Product Review: T-fal Balanced Living Rice & Multi Cooker

The Ranting Chef does not get paid or receive any revenue from manufactures or retailers of products reviewed. I occasionally receive products that I am asked to use and see what I think. I take a look, try them out and tell you all about them.

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A big box was delivered to my house with T-fal on the outside. I wonder what is inside…

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It was the T-fal Balanced Living Rice & Multi Cooker.

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This piece of equipment is not a one-trick pony. It is a rice cooker, steamer and slow cooker. With a capacity to cook 20 cups of rice, you can really do a lot with the T-fal Balanced Living Rice & Multi Cooker.

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Included is the cooker, the inside pot (which comes out for cleaning), a steamer basket, measuring cup and rice spoon.

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I first tried it out to steam some baby carrots. Fill the bottom with water and the steam basket with carrots. Close the top and turn it on the steamer setting.

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The carrots retained their beautiful color (unlike if they are boiled) and are soft enough to eat with a fork.

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I next tried it with rice. The rice goes in first.

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Then the water goes in next with the help of measuring lines on the pot.

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Turn it on and wait 20 or so minutes (times vary depending on how much rice you cook).

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The rice comes out nice and fluffy.

My Take: I really liked the T-fal Balanced Living Rice & Multi Cooker. I hadn’t used a dedicated rice cooker before and it was a breeze to make perfect rice. What really sells me is the other functions (steaming and slow cooking) this device can do. To occupy space in my kitchen a product has to either be perfect for a unique task or has to do more than one thing (Alton Brown hates single service tools as well). This does a great job AND can sever many tasks. I recommend it. Take a look at this and other T-fal products and fine retailers like Target.

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One Comment on “Product Review: T-fal Balanced Living Rice & Multi Cooker”

  1. November 2, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    I use my rice cooker ALL the time but it doesn’t have all these ‘bells and whistles” this looks really worthwhile. thanks for the review.

    PS: I also write product reviews at:

    in case you’d like to stop in. 🙂

    happy weekend and happy cooking! 🙂


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