Cuckoo CRP-HW1087F 10-Cup Rice Cooker Review

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Introduction

Cuckoo CRP-HW1087F 10-Cup Rice Cooker is a serious contender in the rice cooker market against the few elite Japanese rice cooker manufacturers such as Zojirushi, Panasonic and Tiger.

Equipped with cutting-edge heating elements of induction and pressure and a unique multi-material coating in the cooking pot that prevents scratches and reaction to acid and salt, this rice cooker will produce the best-tasting rice.

The Smart Voice Guide paves the way in terms of making the home chef’s life easier in trying to learn all the bells and whistles.

Table of Contents (click a title to jump ahead)

Introduction |Capacity | Heating Technology | Easy to Use | Other FeaturesCustomer Reviews | Pros and Cons | Price, Warranty and Where to Buy

10 Cups in Dry Rice Capacity

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At a 10-cup dry rice capacity, this cooker serves the needs of families of all sizes from small to large. If you cook for two people, two cups of dry rice should be plenty for one meal and some leftover for later use. As a rule of thumb, one cup of dry rice is a good gauge for one person as rice doubles upon cooking. If rice is the main dish, you may want to cook a bit more.

Heating: Fuzzy Logic + Induction + Pressure

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This CRP-HW1087F is designed with induction and pressure cooking, two of the most important heating elements in the industry. An induction heater employs the entire cooking pot as a heat conducting vessel to generate heat through a magnetic field via the coils in the heating plate. Heat not only emits from the bottom of the pot, but also from all sides. This results in even efficient and even heat distribution and yields fluffy rice.

The inner cooking pot consists of five layers of materials (from the outside in) from stainless steel, aluminum, primer, gold marble and PFA coating, also known as “Xwall coating”. With this multi-layered coating, the inner pot is resistant to scratches, corrosion due to salt and acidic foods and prolongs the life of the pot.

Easy to Use and to Clean

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The rice cooker comes with a User Guide in English and Korean. In addition, this cooker also has built-in voice guide in English, Korean and Chinese to tell you step-by-step on how to use the rice cooker. This is the first rice cooker ever with voice instructions.

While this rice cooker resembles a space-age equipment, using it is not that difficult. Measure dry rice using the cup supplied. Rinse the rice in cold running water until the water becomes clear. Add water according to the marker in the inner cooking pot. Look for the type and cup of rice you are cooking. Place the pot inside of the external vessel and close the lid. Plug the power cord. Select the appropriate rice setting in the Display Panel and press “Pressure Cooker/Turbo” button to cook.

Other Features

LCD and Timer: It has a sizable LCD display with a delayed timer up to 13 hours. The timer is used when you’d like to start cooking rice or soup while you are away from home. It’s very handy to save some cooking time when you get home.

Menu Selection: The available menu settings are: glutinous or sticky/sweet rice, mixed/brown rice, black bean, nu rung ji (scorched rice), porridge, mixed rice turbo, glutinous rice turbo, sushi rice, GABA rice, baby food, nutritious rice, multi-cook and chicken soup.

For most people, the most common settings would be sushi rice for white rice and mixed/brown rice for brown rice. For Asians, the glutinous rice might be useful for making sticky rice dessert.

The term “turbo” has been used in the menu description. What it means is reduced cooking time or quick cooking of any sort.

“Nu Rung Ji” is another new concept to many Westerners. The rice is browned in the bottom to create the crunchy texture as well as “toasted” aroma. This type of rice is popular in Chinese, Korean and Japanese cuisines. Some people eat the scorched rice as it is while others make a savory “topping” to pour over the rice to make it tasty.

GABA brown rice is for you to cook brown rice through a soaking process at 104F for two hours to activate the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). The GABA brown rice is believed to have several health benefits such as lower blood pressure, improve kidney function and so on. I am not sure if these claimed benefits have been substantiated yet.

I have no idea what the “nutritious rice” setting is. “Baby food” is another novel concept. I think it might be more applicable to the Asian baby foods such as “porridge” or “soupy” type of foods. This menu allows you to adjust the cooking time manually and hence the “doneness’.

The “chicken soup” setting is for cooking samgyetang (ginseng chicken soup) which is very popular in Korean and other Asian cuisines.

Cord: A regular cord

Color: Stainless steel with black

Dimensions (inches for W-D-H): 11.85 x 15.94 x 11.42 inches

Accessories: A measuring cup, a rice spatula and a plastic steamer, a recipe book in both English and Korean and a User Manual in the same languages.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out 5.0

So far there is only one customer review on Amazon. Will update when more become available.

Pros and Cons

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Pros

  • 10-cup capacity size is versatile for small to large families
  • The most cutting-edge heating technologies (induction & pressure cooking) make this rice cooker one of the cookware to produce the tastiest rice.
  • The multi-layered coating prevents scratches and corrosion caused by acidic and salty foods.
  • The comprehensive menu options meet many needs from cooking rice, simmering soup to cooking baby foods.
  • The Smart Voice Guide function in Korean, English and Chinese is a very thoughtful touch and it’s the first in the industry to have such a feature.

Cons

  • Cuckoo did such a terrible job in the “userbility” area such as poorly written User Manual and no website by Cuckoo or User Manual accessible by the general public. The written guide seems to be translated literally from Korean to English with misused words and awkwardness.
  • The menu setting descriptions are not written by an English speaking writer as if they were literally translated from Korean. Some of them don’t make any sense at all for Americans.

Price, Warranty and Where to Buy – Cuckoo CRP-HW1087F

It’s priced more expensive than a Zojirushi model (NP-HBC18) with similar heating elements, but much less than Zojirushi NP-NVC18.  I couldn’t find any info on Warranty. This model is available on Amazon.

Should You or Shouldn’t You Buy?

If you are interested in getting a rice cooker with bleeding heating technologies and a few extra nuanced menu options, this rice cooker would be a viable option to consider. As far as a brand name and the overall consumer experience, I would bet getting more from Zojirushi.

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