Yum Asia Sakura Rice Cooker Review

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Overall Score

Ease of Use (40%)

8.0

Technical (60%)

10.0

If you’re looking for a high-quality, versatile, and easy-to-use rice cooker, the Yum Asia Sakura rice cooker is a fantastic choice. Our reviewer has quite a bit to talk about today, so let’s dive right in.

Specifications:

  • Price: £129.90
  • Brand: Yum Asia
  • Pros: Easy to use, cooks perfect rice, durable, 2-year warranty, great for steaming veg and meat
  • Cons: Struggles with tertiary functions (making cakes, porridge, etc)
  • Amazon Listing: Yum Asia Sakura Rice Cooker

Now there’s no sense in wasting time, so let’s just get right into it, shall we?

Sakura Rice Cooker: The Ruling

While the Sakura Rice Cooker has its flaws, it’s arguably best-in-class in its primary job – cooking rice. It’s easy to use, has a number of alternate uses, and comes with a few extra recipes, instructions, and gadgets that make it quite versatile in its potential applications. Let’s see what our reviewer had to say, yeah?

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Product Testing & Comparison

  • Use
    • Versatility
    • Cleaning
    • Ease of Use
  • Technical
    • Dimensions, Power, Volume, and Material
    • Features

Now enough about the process – let’s talk nitty-gritty details.

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Sakura Rice Cooker: Use

First up is use. This covers everything from general ease of use to cleaning and versatility. We need to know that this thing does its job well, simply, and without fuss – especially given its asking price. While it’s not bank-breakingly expensive, it’s not cheap. Now – let’s see what the reviewer had to say.

Versatility

Potatoes and veg from the rice cooker
Potatoes and veg from the rice cooker

First up is versatility. Our reviewer tested the Sakura Rice Cooker with a pretty wide range of foods – each of which it allegedly can handle. Let’s see how that held up.

Our reviewer cooked the following, starting with the obvious one:

  • Rice
  • Oatmeal (porridge)
  • Cake
  • Rice pudding
  • Cheesecake
  • Banana cake
  • Meats and Veggies*
    • *Steamed only

Our reviewer found that rice cooked perfectly every time, assuming you don’t botch the directions. However, porridge was rather bland – primarily due to the fact that you have to use water with this, no milk. Our reviewer also made a banana cake, following the included recipe, and found that it was tasty – though a bit dry.

Beyond rice, the Sakura Rice Cooker really shines when used to steam veggies and meat. Our reviewer found that the potatoes she steamed were tender, perfectly cooked, and incredibly tasty – all with extremely minimal work.

Executive Summary: The Sakura Rice Cooker is fantastic at what it is built for – steamed rice, veggies, and meat. While it can be used for other tasks such as making cakes, porridge, and pudding, that’s really not its strong suit.

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Cleaning

Rice cooker and removable bowl
Rice cooker and removable bowl

Next up is cleaning. The Sakura Rice Cooker is incredibly simple to clean, so this will be a short section. In short, this works just the same as a pressure cooker. Simply remove the interior bowl, give it a quick rinse and scrub, and let it dry.

Up above, you’ll see exactly what you’ll be dealing with (as well as some extra bits that come with the cooker). As you can tell, it’s a small, easily-removed metal bowl that’s simple to clean – no scrubbing required. That is, of course, assuming you didn’t cook something for a day or two after forgetting it…

Executive Summary: Our reviewer found that the Sakura Rice Cooker is incredibly easy to clean. You simply detach the bowl with one quick movement, and clean it just as you would a pressure or slow cooker.

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Ease of Use

Audio cue that food is finished cooking

This thing is a breeze to use. Our reviewer found that the instructions included in the package (with a surprising range of recipes!) were very accurate. Simply read and follow the instructions and you’ll have perfectly-cooked food, regardless of type, in no time.

