I've been looking at getting a basic rice cooker and mainly looking at the following two cookers.
Zojirushi NHS-10 http://www.amazon.com/Zojirushi-NHS-1...
Panasonic SR-G10G http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000...
The Zojirushi rice cooker is about $20, or 2/3, more than the Panasonic model. Is there a big difference in quality between the two that justifies the big difference in price? The only difference I really see is that the Zojirushi comes with a steam tray and paddle, both of which might come in handy.
I also looked at a similar Sanyo model but the reviews are not so nice.
I'm probably going to be using it 2 to 3 times a week cooking rice for 1 to 4 people so I think the above size is good. My understand is that the larger ones cannot cook smaller quantities. Most likely I'll be cooking Thai Jasmin or brown short and long grains. The reviews seem to indicate both are capable of cooking these types of rice as long as I put the correct amount of water.
Basically I'm looking for the easiest to clean models. My parents have one where the lids are hinged on the top or side and while they're great, they seem difficult to clean because there are seals, a trough, and drip cup (often forgotten and sometimes growing something inside). Since these are just the the inner pot and a glass lid, I'm thinking it should be easier to clean. Am I wrong here?