Tiger JKJ-G10U 5.5-Cup Rice Cooker Review

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Introduction

The Tiger JKJ-G10U 5.5-Cup Rice Cooker is positioned to be a sure winner in the battle against a few other Japanese rice cooker brands. Featured with eight (8) layers of ceramic coated inner pan for optimal performance and 11 menu options to cook brown and Jasmine rice, steelcut oatmeal and bake breads, what else would you ask for in a rice cooker?

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

5.5 and 10 Cups in Dry Rice Capacity

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It comes with two standard capacity sizes, the 5.5 and 10 cups for small to large families. These cups are slightly smaller comparing to the U.S. measuring cup (6 oz vs. 8 oz). Rice doubles in volume after cooking. So you’ll be getting 10 and 20 cups in cooked rice. The typical serving size is about 1 cup if rice is a side dish to accompany the main course.

Heating: Fuzzy Logic and Induction

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One of the most innovative features in this rice cooker resides in the inner cooking pan. The pan is coated with eight layers of materials detailed as follows (from the most inner to the most outer layers)

  1. Durable fluoropolymer
  2. Cordierite ceramic coating
  3. Aluminum
  4. Copper
  5. Aluminum
  6. Copper
  7. Stainless Steel
  8. Cordierite ceramic coating

The fluoropolyer is a fluorocarbon with characteristics of acid and scratch resistance. It produces a non-stick surface for easy cleaning and care.

The cordierite ceramic coating provides thermal and shock resistance and holds heat evenly because cordierite is a mineral fired at a higher temperature than ceramic to withstand thermal shock.

Aluminum and copper are best known for being the best heat conductive materials in cookware. A layer of stainless steel is also used for its durability and resistance to acid and scratch.

As a result, the inner pan is of 2.5mm thick and is responsible for producing flawless rice of many types.

In addition to the special inner pan, the rice cooker is designed with fuzzy logic and induction heating technology. In case you are not familiar with fuzzy logic, it’s a set of programmed variables of temperature and cooking time to self-adjust based on the rice. For instance, the temperature and cooking time are different for cooking white rice vs. brown rice vs. steelcut oatmeal. It takes the guesswork out for the home chefs. All you need to do is to select the right menu option and press “Start” to get it going.

Heat is transferred by a magnetic field created by a set of coils in induction heating. Instead of heating from the bottom, the entire pot is used as a heat conductive vessel so rice gets cooked from all sides to yield a perfect result.

There are two handles in the inner cooking pot for easy handling. There is also a carrying handle on the outside vessel to transport the cooker around.

Easy to Use and to Clean

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It’s important to learn the different menu options and match those with what you’d like. For example, if you consume brown rice most of the time, get familiar with the brown rice setting and play around with the ratio between rice and water to get the perfect texture.

The User Manual is very detailed and illustrative with pictures. Read it from cover to cover and test a few small batches.

Cooking rice involves a few very simple steps:

  1. Measure dry rice in the cup provided with the rice cooker and put it in the inner pan
  2. Rinse rice in cold water a few times until the water becomes clear. No rinse is needed for the rinse-free rice.
  3. Add water according to the measure marks in the inner pan
  4. Place the inner pot in the external vessel
  5. Plug the electric cord into an outlet
  6. Press the “Menu” key to choose a menu
  7. Press the “Start/Rinse-free” key once
  8. When cooking is finished, stir and loosen the rice to distribute the moisture evenly for best result.

One thing to note is that a sophisticated rice cooker such as this takes longer to cook. For example, it takes anywhere from 40 to 60 minutes give or take a few minutes to cook plain rice. Be sure to plan your meal accordingly. Of course, if you use the timer to cook the rice ahead of time, this won’t be an issue at all.

Cleaning is a snap as well. The inner pan and the inner lid are all removable for washing in warm water with mild dish soap. Make sure you don’t use any abrasive cleaning pad and don’t place any sharp objects such as a folk in the inner pan.

Other Features

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LCD and Timer: A large easy-to-read display panel is the control center for the operation. The display is powered by a lithium battery with a lifespan of 4-5 years. Two timers may be used for setting up cooking or soaking time up to 24 hours ahead.

