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Cuisinart FRC-800 8 Cup Rice Cooker
Price Range: Moderate
Rice Quality: Very Good
Benefits & Features: Multiple
Pros vs. Cons: Pros Outweigh Cons
Overall Rating: Very Good
The Cuisinart FRC-800 rice cooker is Cuisinart’s latest model and with it come some newer and more advanced benefits and features over the older CRC basic units.
This multi-purpose rice cooker offers the user a nice array of settings that not only include regular rice but also include steaming, slow cooking, soup brewing, oatmeal, and risotto options. A huge improvement to their lineup which also adds good reason to consider this model over the more expensive Zojirushi competition that lacks some of these convenient add-ons.
However, at this time we are not sure folks can simultaneously steam food with the rice. Also, please note that the slow cooking setting is the same equivalent as cooking with a normal slow cooker on the high temperature setting and does not offer a low setting. Folks can select hourly increments though.
We have also learned that it sautés for the first 10 minutes before the cooking process begins. Perfect for browning meat and locking in flavor prior to slow cooking.
Rice Quality & Settings
When using its primary function for cooking rice folks can select: white rice, brown rice, sushi rice, or risotto rice. In addition, when preparing white rice, the user can also select either a “hard” or “soft” texture; a nice little feature we fancy.
Through our research, we have gathered that the quality of the rice is of a very good standard as the Cuisinart FRC-800 uses Fuzzy Logic technology that monitors how the selected rice type/variety is cooking. A great benefit that fits the price.
The only drawback to that is that there is more of a wait until completion, but is worth the consistent perfected results! Keep in mind there is also a “quick cook” feature but quality is lowered.
This 8 cup rice cooker features a large well-lit display panel that is both easy to read and use. The settings are clear and all it takes to get going is the simple press of a few buttons.
The Cuisinart FRC-800 comes with a non stick thick aluminum bowl, rice paddle, serving spoon, steaming tray, measuring cup, and manual with some recipes.
- attractive modern design
- easy to use
- makes very good quality rice without guess work
- non stick serving and cleaning
- multiple benefits & features
- long cook times (more with brown rice)
- no specific times for rice cycles
- some reported boil over when cooking Irish oatmeal
- only one temperature setting with slow cooking feature
Where to Buy a Cuisinart Rice Cooker
Purchase at Amazon.com
For the price, this Cuisinart 8 cup rice cooker is worth the cost. The pros outweigh the cons, it brings a lot of bells and whistles to the table, and makes very good quality meals (minus Irish oatmeal for some reason).
Overall, we feel the Cuisinart FRC-800 is the perfect cooker for folks who eat rice daily and also like to have soups, stews, and steamed vegetables on occasion.
A good all-in-one kitchen appliance from Cuisinart that could have been slightly better, but still blows the older CRC models off the counter.
Measurements Currently Unavailable | 8 Cup Capacity (approx. 24 Cups Cooked Rice)