Over the years Western culture has had many imports from the Far East which have changed the way we live our everyday lives. Everything from fireworks to paper right through to floppy discs have come from the other side of the world, so when a new invention pops up you know it is one that will be helpful and well worth paying attention to. The invention in question here is not brand new by any stretch of the imagination, but it is a relatively recent addition to Western culture. This invention is the rice cooker. You may have been hoping for something slightly more exciting to blow you away there, but once I start describing exactly what a rice cooker can do for you, you may see why they are such an impressive piece of kit! Up today is the Miracle ME81, and we will be looking to see if it is the best rice cooker for the money.

So tell me what it does

I am sure we have all suffered the fate of slightly over or under done rice before and that is what the Miracle hopes to avoid. It has a stainless steel cooking bowl for easy cleaning, a separate stainless steel vegetable steamer tray, measuring cup, and rice paddle all included so you will be full kitted up. The glass lid allows you to see how your cooking is progressing without disturbing the progression, but perhaps the most impressive feature is still to come. Once your rice has finished cooking you can set this machine to a different “keep warm” function so that your food never gets cold. Clever isn’t it!

What does it look like?

To say that this is a very simply designed machine would be an understatement. The looks of the Miracle has been solely based around those of a large saucepan so at least the rice should feel at home! It has a white plastic casing which is otherwise non-descript, but the aforementioned glass lid is a very clever design element which deserves to be pointed out. For anyone worried about the size and how it will affect their precious kitchen workspace, it is round and the diameter measures 11.8 inches. 

What are some of the positives?

Efficiency is the name of the game here and Miracle seem to have done it well. If you want a simple rice cooker where the is no potential to get confused (as there is with other rice cookers who’s control panels look akin to that of the space shuttle) then this is the machine for you.

And what are the negatives?

Some previous customers of the Miracle cooker have stated that it fails at the basic elements of its job. It will not cook rice properly and it is not built very well at all. That being said, the good comments outweigh the bad so it is up to you whether or not you take a risk.

Give me a brief summary

Cheap and cheerful was the motto of choice when Miracle were creating this cooker and you can see why. When it works, it seems to work well, providing you with rice as and when you need it. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to do that too often. This is one to avoid.