The timer is perhaps one of the most convenient features in a rice cooker. It allows you to start the soaking and cooking process long before you get home from work. This can easily save you an hour or more at dinner time. So a few minutes preparation work in the morning will pay off at night.

Menu Selection: On the outside left, there are keys for “Temp Set”, “Menu, “Cancel” and “Okoge”; on the outer right, “Start/Rinse-Free”, “Timer” and “Hour/Min” keys. On the inside of the panel from top, bottom to right are the menu options for “Plain Rice”, “Ultra”, “Quick”, “Mixed Rice”, “Jasmine Rice”, “Brown Rice”, “Porridge”, “Brown Rice Porridge”, “Oatmeal”, “Slow Cooker”, “Bread”, “Fermentation” and “Bake”.

The unique men settings are the “Okoge”, “Ultra”, “Jasmine Rice”, “Brown Rice Porridge”, “Oatmeal” and “Bread”.

“Okoge” refers to the crusty/browned rice on the bottom of the rice cooker. Believe it or not, it’s a preferred texture in Japanese cuisine due to the nutty and slightly crunchy texture. This is the first rice cooker that I know of has such a menu setting.

Ultra setting takes longer to cook rice as it has double-soaking time to bring out the natural aroma and sweet flavor when being cooked at a higher temperature. This is also the first rice cooker that offers an option to cook long-grain rice such as Jasmine or Basmati rice.

Another interesting menu choice is the “Brown Rice Porridge”. For those of you who don’t know about porridge, it’s also referred to “congee” which is a very popular breakfast for many Asians. To put in plain English, it’s a “rice soup” plain or flavored with either sweet or savory ingredients. Once again, this is the first menu setting for brown rice as many offers the same in white rice.

One favorite Western breakfast is oatmeal. This cooker enables you to cook steelcut oatmeal effortlessly. Better yet, you can use the timer the night before to have a healthy breakfast ready the next morning. Another rare option is to bake bread in the rice cooker. Don’t forget you can also use it for slow cooking.

Cord: A short power cord is supplied for the safety of the consumers. You may use a longer or an extension cord if proper care is taken.

Color: Stainless steel brown

Dimensions (inches for W-D-H):

5.5 Cup:10.24 x 13.98 x 7.99 inch
10 Cup:11.30 x 15.32 x 9.41 inch

Accessories: A rice spatula with a holder, a ladle and a measuring cup come with the purchase.

Customer Reviews

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Pros and Cons

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Pros

  • The 8-layer coatings in the inner pan ensures the most efficient heat transfer and distribution for best-cooked rice. The non-stick inner surface makes it so easy to clean.
  • The 11 menu options enables you to cook all types of rice from soft to crusty and bake breads and cakes with a touch of a few simple buttons.
  • The beautiful brown stainless steel color makes a bold statement on any kitchen counter.
  • The fuzzy logic and induction heating work synergistically with one goal in mind, to serve the perfectly cooked rice every time.
  • The handles on the inner pan and the carrying handle on the outside make it so convenient to transport at home or to a party.
  • The two timers allow you to plan your meal with only a few minutes ahead to save you an hour or two at dinner.

Cons

  • It’s expensive. It comes with the territory that this rice cooker has so many enhanced features and options.

Price, Warranty and Where to Buy – Tiger JKJ-G10U

This rice cooker is priced higher than the induction heating rice cookers by Zojirushi. The justification I can think of is the many unique features such as ogoge, brown rice congee, oatmeal and bake and the design element of the 8-coatings in the inner pan.

A standard one-year limited warranty is provided. Amazon carries both the 5.5 and 10 cups.

Should You or Shouldn’t You Buy?

This Tigher JKJ-G10 or 18U rice cooker would be a perfect choice for those who cook rice multiple times a week and are able to discern between well-cooked and perfectly-cooked rice. With a high price tag, it will deter many lookie-loos from buying. Consider getting this rice cooker as a smart investment as it will pay dividends over a long run.

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