Pros and Cons of Cuisinart Rice Cookers

Pros and Cons of Cuisinart Rice Cookers
by Anthony Cruz

There are currently two Cuisinart rice cookers: the 4-cup Cuisinart CRC-400 and the 8-cup Cuisinart Rice Cooker CRC-800. These two rice cookers almost look identical, the size being the only major difference. Both the 4-cup CRC-400 and the 8-cup CRC-800 look good with the stainless steel exterior. Both have a stainless steel basket and nonstick bowl, perfect for steaming veggies, seafood, or poultry.

The Cuisinart CRC-400 and the CRC-800 are good rice cookers because they have a boiling method that’s easy to use. They come with measuring cup, plastic rice spoon, and glass top lid (removable). Each rice cooker also comes with a manual that gives recipes that are easy to follow. However, they don’t have complex technology like Fuzzy Logic, nor offer advanced settings for certain rice types. Both also don’t have a programmable timer. Despite the lack of features, these rice cookers can cook a nice bowl of rice. But still, many users are not happy about Cuisinart rice cookers.

Cuisinart 4-cup CRC-400

The design of the 4-cup CRC-400 is definitely is definitely good looking. It’s as small as an economic 2-slice toaster, so it won’t take up a lot of counter room. It fits in quite nicely regardless of your kitchen decor. This rice cooker is easy to clean and has parts that are dishwasher safe. It also allows you to cook your rice in no time.

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The Bad: There are some consumer complaints about spill over. But there’s a trick to avoid that: Rinse the rice first. Then add one tsp of vegetable oil for every cup of rice. This solves the problem 9 out of 10 times.

This rice cooker has tiny steaming basket that can’t hold to many vegetables and seafood. It’s probably only ideal for only two persons at most. I also have reservations about the learning curve. However, this model works just fine once you get past this issue. This cooker catches up with other rice cookers available in the market.

Cuisinart CRC-800

The Cuisinart 8-cup CRC-800 looks stylish and smooth feel. It has a brushed and smooth stainless steel outside. The 8-cup CRC-800 is one of the most attractive rice cookers out there. You don’t have to worry about its handles since it’s chrome plated and touch friendly.The handles don’t get hot, allowing you to move the device without getting burned.

The 8-cup version comes with the usual lever control with cook and warm settings and a retractable cord storage. It also comes with a plastic measuring cup and fine rice paddle. It comes with a 3-year warranty.

But this the rice sticks with this cooker, despite its pot’s nonstick coating. The manual says you’ve got to spray the bottom to prevent sticking. If a rice cooker promises it’s nonstick, then there should be no sticking of rice. Although many people claim they have no problem about it.

Like the 4-cup version, the 8-cup version features splattering issues. Sure, it has a steam vent designed to prevent spilling. It won’t spill if you don’t cook more than 6 cups. Spilling becomes an issue with much rice, say 8 cups.

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