fastdown wrote: ↑Nov 29th, 2018 8:51 pmIn fact it is not worth the money. Rice taste is a very localized thing, different people usually prefer different taste. In Japan rice has a special status among their food and they are obsessed with it, almost becomes a ritual. So rice cookers have to be expensive, to reflect rice's status.
But it is not necessary to be good, nor it can cook rice to your taste. The preferred taste of cooked rice in north America is different from Japan.
fastdown wrote: ↑Nov 29th, 2018 10:15 pmRice itself has so many different kinds, like Thai rice, Japanese rice, Indian rice ..., they all taste differently and require different cooking settings. One rice cooker is usually optimized for one specific rice (probably Japanese rice cooker), or set to compromise for a basket rices (probably instant pot). So you see contradictory claims for those rice cookers, actually they all tell the truth. The preferred taste of rice really depends on what kind of rice, and what you like. Japanese rice cooker may not be the best for you if you prefer Thai rice.
Besides we don't have Japanese grown rice here, which is very expensive. Buying this rice cooker may just mean you pay premium for the Japanese rice ritual if you don't prefer their flavor. There are so many variables in rice cooking that one specific rice cooker can't satisfy all definitely.