Sanyo ECJ-HC55S 5-1/2-Cup Micro-Computerized Rice Cooker and Slow Cooker Review

If you are in the market for a rice cooker with a lot of versatility and features, without a super high price tag, then the Sanyo ECJ-HC55S makes an excellent addition to your kitchen. This rice cooker does not take up much space on the counter and can be used to make things other than rice. You can put it to work making tofu, boiling eggs, steaming some vegetables, and slow cooking a hearty stew or soup. With the ability to do so many different things, this Sanyo multi-purpose rice cooker is perfect for people who live in a small apartment or just have a tiny kitchen.

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Sanyo Rice Cooker Features

One of the best things about this small rice cooker from Sanyo is that it has two different inner lids and cooking pots. This is very important because it means that you can use the small appliance to make your stews or other items without having to worry about changing the flavor of your rice. The separate pots keep the slow cooked foods away from the pot used for rice.

Another great thing about the rice cooking pot is that it is non-stick and titanium coated with a round bottom. This means that you get even heat distribution and do not have to worry about the rice sticking to the pot when you are trying to get it out for your dinner. It also makes cleanup easy. And if you are having a dinner party, there is both a keep warm feature so that the rice does not get cold and a carrying handle if you need to take it to a friend or family member’s home.

When you open the box, you will be pleased to discover that this Sanyo rice cooker comes with a few different accessories for you to use. If you decide that making tofu is in your future, there is a handy tofu container included. You also get a measuring cup, which you should take care not to lose so that you always fill the rice cooker with the proper amount of rice and water. If you under fill, it will not work as designed. And if you over fill, it will result in quite the mess as the rice will cook out the top. Other accessories included area recipe booklet, a spatula and a steaming tray for your vegetables.

The ECJ-HC55S rice cooker is super easy to use and has a digital LCD control panel. The timer on it is programmable, which means that you can set it to cook for up to 12 hours using the slow cooker method and 58 minutes for vegetables. The control panel also lets you select your rice type for optimal cooking results. The cord on this rice cooker is retractable, which is great for storing it out of the way.

Summary of features:

  • 5 ½ cup capacity
  • Functions as both a rice cooker and a slow cooker
  • Small in size – 13x10x8 inches
  • Digital LCD display
  • Carrying handle for transport
  • Keep warm feature
  • Many accessories included

Advantages & Disadvantages

The fact that you use this rice cooker for so many different things is a big advantage. However, you might be disappointed to discover that you cannot steam vegetables and make rice in it at the same time.

If you eat rice other than white rice, you will notice some issues with the non-stick surface. While it is not a major disadvantage, it can be harder to clean after making brown rice since it seems to always stick.

This rice cooker does make perfect rice each and every time. If you have ever used one of those cheap $20 rice cookers, then you might already know how rice can sometimes clump together. Well, that problem does not exist with this rice maker.

For people new to using a rice cooker, you should know that using a rice cooker like this Sanyo model takes longer than making rice on the stove. With this rice cooker you are looking at just under an hour for white rice and about an hour and half for brown rice. If you can fit that into your schedule, it is definitely worth it because the rice tastes so much better out of this machine than on the stove. The good thing is that you can set the timer to get the rice done in advance. Once you can remember to do that, you do not even notice the length of time that it takes.

Some rice cookers have a 24-hour clock, which means that you have to use military time to set the timer. The Sanyo ECJ-HC55S rice cooker has a 12-hour clock, which means that you can just enter the times in as AM and PM. For many people, this is easier to deal with than as 24-hour clock.