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Top Of The Best Rice Cookers Reviewed In 2018Last Updated January 1, 2019
№1 – Instant Pot Duo Mini 3 Qt 7-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer
№2 – Zojirushi NS-TSC18 Micom Rice Cooker and Warmer – 1.8 Liters
№3 – Aroma Housewares ARC-914SBD 8-Cup (Cooked) Digital Cool-Touch Rice Cooker and Food Steamer, Stainless Steel
How we picked and tested
A good rice cooker should cook delicious, fluffy, flavorful Japanese-style rice (meaning short-grain or medium-grain white rice) evenly throughout the pot every time. The machine should be sturdy and built of quality materials to stand up over time. The lid should have a tight seal to maintain steam and temperature. It should also cook consistently: One cup of rice should taste as good as cooking rice to maximum capacity. Though rice cookers aren’t known for being faster than cooking rice in a pot, they shouldn’t be painfully slow, either. A good appliance should also have some convenient features, such as delayed start, keep warm, and quick-cook settings. And ideally, a good rice cooker should be easy to clean and easy to use.
Any rice cooker insert worth its salt is going to be nonstick; most have nonstick aluminum inserts. Thinner pots tend to wear out more quickly and lose some protective coating.
We looked for cookers with solid, tightly sealed lids and heavy, quality cooking pots. We also selected models with a minimum five-cup cooking capacity; many users report that they make extra rice, and to cups seems like the right amount for two to four people with leftovers. We also chose to look only at models that have a brown-rice option and—to help save time for busy cooks—a quick-cook setting for speed and convenience.
For our original 201review, we first tested the cookers informally with some home cooks. Then we conducted a formal group taste test with the chefs from Japanese restaurant Ken Ken Ramen in San Francisco.
For this update we didn’t perform a panel testing, but in each of the cookers we made a batch of Japanese white rice—likely the most critical and the most-used skill for a rice cooker. If they performed well for rice flavor, texture, and cooking speed in this test, they moved on to three other tests (see below). For the Japanese rice tests, we washed the rice of its exterior starch for one full minute and then drained for one full minute before cooking (we didn’t wash the brown or long-grain white rice). See our full guide for details of our tests.
The Hamilton Beach 37542-to-14-cup Digital Simplicity Rice Cooker and Steamer is the best value for most people because it offers tremendous functionality for the price. Above all, it makes short-grain or medium-grain white rice as delicious as that of models that cost four times as much. The construction feels solid, and it cooks more quickly when compared with most of the competition (it was the second fastest cooker we tested). With a 14-cup capacity, the Hamilton Beach is much larger than many other machines at this price. Additionally, it’s a pleasure to house on almost any kitchen countertop: its sleek stainless and black design makes it look like a more expensive model, and it’s more well-contained in a small footprint than most. It delivers on features that we thought a great rice cooker should have: a timer, stay-warm functions, a tight lid, and a heavy, quality cooking pot. For the majority of home cooks seeking a useful, manageable tool to make delicious white rice at a great price, it will be tough to beat this Hamilton Beach machine.
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FEATURES AND OPTIONS
There are many varieties of rice cookers present in the market these days. Choosing the best one depends on needs of the individual themselves. Each person has a different preference when it comes to brands. Each person has different requirements out of that rice cooker. But most have the rice cookers available have the following features:-
There are a lot of options, and each option has a lot of many features available. But what is most important is to choose the correct model as per your requirement. The size of the complete set also needs to be kept in mind while choosing the best cheap rice cooker. The above should help in choosing the perfect for yourself. So do get yourself the best rice cooker on the market to make your life easier and simpler.
Cuckoo 10-Cup Electric Pressure Rice Cooker
If you make rice a couple times a week or are particularly discerning about rice texture and flavor, consider the Cuckoo CRP-G1015F 10-cup Electric Pressure Rice Cooker. Because it’s a pressure cooker, it makes both white and brown rice far faster than the competition. We found that the texture and flavor of the cooked rice is also unsurpassed by similar cookers at this price. It’s built more solidly than the Hamilton Beach and offers more cooking options, but that’s only worth the significant extra cost if you make rice a couple times a week.
Seductions of Rice
Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking. For this update, we also spoke with Beth Hensperger, author of
The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook, as well as famed chef/restauranteurs Sunhui Chang of FuseBOX in Oakland and Sylvan Mishima Brackett of Izakaya Rintaro in San Francisco.
Additionally, we looked at online reviews (there weren’t many good ones). We researched the newest technologies and available models from the largest and the smallest manufacturers, including Zojirushi, Tiger, Aroma, Korean superstar Cuckoo, and many other smaller brands.
Karen Solomon is a food writer and cookbook author of three titles, including
Asian Pickles. Solomon formerly lived in Japan, studying its culture, language, and cuisine, and she has traveled around Asia. For over 20 years she has cooked rice in a rice cooker (an ancient National SR-GE10N) at least three times a week. Tim Barribeau, who wrote our original guide, spent three months interviewing authors, researching the science of starch, doing blind taste tests with Japanese chefs and everyday people, and cooking more than 12pounds of rice to pick the best rice cooker.
Who should get this
While rice cookers have their roots in Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and other Asian cuisines, they’ve become a frequently-used tool for many international cooks, including those preparing Latin American dishes. Here in the US, rice cookers are essential to Hawaiian cookery and Cajun cuisine.
Rice cookers can dramatically improve the quality, flavor, and texture of rice. Great rice cooker rice is really, really delicious—aromatic, nutty, earthen, and with a broad depth of flavor—and quite easy to make. If you want the ease of one-step cooking with delicious results while you put together the rest of dinner, it may be time to buy one. Another bonus for many cooks: rice cooker cooking is unburnable. It’s much easier to clean a rice cooker insert than burnt-on rice in a cooking pot.
A rice cooker is also perfect for people who don’t cook often or who don’t enjoy it. An entire meal can be cooked in a rice cooker by simply cooking the rice and putting some meat, tofu, fish and vegetables in the steamer tray. (Roger Ebert wrote a book on this kind of rice-cooker cooking called
The Pot and How To Use It.) Many rice cookers can now make polenta, slow-cook stews, or steam things like tamales or dumplings.
