Rice Cooker Report
Purchased Panasonic SR-MM10NS from Williams-Sonoma a month ago. $160.00. Vastly superior flavor/texture compared with previous stove-top methods and much more convenient. Costs too much, but I'm completely converted. Easy to learn. Easy to use. Easy to transport with its own handle. Power cord winds up inside. Cooked rice ready when you say, then kept warm while you're doing other stuff. Really like it.
This is the model Wall Street Journal article last December mentioned as their favorite of the group they tested. Can't speak to the others, but this one's a winner. Highly recommended.
Best white rice found to date is Kokuho Rose varietal from Koda Farms in California. Wonderful stuff, and even more so prepared in the new machine.