Today I announce our final giveaway for this gorgeous Zojirushi Umani Micom (5.5 cups) Rice Cooker.  If you’re unfamiliar with Zojirushi rice cookers then you should know that they are amazing!  There is no other rice cooker superior to Zojirushi, which is why people spend nearly $300 for one.  However, you get what you pay for – the undisputed best.  I happen to own the particular model we are giving away today and I can honestly tell you it is just awesome. 

The Umami Micom Rice Cooker has settings for different types of rice so that it can optimally cook using an intuitive and smart technology which adjusts the soaking and steaming time to assure each grain of rice is cooked to perfection.  This cooker can also be used as a slow cooker.  I love multi purpose appliances!

Here are some product details from the Zojirushi site:

The Umami® Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer comes with Zojirushi’s exclusive Umami setting that soaks and steams the rice longer for enhanced flavor. It also has a Slow Cook function that allows the rice cooker to work like a slow cooker.

  • Micro computerized Fuzzy logic technology
  • Zojirushi’s exclusive Umami setting soaks and steams rice longer for enhanced flavor
  • Versatile slow cook function to cook soups and other menus
  • Automatic keep warm, extended keep warm and reheating cycle
  • Spherical inner cooking pan and heating system
  • Delay timer (2 settings)
  • Menu settings include: white, umami, mixed, sushi, porridge, sweet, brown, GABA brown, rinse-free, quick cooking and slow cook
  • cETLus listed

To be eligible to win, leave a comment below telling us how you normally prepare rice. The contest is open to US residents who are 18 years and older. One entry per person. Entries must be submitted by December 16th, at 11:59 p.m. PST. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and notified by email. Giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Ellen Wexler!

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  • http://www.menusandmealsformoms.com Aimee Porter

    I normally prepare my rice on the stove top. I inevitably forget about it and burn it! This rice cooker would be wonderful:)

    • miaochan zhi

      In the mornings we cook porridges using rice. I use a rice cooker to do that.
      In the evenings we cook white rice, again use a rice cooker.

    • Nancy Cummings

      I normally cook rice on the stove top.

    • Ed M

      I usually use a simple rice cooker where you scoop in the rice add water and press the button. Unfortunately, it just broke so it’s down to microwave rice in the meantime.

  • Madilyn Hodge

    I saute brown rice in olive oil, diced onion and jalapeno. After 20 minutes I add equal parts rice, tomato sauce and chicken broth cooking a extra 20 minutes.

  • Jasonkw

    I usually throw some rice in my rice cooker to prepare with however much water the directions on the packaging say. It’s always brown rice though, I’m a big fan of whole grains!

  • Deanna Middleton

    We prepare rice with a cooker but we really need a new one :)

  • Miss

    Sauteed with lots of veggies!

  • Donna Sweikow @LoveBees

    I have to make it the old fashioned way, could really use a new fangled way!

  • http://lanitaslifeonthefarm.blogspot.com/ Lanita Canup

    I have done it so many ways but it usually does not turn out right. Lately I have been using (horrors) instant!!

  • http://knit.jsminn.com Iba Minnich

    I usually cook rice on the stove. Most of the time I use slightly less than a cup of water to a cup of rice. Start the stove on high and turn it down to simmer once it started boiling. This works well for long grain white rice. I seldom cook brown rice on stove top because I never get it to cook right.

  • http://www.pbs.org/parents/kitchenexplorers/2011/12/09/zojirushi-umami-micom-rice-cooker-giveaway/ Diana Mellinger

    I have an ancient Zojirushi rice cooker my husband got me a very long time ago. I love it…and we are certainly ready for an upgrade! This one looks fabulous! Would love to give it a good home in our kitchen!!!

  • Julie Breshears

    I’m still old school, cooking rice in chicken broth in a regular old pot! I really need to win this rice cooker!

  • Barb C.

    White rice – I put in my Pampered Chef steamer and brown rice I cook on the stove!!!!

  • Miss Margy

    I usually make my rice on the stove. I sauté the rice in a pot for a few minutes with garlic and then add water and salt. Having a rice cooker would be awesome!

  • AmyCr

    I usually cook rice in my not -so-sophisticated rice cooker! Mama wants a new rice cooker!

  • Ellen

    I have an older Sanyo brand rice cooker. Zojirushi one looks awesome!

  • ESther

    With my rice cookernot functioning correctly I’ve been using a stove top pressure cooker.

  • Teresa Welborn

    I had an old friend that was Vietnamese. I told her how i prepared my sweet Jasmine rice by cooking it on the stove. She began to laugh and smiled at me, then she asked me how do you cook rice on the stove? I explained to her how I do it…she laughed again. Then, I proceeded to ask her how she cooks her Jasmine sweet rice….she paused for a moment, then showed me her electric rice cooker! I have wanted a rice cooker ever since!

  • Nikki W.

