. RICE COOKER RC310
Kenwood pounds 35
Catherine: `The rice came out sticky and burnt on the bottom. After fiddling with the water levels a few times I just gave up'
Lesley: `It looks cooler than the Tefal, and it has a vegetable steamer tray. But it just doesn't cook rice well, so what's the point?'
Tony: `It uses the same principle of boiling then steaming, set by timer, as the others; yet you only get lumpy rice. Why should you fiddle with the recipe when it's meant to be automatic?'
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....AUTOMATIC RICE COOKER 2000
Tefal pounds 29.99
Lesley: `Bog-standard electric rice cooker. If you measure the rice in the cup and pour the water in up to the right level, you can't go wrong. You can cook other things in it too - it comes with a recipe book'
Catherine: `It's a pity it's made of such tacky materials. I don't like the aluminium lid, but it certainly works'
Nick: `I can't imagine ever using the egg holder. But the whole thing is good value'
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..... RICE BALL
Le Vrai Gourmet pounds 10
Lesley: `I don't understand why it should improve your rice but it does. For once, the blurb is true: perfect rice every time, for a tenner'
Tony: `It looks like something you'd swing incense in. Or a giant tea ball. The rice is fluffy and separate'
Nick: `You need four pints of water and a very deep saucepan to cook a tiny bit of rice. And oven gloves to take it out. Still, it does work'
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... RICE COOKER NDAQ-N10
Zojirushi pounds 109.95
Catherine: `The designer version. You can only use it for rice and the instruction booklet is a whole lecture. At the end, the rice is just OK'
Tony: `Bound to be the best - it's Japanese. The rice is slightly sticky and you can taste the authentic slight browning on the bottom'
Tomoko: `About three times as expensive as one I bought in Tokyo, but with the same features, such as a condensation collector. The casing is very smart though'
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