Tiger Rice Cooker Review

Tiger is one of the leading names in rice cookers in Japan, a country that is synonymous with both technological excellence and rice. Tiger machines tend to be a little pricier than your average rice cooker but are worth every penny as they deliver in every way possible. If you're a foodie and want a high end rice cooking machine, this is an excellent choice.

Tiger Corporation JBV-A10U-W 5.5-Cup Micom Rice Cooker with Food Steamer and Slow Cooker, White

Build Quality

5/5

Design

5/5

Power

5/5

Ease of Cleaning

4/5

Versatility

5/5

PROS

  • Budget friendly for a high end rice cooker
  • Versatile
  • Steams veggies and cooks rice simultaneously
  • Ideal for small or large households
  • Japanese design
  • Keep warm function

CONS

  • Lid doesn't detach

Our Tiger Corporation Micom Rice Cooker (JBV-A10U-W) Review: Key Features

Tiger is a Japanese company that produces some of the best-loved and most trusted rice cookers in the world. The Tiger Corporation rice cooker is one of Tiger’s more budget-friendly options, allowing you to enjoy all the perks of owning and using a Tiger rice cooker without having to splash out on one of their pricier models.

This machine features a syncro-cooking function (i.e. “tacook”) so that you can cook rice and one other dish (like steamed veggies) at the same time. The one push operation makes it super easy to use and the four cooking menu settings gives you plenty of cooking options. There is a synchrony cooking, plain rice, brown rice and slow cooking button and you can also make one-pot meals, kitchari, beans, soups and stews. Far from being limited to just rice, you can also cook other grains like oats and quinoa.

The removable pot is easy to clean and is made from high quality, BPA free non-stick coating. This machine also comes with a non-stick spatula, cooking plate, measuring cup and cookbook that helps you make the most of of the “synchrony-cooking” function.

We've also featured other Japanese models such as Tiger and Panasonic.

Design and Build Quality

The multi-functional design allows you to prepare two dishes simultaneously, which you can do using Tiger’s “tacook” synchronized cooking function. This allows you to steam veggies and cook your grains at the same time. The added bonus of having a machine that can “kill two birds with one stone” means that you are not forced to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, toiling over multiple pots and pans.

The automatic cooking logic system actively monitors cooking temperatures to create perfect, restaurant quality rice at the push of a button. If you’ve ever had to throw away a burnt pot of rice in frustration, you’ll quickly realize the value of having a rice cooker that automatically does everything for you.

One of the most unique features of this rice cooker is that the cooking plate is specially designed so that the flavors from the cooking plate do not affect the flavor and texture of the rice.

The inner steam cap detaches for thorough, easy cleanups and the keep warm function lasts up to 12 hours and does not scorch or burn your rice.

The overall design and build of this rice cooker is of exceptionally high quality and the low price is an added bonus considering that Tiger rice cookers are generally rather expensive.

Depending on the size of your family, there are two different versions of this rice cooker. There is one that cooks 5.5 cups of rice, making it ideal for smaller households while the also manufactures a 10-cup version.

Is the Tiger Easy to Clean?

The detachable inner steam cap and the removable non-stick inner pot are both dishwasher safe making this a very easy machine to clean. The lid does not come off, however, it can easily be wiped down with a non-toxic kitchen wipe or a damp cloth.

rice ready for a rice machine

Rice can be served as the key component of a meal or as a tasty side dish

Reliability

Tiger is one of the leading rice cooker brands in Japan and this machine is fantastic value for money considering Tiger devices are not known for being budget-friendly. Despite the lower tier price, this machine is every bit as reliable as some of Tiger’s more expensive models.

It works beautifully as a rice and grain cooker and also functions just as well as a stand-alone steamer that can steam veggies, tofu and more.

How Does it Compare?

This 10-cup microcomputer controlled rice cooker and warmer with “tacook” synchro-cooking function is sturdy and reliable and great for large families or people looking to batch cook rice. As with the featured model, this machine also allows you to cook two dishes simultaneously, which makes it super efficient at helping you get your meals ready in record time.