    I usually cook it on the stovetop, where it either ends up over or under done!

  • Liz D.

    With my fingers crossed! I make rice on the stovetop with olive oil and salt, without fail I always manage to lose that bottom layer…..

  • carole

    I have a rice cooker by black and Decker, would love to win this one!

  • Leigh H

    I have an old rice cooker that does ok, but this is a beauty! And it cooks soups! Wow!

  • Alicia

    I normally prepare rice over the stove, I have always wanted a rice cooker, we cook rice almost everyday!

  • Heather

    In a small, bright red ricecooker I bought for less than $20 at Target. Works great! But I’m interested in a more high tech model.

  • http://www.abigmouthful.com Adrienne

    I normally cook it on the stove in a dutch oven. Sometimes if I’m doing Mexican rice, I bake it in the oven.

  • Roxanne P.

    Growing up, I used to prepare rice the way anyone with a rice cooker would – scoop in the rice, rinse, hit the button, and (once done cooking) enjoy with kimchi and other Korean foods (my mom is Korean and we ate lots of Korean foods).
    However, I now cook it on a stove top due to lack of a rice cooker.

  • Megan

    I mix white & brown rice and butter together and cook it on stove top. The rice is first brought to boil and then simmer for about 30 minutes.

  • Doreen, Houston, MN

    I usually fix rice in a kettle/top of stove….very carefully and not wandering too far!!

  • Susan B

    For white rice, I use 2 parts water to 1 part of rice, bring it to a boil and then cover it and cook it for 20 minutes. I haven’t figured out how to cook brown rice the right way, so for now, I just boil it like I do wild rice.

  • http://blackgirlchefswhites.com/wordpress/ Cheryl D Lee

    I am old school when I cook rice. Long grain – 2 parts water to 2 parts rice, short grain – 1 1/2 parts water to 2 parts rice. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook 15 minutes.

    It’s time for me to evolve, so you should send me that cool rice cooker!

  • Tara D.

    I have a drugstore rice cooker that I use, but my husband is constantly complaining about my rice being too sticky!

  • Mary

    Usually on the stovetop

  • Jacque Herron

    I love the Alton Brown oven method of preparing brown rice.

  • http://www.4evermom.blogspot.com Mom24@4evermom

    I have a really not-so-great rice cooker that always burns the bottom layer. This would be awesome!!

  • Wendy Sprague

    Awesome!

  • Noel

    I am awful at cooking rice, which is a shame because it’s my husbands favorite :*( I attempt it on the stove top and it always comes out soggy, not fluffy or sticky. This would make my hubby a happy happy man!

  • Kenna Wright

    we use an old Wal-mart rice cooker. I wasn’t aware that there were different kinds of rice cookers…mine was only 15$ and I wonder how good the rice would be in a $300 one?

  • Casey

    I usually cook rice i the microwave :(
    I buy the 90 second rice which is not very healthy and not as good as fresh prepared rice.

  • Kahala

    I make a dozen spam musubi everyday for my family with an old rice cooker where the teflon is scratched off. I should get a new one but with the economy affecting our budget I have had to make do. I would really appreciate receiving this beautiful rice cooker. I thank you now, with much gratitude.

  • Kathy

    in the microwave- but its usefulness is limited to only about 1 cup(uncooked) at a time.

  • Taliesyn

    Depends on what I’m cooking the rice for. Asian style food I use my old rice cooker. If I’m making Mexican, I saute it on the stove. My family eats rice with every meal. I love to cook. Some people dream of a new car, me….I dream of a beautiful Zojirushi programmable rice cooker. It would be my cadillac. Would love to be able to cook bread, porridge, brown rice, etc…..gets chills just thinking of it.

  • Sharon k.

    I always prepare brown rice on the stovetop, but would love to make it easier.

  • Alice J.

    I usually make my rice in a small rice cooker but I do wish I had a zojirushi cooker. I have fond memories of being the rice maker when I was little, rice always turned out perfectly in my parents’ pink zojirushi cooker. :)

  • Patti Martin

    I use the stovetop to cook rice, often using chicken broth….and I sometimes add chopped mushrooms, herbs, or vegies.

  • Alessa

    My zojirushi broke a few months ago. Since then, we’ve been cooking rice using a pot on the stove. It always seems to steam out and make a mess.

  • http://www.portlandpeeps.blogspot.com/ Cindy

    I usually prepare rice using the finger method (dry rice to first knuckle, water to second knuckle). Bring to a boil, cover and cook on low for 20 minutes.

  • Jennifer

    I am not so good at rice, so we usually have Minute Rice. I would love to be able to do it right!

  • Shelley

    always have cooked rice the old-fashioned way on my gas stove, in a pot with water or broth and whatever add-ins I feel like for that night’s dinner.

  • Mary

    I use Minute rice. Cooked on stove top. Pathetic right?

  • Kathy Hanley

    I prepare rice in a pot on the stove and it doesn’t always turn out good!

