$470 Rice Cooker

My National SR-MK18N rice cooker still works. However, the cooking insert had developed a scratch on its non-stick surface. And, as consumers of non-stick cooking products all know, today’s scratch is tomorrow’s flake. So, who used a metal utensil in my rice cooker? Anyways, Panasonic sells a replacement pan for $49 (which seems a bit steep to me), so I headed online for some comparison shopping. Sure, I can buy an entirely new Zojirushi 10-cup rice cooker from Costco for $99, but the item that really caught my attention was the $470 Zojirushi NP-HTC18 Induction Heating 10-Cup Pressure Rice Cooker and Warmer (via Amazon). The bonus? Amazon had already discounted the rice cooker from $550! For $470, I better be able to watch HD movies from the rice cooker’s LCD panel while the rice is cooking.

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