Panasonic SR-MS183 vs MS103

Similar to Zojirushi NS-ZCC18 vs NS-ZCC10, Panasonic SR-MS183 is the big brother to SR-MS103. These two rice cookers are designed the same with the same heating technology called Fuzzy Logic through which the cooking duration and temperature are adjusted automatically by a computer chip. Phew, a mouthful, isn’t it? The bottom line is that fundamentally they are the same with a few minor exceptions.

Capacity in Cups of Uncooked Rice

SR-MS183 has a capacity of 10 cups of uncooked rice whereas the SR-MS103 only 5 cups. The former is an appropriate size for a large family (e.g. 6-8 people) and the latter for a mid-sized household. You can still use the 10-cup one to cook less, say 2 cups instead of 10 cups each time. As long as you cook the minimum amount (2 cups), you should be getting the best cooked rice.

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Dimensions Are Different

The dimensional difference is in height only as the width and depth are the same. I doubt if the two inch difference is going to be a deal breaker for your kitchen counter space. However, if you prefer everything to be “petite”, by all means, get the SR-MS103 cooker.

Miniscule Power Consumption Difference

The difference in power consumption is so miniscule AND only in the “Keep Warm” feature, i.e. 86.9 watts per hour for SR-MS183 vs 81 watts for SR-MS103.

Price Differential

Can you believe that the small one costs more money? Not by much though. Maybe it’s due to higher demand for the smaller cooker. There are three people in my family. I still use a 10-cup rice cooker. I cook 2 cups more often for my family. Once in a while, I may cook up to 5 cups of uncooked rice for 6 to 7 people. I’ve never run out of rice. Then again, rice is more or less a complementary dish.

Below is a comparison chart for your reference:

 Panasonic SR-MS183 10 Cup Rice CookerPanasonic SR-MS103 5 Cup Rice Cooker
Capacity (uncooked rice)10 cup5 cup
Heating TechnologyFuzzy LogicFuzzy Logic
Micro Computerized Chipyesyes
Inner Panbinchotan charcoal inner pan with improved color, taste and aroma,binchotan charcoal inner pan with improved color, taste and aroma,
Slow Cookernono
Steameryesyes
Keep Warm (hours)12 hours12 hours
Extended Keep Warm (hours)nono
Reheat Cyclenono
LCD Displayorgange LCD displayorgange LCD display
Timerset in 24 hour military modeset in 24 hour military mode
Menu Options8 settings: white, brown, sticky rice, porridge, steam, slow cook, 15 minute quick cook and cake8 settings: white, brown, sticky rice, porridge, steam, slow cook, 15 minute quick cook and cake
Smart Memory to Store Menu Settingnono
Corddetachabledetachable
Colorwhite with chromewhite with chrome
Dimensions (inches, W x D X H)13-13/16 x 10-1/4 x 9-5/813-13/16 x 10-1/4 x 7-3/4
Accessoriesa deluxe steaming basket, a large rice scoop and a measuring cupa deluxe steaming basket, a large rice scoop and a measuring cup
Convenienceexternal handle for carrying, detachable inner lid for easy cleaning, no stay-cool side handles for the inner panexternal handle for carrying, detachable inner lid for easy cleaning, no stay-cool side handles for the inner pan
User Manualyes, multi-languages (English, French, Chinese, Korean and Spanish)yes, multi-languages (English, French, Chinese, Korean and Spanish)
Power Supply120 AC; 60Hz120 AC; 60Hz
Power Consumption (cooking)750 watts750 watts
Power Consumption (keep warm)87 watts81 watts
Length of Power Cordno infono info
Customer Rating4.54.0
# of Customer Reviews139
Warranty1 year limited warranty1 year limited warranty
PriceCheck Latest PriceCheck Latest Price
Panasonic-SR-MS183-vs-MS103 Rice Cooker

Parting Thoughts

The customer rating for the SR-MS183 10-cup rice cooker is slightly better on Amazon, 4.5 vs 4.0 for the SR-MS103, mainly because one customer found out that he paid more for the smaller size. He ended up returning the rice cooker and rated it as 1 star. But if you read the rest of his review, he was pleased with the quality of the rice cooker.

Panasonic has been around for a long time in the consumer electronics market. It is also one of the top few rice cooker manufacturers in Japan. No matter which one tickles your fancy, you will end up having a good quality rice cooker.

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