It has 10 computerized cooking menu settings, which makes it more versatile than the featured model. As with the Tiger Corporation Micom machine, it can be used for a variety of things besides just cooking different kinds of rice (white, basmati, long grain etc). It is also great at making oats, millet, buckwheat groats and other grains like quinoa and amaranth.

As with the featured rice cooker, this machine also comes with a specially designed cooking plate that doesn’t affect the flavor and texture of your rice. The automatic cooking logic system actively monitors cooking temperatures to create your meals so that you never have to worry about burning your rice, even if you are using the “keep warm” function.

The 1.8mm thick inner pan keeps your rice well insulated and can be used to keep your food warm once it’s finished cooking. It can also be used as a steamer to steam veggies or tofu.

The device is easy to clean and both the inner lid and steam cap are easy to remove and wash. This model includes a cooking plate and cookbook and also features a delay timer.

Depending on which version you buy, this model can cook 5.5 or 10 cups of rice and is one of Tiger’s best budget-friendly options.

It comes with a non-stick cooking pot and a keep-warm function that lasts up to 12 hours. The non-stick pot makes it easy to clean and is dishwasher safe to boot.

The inner lid doesn’t come off but can easily be wiped down with warm, soapy water or a non-toxic kitchen wipe. The extended keep warm function makes it a good choice for households with different schedules.

This device doesn’t come with lots of whistles and bells and is a good, no-nonsense rice cooker that is as reliable and sturdy as you’d expect from any Tiger device. You don’t ever have to worry about water splattering all over the counter as it cooks your rice, which can be a concern with some cheaper rice cookers.

As with the Tiger Corporation Micom device, this one also comes with a steam basket so you can steam veggies although it will not function as a steamer and rice cooker at the same time. As well as cooking perfect rice (all varieties), this device will also tackle quinoa, soups, stews and other grains.

The fact that this machine doesn’t multi-task makes the featured model better value in our opinion. If you are looking for a machine that is able to handle more than one task at a time then you may wish to opt for another model. That being said, this is a solid, well-built machine and a great option for people who want a simple, no-frills device that they can rely on to cook rice.

Like the Tiger Corporation machine, this rice cooker is manufactured in two different sizes –one that cooks 5.5 cups of rice and one that cooks 10 cups.

This machine is a much higher end unit than the featured model because it doubles up as a slow cooker and a bread maker so if you like machines that multi-task this is a great model to go for. If you are looking to maximize on kitchen equipment but want to take up as little space as possible, then look no further than this device.

Besides being able to tackle a lot of different kitchen-related tasks like making bread, cooking rice, soup, grains, beans and stews, it is also super easy to clean. Unlike the featured model, it comes with a detachable lid that makes cleanups more practical. The multilayer ceramic-coated inner pan is made from five layer metal and three layer coating, which is ideal for keeping your food well-insulated.

As its name suggests, this model doubles up as a high quality bread maker and can be used to make all kinds of artisanal breads. You can make regular wheat-based bread as well as gluten-free options like cornbread, spelt and amaranth breads with the push of a button. The bread-making component makes this an ideal option for people who want to minimize the amount of stuff they have in their kitchens.

The slow cooker works a lot like it does in the featured model and makes one-pot meals, stews, beans, lentils and soups. As with the Tiger Corporation rice cooker, it can be used to make two dishes simultaneously and comes with a steam basket that can steam your veggies as your rice cooks.

The easy-to-read LCD screen is another added bonus as it allows you to see exactly what you are doing and adjust the settings accordingly.

Conclusion

No matter what your needs or budget are, you simply can't go wrong with a Tiger rice machine. The company has something to offer for all needs and most budgets. It's going to be a better pick than any other common household brand typically available at your local department store, so if you want the best tasting and textured rice, we recommend making the investment!

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