S$799, from major electrical stores and Hitachi Online Store https://www.hitachiconsumer.com/sg/products/
PERFORMANCE The cooked jasmine rice was moist. The brown rice, though, turned out soft and chewy.
USING IT A breeze to use, with water levels for thick and thin porridge, and white, jasmine, brown, and sticky rice indicated on the inside of the pot.
COOKING MODES Jasmine, Japanese, mixed and sticky rice, porridge.
VERDICT Easy to use with myriad functions; great for those who like their rice soft.
WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT THIS RICE COOKER:
(1) MADE IN JAPAN
(2) IH Technology : Induction Heating (IH) Technology
With IH, the heat is transferred into the rice by alternating electrical current. This minimizes damage to the original quality and taste of the grain. Also makes cooking more evenly
Compare the usual type with the IH Type:
Another special feature is the IRON inner pot:
(3) High Heating Thermal Sprayed Thick Iron Pot
Highly heat efficient iron responds best to IH and is heated up faster. With its high heat-generating efficiency of 82-84%, Hitachi’s iron inner pot transfers heat more deeply to the center of the pot.
The specially-made pot is equipped with Gold Fluorine coating that permits high heat transfer, while Thermal Spray process improves heat induction and retention.
Thermal Sprayed Iron
(Metallic Iron + Oxide Iron)
Iron (Carbon Steel)
Gold Fluorine Coating
(4) Delicious Rice with Pressure and Steam
Pressure and Steam maintain a high temperature to thoroughly steam and cook rice.
Optimum Atmospheric Pressure
High 1.3 atmospheric pressure generates high temperature steam that cooks thoroughly to the core of each grain.
1.3 Atmospheric Pressure
Trapped steam turns into water and is retained. Which is one of the reason the rice is more moist.
The heater heats the water to turn it into steam again. Water is recycled during steaming and the rice is kept warm.
Achieves deliciously cooked rice.
Steam Spout Vent
In order to achieve the best evenly cooked rice quality, optimum temperature must be 98°C and above. Hitachi rice cookers achieve this with its 1.3 atmospheric pressure cooking combined with the boiling point of 107°C for deliciously cooked rice.
Temperature Curve of Rice During Normal Cooking (0.54L = 3 cups)
This is another our our favourite feature: Reduce the Water Vapor while cooking
(5) Vapor Cut
With the innovative Vapor Cut Technology that traps steam within the cooker, the IH Rice Cooker can be conveniently placed anywhere.
Rice Cooking Test in Glass Case
Conventional Rice Cooker without Vapor Cut.
IH Rice Cooker with Vapor Cut.
(6) Fluorine Coating Pot for Hassle-free Cleaning
(7) Easy-to-read Water Level Indicator
(8) Removable Inner Lids and Steam Caps for Easy Washing
(9) Anti-scratch UV Coating
(10) Easy-to-read Bright Backlit White LCD Display.
For those who want to know about the technical specs, here are the details:
- Capacity [L]
- 1.8 (10 Cups)
- Inner Pot
- Pot & Inner Coating : Themal Sprayed Thick Iron Pot Gold Fluorine Coating
- Thickness : 3.0
- 1.3 Atomospheric Pressure
- Boiling Point
- 107℃ High Temperature
- Vapor Cut
- Steam Warm
- Warm (24h) ･ Warm Hi (12h)
- Steam Reheat
- Rice Menu
- White : Normal, Rapid, Mix, Porridge
Brown : Normal, Mix, Porridge
- Variety Menu
- Risotto, Steam, Cake
- Small Mount Cooking
- Display Panel
- White LCD with Back Light
- Power Source
- 220-230V, 50/60 Hz
- Poewr Consumption (Max.)[W]
- Dimensions (WxDxH)[mm]
- Weight (Approx.)[kg]
- Rice Scoop, Rice Scoop Holder, Measuring Cup x 1, Steaming Plate
Definitely worth your consideration when you are looking for your next rice cooker.