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I got reasonably good at making rice in a pot, then I bought a Zojirushi rice cooker. (Not this exact model, but similar.)
It spits out the best quality rice I was ever able to produce on a stovetop, except it takes 30 seconds to dump the shit in and press the start button and I can go collect my perfect rice any time in the next 12 hours. Yes, it's a monotasker, but it's the most effective one I've ever used and I love it to death.
Yeah, I would definitely say we make more rice now that we have the rice cooker. There is definitely middle ground though between my $20 cooker and the badass $400 one. There are models with "fuzzy logic" which is basically specialized circuitry that will figure out the best way to use the heating element given how the rice is currently cooking. You can pick up a Zojirushi for $127 on amazon.
im looking at a rice cooker. i always hear to get zojirushi, but you say this one is just as good? its about half the price too.
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Soaking is generally all that's necessary to clean a slow cooker. If I get some deposits on it, I usually use this to clean it. But that's like twice in the entire history of my crockpot.
If you care about good rice, spend on a fuzzy logic rice cooker. I went whole hog and got a zojirushi but there are knockoff brands that are good. Generally water and a sponge cleans it just fine too.
If you're not going to wash rice, buy domestic rice, not imported.