  • Cindy St. Louis

    Stove top, in a large batch on Sunday night for use at different meals thoughout the week.

  • Cathy Hancock

    i usually cook rice in the microwave

  • Ellen Wexler

    Just in an old, too thin pot. How I would love this wonderful machine! Thank you for the chance to win.

  • ashley w

    I usually prepare rice on the stove. Boring!

  • Diana W

    I cook mine in the cheap rice cooker Ive have for years – the little steam drip catcher got lost though. It only has settings for either white or brown rice, but I mostly cook jasmine, sometimes basmati, and brown rice. My favorite would be letting it cool down and then making a Malaysian fried rice that I learned from a friend of mine in college who was from…you guessed it…Malaysia!

  • Kendrah

    In an old rice cooker my husband had before we were married that does not cook evenly. Our kids need to experience properly cooked rice!

  • Kristen W.

    I normally cook it on the stove or in the microwave. I have been wanting a rice cooker for years!

  • Ty

    I normally cook rice in a small pot. I haven’t mastered cooking large amounts just yet because it either turns out too muchy or too crunchy. A rice cooker would be perfect for a mom like me whose daughters love, love, love rice!

  • Colleen Scholer

    I usually prepare rice on the stove and I have to set a timer or with 3 kids under 9. .. I may simmer it too long. We eat a lot of rice so winning this would be great!

  • Lizzy Z.

    Usually just on the ol’ stove top. Nothing fancy!

  • Kim

    I usually have my husband fix it. For some reason it’s wrong almost every time when I fix it.

  • Angela A

    Boiled in the pot the old fashioned way which I do dislike doing, b/c we sometimes burn our pots and they are hard to scrape and wash.

  • Magi

    In a pot on the stove, but I’ve been coveting this rice cooker for a long time.

  • Shannon Schulte

    I normally make rice on my stovetop

  • yasee

    I cook rice in a rice cooker…a very cheap rice cooker! :)

  • AmyG

    on the stovetop…but our family loves rice….a rice cooker would be wonderful!

  • Alex

    I cook rice on the stove top, but would really love this machine for my kitchen!!

  • Molly

    stovetop! Love it with chicken stir fry

  • Laurie in MN

    You cook rice? I get it with my chinese carryout…

    =)

    (OK, on the stove…)

  • Kirsten

    I prepare rice in my husbands thousand year old rice cooker … or on the stove (boil, drain, steam method).

  • katsie

    I normally make a cheddar risotto, because every time I try to make regular ol’ rice I burn it to the bottom of the pot!

  • Kelly

    For rice if I have time I do stove top as I want to reduce the sodium but sadly, often, the microwave is the rice cooker in our house.

  • Jonette

    I use my cheap rice cooker from Walmart.

  • Gwen

    I normally use a rice cooker. I had one I loved, but my 2 year old destroyed it. I have since been through about 4 of them in a month – trying and returning them- before finally just settling for one I don’t really like. I would love to win a REAL one!

  • Mary F

    I do the stove top method, using lots of water, cooking until tender and then draining off the excess water.

  • Annette H

    I am horrible at making rice. If it isn’t boil in the bag rice, I can’t make it. This would work great for me. Thanks.

  • http://eatgood4life.blogspot.com Miryam

    I make rice at least 3 times per week which I fry it with veggies or serve it on the side with veggies and a choice of protein :-)

  • Karleen

    I prepare it the way I was taught by my neighbor — wash it three times, then cover with water to your first knuckle of my middle finger (or approximately 1″). Bring to a boil, stir, turn down to simmer and cover tightly. Then wait. It works pretty good but often sticks to the bottom of the pot.

  • Janet

    Boring..on the stovetop. I would love a rice cooker!

  • Dena

    I prepare rice in a small rice cooker (3 cup capacity). There’s never enough for all of my boys, and the Zojirushi would be wonderful to have! We love rice with Japanese food, Thai Curry, BBQ, just about anything!

  • Karissa

    We use a hand-me-down ricemaker from my sis-in-law and brother. Works fine but would love a new one!

  • rose

    in a very old rice steamer

  • Carrie Funk

    I normally cook rice on the stove top. However my future, I think, daughter-in-law has food sensitivities and I need a steamer to be able to fix rice for her. This would be so awesome. Thanks for a chance to win, :-)

    Merry Christmas!

  • rose

    in an old rice steamer

  • Carl

    I put my Uncle Ben’s “Boil-in-Bag Whole Grain Brown Rice” in a pot of boiling water and…

  • Erin Zackey

    Ooo, fancy! we use our funky little rice cooker currently, so it sure would be fun to win this one!

  • Angela Lavender

    I have a rice cooker that I bought at a discount store for $15 seven or eight years ago. I works just fine, thank GOD, because before I had it I never knew how my rice was going to turn out. I’m grateful to have it, even if I don’t win this fancy one. Good luck, everyone!