How we tested
Rice cooker testing at San Francisco’s Ken Ken Ramen. Photo: Tim Barribeau
For our original 201review, we first tested the cookers informally with some home cooks. Then we conducted a formal group taste test with the chefs from Japanese restaurant Ken Ken Ramen in San Francisco. Heading the panel were chefs Takahiro Hori and Yuichiro Aramki; both are Japanese and have years of experience under their belts, including time making sushi. Alongside them were other restaurant employees and co-owner Robert Patterson. Between the panelists’ backgrounds and their restaurant’s menu (which involves bento boxes and Japanese curries), they were extremely knowledgeable about rice.
For the white rice tests, we rinsed rice of starch, dust, and any other particulate matter before cooking. Photo: Tim Barribeau
For this update we didn’t perform a panel testing, but in each of the cookers we made a batch of Japanese white rice—likely the most critical and the most-used skill for a rice cooker. If they performed well for rice flavor, texture, and cooking speed in this test, they moved on to three other tests (see below). For the Japanese rice tests, we washed the rice of its exterior starch for one full minute and then drained for one full minute before cooking (we didn’t wash the brown or long-grain white rice). Here are details on each of the tests:
The Hamilton Beach 37542-to-14-cup Digital Simplicity Rice Cooker and Steamer is the best value for most people because it offers tremendous functionality for the price. Above all, it makes short-grain or medium-grain white rice as delicious as models that cost four times as much. The construction feels solid, and it cooks more quickly when compared to most of the competition (it was the second fastest cooker we tested). With a 14-cup capacity, the Hamilton Beach is much larger than many other machines at this price. Additionally, it’s a pleasure to house on almost any kitchen countertop: its sleek stainless and black design makes it look like a more expensive model, and it’s more well-contained in a small footprint than most. It delivers on features that we thought a great rice cooker should have: a timer, stay-warm functions, a tight lid, and a heavy, quality cooking pot. For the majority of home cooks seeking a useful, manageable tool to make delicious white rice at a great price, it will be tough to beat this Hamilton Beach machine.
Japanese rice from the Hamilton Beach is everything that rice fans crave: aromatic, sweet, and with a texture that preserves the integrity of every grain.
The Hamilton Beach makes Japanese-style rice and quick-cooked Japanese rice on par with the Zojirushi, Tiger, and Cuckoo machines we tested that cost three or four times as much. Japanese rice from the Hamilton Beach is everything that rice fans crave: aromatic, sweet, and with a texture that preserves the integrity of every grain. Even on the quick rice setting, this machine delivers surprisingly excellent, soulful rice. Long-grain rice and brown rice are cooked satisfactorily.
When it comes to cooking time, the Hamilton Beach 3754is the clear winner for the price:
If you plan to leave this cooker on your countertop, its look and overall footprint will also be a welcome addition to your kitchen. The design is black and stainless to slip seamlessly into the countertop landscape next to the toaster and the blender. Round, 10¼ inches tall, and about inches in diameter, it feels smaller than the 14-inch long and rectangular Zojirushi or Tiger machines.
The Hamilton Beach 37542-to-14-cup Digital Simplicity Rice Cooker and Steamer is very similar to our former top pick, the much larger and now discontinued Hamilton Beach Digital Simplicity Deluxe Rice Cooker/Steamer. In our original group tasting, our former HB pick was a favorite of both laypeople and the pro chefs. When it came to white rice, the non-pros rated it first overall, beating all the other rice cookers and the stovetop option. Amongst the pros, it came in second for firmness, third for clumping and fluffiness, and it was the best overall of the affordable rice cookers. We’re confident the 14-cup version produces white rice just as delicious as our former pick.
This rice cooker comes with a pretty standard one-year limited warranty.
Flaws but not dealbreakers
If you plan on making brown rice or long-grain rice often, you may be disappointed in the taste. These two common rice varieties were just okay in both flavor and texture in this machine. If these rices are frequently on your menu, you will likely be better served by the Cuckoo or the Zojirushi. And if your taste in rice requires high-end functionality, such as settings for firmer or softer rice, GABA rice, rice porridge, or rice with a fine sheet of crust along the bottom, this machine won’t deliver any of it.
While not dealbreakers, some physical aspects of the exterior machine lid are less than optimal. For example, the lid opens up from the left side to the right, rather than lifting from front to back like all of the other machines we tested. It feels unwieldy and, if you’re serving with your right hand, it comes a little too close for comfort to the scalding-hot interior lid of the machine. All of that said, it’s simple enough to just rotate the machine for serving.
Additionally, the condensation collector isn’t always doing its job. Lift the lid after cooking and a good amount of hot steam water runs down the side near the exterior hinge of the pot; sometimes it drips onto the counter. Again, simply rotating the machine and lifting the lid from front to back seems to solve this problem easily.
Care and maintenance
Most machines also have a steam catcher that needs to be emptied after every batch of rice. These little cups will get grungy and moldy if left wet and unattended. The Zojirushi and the Cuckoo have the steam collector on the top of the device. The Hamilton Beach has it along the side at the hinge. Make sure that all product parts are dry before placing them back into the machine. The machine exterior can simply be wiped down as needed.
We tested the Hamilton Beach 37502-to-cup Rice Cooker against our top pick as an option for smaller households. In our tests, the 3750made good short-grain brown and long-grain white rice, but the rice was not as fluffy as our top pick’s. And this small cooker couldn’t yield good sushi rice. After three attempts using three different ratios, we got everything from undercooked to soggy and overblown. As for size, the smaller Hamilton Beach measures 10½″ tall and 8″ diameter, compared with our top pick at 10″ tall and 9″ diameter. The meager 6-square-inch size difference isn’t worth its shortcomings as a rice cooker, even for small homes.
Our 201pick, the Hamilton Beach Digital Simplicity Rice Cooker and Steamer, 20-cup (Cooked) Silver (37536), has been discontinued. We found it produced great Japanese-style white rice with good texture and flavor. We think our new Hamilton Beach pick performs just as well.
The Hamilton Beach 37544-to-20-cup Digital Simplicity Rice Cooker and Steamer is the larger version of our new pick, the Hamilton Beach 37542-to-14-cup Digital Simplicity Rice Cooker and Steamer. Although it made good white rice in our tests, its 20-cup capacity seemed a bit too much for most households.
