Whenever I need rice for my bentos, I always do it on the stove-top in a saucepan, so I'm pretty out of the loop on this stuff. My brother, however, loves gadgets and wants a rice cooker for Christmas, even though there's only him and his wife. He loves jasmine rice and uses it at least a few times a week for dinner. Currently, the Zojirushi 5 1/2 cup neuro fuzzy cooker is on his wish-list, but is that something he really needs? What's your take on it? And what's so special about the 'neuro fuzzy'? Wouldn't the Zojirushi 3.5 non-neuro-fuzzy be just as good for jasmine rice?
In addition... I know that it doesn't replace the beloved IchibanKan, but eFoodDepot has some great bento items on their website. And shipping is a flat-rate $4.99!