  • erica hawkins

    We prepare rice on the stovetop ;)

  • Lauren Peterson

    We use a rice cooker that works decently well, but not amazing.

  • Sharon

    Stovetop

  • Rebecca Smith

    On the stove!

  • Heather Williams

    Boil it in chicken broth :-)

  • Brenda

    I cook rice on the stovetop. Would love to have this Zojirushi rice cooker share the counter-top with my Zojirushi bread machine (which is indispensable).

  • Leanne

    I use my microwave. Otherwise I burn it.

  • Nora

    I prepare mine on the stovetop and time it since I gave my rice cooker to my daughter. I sure would love to win this one. We love all kinds of rice, and some are tricky to prepare. This rice cooker would make that job easy, and we could enjoy rice more often.

  • Mary C.

    I have found a new (to me) way of preparing rice — boiling it! Just like pasta, and then draining it :) It is so wonderfully not sticky and stores wonderfully in the fridge! Perfect for cold rice salads.

  • gin wingen

    on the stove top or microwave

  • Emily

    I can’t live without our rice cooker, as we eat rice almost daily. However, I fear the inferior model we have will not last much longer.

  • Jessica

    I use Korean pressure rice cooker but I don’t like how my rice turns out.

  • Gigi Cuccaro

    I make Mexican rice on the stove. Usually sauté the rice before adding the veggies in!

  • Sarah

    I cook it in a cheap rice maker. I like to throw in some brown rice, barley, and garlic, and cook it in broth.

  • M K

    I usually cook rice in my rice cooker that is getting old. I would love a new one since we eat rice almost every day.

  • Patricia Milker

    Oh my gosh, a rice cooker is on my Christmas list because rice is my nemisis! I can’t seem to conquer making rice well. If I make it in the microwave it usually turns out slightly hard. On the stovetop it usually burns. So frustrating!

  • JW

    I still have my old rice cooker from college. Rice Cooker 1.0. Would love an upgrade!!!

  • Kyle

    On the stovetop; try to add in some interesting things like mushrooms and peas!

  • Danielle

    I make rice on the stovetop.

  • Cheryl B

    I normally lightly brown my rice before adding it to the water in a stovetop pot. The browning really adds something, but it’s always hit or miss with my rice.

  • http://acookandherbooks.blogspot.com Lucy

    I cook rice on the stovetop, but would love a rice cooker to get that steamed rice texture!

  • http://www.njfamily.com Lucy

    Stovetop in a regular pan with water or using a double broiler.

  • Dee

    I usually make on top of the stove but in a pinch have used the microwave.

  • Matt

    we use a rice cooker, but stovetop for smaller portions

  • Angie M.

    I cook my rice on the stove top prepared according to the package directions.

  • Rosamond

    I generally just do what the box tells me too. :/

  • Amy HH

    For fast rice, we just put water on the stove and add rice. When it comes to a boil, fluff with a fork and put the lid on with heat at low for 20 minutes. Last night my husband made saffron rice – onions sauteed, water and rice and saffron added, cook for 20 minutes. YUM!

  • Nancy

    On the stovetop, unfortunately! LOL

  • Carly F

    We just cook it on the stove.

  • christene

    i use a FAR, FAR inferior rice cooker! i have always swooned over the zojirushi ones.

  • emily l

    I usually just cook it on the stove, this looks awesome though! Would love to try it!

    misusedinnocence@aol.com

  • PY

    Simple fluffy white rice cooked in a rice cooker or stove top. Rice seasoned with tomatoes sauce or chicken broth or coconut milk. Anyway you make it the fragrant of rice is my daughter favorite smell in the kitchen.

  • Josh

    I always cook rice on the stove top, and inevitably I also burn rice on the stove top. Maybe I need a rice cooker?

  • Oni

    I would love to win this, I always burn rice

  • Soo Hwang

    I have a 20 year old rice cooker from my mom. Would love to get an upgrade.

  • Lisa

    I usually make brown rice, and I do it in the oven (Alton Brown’s method). It’s yummy but it takes forever!

  • Dale

    I use one of 3 formulas and the same $25 cooker to prepare all varieties of rice–brown or white, long- or short-grain, jasmine or basmati. My partner mixes in canned coconut milk, which produces a plumper, softer rice with richer flavor. Now dreaming of the potential with a more sophisticated, Japanese machine!

  • Rebecca Dean

    I use a Black & Decker food steamer.

  • Jill

    I saute my rice in garlic and olive oil and cook it in vegetable stock. I have a rice cooker/steamer, but it only cooks on one temperature and always burns the bottom layer.

  • Jennifer

    I am embarrassed to say it but I usually prepare rice in the microwave. Sad I know.

  • June

    I’m using a very old SANYO rice cooker to cook short grain white rice. I hope I can win the new one and try the new functions!

