This rice cooker scores big for versatility and first-rate performance, according to Sanyo ECJ-S35K reviews. With its 3.5-cup capacity (7 cups cooked) and prowess with different types of rice, the Sanyo ECJ-S35 is a boon to small families that eat rice frequently. The fuzzy logic (micro-computerized) controls adjust the timing and temperature to suit the rice that's in the pot, and reviews on Amazon say rice as varied as white, brown, sweet, and wild cook evenly, thoroughly, and without scorching. (User satisfaction is not total, however, and we read a few reviews saying the finished product is pasty, dry, or mushy.) Throw in some protein -- chicken or fish, say -- and you've got a one-pot dinner.
Other uses for this budget fuzzy logic rice cooker abound. The porridge setting turns out the best steel-cut oatmeal, say Sanyo ECJ-S35K reviews, not to mention soups and stews; fill the pot with broth, meat, and vegetables, writes one busy cook, go about your business for the day and return home to a delicious meal. There's also a bread setting (baking only) that wins acclaim in some reviews (good results with sourdough and rye, cinnamon rolls and baked French toast, for example) but is mildly critiqued in others for producing a soft crust and requiring attention in the midst of bake time.
One downside with fuzzy logic technology is the length of time needed to cook a pot of rice. Some users report an hour for white rice and up to two hours for brown, although the owner's manual specifies shorter times. Still, as one Sanyo ECJ-S35K review at Beach Audio concludes, it's a small price to pay for perfect rice. You can always minimize the inconvenience by setting the timer to ensure the rice is ready when you want it (up to 24 hours in advance). If your plans change, the rice will stay warm for up to 12 hours.
The Sanyo ECJ-S35K (starting at $91) features settings for white, mixed, rinse-free, brown, sprouted brown, and sweet rice, as well as bibimbab (a Korean rice dish), porridge, and bread. There's a pre-soak option and reheat function, a quick-cook cycle that shaves about 10-13 minutes from a regular cook cycle (but overrides the fuzzy logic), and a chime that sounds 15 minutes before the rice is finished (although much appreciated by consumers, several Sanyo ECJ-S35K reviews say the chime is too soft). The titanium-lined pot is heavy enough to withstand sauteing of ingredients atop the stove before proceeding with the rice, and the retractable cord makes for easy storage. The cooker comes with a measuring cup, rice paddle, and recipe book.
The Sanyo ECJ-S35K sits at the high end of our budget price range but is cheap by fuzzy logic standards. For frugal consumers who prefer to cook rice with the aid of computerized controls, the Sanyo ECJ-S35K is a worthwhile investment.