Sanyo EC-503 Review

Price Range: Low

Rice Quality: Decent

Benefits & Features: Few

Performance: Fair

Pros vs. Cons: Balanced
Overall Rating: Fair

Is the Sanyo EC-503 rice cooker worth taking out your credit card?

Some folks may think so, others not so much. Here is what we think…

First let us mention that during our research through the social content network a recurring issue pops up a lot regarding the manual’s inaccurate instructions concerning the water to rice ratio. While this is a fix with some trial and error, keep in mind the first few batches of rice may be undercooked and/or dried out (mainly with brown rice).

Once folks do get past the slight learning curve, this little Sanyo 3 cup rice cooker does alright, and makes decent rice. However, we should also mention that this isn’t the best appliance for getting consistent moist and fluffy brown rice each and every time and works better with regular white rice.

But on a more positive note, for what the Sanyo EC-503 is priced at, it isn’t that bad of a unit. Just a small simple single-switch cooker that is the perfect size for singles or couples.

The Sanyo EC-503 cooker can prepare up to 9 cups of cooked white rice in around 20 to 25 minutes and will keep it warm and moist for a couple of hours until the user is ready to serve. The unit comes with a measuring cup, rice spatula, non-stick bowl, and steaming tray.

Do keep in mind that only a small portion of food is accommodated using this tray due to the small size of the cooker.




  • compact design great for singles and couples
  • takes up little counter room
  • easy to use…just measure, plug, and press a switch
  • non stick bowl is easy to clean
  • will keep rice warm once finished
  • can steam vegetables with included stainless steel tray




  • inaccurate water to rice ratio instructions
  • requires small learning curve to obtain desired rice texture
  • some owners complained about spill over issues
  • small steaming tray
  • no programmable options or settings


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Going in to a bit more details about the spill over issue, this only seems to happen if more than 2 cups of water is added. But wait! isn’t this a 3 Cup rice cooker?

To explain more, this also may depend on the type of rice folks use, how starchy it is, how well it was rinsed, and if any chicken stock, cooking oil, or butter was added to reduce the risk.

Crowding the steaming tray may also cause boil over.

If any of the above tips are followed, making 3 cups of rice should be fine without experiencing issues, but for brown expect to yield less.

To conclude we couldn’t in good conscious strongly recommend this particular Sanyo EC-503 unit. While it would not be a terrible mistake to purchase it, for the money research others first.

Please feel free to view our ”Best 3 Cup Cookers” page on the Navigation bar page to discover other models.

Measures: 10 x 9 x 7 Inches | 3 Cup Capacity (approx. 9 Cups Cooked Rice)