  • lauren sahai

    I usually boil a big pot of water, throw the rice in and drain when my timer goes of. I’ve been transitioning over to brown rice in the last six months this would be awesome!

  • http://www.makingitbright.com Kandace

    We have a rice cooker and it’s awesome!

  • Jen

    bring water to a boil then cover and put in oven for 20 minutes!

  • Monique Zipperich

    First – saute garlic, onion and olive oil
    Second – boiling water and rice (brown or white)
    14 minutes pass – let stand for 5
    Rice for everyone! (unless it’s burned) then just black beans :)

  • Michelle

    on the stove top 1part rice to 2 parts water & salt.

  • Liz

    Like most of the people who posted here, I cook my rice on the stove…usually comes out mushy…I’ve heard great things about rice cookers…but just haven’t got the extra money to buy a specialy item like this…

  • Kay

    As a family of five, 4 of whom have celiac disease, we eat a lot of rice, buckwheat, quinoa, etc and have always wanted a rice cooker! I currently use the stove top.
    Our favorite rice side dish is made with a olive oil, ground coriander, dried cilantro, fresh lime zest, and salt & pepper, all added to the cooking water or broth. Just before serving, I drizzle a bit of melted butter over top of the prepared rice, since stirring it in can make it too starchy.

  • Adam Brown

    I make rice on an electric stove with an old, dented pan. The lid barely fits and pops off occasionally, forcing me to grab dry dish towel and force it back on again.

  • http://kristinpotpie.com/ Kristin

    I normally prepare my rice in a rice cooker – but I have just the most basic model you can get! I think it was $9.99 at the local drugstore :-)

  • Laila Kuperman

    I normally cook my rice in a regular rice cooker. I have been lusting over one of these for years!!! Pick me!!!!

  • sara

    On the stove but i usually mess it up. I am a sushi addict and would give anything to make my own at home. The only thing i asked for this year was a rice cooker. But times are hard and after providing for the kids there just isn’t enough $$ to think about our selves. This would be SO AWESOME.

  • yuling liu

    I cooked riced with a Panasonic rice cooker.

  • Becki H

    I always make brown rice on the stovetop and it takes forever. Would love to throw it in a cooker and forget it!

  • Lucy

    I have a rice maker that never gets it right. I also don’t know the difference between new and old crop which I heard makes a difference. This fuzzy logic thing sounds like magic.

  • Alissa Jensen

    I normally prepare it in a pot on the stove. I can never quite find that balance between too done or not done enough, so it always tastes a little off. The cooker sounds just like something my family needs!! :)

  • http://cheapout.blogspot.com Amy

    I usually cook rice on the stovetop in a pan, and it ends up either crunchy or burned. I’d love a good rice cooker.

  • JessicaW

    I got a cheap rice cooker last year after never being able to cook it properly on the stove. I’ve spent this whole year trying to figure out the exact balance to make the rice cooker cook it properly but still not quite getting it. The Zojirushi is my dream rice cooker.

  • Kathrin Spaccarelli

    Zojirushi technology rocks! The fuzzy logic board sounds so amazing, and I love that you can set it ahead. For busy working parents, that is priceless!

  • Margaret T

    Stuck with the stovetop method, though I don’t use “short cook” grains. Boil water 2x the amount of raw rice — add salt to the water if you like. Once boiling, add the rice, stir, cover, reduce heat to low and keep a close watch on it after ~8min to ensure it doesn’t burn to the pan!

    I’ve heard wonderful things about these rice cookers — thank you for the giveaway opportunity! Excellent gift for families who are living GF.

  • http://thewayofthegeek.wordpress.com/ Danielle Higgins

    I currently prepare brown & white rice in a saucepan, sometimes with a little stock added for taste, constantly having to keep on eye on it & stir to ensure it doesn’t stick or burn. It distracts me from being able to fully focus on the rest of the meal that I’m cooking, so I really appreciate you giving us the chance to win a rice cooker as I’ve been wanting to get one for a while to reduce the amount of time that I’m tied to the stove, allowing me to focus on the family a little more.

  • AbleApril

    I have a rice/veggie steamer that is 15 years old. I’d love a proper cooker since I find myself buying precooked frozen organic brown rice too often due to it’s ease.

  • Sara

    on the stove top … or sometimes in the microwave.

  • Kristina

    Stovetop simmering. Would love to not have to worry about the bottom getting charred!

  • Salluri

    Electric rice cooker – not great, but works.

  • sheri

    In my old Zoji. Love the Z!

  • Stephanie

    I usually cook it on the stove. I did buy a bag of frozen rice the other day…hoping that will be good.

  • Sarah

    My old (inexpensive) rice cooker died, so I’m back to the stovetop.

  • Dawn M

    I cook rice on the stovetop 3-4 times a week but I am horrible at it. Getting better…but still not right.

