A rice cooker is convenient if you eat rice on a regular basis. Quality ones work well and they last for a long time too. Searching for one can be a challenge though due to the different models flooding the market right now. Make informed choices by reading our buyer’s guide full of essential facts and product recommendations.
- How do rice cookers work?
Answer: The standard rice cooker works by heating a plate up on the pan’s bottom. The inner pot included in the rice cooker heats by means of conduction on the heating plate. Once the cooker is switched on, the inner pot will then bring the water to a boil and it will stay at such a temperature until all traces of moisture has vanished.
The temperature sensors of the cooker will notice a boost in temperature and will set off the cooker to shift to the Keep Warm mode, or switch itself off.
- What are the types of rice cookers?
Answer: The market offers various types of rice cookers and they are the following:
• Electric rice cooker
• Induction heat rice cooker
• Microwave rice cooker
• Gas rice cookers
• Traditional rice cookers/steamers
• Ceramic/stoneware rice cookers
- What factors should I consider when looking for rice cookers?
Answer: First, you need to consider your budget. Next, you have to mull over what you need your cooker to do, consider the rice that you are most likely to cook ( some types of rice takes a while to cook compared to regular white rice), consider how often you are going to utilize the cooker, check your lifestyle and factor in the potential features of the rice cooker that will make meal prep easier.
- Any general maintenance tips for rice cookers?
Answer: Make sure to clean the rice cooker after every use. Give the cooker enough time to cool down before a cleanup. Check manufacturer instructions on cleaning and maintaining the rice cooker. Whenever you use cleaning solutions on the device, do not let any remaining chemical get within the cooker or all over the hot plate. Use a damp cloth to take in cleaner remains that has leaked accidentally into the cooker. Dry the cooker thoroughly before plugging it in.
Our Top Picks
Aroma Housewares ARC-743-1NG 6-Cup (Cooked \ 3-Cup uncooked) Pot Style Rice Cooker and Food Steamer
- Versatile rice cooker
- 6-cup cooked capacity
- Easy to understand programming
- Includes a non-stick inner pot and other accessories
The Arima Housewares Pot Style Rice Cooker is quite the versatile cooker since it can concoct a nice range of dishes—apart from rice, it can also help you whip up jambalaya, steamed veggies and meat and even a cake. It has 6-cups cooked capacity and its user-friendly programming involves just one push of a button. Already includes an inner pot, measuring cup, steam tray and plastic spatula. See more in this review.
Oster 004722-000-000 6-Cup Rice Cooker with Steamer
- 6 cups cooked capacity
- Sleek and compact design
- One-touch controls
- Includes 1-liter vegetable steamer tray
The Oster Rice cooker is designed to churn out 3 cups of dry rice and turn them into 6 cups of cooked fluffy rice. It has user-friendly controls too—the One-Touch control makes it the best device to cook not only rice but a host of other simpler dishes as well from steamed veggies down to fondue. It includes a steamer tray for fish and vegetables while its tempered glass lid lets you check the cooking food. Get more information in this video.
Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 5-1/2-Cup (Uncooked) Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker and Warmer, Premium White, 1.0-Liter
- Neuro Fuzzy Logic technology
- Multi menu selections
- Non-stick inner pan
- LCD clock and timer
The Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker and Warmer has advanced technology an multi menu selections—it has auto keep-warm modes, reheating cycles and extended keep-warm options. The device already includes a non-stick inner pan, measuring cups, non-stick scooper and spoon, spoon holder and even recipes you can try out. See a review of the product in this video.
Black & Decker RC503 Uncooked Rice Cooker, 3-cup
- Has 6-cup cooked capacity
- Auto keep-warm feature
- Includes non-stick rice pot
- Has food steaming basket
The Black+Decker RC503 Uncooked Rice Cooker produces 6 cups of steaming, fluffy rice—the auto keep-warm mode also allows the rice to stay warm until eating time. It includes a non-stick rice pot, measuring cup, measuring spoon and food steaming basket for creating healthy dishes with fish and vegetables. Check more info in this review.
Cuisinart CRC-400 Rice Cooker, 4-Cup
- Versatile rice cooker
- Switches to warm automatically after cooking
- Square, contemporary design in brushed stainless steel
- Includes accessories
The Cuisinart CRC-400 Rice Cooker is designed to tackle other dishes too apart from making hot rice. The device also includes a stainless steel steaming basket so you can cook meats, fish and vegetables. Accessories are included with the device from a non-stick anodized aluminum cooking bowl to a measuring cup and glass lid. Check this out in this review.
Tiger Corporation JBV-A10U-W 5.5-Cup Micom Rice Cooker with Food Steamer and Slow Cooker
- “Tacook” synchro-cooking function
- User-friendly operation
- 4 cooking menu settings
- Easy to clean
The Tiger Corporation JBV-A10U-W Rice Cooker has this particular cooking technology called the “tacook” which allows the device to cook rice and a main dish all at the same time. Great for those who are too busy to concoct dishes; you won’t have to rely on fast food fare anymore. Easy to clean and comes with the right accessories too. Check more in this review.