The Tiger JAX-T10U was one of the strongest performers in our latest round of tests. It has a nice thick inner pot (1½ mm for 5½ cups), computerized cooking menus, two preset cooking timers, a stainless steel exterior, detachable steam cup, and a detachable inner lid. It is on-par with the winning Zojirushi when making Japanese rice, which is why it moved forward into the latter rounds of testing. But we were not impressed with its brown, long-grain, or quick rice.
The Tiger JAH-T10U we tested for our 201review is another high-end rice cooker that’s competitive with the high-end Zojirushi or the Cuckoo, but it was marred by some flaws in design performance. It produced very good rice; it was quicker to cook brown rice than the Zojirushi and it had an even better cooking pot. But the restaurant professionals didn’t like the white rice as much; it was much trickier to take apart/reassemble for cooking; when it’s done cooking your rice, the noise it makes is so quiet that it’s extremely easy to miss; the lid gets hotter than most of the other models; and it tends to have a ring of stuck rice in the pot if you don’t turn it out right.
The Aroma ARC-914SBD, which we tested in 2013, is another super-affordable rice cooker with a low price tag, a tiny footprint, and a 4-cup maximum capacity. Unfortunately, its rice wasn’t really up to scratch, with home cooks rating it bottom of the barrel for both white and brown rice and the pros likewise disliking it (barring one ex-sushi chef who was a fan). It also has a tendency to gather condensation on top of the lid, and while it was very quick to cook both brown and white rice, its brown rice was really poor.
The Zojirushi Induction Heating System Rice Cooker & Warmer NP-HCC1was a new model since we’d done our original testing, and it has an added setting for jasmine rice and an easier-to-read display. We really wanted to taste rice that had been cooked with IH to see if the technology was worth the cost. Though the rice from the NP-HCC1was very good, we felt that the rice from our runner-up pick (the lower-end NS-TSC10) was even better. And at almost half the price, we quickly decided to hold on to our original.
Tatung is another brand, along with the Cuckoo, that was recommended by our readers from the original 201rice cooker review. We wanted to give the Taiwanese maker a whirl, so we ordered the TAC-11QN 11-cup Multi-Functional Stainless Steel Rice Cooker, which appeared sturdy, capable, and well-reviewed. The double-boiler pot was unique, but ultimately the cooker was loud and splattery, and the rice stuck to the bottom—an unforgivable act for a rice cooker.
As much as we wanted to love the VitaClay for its adherence to using a traditional clay pot for cooking rice, this is not one we could recommend for most users. The rice stuck to the seasoned clay, and the nub of the scalding hot interior lid was difficult to grasp.
We looked at a number of Cuckoo models with pressure cooking technology, but found that our pick, the CRP-G1015F 10-cup Electric Pressure Rice Cooker, offered the best combination of price and higher ratings. Here’s a comparison chart of our main pick against Cuckoo’s other cookers:
Erin Biba, Full Steam Ahead: Picking the Right Rice Cooker, Wired, June 12, 2014
Sylvan Brackett, Chef and owner of Izakaya Rintaro, Interview
One of the best things about having a rice cooker is that it cooks rice perfectly all the time. There is no under-cooking or over-cooking. There are also lines on the pan and measuring cups to help you easily determine the water to rice ratio.
If you are the type of person who is always too lazy to be doing something in the kitchen, a rice cooker is the perfect investment. Once rice is in the pan, just leave it and it will do the rest. It will automatically stop when rice is cooked and in some cases, will cook it warm until you are ready to eat.
Yes, it is called a rice cooker, but it does not mean that it cannot do anything than cook rice. Depending on the model chosen, it can be multi-purpose. You can use it for baking a small cake, making pancakes, steaming, roasting, and making soups, among others.
Essential Factors to Consider
As you look for a Japanese rice cooker, make sure that these things are given attention, making it easier to narrow down the possibilities:
Size: Think about the space that is available in the kitchen and more importantly, the quantity of rice that you have to cook. In most cases, the measurements will indicate the number of cups of uncooked rice that it can make.
Wattage: This is an indicator of power of the rice cooker. A higher wattage means that it will be more powerful. You can cook quicker, but this can also consume more electricity. For smaller rice cookers, it is not necessary to have a high wattage.
Pan: Pay attention as well to the quality of the inner pan. It should be made with a non-stick coating. It must be able to resist rust, corrosion, and other problems. Choose one as well that comes with markings that are easy to see.
Micom Technology: Rice cookers with this technology may be more expensive, but they will surely be worth your money. This is a revolutionary feature that automatically adjusts temperature, making it easier to have perfectly cooked Japanese rice.
Ease of Use: It is also important to pick one that comes with user-friendly features. The controls should be straightforward and easy to access. There should also be a large display that will make it easy to monitor cooking. There are also some models with a recipe book.
Versatility: To be provided with the best value for money, find a Japanese rice cooker that can deliver multiple functions in one product. It should have the ability to keep the rice warm. There should also be features for steaming or even for baking a small cake. Some can even be used for porridge, stew, and soup, among others.
Style: In most kitchens, a Japanese rice cooker is one thing that is often used, and hence, it is usually not hidden in the cabinet. With this, consider picking one with impressive aesthetics, which should complement the overall design of your kitchen.
Zojirushi NS-ZCCNeuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker
Among others, one of the most commendable about this product is the fact that it comes with the Neuro Fuzzy technology, which is the one that will ensure the right outcomes all the time. There is no need for guesswork as the rice cooker will make automatic adjustments to cook rice perfectly.
The spherical inner pan is also a great feature. It has a capacity of up to five and a half cups. It has a non-stick coating, which is also the reason why cleaning it will surely be effortless on your end. It is made from a high-quality material that ensures the even distribution of heat.
If you are looking for a product that can offer versatility, you have another good reason to have it considered. Whether it is sushi, brown, or mixed rice, or even for porridge, you can use this rice cooker. When it is done cooking, rice will also be automatically kept warm.
When it comes to storage, you will love how it comes with a retractable cord, which minimizes tangling and mess in the cabinet. There is also a foldable handle, which makes it space-efficient.