  • http://bodyinbalancewellness.com Lacey M.

    i’m trying to lose weight and get healthy and asian cuisine has been so helpful in that! I love wild rice and the nutution facts on it when paired with stir fry. My kids lovingly refer to it as ‘puppy toenails’. Lol It takes a long time to boil on the stove though, and I’ve never had it steamed!!! Would love this addition…cannot afford the luxury myself-not even for Christmas, but it would be generously used!

  • Kelly R

    We used to have a rice cooker, but it died not long ago…now I use the stovetop or the microwave to reheat quickly.

  • Madhu

    In an ancient rice cooker.
    Been lusting over the z

  • Dayna

    On the stovetop. So having an awesome rice cooker would be wonderful!

  • Rebecca F

    I work for a nonprofit organization so we tend to watch our pennies. We really don’t have any fancy appliances. Our family of four enjoys eatinf

  • Ngina

    I have used the same black and decker rice cooker for the last 10 years. I cook basmati rice and occassionaly brown rice. For each 2 cups of basmati rice I use 1.5 cup of water. it cooks well and is fluffy when done. it is different for brown rice which I use 2 cups of rice for 2 cups of water.

  • Kelley Fountain

    I use uncle ben’s rice and follow the directions on the bag for stove top cooking. I can make some good rice but have heard it tastes better in a rice cooker

  • Joy Treganowan

    I prepare my rice using a $30 rice cooker – it’s good but often sticky. (A trick is to put it in the fridge after cooking. Then heat it up by frying in a little oil on the stove – not sticky AND delicious!) My favorite is lime rice.

  • Rebecca F

    I work for a nonprofit organization which I love but requires us to watch what we spend. So there aren’t really any fancy appliances in our house. Our family of four enjoys rice on a rather regular basis but I tend to boil mine on the stove. If I am pinched for time I have a box of boil in bag rice. But that is only if we are pressed for time.

  • Felicia

    I usually use my small rice cooker or use the rice that can be cooked in the microwave. I would love this rice cooker sounds great.

  • Lorena

    I cook rice using an Aroma rice cooker.

  • Ben Vaughan

    I cook basmati rice on my stove top. I like to add lemon oil to give it a little extra
    flavor.

  • Theresa

    We use an old rice cooker–all the time. Would love an upgrade!

  • Lyn

    We used zojirushi when we lived in Japan, cause it was given to us as a gift from a friend. It was the best rice cooker we had, we cooked sushi rice, brown rice, porridge and white rice with zojirushi and it’s always perfect. I also cook garlic rice and mixed rice in zojirushi rice cooker. I woul love to have this again, just couldn’t afford it. It will be great to have it in our house again.

  • Mariyo Park

    I normally use a rice cooker. But depending on the type of rice and recipe, i also use my stove top. I’ve been eyeing on this Zojirushi for years! It’s too pricy to purchase it on my own!

  • Wanda Ng

    My family have used three rice cookers in 45 years. We changed to a new one every time because of the new technology in the rice cooker. There is period of time, I cooked rice by using a saucepan directly on top of the stove. It turned out that I saved about couple dollars per month. I am hoping the new rice cooker comes with the energy saving feature.

  • irmalinda rodriguez

    I usually prepare rice on the stove top with some tomatoes sauce and spices for Spanish rice. To make white rice I usually buy the boil in a bag kind because I don’t have a rice maker.

  • Vilay Mentor

    I cook rice on the stove top. I grew up eating rice everyday, you would think I’d know how to cook it blindfolded. No, unfortunately I have to google how to cook rice every time!

  • Sarah

    never! I make my BF make it, it is my achilles heel!

  • Margaret

    I usually prepare my rice using the stove, but when I have a cooker available that’s my method of choice. :-)

  • Sandy Jacobs

    We cook it in a pan but usually my husband rocks it because I burn it. I could really use a rice cooker!!

  • Denise L

    My husband cannot do without Basmati rice which he cooks perfectly on the stovetop. I try to work in some brown rice that I also cook on the stovetop in chicken broth.

  • D. Knight

    I usually cook rice on the stove, two parts water, one part rice.

  • Beth

    On the stovetop in a very old pot and use a plate to cover since I don’t have a lid!

  • Suzanna

    I normally prepare rice via the stove-top/pot method. Often times I’ll have it boil over as my kids distract me while I’m trying to cook. Sometimes we’ll end up with a very sticky mess (not always what you want), and other times I’ll have hard pieces that didn’t get sufficiently cooked. It’s no wonder neither of my children are big rice fans!! But we keep on trying :-)

  • Alice

    We use a rice cooker to make our rice for dinner. It does the job however it is very old and we could certainly use an upgrade. Have been eyeing zojirushi brand to replace for many years now!

  • Amy H

    rice cooker : ) my husband is the chef and he uses it all the time – though I know he’d love a new fancy one!

