LT has been writing online for several years. This is her honest review of the TLOG Mini Rice Cooker.
The TLOG Mini Rice Cooker is a 1.2-liter portable rice cooker with a keep-warm feature. According to the listing, it is designed for one to two people. It can cook white rice, brown rice, soup, oatmeal, and congee. It also comes with a steaming tray for cooking vegetables. According to the product listing, it is "free of PFAS, PFOA, lead, and cadmium for healthy cooking. Moreover, all the accessories are made of BPA-free food-grade material." The rice maker comes with a non-stick inner pot, a measuring cup, a rice spoon, a steam tray, a detachable power cord, and a clamp for removing the steam tray.
This rice cooker has many great features but it also has some downsides you need to consider before making a purchase.
- Easy to use: This cooker has separate buttons for white and brown rice. It automatically switches to Keep Warm when it has finished cooking.
- Easy to clean: Many rice cookers are messy because water spills out of the lid and onto the countertop. I've only used this rice cooker to make white rice and it doesn't splash or leak from the lid very much. It's the least messy rice cooker I've ever had.
- Space saver: This cooker is tiny, so it won't take up much space on a kitchen counter or in a dorm. If you normally store leftover rice in the inner pot, it won't take up much space in your fridge either. However, since the lid attaches to the cooker itself rather than to the inner pot, you will have to cover it with plastic wrap to keep the rice from going dry.
- Preset feature: It comes with a preset option. You can delay cooking between two and 12 hours. This is handy if you like to soak rice for a while before cooking it or if you want to come home to freshly cooked food.
- Nonstick inner pot: The inner pot is nonstick. However, make sure to clean it with non-abrasive materials. If the pot gets scratched, the rice will begin to stick to the bottom.
- Makes less rice than advertised: This cooker is advertised as a two-cup cooker, but that's based on the included cup, not a standard cup measure. A standard cup size is approximately 236 milliliters. The included cup holds about half of that. So, in terms of standard cup sizes, this is a one-cup rice cooker. If you normally cook 2 cups (2 x 236 ml) of uncooked rice, this cooker will be half the size you need. You will either need a bigger rice cooker or you will have to cook each cup separately.
- Lid gets hot: The lid has latches that get hot during cooking. I wait for about 10 minutes after cooking rice to open it. If I can't wait, I use an oven mitt.
- Perhaps not dishwasher safe: The inner pot is dishwasher safe according to the seller, but they recommend against a high heat setting (greater than 110C°/230F°) to avoid damaging the coating. I err on the side of caution and hand-wash mine.
- No power switch: Like many other rice cookers, this one doesn't have an on/off switch, so you will have to unplug it when it's not in use.
- Relatively expensive: For its size, this rice cooker is expensive, at close to $60.
- Awkward power cord design: This cooker is small and doesn't take up much space. However, the power code plugs into the back, so you can't place it flush against a wall. The cord is thick so when it's plugged in, it leaves about a three-inch space. The power cord is detachable, so you can unplug it but having the plug on the side would have been a better design choice. To avoid losing the cord, I keep it plugged into the back.
According to the product listing:
The suggested ratio of water to rice is 2 cups of water per 1 cup of rice
For brown rice and multi-grains, the suggested ratio of water to rice is 2.5 cups of water per 1 cup of brown rice
The TLOG Mini Rice Cooker is ideal for anyone who often cooks rice but who doesn't need to use more than a cup of uncooked rice. Despite being marketed as having a two-cup capacity, it can only accommodate about one standard cup size. It takes up very little counter space, which makes it ideal for small spaces. The preset feature is very handy if you want to prepare food early in the morning and have it freshly cooked when you get home. It also doesn't splash as much as some other rice cookers. Just be careful opening it because the lid and the latches attaching it to the rice cooker get very hot.
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