Not much of a gadget-cook myself, I usually avoid appliances like these. But I've been playing around with Zojirushi's latest model, the Rizo, and recently took their suggestion in the instruction manual to make risotto using the machine's intriguing risotto setting.
Surprisingly, it worked pretty well. I still say nothing quite compares to a gently, slowly simmered and stirred risotto, where hot stock and wine and gradually added every so often, but the texture came close.
However, if you were in the market for a rice maker and didn't want the cheapster version I had taking up room on my shelf in college because it was broken, this is my top pick. It not only works well and is well-built, but it is beautiful, as far as rice-cookers go.
• Buy the Zojirushi Rizo 3-cup Rice Cooker at Amazon ($165)
• Good Question: What's the Deal with Rice Cookers, a post from 2005 with some great reviews in the comments on other Zojirushi models.