Zojirushi NS-TSCMicom Rice Cooker and Warmer
With the use of this rice cooker, there is no need to worry about the result as you can be assured of achieving the perfect outcomes all the time. It has Micom Fuzzy Logic Technology. This is an innovative micro-computerized heating feature that makes automatic adjustments based on what is deemed needed.
Most of the rice cookers that are available in the market can only cook rice and keep it warm. If you want something that is multifunctional, this is what you should choose. Aside from cooking different types of rice, you can also use it for baking and steaming.
Another feature that is worth highlighting is that it comes with an LCD control panel. The latter will make it easy to monitor the progress of cooking rice. There is also a clock and a timer, allowing you to see how long the rice has been cooked.
Lastly, there is also a delay timer, which has two settings. This will allow you to set the time and leave it. You can do other tasks and be sure that your rice will not be overcooked.
Tiger Corporation JBV-A10U-W Micom Rice Cooker
Are you looking for an option that comes with a budget-friendly price? This is one product that should be on the top of your list. However, because of its price, do not expect too much from this product. Its functions are pretty much basic.
It comes with a large and easy-to-read display. Even for the elderly or those who cannot see clearly, this is a good choice. The letters and numbers are big enough.
Another thing that is impressive about this product is that it has synchrony cooking technology. With this, there are four cooking settings. Temperature will also be automatically adjusted based on what is required by the rice.
Even if you are a beginner, there is also no need to worry. Aside from having comprehensive instructions, there is also a recipe book that is included. You will be given step-by-step guide on how to cook the perfect rice, as well as other recipes that you can prepare with the use of this Japanese rice cooker.
Zojirushi NS-VGC0Micom Electric Rice Cooker and Warmer
Similar to the case of other Japanese rice cookers from Zojirushi, this is also a good choice because it comes with the Fuzzy Logic technology, making it easy to cook the perfect rice all the time. All that you have to do is to input the desired function and the unit will automatically adjust based on the temperature that is required.
It also comes with an LCD control panel. With the latter, you will easily see how long is it before the rice is ready. The display is large and clear, even if you are cooking in the daytime.
It also comes with a spherical cooking pan, although it can only hold three cups of uncooked rice. This is smaller compared to most of the options in this post. The pan comes with premium construction, making it durable and easy to clean. This also allows heat to be distributed evenly.
Lastly, aside from the cooker and the pan, the package is also inclusive of measuring cups and spatula. A recipe book is also included.
Zojirushi NS-LGC05XB Micom Rice Cooker and Warmer
If budget is not an issue, this is one product that you might want to consider choosing. Its expensive price can easily put many people off, but taking a look at its features, it will be worth your money. At its price, however, take note that it has a capacity of only three cups of uncooked rice.
One of the best things about this product is that it comes with triple heating element. You can find the heater in the lid, bottom, and side. This makes sure that all portions will be evenly heated. This ensures not only consistency, but can also speed up cooking time.
With multi-menu cooking, this can be a great addition in the kitchen. A single appliance can do several tasks, such as steel cutting oatmeal.
Lastly, it has a clear-coated stainless steel exterior. This makes it perfect if you want to achieve a sophisticated look in a contemporary kitchen.
Time Needed to Cook Rice
While rice cookers aren’t usually all that much faster than stovetop cooking, some models do boast the ability to cook rice very quickly, usually through pressure cooking, but at the very least, you want a unit that will cook up a batch of rice in a reasonable amount of time.
To figure out the best option for you, think about how often you plan ahead, and how busy your schedule tends to be.
If you do most of your cooking in large batches (like a meal prep Sunday), or your schedule allows you to spend a little longer on dinner during the week, a model with a longer cook time may work well.
However, if your schedule is a little more hectic and you need dinner on the table yesterday, look for a rice cooker that has a pressure cooking option that can reduce cooking times, so you get your meal ready faster.
It can be hard to plan ahead when you’re busy, so having the ability to quickly get food on the table is another way to get your money’s worth from your appliance and use it more frequently.
Dinner can be a snap when you have your machine loaded and ready to go – but you don’t want to cook something in the morning just to have it sitting around all day until you get home.
That’s where the delay start function comes in handy – it allows you it simply set up the rice cooker ahead of time, say, in the morning before you leave for work. Then, you program the machine to begin cooking later in the day so you can come home to a fresh pot of steaming rice when you walk in the door.
Without a delay start function, you’ll be constricted to only making rice when you think of it, and it takes out some of the “set it and forget it” nature that comes with being able to prepare dinner while you’re not even home.
There’s something to be said for getting home to a complete meal that just needs to be served!
If you eat multiple kinds of rice, it’s best to look for a model that has a separate program for each type. However, if you find yourself eating mostly white rice with your meals, a single-option rice cooker may fit your needs perfectly.
Our Recommended Pick
The 6-quart, 7-in-Instant Pot is the king of kitchen appliances!
It may just be the gadget that replaces almost all your other kitchen appliances. In addition to cooking rice, the Instant Pot also slow cooks, sautees/browns, makes yogurt, steams foods, and reheats, all in one small, simple-to-use product.
While the machine technically boasts functions in a single unit, it has 1micro-processor controlled programs on the large, easy-to-use control panel, including dual pressure, automatic keep-warm, and three temperatures for saute and slow cook.
That means you have maximum customization for each and every recipe you create. With the push of a button, you have a setting to make soup, meat/stew, bean/chili, poultry, saute, steam, rice, porridge, multigrain, slow cook, keep-warm, yogurt, pasteurize, and fermented rice.
The Instant Pot also utilizes pressure cooking, which reduces cooking times up to a whopping 70%. This means that cooking dried beans from scratch is no longer a two-day process, and you can infuse slow-cooked flavor into your dishes in a fraction of the time.
And the best part is because each function is pre-programmed, you don’t need to be standing over it, watching – just set it up, wait about an hour for dishes like chili or Irish stew, and serve. The Instant Pot has a delayed cooking feature up to 2hours and an automatic keep-warm setting that holds in temperature, generates no noise, and leaks no steam.
The unit is elegant and ergonomic, suitable for right- and left-handed users. The steel cooker base can be cleaned easily with a damp cloth, and the cooking bowl, made from 18/food grade 30stainless steel, is dishwasher safe, for quick and easy cleanup.
Though this product has overwhelmingly positive reviews, every product is bound to have a few cons.
