3 thoughts on “Panasonic SR-DF101 5-Cup (Uncooked) “Fuzzy Reasoning” Rice Cooker

  1. Inna Tysoe
    38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Does Its Job Very Well, January 1, 2013
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    Inna Tysoe (Sacramento) –
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    This review is from: Panasonic SR-DF101 5-Cup (Uncooked) “Fuzzy Logic” Rice Cooker (Kitchen)
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    This is the third rice cooker we’ve owned. It replaces a cheaper and smaller Panasonic model we have been pleased with for several years.

    This cooker is a little larger than anticipated. We really like the bigger bowl we have for cooking the rice. And, as you would expect, it is well made and has a rubber seal around the inside of the hinged lid.

    Thus far, we have used the cooker mostly for rice. However, we have tried the steamer and found it to be a big plus. We usually mix frozen assortment of vegetables with rice after cooking the two separately. The large steamer in the rice cooker means we can cook the vegetables at the same time as the rice without wasting energy or having to use multiple appliances. That has worked out quite well for us. Another other bonus is that when we cook a pre-prepared meal we often end up with a plastic sachet of sauce (e.g., Mandarin chicken sauce) that we have to again heat separately. With the steamer, we simply place the sachet in the tray with the veggies and everything is ready at the same time.

    We primarily eat Jasmine or Basmati brown rice from Trader Joe’s and so have tried both white rice and brown rice setttings. I don’t think our brown rice is quite the rice intended for the brown rice setting because only the white rice setting works well with the brown level of water whereas when we use the brown rice setting, the rice comes out either soggy and water-logged or burnt and stuck to the container.

    Other than that, there is only one problem I found with the product: the coated rice bowl the cooker uses has the water levels pressed into the side. And since it’s a dark brown/charcoal almost black, the levels can be very hard to read without a strong light in the kitchen.

    Other than that, we had no problems whatsoever.

    The only thing I can think of that would improve this product (other than a different, lighter color for the rice bowl) is a timer so, I can set it and forget it and have fresh rice and veggies the minute I get home from work. But, as I said, it does its job very well. I much prefer it to our older rice cooker.

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  2. Indy Reviewer
    21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good basic rice cooker for the price, January 16, 2013
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    Indy Reviewer (Boston, MA USA) –
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    This review is from: Panasonic SR-DF101 5-Cup (Uncooked) “Fuzzy Logic” Rice Cooker (Kitchen)
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    The Panasonic SR-DF101 is a very simple but quite effective rice cooker that is probably the cheapest fuzzy logic model available. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the Zojirushi models, but also doesn’t have the pricetag or the complex operation. 4 stars as it does its job quite effectively.

    If you’re not familiar with fuzzy logic rice cookers, the simple way to think of them is that they cook rice so you don’t burn the bottom of the pan but do get evenly cooked rice. This becomes important when you cook anything but simple short-grain white rice; brown rice in a $20 rice cooker tends to result in disasters.

    Unfortunately, fuzzy logic cookers don’t come cheap. The Zojirushi NS-WAC10 rarely goes on sale around $100, but a fuzzy logic cooker at the $60-70 price point has generally not been available.

    That’s where the Panasonic comes in. It’s a very simple, relatively affordable fuzzy logic cooker. It gives you 4 single button options for cooking versus the Zojirushi’s rocket science panel, and they all work more or less as designed. Brown rice does take a little bit of experimentation with water content – this seems to use a tiny bit more than the Zojirushis – but other than that, it’s effective.

    Only downside besides the very simplistic controls is the plastic steamer, which seems a bit cheap. It is larger than the steamers in other rice cookers, though.

    4 stars. Effective, and relatively inexpensive for what you get.

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  3. Big Bear
    28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    flawed design with this rice cooker, October 28, 2013
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    I over all like Panasonic products a lot and have been happy with them. This rice cooker is, however, different. The flawed design is that this one does not have an holder to collect the steam water that runs off the cover when you open the cooker. The water just collect at the rim on the edge. When water is too much or you do not give it time to evaporate on its own, it drains down. One of the danger is that it drains down to the electric socket located at the bottom of the cooker. I returned it because of this poor design, it can cause a short circuit. Please note that not every time the water will drain down that far or it will drain into the socket head on, but for me it is too much a chance to take.
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