When cooking a full batch of rice, our reviewer timed it out to 35 minutes. The banana cake that she mentioned earlier took quite a long time to cook, as did the porridge (over two hours for the cake, 1 for the porridge). Though, as we mentioned above, the Sakura Rice Cooker really shines when used for rice and steamed veg and meat. If using the right settings, each will be done within an hour, with basically no added work.

The added benefit of the clear indicator (video above) for food makes it quite easy to fire and forget. We also found the timer and programmes to be quite easy to use, though there was a slight learning curve.

Executive Summary: The Sakura Rice Cooker is incredibly easy to use, resulting in near-effortless, perfectly cooked meals at the press of a button. The additional features such as a timer and programmes make it even easier for those always on the go.

Sakura Rice Cooker: Technical

And now we get to the boring bit. While it may not be a page-turner, this section is important. The dimensions, material, power source, volume, and features all affect both how easy this is to use, as well as its lifespan. And considering the asking price, it’s important that you get your money’s worth – now, let’s get into it.

Dimensions, Power, Volume, and Material

Sakura Rice Cooker
Sakura Rice Cooker

There’s a lot of data to break down, so this is going to get nerdy really quick. The Sakura Rice Cooker’s specifications are listed below:

  • Housing Dimensions (L x H x D): 10.3 x 9.2 x 15 inches
  • Bowl Dimensions: 5 inches deep, 9.5 inch diameter
  • Volume: 1.5 litres
  • Power: 230 volts, 860 watts
  • Material: Stainless steel, ceramic, plastic

As the dimensions likely tell you, this thing isn’t exactly small. This means that if you’re pressed for space, there are smaller rice cookers out there waiting for you. However, if you have the space, this thing has a surprisingly large capacity that makes it easy to prep for a good number of people.

Its design is sturdy and made from high-quality materials, ensuring it’ll last you quite a long time, assuming it’s well taken care of. While our reviewer had no issue, some online reviews did note problems with the actual removable plastic bowl breaking. Luckily, Yum Asia’s customer service is quite stellar, ensuring that should you encounter an issue, it’s resolved quickly and professionally.

Executive Summary: Our reviewer found the Sakura Rice Cooker to be powerful and quite spacious, if a bit big. If you have a small kitchen, this is a bit bulky to easily fit on the counter, otherwise, though – it’s fantastic and well-made.

Features

And now we get to the fun stuff – the extras. What else, beyond the cooker itself, does the Sakura come with?

  • Rice spatula
  • Ladle
  • Steam basket
  • Recipe book
  • Instructions

The first three are pretty basic – you likely have a ladle and spatula around already, and the basket it a bit of a given at this point in rice cooker technology. However, the recipe book is surprising. Not only does it host a wide swathe of recipes to try, but they’re actually quite good! While our reviewer noted that some turned out slightly less than ideal, they’re a great base to start from.

After all, who gets recipes and just follows them? You’re supposed to improve, improvise, and make use of what you have. That’s half the fun of cooking!

Finally, the instructions. While this may seem basic, the fact that they’re spot on with timings and troubleshooting made this quite easy to pick up and use – a big bonus.

It also comes with a (previously mentioned) timer and set of programmes. The timer can be set up to 24 hours out, allowing the busier readers an easy meal prep before heading off to bed. And the programmes, while generally accurate, are easily adapted as needed. While they’re not reprogrammable, a simple button press can cancel the operation, allowing you to adjust as you want.

Executive Summary: Our reviewer found the Sakura Rice Cooker to be quite feature-rich. The extras it includes are nice little bonuses, and the recipe and instruction booklets are both useful and simple to read, making it easy to pick up and play with this bad boy.

Conclusion

Overall, our reviewer was quite a fan of the Sakura Rice Cooker. It’s versatile, easy to use, and has a number of handy little extras. While it struggles with making cakes and porridge – it’s a rice cooker. And when it comes to rice and steamed veg or meat, there are few out there that perform better for this price point.

The added value of a 2-year warranty and high-quality materials ensure that not only will you get your money’s worth out of this bad boy, but that it’ll last you for years to come.

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