This Tiger JAX-T18U-K 10-cup rice cooker is very well suited for people who are demanding about their rice and also want that extra capacity to steam vegetables and seafood at the same time, thanks to its Tacook secondary heating tray.
It does cost more than other cheap rice cookers in the market, which might even come with more bells and whistles, however the main purpose of this appliance is focused in cooking very good rice every single time. It has several menus dedicated to different types of rice, which ensure enough variety of rice types and flavors.
This is the ideal rice cooker for two types of people, either 1-) Asian families, who eat rice daily and know exactly what well prepared, quality rice tastes like, or 2-) demanding and busy home foodies, who want to take their rice quality to the next level, while freeing up rice prep time to other activities in the kitchen and ensuring consistent and tasty results every single time.
If rice has any importance in your life, like it has in mine, go for this thing and you will enjoy every single dollar of value – and more – for many years to come. In all my life having quality rice cookers made by Zojirushi and Tiger, I have never had one break down on me. If I had to buy a new machine, it was always due to changing homes (and countries) or simply due to wishing to update the technology and get a newer one.
The major downside of buying this rice cooker is that you will never be able to return to $30 appliances again, because the taste difference is significant.
If you feel the price of this unit is a bit on the high side (click here to see current price on Amazon now), that is because you never knew rice could taste so good.
There are two preset options for preparing white rice: Plain and Quick. The Quick function prepares one cup of rice in 20 or so minutes, which is enough for two people. If you prefer fluffier rice, you will be better off using the Plain option and the flavor will be much better.
This Tiger also has a dedicated brown rice mode, which allows for longer water absorption and yields much better results. You can also use the Plain setting for germinated brown rice, whole rice, and semi-polished rice.
You can also choose between Hard and Soft types of Porridge.
The Slow Cook mode allows for up to 3 hours of cooking for all your favorite recipes.
The Synchro-Cooking preset allows you to cook rice in the inner pot and another dish in the Tacook cooking plate.
This is why I recommend you buy the bigger 10-cup version of this rice cooker instead of the 5.5-cup capacity.
The smaller rice cooker is good for making only rice, as well as the Synchro-Cooking along with the Tacook plate for up to 2 people, but making bigger portions for more people (and, therefore, using the cooker more often) will necessarily mean you need the extra capacity.
Mixed/Sweet and Multigrain menus allow you to cook grains other than rice – such as quinoa, lentils, beans, barley, farro, and so on.
And, last, the Steam function allows you to steam meats and veggies. By avoiding the use of excess oils you will ensure a healthier meal.
This rice cooker also has two timers, so you can preset the time in which you want your dish to be completed. You preload all the ingredients and the Tiger starts cooking in order to complete it at the time you chose. The two timers can be set independently – say Timer 1 for breakfast and Timer 2 for dinner – up to 24 hours in advance.
Once the cooking is done, the cooker will beep three times and the automatic Keep Warm feature kicks in, keeping your food at the ideal temperature for up to 12 hours.
- Tacook Synchro-Cooking. It is a secondary cooking plate that allows you
- to prepare a main dish while you also cook your rice – in other words, “one-pot meals”. It saves you time in the kitchen and ensures your family can still eat healthy, homemade meals. You can also save money by ordering less takeout meals.
- Micom Technology. It makes multiple automatic adjustments during cooking to ensure the rice is cooked evenly, as well as that its moisture is ideal and uniform.
- Quality inner pot. It is removable, made of aluminum, and has a non-stick coating. Plus, there are inner water level markings for both white and brown rice, so you can measure water accurately
- Easy to wash. You can remove the inner lid, the steam cap, and the inner pot for cleaning all parts without hassle.
- Countdown display. Starting 12 minutes before the end of the cooking, the cooker will show a timer indicating the rice will be done. It does not start from the beginning because rice cooking is not determined by time – instead, it is determined by the time it takes for the rice to absorb the water. This is not a timed procedure, which is why it is so hard to cook rice in a stove.
Easy to use. Although it comes with a thick instructions manual and a cookbook with hard-to-source Asian ingredients, this rice cooker is very simple to operate and figure out.
Using the Tiger JAX-T18U-K is very straightforward. Here are the literal steps:
- Grab the rice cooker bowl and place the amount of rice you want to cook.
- Get rid of excess starch by rinsing the rice 2-3 times: add water, swish and drain it, and repeat the process.
- Add water to the marking on the bowl.
- Place the bowl back in the rice cooker, select the corresponding cooking mode for your rice variety, and hit start.
Once the cooking is done (around 30 minutes for white rice on Plain mode), the cooker will beep three times and change cooking modes into Keep Warm.
Open the box and you will find:
- the rice cooker itself, which is made of plastic and stainless steel,
- the non-stick coated, aluminum inner pan,
- an instructions manual,
- a cookbook,
- the rice measuring cup,
- a rice paddle/spatula and ladle/holder, and
- the BPA-free Tacook cooking plate.
There is a notch at the side where you fit the included holder, so you can place the included rice spatula there.
The rice cooker measures 14.6 x 11.1 x 9.8 in (37 x 28 x 24.8 cm) and weights 9.04 lbs (4.1 kg). Total shipping weight is 10.95 lbs (4.96 kg). It is easy to move around the counter as needed.
Power cord length is 3 ft (91 cm), enough so you can place it further away from the power outlet if you have space restrictions.
The cooker depth is 15 in (38 cm) and height is 16 in (40.6 cm), so you should be able to use normally fully open on your counter – even under a kitchen cabinet.
- Made in Japan. Japanese rice cooker makers usually have two quality standards – one product line made in Japan, which are usually more expensive and have more features, and a secondary product line made in China, with simpler products.
- Flavor. If you are a person who really likes rice, you will enjoy much tastier rice. Instead, if you don’t see this as importantly, then you are better off buying a cheap rice cooker and keeping the price difference in your pocket.
- Stainless steel. It looks great in any kitchen counter.
- One-pot meals. Buy the bigger version and you will be able to cook side dishes on the Tacook cooking plate for extra convenience.
- Variety. You can use this rice cooker for a variety of rice and grains.
- Non-retractable power cord. I have owned two rice cookers that auto coiling cord and one that didn’t. The main advantage, for me, is to have easy storage for the power cord and clean the counter, clean the rice cooker itself, store it in a cabinet, and so on.
- No condensation collector. In my experience, good rice cookers bring a condensation collector. This way the water that condenses at the lid has somewhere to accumulate once you open the lid and the residual water drips. You can solve most of that by allowing your rice to sit for a few extra minutes at the Keep Warm function.
- Hatch door swings open too hard, plus (somewhat) slippery feet. You can avoid both issues by holding the hatch door when you press the lever and adding some rubber feet, and both items do not affect the quality of the rice prepared by this appliance, however it is a detail that drew my attention and I wanted to mention it nonetheless.
Cooks superb rice, easy to use, even easier to clean, high quality, and made in Japan. I strongly recommend this Tiger unit.
This is the perfect rice cooker to last you many years to come. Easy to use and clean, built to high quality standards, perfect for anyone who likes tasty, fluffy rice base dishes, great size for small to average families, looks very sleek in any kitchen counter, lightweight to move it in and out of the pantry.
You can even cook bigger portions and have leftovers for lunches – which is why I recommend the bigger 10-cup version of this rice cooker, since you might as well get more meals for your efforts, right?
This is also a great wedding gift as well.
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