy duty rice bowl keeps the rice hot for a considerable amount of time.

    Clean-up is easy, the internal vented lid and top vent pop out and wipe clean. The first time was a little slow becuase the instructions aren't very specific about how to take apart and clean the cooker. Once past the first time though it is very quick.

    Overall, I'm could not be happier with the product....more info
  • nice and cute, but takes quite a while
    i've been using traditional rice cooker all my life (by traditional i mean "da tung" brand, not those cheap american brands rice cooker), and i'm just switching to the electric type for the first time. It's really cute, got a NICE nonstick inner pot and easy to use. However, I had to increase the amount of water I normally put in to get my sushi rice the way I like (which is fine). I'm not sure if it's just me... but this thing takes so darn long to cook. Sometimes I just want to steam one lil bun, and it takes more than half an hr (which is a bit irritating). I do like the programming function though. ...more info
  • Amazing Rice Cooker
    This is the best rice cooker ever! My wife is Asian and just loves this rice cooker, which she uses every day....more info
  • good brown rice cooker
    I have never cooked brown rice in electronic rice cooker before, but this rice cooker actually cooks nice brown rice. Tender and soft, although it takes about 1 hour to cook it.
    And I have kept rice warm for up to 3days, and it does not dry out rice.
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  • It would have been so easy for them to do much better!
    This cooker makes good rice. I don't find it especially slow--mostly because I'm used to planning ahead for my brown rice already (80 minutes rather than 60). The rice has great texture and flavour. An excellent nonstick pot means you get the rice skin in your food rather than having it stick to the pot (sufficient rinsing minimises this); in some circles the skin is a delicacy. Basically, not bad.

    The product is not particularly difficult to clean day-to-day. The pot is easy. The cover is attached via an annoying rubber ball and socket: it pops on and off easily enough but looks like a hack (for example, compare to Zojirushi's NS-ZCC10, in which the pot cover snaps in and out of a sturdy latch, and won't let you close the cooker if you forget to replace the pot lid after cleaning). The Sanyo's steam vent is a finnicky little ball vent: you have to pop off its enclosure and then unscrew the two halves. Fortunately it doesn't need to be cleaned often. The Zojirushi is better in this regard.

    But the electronics are pathetic. Given how easily Sanyo could have done better, I'm harsh in my criticism:

    First: there is no audible notice when your rice is done. It cooks for a while and then it stops. It only counts down the last thirteen minutes (it does not know initially how long the rice will take because more rice takes longer and it has to sense how much rice there is). But this means that you can't even reliably set a kitchen timer! Not that you should have to--there's electronics in there, and it would add no complexity and little hardware to make it beep like everyone else! But no, you just have to watch the unit.

    Second: there is a nice "steam" feature (this is an uncommon and welcome feature on fuzzy logic rice cookers), but it is not possible to use that with a timer. The manual helpfully advises that you time steaming by hand, which is difficult because while the machine knows when the water starts to boil, it doesn't tell you! You have to watch or listen for steam. In fairness, most of the things I steam are done when I can stick a fork in them, but the occasional exception irks. At least the "slow cook" feature lets you time things (in increments of a half hour; think all-day stew).

    Third, I'm partial to 24-hour clocks, but I'm used to 12-hour clocks. This unit has neither: it mostly follows 12-hour conventions, but noon is 0:00, not 12:00. This is more logical (a numbering system that goes from 0 to 12- rather than from 1 to 13- as is the convention) but I've done double-takes a few times because 0:00 is midnight in the 24-hour world. Why Sanyo thought it a good idea to use _neither_ of the standard clock formats, but rather invent their own, is a mystery.

    Fourth (only for the somewhat absent-minded): the unit does not shut off when you open the lid. When your rice is cooked the unit enters "keep warm" mode, which is great, but even when the lid is opened and the bowl removed the unit stays in that mode until I start to wonder why my kitchen feels warm. The "keep warm" light is probably more obvious if you're not as tall as I am, and I suppose some people will serve some rice, close the unit, eat, go back for more rice... at least an audible warning that the unit is still on upon lid open/close would be nice.

    Fifth: The control panel resets to its default ("white rice") after each use. There's a battery backup for the clock and I leave mine plugged in anyway, so the machine could easily remember the last thing you did (I almost always cook brown rice), but it doesn't.

    Sixth: of course a holster for the provided spatula wouldn't be a bad idea (most rice cookers seem to do this), but that's minor.

    In summary: it makes very good rice, but Sanyo cut many stupidly trivial corners....more info
  • rice cooker
    makes very nice brown rice. The instructions say to soak the brown rice for at least an hour before cooking. I never did that before, but that must have contributed to the good results.

    While the timer works for rice, you need to keep your eye on vegetables so they don't overcook. ...more info
  • Very useful gadget. Would've given it 5 stars but some things just don't make sense
    OK. I think it's a little early for me to write a review as I just got the cooker the other day and only used it once but I'll update my review after a while.
    I cooked 2 cups of rice (which was more than enough for 2 adults and a 2 year old). I am not very fussy about rice but I do think it overcooked a bit, perhaps because like other reviewer stated it doesn't have the brain to know the difference between 2 cups and 5 cups and cooking time is the same (it's based on the kind of rice you use as oppose on the volume). The good thing is: there is an option for "Quick rice" which manual says will make your rice a little aldente. I think that is the option I will use for small amounts from now on as it will decrease the cooking time.
    I also wanted to take advantage of steaming while cooking rice, so I inserted a steaming basket on top of the rice and put broccoli on it in the last 10 minutes of cooking. I thought 10 minutes would definitely do it (I'm used to steaming in pressure cooker which only takes few minutes). That was a mistake. I should've put the broccoli in when I started the cooker: it was not cooked at all.
    Another thing that bothered me is that it doesn't show you how long it will cook for. Timer starts the countdown only when 13 minutes left... I didn't get that at all.
    Those were cons. The big Pro is: you load it, push the button and walk away (or in my case get to cooking the rest of the meal). I didn't think it took long at all as it was done before I made my Swedish meatballs.
    This is very convenient, easy to clean, not bulky (like the models that are a little more rounded) and works on its own. I needed a helper in the kitchen and now I got one. I hope the book I purchased with rice cooker recipes will help me take advantage of Slow Cooking option (no reason to buy a slow cooker even though the bowl is a little small on this for making a big meal). I would certainly recommend this to anyone with a busy life style or a little toddler running around and not leaving you much time to put a decent healthy meal on the table....
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