Some purchasers complain that the calculated time for each food does not include heat up/depressurization time – so, if the manual says a particular food will need 30 minutes to cook something, note that this does not include the time the machine spends heating up and depressurizing, which can take longer the fuller the cooking pot.
Additionally, the stainless steel cooking bowl is great for food quality but can mean stuck-on food, so make sure you immediately wash the cooking bowl or leave it to soak to prevent stuck-on food.
What We Disliked time calculations do not include depressurization time stainless steel bowl means food is more likely to stick does not provide a good sear or read our full indepth review
Zojirushi Micom 3-Cup Rice Cooker and Warmer
Excelling at making restaurant-quality rice at home, the Zojirushi is a respected name in rice cookery. The sleek design looks elegant on a countertop and takes up minimal counter space, so you aren’t clogging your work station with the appliance. The machine looks modern and fits well in most kitchens. It also has a retractable power cord for easy storage.
More than anything, people who buy and use this Instant Pot love the versatility of the machine – they use it to make everything from stews to porridge to baked sweet potatoes, and appreciate how little energy it uses – which also means lowering the temperature in your kitchen, saving you money in lots of different ways.
The ability to brown, saute and slow cook in one unit also means easy cleaning, which is perfect for busy families.
However, some reviewers do complain about the instructions that come with the machine – they are not detailed, don’t include basic recipes, and could use a lot of editing.
Luckily, there is a huge online base for the Instant Pot, but this can be frustrating. Additionally, the unit itself is very large – many purchasers noted it would not fit in their cabinets, so they were forced to store it on the countertop.
What We Disliked poor instructions large unit is hard to store cooking cycles take a long time
Zojirushi Micom ½-cup Rice Cooker and Warmer
Similar to its 3-cup sister model, this Zojirushi Micom Rice Cooker and Warmer can make up to ten cups of rice at once, making it a better option for larger families or smaller families who eat a lot of rice or want to have a big batch of cooked rice on hand for easy meals or leftovers.
In my reviews I like to go through a spectrum of needs to find something for everyone. For people looking for consistent tasty rice look no further than the Black+Decker RC50Essentially a standard model rice cooker the RC50comes in multiple sizes from cups to 2So you can find something regardless of your needs.
Just about everyone loves a bargain, and some basic electric rice cookers / steamers are very inexpensive. In general, this type of rice cooker costs less than a comparably sized fuzzy logic rice cooker.
Basic electric rice cookers and steamers are convenient. A good one will turn out one tasty batch of rice after another, requiring minimal effort on your part. If you have time to focus on a little bit of prep work before meals and you don’t want to try different types of rice or use your rice cooker for much other than cooking rice, then a very basic model might be ideal for you. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for maximum convenience without the higher cost of a fuzzy logic rice cooker, look into a machine that offers a bit more versatility than a plain rice cooker. The Tiger Corporation JBV-A10U Rice Cooker comes in two sizes (and cup), and is equipped with a Tacook Plate that allows you to make an entire meal instead of just rice. It’s ideal for making small, healthy meals and it offers a happy medium between basic appliance types and more technically advanced fuzzy logic or electric pressure cooker models.
While it is possible to get a good quality basic rice cooker that will last for years, some of the least expensive models just aren’t designed to last. When choosing a rice cooker, keep in mind that you get what you pay for!
If you happen to be very busy and want maximum convenience, a basic electric rice cooker might not be quite what you need. You may find that you are much happier with a steamer that allows you to “set and forget.”
Fuzzy Logic Rice Cookers
Fuzzy logic rice cookers / steamers are highly sophisticated, easy to use, and are typically fantastic for things other than simply making rice. These appliances are equipped with computer chips that enable them to make exacting adjustments to cooking time and temperature so that your rice turns out perfectly each and every time, even if you’ve made a mistake like adding too much water. Most fuzzy logic rice cookers have multiple menu settings, plus they tend to be equipped with timers and other convenient features.
Hamilton Beach 37548
Our top pick is a rice cooker that checks all the boxes. The Hamilton Beach 3754cooker is not necessarily the most advanced unit or the most expensive. We’ve chosen it as best overall because it cooks rice well, has a few extra features, and is sold at an affordable price point. You’ll be able to cook a variety of grains in this cooker and steam vegetables as well.
The Oster CKSTR61K-TECO Rice Cooker is an affordable unit that cooks rice quickly. You won’t have to grapple with a complicated interface when using this rice cooker. The simple controls make this a perfect unit for the beginner rice aficionado.
Aroma Simply Rice Cooker
The Aroma Simply Rice Cooker is a small no-frills unit that yields up to cups of cooked rice. Its simple controls and automatic keep warm feature ensures that the unit is easy to use. It’s one of the cheapest options that comes with a stainless steel pot.
The Zojirushi NHS-0unit is one of the most affordable options in the Zojirushi line of rice cookers. Regarded as one of the leaders in the rice cooking world, these units cook rice to perfection. This smaller sized cooker will work well for small families, couples, and single persons looking to cook great rice on a daily basis.
Instant Pot LUX60
The Instant Pot LUX60 6-in-Pressure Cooker can cook your rice and much more. It acts as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, and it can also warm up your food. If you’re looking for a kitchen appliance that can do multiple jobs, including cooking rice, this is it.
The Zojirushi NS-ZCCFuzzy Rice Cooker can cook up to cups of rice and automatically keeps your rice warm when it’s finished cooking. This unit comes with various accessories, including rice measuring cups, a serving paddle, and a recipe book. The fuzzy logic enabled unit allows for more precise cooking so you get some of the best rice possible.
The Tiger JKT-810U-C is one of the priciest rice cooker models on this list but it also cooks rice incredibly well. The induction technology used by the appliance ensures that rice is cooked evenly. This cooker is outfitted with a thick-walled pan and makes a great pot of rice.
Many cookers come with a bevy of extra features and can perform extra tasks in addition to cooking the perfect bowl of rice. If you enjoy steamed vegetables, it may be beneficial to look into a unit that comes with a steamer tray attachment. Some cookers come with a tray that can be used while your rice is cooking. Some units even come with more than one steamer tray.
