Oyama Rice Cooker Review
In recent years a range of fully stainless steel rice cookers have emerged on the market, and today we are going to be looking at one of the more popular choices – the Oyama CFS-B12U All Stainless Rice Cooker. Most rice cookers come standard with a nonstick coating in the pot, but the Oyama features a fully stainless steel pot. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this? Take a look at our review below to get all the details.
Compared to some of the bigger companies that manufacture rice cookers, Oyama is a relatively new name. They make a range of kitchen appliances including kettles, and have now begun to produce a range of rice cookers targeting home users. Currently they have around 4 different sizes in their range of cookers, and today we are going to have a look at their 7 cup rice cooker. This is know as the CFS-B12U model, and it is a all stainless steel model. Now we all know the advantages of nonstick coated cookers, so why are people making a fuss over rice cookers with stainless steel pots instead?
This is mainly due to the problem that occurs with cheaper nonstick rice cookers. These cheap rice cookers use very cheap nonstick coatings which contain harmful chemicals, and they begin to peel which then gets mixed in with rice. We should stress that this is not a common occurrence, and only really happens on the very cheapest models you can get. However some manufacturers have been quick to swoop in on these incidents , and have begun to produce a range of cookers such as the Oyama above. Theoretically this should last much longer than a nonstick coated alternative, but that remains to be seen.
Now lets have a look at the unit itself. The Oyama rice cooker is a average size, and would fit quite easily on the average counter top. The bulk of the exterior unit is made out of stainless steel, and the top and bottom are white in color. This makes for a nice modern look, while being contemporary enough to fit into any home. The size is around 10.5″ x 10.5″ x 11″, so it won’t take up a lot of space in your kitchen. The cooking pot has an aluminum core, which helps to provide an even cooking temperature. This is a very simple unit primarily designed to be a straightforward rice cooker, so it isn’t packed full of features like some of the more expensive models. It does however come with a steamer insert, allowing you to steam vegetables and meat with ease. The front of the unit only has two LED lights, one to indicate that it is cooking, and one to indicate it is running the warming cycle. You will need to pull out the plug if you want to completely shut down the unit unfortunately. The only operational switch on the unit is to swap between cooking and keeping the food warm. Now lets take a look at how the model performs.
As part of our testing, we like to test a range of different rices to see how the model copes with a variety of choices. Our choices this time were jasmine, quinoa and of course good old white rice. Cooking time varies with each different kind of rice, but on average the white rice tended to take around 15 minutes to cook which is around what we had expected. Brown rice took a little longer, but in both cases we were left with some very impressive results. All the tests we did left us with light and fluffy rice no matter the variety, so that is the good news. We aren’t sure at what temperature the warm function operates, but it seems to do a very exceptional job of keeping the rice at an edible temperature. The warm setting can keep the rice warm for up to 24 hours, and after 6 hours we took a taste test of the warmed rice, and there was no sign of any dried out or burnt rice at all.
We didn’t do too much testing of the steamer insert, but it did seem to handle steamed vegetables very easily. The frozen veggies we tested were well cooked within 10 minutes, and retained all the juices and moisture. The steamer insert is a nice little addition, allowing you to easily add a bit of variety and spice to your rice meals.
Now the next big question is how easy the model was to clean. In our tests, there was always a very small bit of rice stuck to the bottom. We aren’t talking about much rice at all, so you shouldn’t lose any sleep over wasting large quantities of rice. This seems to be a common issue when it comes to full stainless steel rice cookers, but this is the sacrifice you must make to avoid getting any nonstick chemicals into your food. We left a little warm soapy water in the cooking pot for 5 minutes, then the remaining rice would pop straight out. This was easy enough to do, but obviously it isn’t quite as simple to clean as a nonstick variety.
It may be a fairly simple model, but the Oyama Rice cooker did a great job of cooking whatever kind of rice we threw at it it. Cooking times were decent, and it handled all the different rices with relative ease. The rice it produced was moist and puffy, and cleanup wasn’t that difficult. If you are a bit paranoid about using a nonstick model due to the various chemicals involved, then the Oyama cooker is definitely a safe bet. The retail price is around $65, and it comes with a one year warranty.
- Great performance
- Reasonable price
- Comes with steamer insert
- Keep warm function doesn’t dry out rice
- Keep warm for up to 24 hours
- No off switch
Summary: In our opinion, the Oyama is a great choice for a fully stainless steel rice cooker. It produces great results, and keeps the rice in a edible state for up to 24 hours. We found it fairly easy to clean, and operating it is very simple. The price is quite reasonable, and for that reason we are giving it four stars. If you are in the market for a nonstick cooker replacement, then the Oyama is a decent choice. You can check out some user reviews of this model on Amazon over here.