Panasonic SR-DE102 Fuzzy-Logic 5-Cup Electronic Rice Cooker/Warmer Review

by Amy Chang

The Panasonic SR-DE102 Fuzzy-Logic 5-Cup Electronic Rice Cooker/Warmer is one of the best rice cookers available on the market. Panasonic has already made a name for themselves with other electronic products, so I wasn’t surprised to find out that their rice cooker lives up to their name. When I bought the Panasonic SR-DE102 I expected it to be a high quality rice cooker that got the job done perfectly, and believe me I wasn’t disappointed and years later, I am still not disappointed.

One of my favorite things about this 5-cup rice cooker is that I can use it to cook rice for just me and my husband, but I can also use it to cook rice for a larger dinner party. Even better is how easy the rice cooker is to use, no matter what kind of rice I am cooking. With this rice cooker I simply put the rice inside the cooker, add the right amount of water based on the side markings, press the start button and the machine does all of the rest. As an added bonus, I don’t have to worry about adjusting the water for long or short grain rice because the machine automatically adjusts the cooking time based on what is inside the cooker.

Pros:

    • Fuzzy-Logic Technology – Perhaps the most outstanding feature of this rice cooker is the fuzzy logic technology, which does all of the thinking I don’t have to do anything but put the ingredients in and push a button or two. The fuzzy logic technology adjusts the cooking time and temperature based on what is inside the rice cooker, so everything comes out perfectly cooked. To me this is great because I can add anything I want to the rice to make a rice dish and everything comes out cooked perfectly.

 

    • Keep Warm Setting – Once the rice cooker is done cooking it automatically switches over to the keep warm setting, which lasts for 12 hours. This to me is the best feature aside from the fuzzy-logic technology because it means no more worrying about timing my rice around my dinner, the rice will always be hot no matter how long the main dish takes to cook.

 

    • Steaming Basket – This rice cooker can also be used to steam vegetables or anything else. One thing that many people don’t think about is that vegetables and rice can be cooked at the same time; all that is needed is the steam basket. I have even gone so far as to throw a chicken breast into the steam basket and it has come out thoroughly cooked along with the perfectly cooked rice.

 

  • Detachable Power Cord – One thing that I hate with any appliance is the power cords that are attached to the base because they often get in the way. The detachable power cord is perfect because I can store it inside the rice cooker so it doesn’t get in the way, and I don’t have to worry about losing it in a drawer somewhere.

Cons:

  • 24 Hour Timer – While the timer is a great feature it could use some improvement. The problem I have with the timer is that I cannot set it for an exact time that I want it to start cooking; all I can do is set how many hours later I want the rest to start cooking.

The Panasonic SR-DE102 is one of the best rice cookers around; I know I have never once been disappointed in my purchase. One of the things that I like about this rice cooker is all of the extra features that it comes with. I never thought I would use a rice cooker for anything but cooking rice, but the steamer basket in this model has come in handy more than once.

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