If you’re thinking of purchasing a rice cooker chances are you may have gotten rice stuck to the bottom of your pots and pans before. It’s also likely that you are purchasing such an appliance to simplify your life. Choosing a unit that comes with a nonstick interior pan is important if you want a quick cleanup. Most interior pans can be cleaned easily with warm water and soap and non-stick construction makes cleaning a much easier task.
Fuzzy logic rice cookers are often more expensive than other models but they tend to cook rice more evenly and precisely. These types of units include a special microchip that can sense what type of rice you’re cooking and calculate cooking time by taking into consideration multiple variables.
Why We Recommend It
Compact size makes this unit easy to store. The unit can make up to 1cups of cooked rice but it’s still small enough that it will easily fit in most kitchen cabinets. It’s also fairly lightweight so you won’t have a problem toting it around your kitchen when mealtime comes around.
Can keep your rice warm while you finish cooking the rest of your meal. The Hamilton Beach 3754cooker can cook your rice fairly quickly. But don’t worry, once it’s finished the cooking process, it easily switches to a keep-warm mode so you can continue making dinner without having to worry.
Comes with a steamer basket. This unit comes with a steamer basket so you can cook vegetables at the same time as you cook your grains. The cooker can be used to steam vegetables, and fish alone. You won’t need to purchase a separate steamer appliance to do that job.
Features options for cooking grains. It can cook plain rice, store-bought rice packets, as well as brown rice. The unit can also cook porridge and with its delay-start, you can have your oatmeal ready for the morning.
Conventional Rice Cookers
Sporting a simple and intuitive design, conventional rice cookers are simply a vessel that the rice cooks in without any extra features. After adding rice and water to the cooker, you simply push a button and the device heats up to the ideal temperature for cooking rice. After a set amount of time, the heat turns off and the rice is ready to be eaten. Conventional rice cookers can cook brown rice and sushi rice with a few adjustments, but they are optimized for cooking white rice.
Micro-Computerized Rice Cooker
A modern variation on the conventional rice cooker, the micro-computerized rice cooker comes equipped with a small chip that detects and regulates the cooking time and internal temperature. The microchip uses thermo sensors to calculate how long the rice has to cook and reacts to changes in internal temperature by changing the estimated time to completion. Sometimes referred to as a micom cooker, a micro-computerized rice cooker works well with any type of rice and has more built-in settings and safety features than a conventional cooker.
Zojirushi NP-HBC110-Cup (Uncooked) Rice Cooker and Warmer
Induction Heated Micro-Computerized Rice Cooker
Incorporating a new heating method into the classic cooker design, an induction heated rice cooker doesn’t heat the contents from the bottom of the inner pan. Instead, the heat is evenly distributed across the entire pan, which makes cooking faster and more precise. Controlled by a microcomputer, the rice cooker will maintain the optimal temperature for cooking rice though the whole device, without requiring any additional input from the user.
One of the added benefits of using induction heating is that the cooker’s microprocessor can make finer temperature adjustments than with a conventional cooker. The entire internal plate is heated evenly making temperature reading very accurate and minute adjustments more noticeable.
Pressurized Induction Heated Micro Computerized Rice Cooker
A combination of pressure cooker technology and modern rice cooker design, the pressure rice cooker raises the cooking temperature to a very high level, which cooks the rice quickly and efficiently. By adding pressure to the cooking process, the consistency of the rice changes, making it softer, fluffier, and easier to digest. The majority of high-end electric rice cookers use pressure and induction heat to cook the rice, and most of the rice eaten at Chinese restaurants comes from a pressurized induction-heated micro-computerized rice cooker.
Aroma 20-Cup Digital Rice Cooker & Food Steamer
Many rice cookers offer basic features such as cook and keep-warm settings, but many models also come with some modern updates (info here). The average electric rice cooker has one-touch operation, so after adding the rice and water, the user can push the cook button and the machine will do the rest of the work. Many electric rice cookers come with a removable non-stick bowl and lid so the device can be cleaned out without any added hassle. Specialty rice cookers come with a handy steaming basket, so you can steam vegetables, fish, and poultry using your rice cooker.
High-end rice cookers use what’s commonly referred to as fuzzy logic technology, which senses changes in the internal temperature and automatically adjusts the timer to cook the rice with added precision. Units with fuzzy logic technology can do a lot more than simply cook white rice. They can cook and steam brown rice, sushi rice, soups, and grains, without any issues. Fuzzy logic can detect the contents and automatically adjust its settings to suit the dish, which makes it a very important part of many electric rice cookers. In many models, a digital control panel is added to increase ease of use.
Induction Heating uses radio frequency electricity through an electrically conductive material. Therefore, it doesn’t need any contact. Induction Heating Rice Cookers or Electric Rice Cookers have an induction heating zone underneath its inner pot which serves as a heat conductor. An alternating electric current then flows in the external vessel where the inner pot is placed to produce resistive heating. In turn, the surrounding heat cooks the rice or the food in the inner pot. Inner pots should have a high ferrous metal content at the base for this type of rice cooker.
At the end of it all, it depends on your budget and personal preference. The winner of this ongoing battle depends on you.
Cook and Keep-Warm Cookers
This type of rice cooker has a feature that will automatically switch into a ‘keep warm’ mode once the rice is cooked. It becomes handy if you want to eat at different times. Many have built in steamers and other helpful features.
Induction Heating Rice Cookers
These have an induction heating system and are high end rice cookers. This technology allows for even heating of the rice resulting in perfectly cooked rice. These cookers will have temperature sensing methods that are more accurate and heat distribution will be even throughout the entire rice pan, not just radiating from below. The level of heat can be adjusted accurately and instantaneously and the program can correct for measuring errors automatically by making adjustments to the cooking time and temperature.
Other Features and Accessories
An auto timer -All rice cookers have an automatic shut off. When rice is done the unit automatically changes to the “warm” temperature. There is no light that indicates that the rice is done. If you want to turn off the “warm” feature you have to unplug the unit. There are some rice cookers that have “electronic cook” and “keep warm” feature. In this case the unit keeps rice warm for up to 1hours. If you are family that eats rice during the long period of time these rice cookers might be the ones for you.
Instant Programmable Pressure Cooker
The Instant Programmable pressure cooker is one of the most versatile, 7-in-one multi-cooker. The high-quality pressure cooker earns almost unanimous praise from users and experts. It is the most coveted electric cooker available on the today’s market.
