Tiger Rice Cooker Review
Over the past few months we have looked at a wide range of Chinese rice cookers, most of which were quite decent. Today we are going to look at one of the top Japanese models – the Tiger Rice Cooker. Japanese rice cookers have a reputation for being far superior than their Chinese counterparts, but is there any truth to this? Read on below for all the info.
The Tiger Corporation celebrated their 90th birthday in 2013 which is quite a milestone. This company has been producing a range of kitchen and home appliances for many decades now, so they have quite a reputable reputation. They currently have quite a wide range of rice cookers available on the market, and today we are going to be having a look at the Tiger JNP-1800 Rice cooker. We should also mention that you also get Tiger rice cookers which are made in China, but these are not to be confused with the Japanese versions. The retail price of the Japanese models are often $100+ ($130 for this model), whereas the cheaper Chinese ones are often sub $40 in price.
This is a 10 cup uncooked rice cooker, and it is a fairly basic unit. There are no fancy features here, and the only real interaction you have with the unit is the on switch. We’ll come back to that in a minute, but first lets have a look at the design of the unit first. The model itself is white in color, which is quite rare today in the world of sleek stainless steel rice cookers. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as it certainly stands out in the crowd. There is a pretty floral pattern on the side, which looks really great. The information panel is also very basic, and it only has two led lights for “cooking” and “keep warm” modes. Below that you have the on switch, and there is nothing else to really play around with. The manual you receive with the unit is also very straightforward, only showing you how to make the very basic dishes which is a little disappointing. The dimensions of the unit are roughly 12.75” H x 11.5” W x 11.5 D”, so it doesn’t take up too much space on the counter top. A very nice included feature is the addition of a retractable cable which makes storing the rice cooker a little simpler. There is also a handle on the top, which makes moving the rice cooker around fairly simple.
The cooking pan has a nonstick coating, which is pretty standard these days. Inside the cooking pot you will see measuring levels for the water. Included as part of the set you get a measuring cup and a spatula, both of which fairly bland and unexciting. There is a little place on the side of the machine that you can hook the spatula onto, but it does look a little strange attached to the side of the machine like that. Included is a very basic steaming plate, allowing you to steam vegetables and meat. Overall the build quality of the Tiger rice cooker looks quite promising. Everything fits together very tightly, and the machine itself has a bit of weight to it, unlike some of the very cheap models you can get. Now lets put it to the test to see how it performs.
We like to test a variety of rices to get an idea of the rice cookers performance, so we began by testing out 3 cups of white rice to see how it would manage with an easy task. The cooking time was quite quick, and in around 15 minutes we were left with a fresh batch of steaming white rice. The rice it made was light and fluffy, and tasted really fantastic. There was no dry or burnt rice at the bottom of the pot, and everything was thoroughly cooked. Cleanup was quick and easy thanks to the nonstick coating on the cooking pot. Next up we decided to be a bit more adventurous and cook 8 cups of rice. This took a little longer of course, and we let the rice sit for a good 3 hours before we even touched the machine to sample the rice. Like our previous cooked rice, this batch turned out perfectly, and even after three hours there was no sign of any burnt our dried out rice at the bottom.
Following that we decided to give some 3 cups of brown rice a try, which is always a bit tougher to cook than plain old white rice. Having filled up the water to the required level, we left the Tiger rice cooker to do its magic. Coming back around 30 minutes later, it seemed our rice was already done. The results were again very impressive, and our rice was very tasty and cooked very well. We repeated this exercise with 8 cups of brown rice later in the day with similar results, even after leaving the rice on “keep warm” mode for over 6 hours.
We were very impressed with the results from the Tiger cooker. It managed to do a range of different sizes with ease, and the keep warm functionality does not burn or dry out the rice. Cleanup was pretty simple and straightforward, and the cooking times were fairly quick compared to cheaper models we have tested. This is not a jack of all trades machine, but it does its main job of cooking rice very well. With a retail price of $140, it is a little on the expensive side however. But if you are looking for a large capacity rice making workhorse, the Tiger cooker may be your best option. It comes with a one year limited warranty.
- Unique look
- Large capacity
- Good build quality
- Retractable cord, and easy carry handle
- Makes great rice
- Keep warm function works well
- Easy to clean
- Bit expensive
- Basic functionality
- Manual is very simple
Summary: We had some great results from this rice cooker, but the functionality is pretty basic. If you only intend to cook rice, then this will be a great buy. You can check the latest price and availability on Amazon over here.