Cuisinart FRC-800 15-Cup Rice Cooker Review

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Cuisinart FRC-800 15 Cup Rice Cooker is Cuisinart’s first Fuzzy Logic rice cooker as well as a multi-cooker. It cooks rice, risotto, steams veggies/meat/seafood, simmers soups and stews and prepares oatmeal. Priced at mid-range, it’s a serious contender to Sanyo and Panasonic in the price range and functionality.

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Capacity | Heating Technology | Easy to Use | Other Features | Helpful Tips | Customer Reviews | Pros and Cons | Price, Warranty and Where to Buy

7.5 Cups Capacity (Uncooked Rice)

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This rice cooker has the capacity of 15 cups cooked rice which equates to about 7.5 cups uncooked rice. You can use this cooker for a small family all the way to a large family or a dinner party.

Heating Technology – Fuzzy Logic

Fuzzy Logic is just a fancy term the household appliance industry uses to describe a programmable appliance, in this case, a rice cooker. The cooker is equipped with a computer chip that can detect what you are cooking and adjust heat level and cooking duration automatically. So it’s very helpful that you don’t have to think through what to do. The downside of a Fuzzy Logic rice cooker is that it takes longer to cook rice and other types of grain than a simple electric rice cooker.

Easy and Breezy to Use and to Clean

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The FRC-800 has a removal inner lid and inner pot for easy cleaning. Although Cuisinart says you can clean all the movable parts in the dishwasher, I’d advise you not to do so, especially the inner pot. It’s made of non-stick aluminum, keeping it scratch free is very important for the quality of rice it cooks as well as for your health concern.

Other Features – FRC-800

LCD and Timer: The cooker has a very organized LCD panel and the timer is set in 12 hour format much like the o’clock. Make sure you set PM on if meant to be that way. It’s a little bit corky to call the Delayed Timer as “Finish Time”. I had to do a double-take to understand what it meant. Wish all the manufacturers of rice cookers will adhere to the same lingo instead of inventing their terms. The “Finish Time” is only good for rice.

Menu Selections: It has 6 settings for cooking rice and other types of grains. It’s great for cooking white rice, brown rice, sushi rice, oatmeal, risotto and quick cook. You will also be able to choose a different texture in white rice as “hard” or “soft”.

The risotto setting is smartly designed to include the sauté function first. Add oil to the inner cooking pot and select the Risotto setting. Once the oil is heated, add ingredients such as risotto, onions, etc. to sauté and reduce the flavoring liquid such as wine. Once the sauté is complete, add the broth and seasoning and close the lid for cooking. This is one of the unique features with the Cuisinart rice cooker.

Since it’s a multi-cooker, the menu also allows for slow cook, steam, simmer and reheat. The reheat not only heats up the dishes you cook in this rice cooker, you can do so with other dishes not made in this cooker. The “keep warm” feature will keep your rice warm up to 24 hours. Personally I wouldn’t suggest keeping the rice in the cooker for that long.

Cord: Removable power chord

Color: White

Dimensions: 12-1/5 x 16-1/2 x 10-1/2

Accessories: Measuring cup, rice paddle, soup spoon and a steaming basket

helpful-tipsHelpful Tips

  1. Don’t keep cooked brown rice on “keep warm” for more than 2 hours as it will dry out the rice.
  2. After adding dry rice and water into the inner pot, swirl the mixture around to make sure the rice and water are evenly distributed in the pot.
  3. Use the Quick Cook setting to cook packaged rice pilafs.

Customer Reviews on FRC-800 Rice Cooker

3.9 out of 5The FRC-800 has received a 3.9 out of 5 star rating. Clearly the reviews are mixed from the raving review by a professional chef to people’s gripes about the long time it takes to cook and the slow cook on high temperature. Overall, there are still more positive reviews.

Pros and Cons

ProsVersatile to cook different types of grains and meals. It cooks polenta without stirring. The rice is cooked perfectly, especially brown rice where most people have trouble cooking it well. The rice cooker comes with a very decent recipe book of diverse recipes.

ConsIt takes longer to cook rice in general than a simple conventional rice cooker. The good news is that you can set the delayed timer to cook it before coming home. Some people complained that the instructions were not clear. I read it myself and didn’t have trouble following it.

Price, Warranty and Where to Buy – Cuisinart FRC-800 Rice Cooker

3-year warranty is provided by Cuisinart. The length of the warranty is unheard of. Typically manufacturers offer 1 to 2 years. So this is definitely a big plus.

As I mentioned at the beginning of the review, it’s priced at mid-range for similar rice cookers. For the multi-features it offers, it provides good value for the money.

I went to Cuisinart’s website and it didn’t look like you could buy it directly from there. But you can order replacement parts and accessories. Amazon carries the model. I suggest that search in Google to find the best deal on the Internet.

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