Dual Pressure Settings
Its dual pressure settings feature allows for flexible and speedy cooking. High-pressure cooking can lower cooking time by as much as 70 percent. On the other hand, you can avoid overcooking delicate foods by using low-pressure cooker setting.
You will certainly wonder how to give you support in your kitchen. We ensure that you will choose it because it gives you better support to its performance and versatility. The pressure cooker perfectly cooks rice, risotto, vegetables, meat, and many other foods. During our research, we found that this cooker works like a pressure cooker, a slow cooker, and a rice cooker as well.
Zojirushi NP-HCC10XH Rice Cooker and Warmer
High performance, convenience, and reliability are the best terms to describe this rice cooker. Undoubtedly, these are the features that bring excellence to your cooking experience. If your rice cooker is troublesome, you’ll be damned with mashed and dried rice every time. Luckily, Zojirushi NP-HCC10XH Rice Cooker has given you a one- time solution to this mess.
Latest Induction Technology
With modern induction heating technology, this cooker proves to be more efficient compared to the traditional models. With this technology, the whole cooking vessel is heated as opposed to the heat moving up from the pan bottom to its top. This ensures that every rice grain experiences evenly distributed heat.
Aroma Simply Stainless 3-Cup Rice Cooker
Experience simple and quick home cooking with this stainless Aroma Simply Stainless 3-Cup Rice Cooker. Enjoy healthy steamed meals and restaurant-quality rice from the comfort of your home. Prepare a meal of your choice at the flip of a switch and turn cooking time into your time! Use the time to do something else as the cooker delivers hearty, healthy, and hot meals which the whole family will enjoy.
Wrapping it Up
This Aroma stainless cooker enables you to have a rice cooker which features a stainless steel pot without paying an arm and a leg for it. So, if you’re looking for an affordable rice cooking pot and you don’t want to sacrifice on quality, Aroma simply stainless cooker becomes your best choice.
Zojirushi NHS-6-Cup Rice Cooker Steamer & Warmer
Tired of unnecessary noises from the ill-defined traditional rice cookers? Zojirushi NHS-Cup Rice Cooker is the most available and ideal solution to prepare rice within the shortest time possible. There will be no hassle or fuss during your cooking time. You’ll also save most of your time and energy.
This cooker is designed to enable you steam fish, chicken, or vegetables, with rice and you can amazingly finish preparing your entire meal at once! Just have a look at its specifications here below.
You will be amused by the way this rice cooker heats up quickly making the entire cooking process just a snap. When you place your rice in the internal pot of the cooker and turn on the plug, the internal pot receives heat through the heating portion located at the bottom.
Rice consumes the steam which is generated by water. As soon as your rice is well cooked, the sensor will automatically stop receiving heat and therefore stop cooking. What more, would you ask for?
Hamilton Beach 3754Rice Cooker
From dinner to breakfast, Hamilton Beach Rice Cooker enables you to cook a vast variety of foods easily. You can cook hot cereals, grains, or packaged rice mix without the need to set a timer or boil water. All you’ll need to do is to place your ingredients in the pot, switch it on, select your setting and leave everything to cook to perfection! Sounds simple, right?
The kind of materials a rice cooker is made is also a critical factor. Most stainless steel rice cookers also have a non-stick coating. Such features are proven to make your cleaning process more convenient.
The material and the manner of construction of a rice cooker gives you a clue of how long lasting it can be. So be careful to select the rice cooker which looks durable.
How to Choose and Use Rice Cooker
The convenience of the rice cooking unit may mean two things:
It’s, therefore, crucial to ensure that you select a rice cooker which doesn’t complicate your cooking process. In fact, this is the reason you decide to make use of stainless steel rice cooker as opposed to a stove, basically – to lower the amount of effort and time used while cooking.
Ensure that all the settings including buttons can be operated easily without reading the manual. Some stainless steel rice cookers feature a single-touch operation, while others have automatic digital controls.
Choosing rice cookers which are a breeze to clean is also crucial. There are various features which make cleaning a cup of tea. For example, a non-stick coated surface may make leftovers simple to brush off by use of dishwashing soap and water alone. The unit which has dishwasher-safe components is also convenient.
Hamilton Beach 3754Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker
In at number we have a product from Hamilton Beach. Hamilton beach is renowned for making durable home appliances for a long time now. Likely they have made to the list of the best electric rice cooker. The reasons are interesting too, let’s have a look.
Cuckoo 110v CRP-G1015F Cup Electric Pressure Rice Cooker
T-fal RK7058510-In-Rice and Multicooker
The T-fal RK70585is on the list for several reasons. To start with, it comes with most of the features as the previously described models. One or two features are even more than those.
Another best rice cooker is Cuisinart CRC-400. It differentiates itself from the others with its design and performance.
If you are looking for a slow rice cooker and steamer, you are at the right place. Breville offers the best quality for this class.
Basic rice cookers
Basic models feature an on/off switch. They can cook rice. When the rice is done, the system will turn off automatically. Most models come with a keep-warm function. After the rice is done, the system will switch to a warm mode. Therefore, you don’t need to worry about eating cold rice.
High End Rice cookers
As technology advances, many modern rice cookers also come with other useful functions and can replace your other types of small kitchen appliances. These features include slow cooking, simmering, steaming, or sautéing. Therefore, such a rice cooker can replace your steamer, slower cooker, or other appliances.
Zojirushi Rice Cookers
Zojirushi rice cookers are very famous for a long time now. It is a Japanese brand and most of its rice cooker used to be manufactured in Japan but as of recent times we are seeing some models that are being produced in China. The difference in quality between the models produced in Japan and the models produced in China is very apparent. Each model in Zojirushi has sets of features that are important and is of use. These models are designed with ease of use and durability in mind.
Aroma Rice Cookers
Aroma rice cookers are manufactured by Aroma Housewares. They are a US based company who designs and manufactures a wide range of kitchenware. They seem to manufacture some models in China too. Aroma rice cookers are well recognized in the rice cooker field and have many good reviews on its models.
The best function is you can put rice in the cooker and make rice even when you’re not at home by using the delay mode of upto 15hrs. It makes all types of rice and takes 4to 60 minutes to do so. It has a time indicator in-case you want to monitor however, the Hamilton beach rice cooker adjust its time itself.
