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8 July 2021

First Look: Sushezi sushi maker

Sushi made easy?

My kids love sushi. Unfortunately for them, the bought stuff is a treat and our home-made attempts have all ended up being “deconstructed”. When I told them we were trialling a sushi-maker they were all for it.

The Sushezi ($39.95) claims to be a “Sushi Revolution – the easy way to make professional sushi”.

Kiwi-designed, the Sushezi is like a giant syringe (or small caulking gun). You pack it with rice and other fillings, then press the plunger to extrude a roll of sushi on to a nori (seaweed) sheet. A quick roll and it’s ready for cutting into bite-sized pieces. If you’re not a fan of seaweed, the roll is firm enough to cut without it.

It lived up to its “easy” claims. The instructions were simple to understand and the sushi roll was consistent its entire length, with the filling nicely compacted. Our sushi looked just as good as any you’d get from a store (and there’s no unnecessary store packaging).

The Sushezi’s easy to clean and dishwasher-safe. You can also use it to shape small meat patties or sweet treats, such as lolly cake and biscuits.

I’m not the only Consumer staffer to give the Sushezi the thumbs up. Product Test Manager Paul Smith gave it a whirl and, although he likes the bamboo mat method, he thought the Sushezi is easier, especially for making a lot of sushi at one time.

Another sushi-loving staff member said she rarely makes it because she finds the process intimidating and the bamboo mat technique messy. Her Sushezi verdict – “it’s a game-changer”. Her and her family were impressed at how easy it was to use and the professional-looking results.

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Bob W.
24 Jul 2021

Such a great little machine. Not only is it great for sushi, it's great for other things too. I use it to extrude the paste for Afghan bisucits and Lolly Cake.

Jennifer S.
13 Jul 2021

I agree, the Sushezi is so easy to use, makes perfect sushi, no need to fiddle around with bamboo mats etc. Have had mine for years, been well used!

Claire M.
12 Jul 2021

Agree the Sushezi is great and you get very professional-looking sushi. However, thanks to a class I went to once, I found it's also nice to put various fillings into separate bowls and cut the nori sheets into quarters - then people can create their own combinations in their hand. Even easier for a crowd!

Susan T.
10 Jul 2021
Susi maker

Me too - bought one years ago - so good and easy to use

John M.
10 Jul 2021
On our 5th one now.

Great device. We sent them to our daughters in London and Berlin maybe 10 years ago. Easy to use and keep clean. Probably use one tonight.

Janice L.
10 Jul 2021

I agree with your comments. Bought one a few years ago and its easy to use and makes a good roll. My mate even makes lolly cake in it. Delicious!

Rosemary P.
10 Jul 2021
A brilliant gadget

I was given one of these more than 10 years ago and I have used it countless times. It is presently on loan to my son's family so I might have to get myself a new one. It can be purchased for less than $20 on Trademe.

George S.
10 Jul 2021
Sushi Maker

Love this simple to use machine, with the price of store bought sushi its a winner and a lot cheaper. Machine can also be found at a much better price.

Darryn G.
10 Jul 2021
Practical for sushi lovers

We have had one of these in our family for years. It is great when we all want to create our own sushi combo's for when go hiking as a family.