Panasonic SR-DE103 vs SR-MS103

If you are on the fence between Panasonic SR-DE103 and Panasonic SR-MS103 5-cup Rice Cookers, you are not alone. The differences are so marginal that it takes a bit digging to see the contrast. Below is a quick summary of what makes one different from the other.

1. LCD Display

The display for SR-DE103 is gray whereas orange for SR-MS103, which is an incremental improvement for easier reading.

2. Inner Cooking Pot

To me, the more substantial difference lies in the material of the inner cooking pot. In SR-DE103, it has non-stick coated aluminum while in SR-MS103, it is upgraded to the Binchotan coated aluminum. In case you are not familiar with Binchotan, it is made of white charcoal. The benefit of having the Binchotan coated inner pot is that it absorbs the undesirable smell from the tap water and hence enhances the natural flavors from the rice and other foods. For more information on Binchotan, please read my review of Panasonic SR-MS183 10 Cup Rice Cooker.

3. Menu Settings

There are 8 menu options for both rice cookers. However, the slow cooking time for the SR-DE103 is up to 3 hours in contrast to the 12 hours in SR-MS103. Obviously, the longer the cooking time, the more flexible it is for the user if you want to cook a pot roast.

4. Power Consumption

It consumes a bit more power in SR-MS103 in cooking (835 watts/per cooking hour and 52 watts per keep warm hour) as opposed to the 750 watts/89 watts in SR-DE103.

5. Price

The price differential between the two rice cookers are quite significant, over $30 more for the SR-MS103. If you are a very discerning foodie, maybe the price increase is all worth it for the best-tasting rice due to the Binchotan coating.

Below is a detailed comparison table for your quick glance:

Model #Panasonic SR-DE103Panasonic SR-MS103




Capacity5 cups uncooked rice5 cups uncooked rice
Heatingfuzzy logic with micro-computer chipfuzzy logic with micro-computer chip
Functionrice cooker + steamer + slow cookrice cooker + steamer + slow cook
Timer24 hours delayed timer with up to 3 hours slow cook24 hours delayed timer with up to 12 hours slow cook
Menu Settingwhite, brown, sticky, quick cook, steam, slow cook, cake and porridgewhite, brown, sticky, quick cook, steam, slow cook, cake and porridge
Colorwhite with chrome trimwhite with chrome trim
Dimensions13 13/16 x 10 1/4 x 7 3/413 13/16 x 10 1/4 x 7 3/4
Accessoriesmeasuring cup, steam tray and serving spatulameasuring cup, steam tray and serving spatula
Customer Rating44
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Compare Panasonic SR-DE103 and SR-MS103

Parting Thoughts

There is not a wrong choice whether the SR-MS103 appeals to you more due to the incremental improvements or the SR-DE103 as a solid and reliable rice cooker. Both are multi-functional as a rice cooker, a steamer, a slow cooker and a cake baker. They are priced towards more affordable range comparing to Zojirushi rice cookers.

  1. Sylvester says:


    You have done a great job with this blog site. So much information!!

    I have one question that I haven’t been able to find an answer for. In the sentance below there is mention of “15 minute cook.” And some other places the description will say “quick cook”. Do you know what this means? I was half hoping it was a choice that would let the cooker run as a conventional cooker, taking 20 minutes or so to make white rice (after manually soaking). I would appreciate any insights you have.

    Thank you.


    “Menu includes white/brown/sticky rice, porridges, steam, slow cook, 15-minute cook and cake”

    found here:

    • Rice Queen says:


      Thank you so much for your kind words. “Quick Cook” refers to a menu option to allow you to expedite the cooking process. For example, if a normal “white rice” cycle takes about 30 minutes to complete, the “Quick Cook” might cut the cycle in half. I suggest you don’t use that option as it compromises on the taste and texture of the rice unless you are pressed for time. Hope this answers your question. The Panasonic SR-MS103 is a great option thanks to its features and price point.


  2. Shirl says:

    Hi Lei,
    I have to buy a rice cooker with timer as I have 2 elderly parents at home. How do I set the timer to cook porridge for lunch when I leave for work in the morning? Can I put in chicken and fish together with the rice and water? Appreciate your advice.
    Thanks and regards,

    • Rice Queen says:


      Sorry for getting back to you so late. The Instructional Manual should have all the information on how to set the timer and the recipe of adding chicken and fish to the rice. Set the timer in hours ahead for when you’d like the rice cooker to start, e.g. if it’s 5 p.m. that day, you can count the number of hours, say 8 hours to start cooking. Adding chicken and fish can be a little bit tricky as you will be adding the third ingredient to the water and rice and if there is any broth in the chicken and fish. I’d play around with the recipe when you are at home. Once you get it down to a science, you can set it on a timer.

      Hope this helps.


  3. Shirl says:

    Forgot to say thanks for the useful info./guides that I used to my purchase decision – Panasonic SR-MS103.

  4. Sally says:

    Thank you so much for your post! I was having trouble deciding which one to purchase, but all done now, have bought the SR-ms103 :)


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