The pan is non-sticky. The minimum rice you have to cook is atleast 1.cups i.e., 540gms (members) and can cook maximum of upto cups i.e., 3.kg (1members) It makes the best rice you have ever had (take my guarantee on this) and undisputedly the best rice cooker.
Panasonic SR-W18GH rice cooker including Idli plates – Upto ltrs (After cooking)
Panasonic is a brand we all are aware of and doesn’t require much explanation. Panasonic SR W18GH model is little cheaper than Hamilton beach but has only two functions, cooking and keeping warm.The capacity is upto kg (members) sufficient for any large family.
You get Idli plates and an extra pan along with the rice cooker. It does a decent job in cooking rice but the pan is not Non-sticky. So, you’ll have to place a plate at the bottom before pouring rice and water or add oil before cooking rice (More tips for the stickiness below in detailed review section). It takes 30 to 3minutes to cook rice however there is no time indicator.
If you do not want additional functions like Delay mode, Heat & Simmer or Steam, then Panasonic SR W18GH would be a good choice.
Rice usually takes a lot of time to cook with pressure cooker. The same holds for electric rice cookers also. However, two major factors determine the time needed, quantity to make and power watt.
Hamilton beach is pre-programmed and generally takes 4minutes to make, for brown or basmati rice use option whole grain which takes 60 minutes. If you’re in hurry then use Quick rice option which takes 30 minutes. It excludes the soaking part just to cook the rice faster.
Panasonic SR W18GH takes about 30 minutes to cook white rice.
The budget and low-capacity models take about 30 to 3minutes.
Non-stick vessel and solution for stickiness
Non-stick coating vessel is a must for hassle free cooking. All though most of the rice cookers are branded as non-stick cooker but they ain’t one. In terms of cooking, only Hamilton Beach 3754and Panasonic SR Y22FHS are really non-sticky ones. If you notice, we haven’t recommended Panasonic SR Y22FHS because it is priced closer to Hamilton beach. We have instead recommended Panasonic SR W18GH because it is cheaper than SR Y22FHS and also you get more by the way of Idli plates.
For non-stick solution in other rice cooker, the trick is to add a little butter or oil of your choice and a little salt. It works like a charm. So, usually add liquids and butter first, then the rice.
A. Add oil first or butter first and then the rice.
Q. What are the things to look for before buying a rice cooker?
A. Capacity of the rice cooker, the functions it can perform, types of rice it can cook, time it takes for cooking rice, non-sticky pan and the price.
Q.Can rice cooker be used for boiling or steaming vegetables?
A.Yes, all electric rice cooker can be used for boiling or steaming vegetables and in rice cooker like Hamilton beach you can also Heat &simmer soups, pasta. Electric rice cooker can perform all the activities which a pressure cooker can do.
KitchenAid KMC4241OB Multi-Cooker
The KitchenAid multi-cooker delivers consistent culinary results with more than cooking methods for amazing versatility. With even heat technology it constantly monitors the temperature of the cooking pot from 1degrees to 450 degrees Fahrenheit for precise temperature control. The digital display shows step-by-step instructions, temperature and timer for up to 1hours of cooking.
Cups or 1.8L
Midea MY-SS606Power 8-in-Multi-Functional Programmable Pressure Cooker Review
Midea MY-SS606Power 8-in-Multi-Functional Programmable Pressure Cooker
Midea MY-SS606rice cooker made from food grade stainless steel and you can use it for steaming, boiling, stewing, slow cook, yogurt etc. I has two work modes: programmable and manual. So, You can use this Midea MY-SS606prepare rice or fry food. Its operation is completely safe. Because, there are some gaps between the inner and seal ring of the pot cover. so The gas can exhaust easily while it is staying in high-pressure condition. Also, While the tempreture is higher than 150 degress, the cooker outage automatically, so as to prevent damaging the machine.
Aroma 12-Cup Sensor Logic
This is a stainless steel rice cooker that possesses a modern, egg shaped design. It can accept up to cups of uncooked rice and yields 1cups of cooked rice. The control panel in the front offers a digital display and easy to understand functions. It also has a picnic mode handle, making it easy for you to bring with you wherever you need evenly cooked rice.
Aroma’s Sensor Logic technology is similar to the fuzzy logic offered by other brands. The rice cooker is able to make modifications to heating time based on outside temperature, height and even measurement errors. The taste of the cooked rice is constant from the bottom of the pot to the top, and the settings allow you to be choosy with the grain.
Many rice cookers on the market throw in a steamer basket as an afterthought, but this machine takes this feature seriously. The white basket is a good size and can be used with Aroma’s Sauté-Then-Simmer Function, which creates a high heat for browning food and switches automatically to simmer once you add liquid. The design also comes with a clear plastic measuring cup and serving spoon. The removable power cable is a nice addition that isn’t offered with other designs in the same price range.
Oster 20-Cup Digital 003071
This stainless steel rice cooker comes with a cool-touch, locking lid. The lid and accents are glossy black. The detachable inner pot has a non stick coating. The control panel lets you line up this design to cook white rice, brown rice, porridge or soup. It also has a steam only setting.
Zojirushi NP-HBCRice Cooker &Warmer
The Zojirushi NP-HBCinduction heating rice cooker is the most advanced electric rice cooker available to consumers. This design uses fuzzy logic to cook rice to perfect consistently, but it also includes an induction system that evenly distributes heat for excellent results.
This electric rice cooker is made of stainless steel and is egg shaped. Its smooth black lid is removable, making it easier to clean than attached lids. The digital display in front is simple and sensitive, and it houses settings for white rice, brown rice and even mixed rice. As well, it includes additional settings for sushi rice, porridge, soup or baking, and it offers you the added flexibility of choosing whether you’d prefer your rice regular, soft or hard. The delay timer has two settings, allowing you to choose when it cooks and for how long.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Rice Cookers wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Rice Cookers
- №1 — Instant Pot Duo Mini 3 Qt 7-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer
- №2 — Zojirushi NS-TSC18 Micom Rice Cooker and Warmer – 1.8 Liters
- №3 — Aroma Housewares ARC-914SBD 8-Cup (Cooked) Digital Cool-Touch Rice Cooker and Food Steamer, Stainless Steel