  • Amy Specht

    I make rice on the stove and I usually use aluminum foil to cover the pan since my lids aren’t tight enough. I love rice but need a better way! Pick me! ;) lol…

  • http://www.greenshannonmarie.blogspot.com/ Shannon Marie

    I do rice in a regular stove pot, covered. Simple but effective!

  • Katie

    I cook rice on the stovetop.

  • Alison

    I cook it on the stove top and never seem to mess it up, but having one of these would still be nice!

  • Amanda O

    My family and I usually just cook rice on the stovetop. My mom is usually the one that does it, as I tend to either under or over cook it. Though since I’m away at school so much (and love rice) I’ve been thinking about buying a cooker.

  • Alayna

    On the stove top of course!

  • Samantha

    I have been swooning over this exact rice cooker for quite some time! Right now, I cook my rice on the stove…and usually have to scrape it off of the bottom of the pot!

  • Karen Lynch

    We use a old rice steamer, could definitely use an upgrade, we use it 2x a week.

  • Susan T.

    I would like to start cooking brown rice which my current rice cooker will not do.

  • Ram

    I cook my rice using pressure cooker. It comes out really soft and fluffy.

  • Darcee Johnson

    I use a rice cooker I bought used about 8 years ago. Rice has been my favorite food since childhood.

  • Rubana

    I make rice on the stove, 1 cup rice to 2 cups water, EVERY evening. Sometimes a bit more water if I am making the rice for my toddler son. We are South Asian and white rice is always served with at least dinner, if not both lunch and dinner. I’ve had basic rice cookers and have eyed the Zojirushi but it was too expensive. I’ve always wanted a slow cooker, too, never bought it because of lack of counter space. This would be perfect!

  • Julie

    We use the Uncle Ben’s microwave packages. Rice in 90 seconds – not as delicious as it could be but quick counts for a lot at my house.

  • Janelle

    I usually cook rice on the stovetop, however, I would love to have this rice cooker!

  • kristen

    These are the best rice makers I’ve worn mine out!

  • Kate

    I have an old rice cooker I use and I always cook white jasmine rice – it’s so good!

  • Susan

    I always cook rice in a pan on the stove, but I’ve been considering a rice cooker lately. Shoulda mentioned that to my mother-in-law when she was asking what we wanted for Christmas!

  • Jean

    Stove top, and we’ve been failing miserably at it since we added now 2 year old twins!

  • Ann Beckenhauer

    on the gas stove top

  • Sally Wackerly

    I cook on the stove top using 1,2,3. One cup rice, two cups water, creating 3 cups cooked rice. Cover, bring to boil, turn off and let site til done.

  • Carrie

    Stovetop with butter, but I would love this machine!!

  • Marilyn

    I’ve cooked rice in the microwave and on the stovetop. I prefer brown or basmati rice…but find it difficult to get the exact cooking time/water:rice ratio. I love rice…but it is a pain in the arse to cook and I refuse to use minute rice (i.e. minute chemicals). ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

  • Sharon

    For forty years I’ve cooked rice 2 cups water to one cup rice, bring to a boil then lower and simmer for 20-25 minutes. A beautiful rice maker like this one would be nice. :)

  • Mia

    We have an older Tiger fuzzy logic that we use. We would lve to get an upgrade and expand our rice-cooker meals.

  • justsane

    i bake my brown rice in an 8-inch pyrex pan, according to the method in cook’s illustrated. it comes out perfectly every time, but it’s sort of a pain.

  • Sarmita

    Usually cook on stovetop by bringing rice to full boil with lid off. When most water gone, turn heat off and cover with lid. Let it steam and fluff up. Usually do organic brown basmati.

  • Jennifer

    I love rice and cook it all the time. I go through the whole rigamarol of bringing water to a boil and adding the rice and waiting for the rice to fully absorb the water. Then fluff with fork!

  • Nisha Ambadi

    Cook rice on the stove top with excess water and when it is done drain the starch water, you have beautiful rice with less carbohydrate .

  • Carmen

    I have always cooked rice on the stove top (boil water, add rice then let sit). Rice is a great compliment to any meal! Or a meal in it self, like my Mom use to make–one pkg uncle bens rice (prepared), 1 pd hamburger browned, i can cr. mushroom soup, i can green beans drained. Mix all in large pot to reheat. Could also place in baking dish in oven and top with cheese to bake to cheese bubbling. Yum!

  • cassandra

    i always use my trusty rice cooker!

  • Kelli Safarian-Hume

    In a pressure cooker. Love brown rice, white rice, wild rice, mexican rice.

  • Jenny Lee

    I currently have a 4 cup rice maker that my husband has had for about 18 years. We would love a rice maker. My Korean husband would love it….as I can’t cook like my mother-in-law.

  • LeeAnn P.

    Right now I cook rice in a pot, and it almost always makes a mess!

  • http://www.kristenmclane.com Kristen M.

    We prepare rice (white and brown) for stir fries with veggies and a meat. We also like rice pudding. Yum.

  • Meghan

    I normally make rice in my teeny little cooker and then save for next day. Fried rice is better that way!

  • http://facebook.com/desire.montano Desire Montano

    I usually boil it in a pot and it is so difficult to get right that I end up buying minute rice in a boil bag :( I love wild rice and making sushi so since this can do different rices I am so excited!!!!! Hope I win.

  • Eleana

    I usually buy minute rice because my rice cooker is extremely old & doesn’t work as well as it used to. I would love to win this!

  • Sandra

    I just use a pan on the stovetop, nothing fancy but gets the job done!

  • http://verbatim.blogs.com Karen

    I’ve always done it on the stove.

  • Stephanie

    I cook rice on my stovetop. Sometimes in the microwave.

  • Bobby

    I actually use a TupperWare microwave rice cooker. It’s really easy to use and store, and super easy to clean — which is my favorite part. It takes some finesse to get different rices to cook correctly, but I’ve got my favorites down.

  • Laura

    I am a working mom. During the week I prepare Trader Joe’s brown rice in the microwave.

  • Katie

    I use minute rice (unfortunately!).

  • Sandra Simmons

    I normally ask my husband to make the rice because I always think I’ll mess it up! This machine would allow me some independence! LOL!

  • Marla

    I used to have a rice cooker before our house burned down, but now I make it in the microwave. Would love to win!

  • Jen LF

    We have a wicked old rice cooker. It is perfect for white rice. For anything else, we have to guess on the proportions, etc. Brown rice usually comes out…well…crunchy. What I wouldn’t give for a fancy new one like this! :)

  • Jennifer Collins

    I normally cook rice oin the microwave. It normally boils over and I make a mess. Or I buy precooked rice from a local restaurant if I need good rice, since mine turns out soso

  • Christy Marler-Prisco

    90 seconds…..Ding and it’s done!!! Unfortunately, at this time that is the only way that I can guarantee that my rice will come out correct, but with a new Zojirushi Umani Micom (5.5 cups) Rice Cooker I’ll never have to purchase a 90 second bag again!

  • Deborah Hallock

    I cook rice on stove. If you don’t catch it before it boils it boils over. I have been ill for a few years and don’t have much energy so to be able to put it in a rice cooker and walk away would be helpful. I have wanted this rice cooker for years it would be nice to win it. It would be nice especially on my bad days.

  • Karen D

    I cook rice on the stove. It usually is o.k. except for when I forget about it and it forms that inedible crust at the bottom of the pan. I’ve heard great things about this rice cooker!

  • David Edwards

    I use a cheap, small rice cooker. I add chopped onions, red pepper, & a little soy sauce to the water & eat it with veggies, cheese, & kidney beans.

  • Rebecca Poulson

    I normally use a rice cooker. It’s not very user friendly, but I love the convenience. This one sounds great!

  • Heather

    I am a poor college student, so when I cook rice it is usually in the microwave.

  • Hawi

    We cook rice on the stovetop.

  • Anita

    We use a pot on the stove.

  • Ms D

    I love brown rice. So satisfying. Measure one cup of rice and pour into pot. Rinse rice under cool water and remove any grains that appear damaged, etc. Pour off water. Add two cups of water and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer. Cook until water looks fully absorbed. Stir and serve. If it’s a highly humid day, add a bit more water to prevent burning. My rice usually cooks within 30-35 minutes; would sure love to try the Zojirushi!

  • Kiersten

    I have a very basic rice cooker. My rice usually turns out clumpy. I would love to have the Zojirushi!

  • Melinda S.

    Right now, in the microwave.

  • cathy doan

    i use a small 3 cup rice cooker to cook rice, i would love to have this rice cooker to cook different kinds of rice or porridge for my family…

  • Eugene

    Prepare rice in a small rice cooker; reheat in microwave!

  • PENNY HOOPAI

    I cook rice in the rice cooker I was given for a wedding gift in 1978. The bottom of the pot always has some burned rice so would love to have the BEST rice cooker.

  • http://www.emeraldcitykids.com Terumi

    I usually make rice in a regular rice cooker-but this one is so much cooler:)

  • Steve B

    I don’t have a clue, my wife cooks all the rice in our house. Maybe I could learn with a rice cooker.

  • Edna

    On the stovetop: 2 parts water to 1 part rice.

  • Brandy Mailloux

    I normally use a rice cooker to cook my rice, but not nearly as nice of one.

  • http://www.inmyveganlife.blogspot.com Andy Dufresne

    I’ve been wanting a rice cooker for several months, but have been unable to decide on a model. For now, I prepare rice in a pan, stove top.

  • Keith

    I cook rice on the stove, but I’m sure it would be much better in a rice cooker.

  • Jim Lipscomb

    I generally use a bit more water than the rice package calls for and cook the rice 2 or 3 extra minutes to make it sticky. Then I can eat it with chopsticks!