Best Rice Cookers

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Although Rice may not be a staple food in most countries, it is still one of the most popular forms of grain that are consumed especially in Asian countries. Cooking rice is simple and only requires a rice cooker to cook the rice. You can experiment with various water levels and whether you want to add other ingredients to the rice, depending on preference. When selecting a rice cooker, it is important that you choose one that comes with a warm feature as well to keep the rice warm after it is cooked. Build quality is also important as you don’t want your rice cooker to rust or burn after prolonged usage. We have selected some of the best rice cookers out there to help you with finding the one that is right for you. They have been selected based on quality and customer feedback.

Aroma Housewares ARC-150SB

Product Info
  • Multi-functional use – whether you are in the mood for a hearty jambalaya, steamed veggies and rice, or even a fluffy...
  • Nutritious & delicious – the built-in steamer function allows for nutrient-rich meals to be prepared above while rice,...
  • Capacity & Dimensions – The arc-150sb has a 20-cup cooked capacity yielding anywhere from 4 to 20 cups of cooked rice...

The Aroma Housewares ARC-150SB is a much cheaper rice cooker compared to the Zojirushi Rice cooker which took our number one spot. Although it only comes with basic features, it is still one of the best rice cookers out there for its price. The rice cooker can cook up to 20 cups of rice which should be sufficient for twenty servings. The functions are all easy to use and there are several programmable digital controls. You can choose between white rice, brown rice and set a delay timer. It also comes with the all-important keep warm feature which will ensure that your rice is kept warm even after it is cooked. The inner pot in the rice cooker is made of a non-stick material which can be detached if you want to clean it. The pot is dishwasher safe, so cleaning should be a breeze. Apart from just the cooker itself, you will also receive a steam tray, measuring cup and spatula along with recipes and coupons.

Instant Pot IP-DUO60

Product Info
  • Best Selling Model: America’s most loved multi cooker, built with the latest 3rd generation technology, the...
  • Cooks Fast & Saves Time: The Instant Pot Duo multi-cooker combines 7 appliances in one: pressure cooker, slow cooker,...
  • Consistently Delicious: 14 one-touch Smart Programs put cooking ribs, soups, beans, rice, poultry, yogurt, desserts and...

The Instant Pot IP-DUO60 rice cooker allows you to choose between three different capacity options. There are the 5 Quart, 6 Quart, and 8 Quart sizes, all of which are priced differently. The rice cooker does cost over a $100 but is well worth it considering the features and quality that it offers. There are seven different uses for the cooker. It can be used as a slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, warmer and for browning. This makes it one of the most versatile rice cookers that are out there. There is an LCD display panel on the cooker which allows you to view various settings and times. The cooker has an automatic warming feature which can keep the food warm after it is cooked. The cooking pot is made of stainless steel and cleaning it is a breeze. There are also recipes that come with the cooker which are in several different languages apart from just English.

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Hamilton Beach Digital Simplicity

Product Info
  • Expand your menu with perfectly cooked dishes
  • 1-14 cups (COOKED) capacity
  • Select cooking function and it does the rest

Hamilton Beach is one of a more well-known companies when it comes to manufacturing household electronics. Though it has a very good build quality and offers most of the essential features, it is still priced at just over $35. The rice cooker can yield up to 14 cups of cooked rice, which should be more than sufficient for most people. Apart from just cooking rice, it can also be used to make beans, whole grains and flavored pasta amongst various other dishes. The body of the cooker is made of a stainless-steel material that gives it a shiny finish. You have the option of choosing whether you want to get the cooker with the steam basket or without. There is also a large capacity model of the rice cooker which lets you cook up to 20 cups of rice. What we really liked about the rice cooker is that it has a unique heat and simmer function which is quite different to most other rice cookers.

Zojirushi NS-LGC05XB Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer

Product Info
  • Multi-menu cooking functions: Special settings for white/mixed riced, sushi rice, brown rice, GABA brown rice, long...
  • Triple heater (bottom, side and lid) generate heat all around for even heating.Up to 3 cups / 0.54 liter. Capacity is...
  • Dimensions (W x D x H):9-1/8 x 11-7/8 x 7-1/2 inches. Detachable and washable inner lid

Cooking rice manually can be a pain, but when you use a rice cooker like this next product, you will find that cooking rice is as easy as ever. The Zojirushi NS-LGC05XB Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer is simply one of the easiest rice cookers to use in order to get tasty rice every time. You will find that the Zojirushi NS-LGC05XB Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer comes with several different cooking options. These options come in handy when you are cooking with a specific type of rice. For example, there is an option for white and mixed rice, sushi rice, brown rice, long grain white rice, GABA brown rice, and even steel cut oatmeal. There is even a menu option for quick cooking too. With the rice cooker itself, you can look forward to a triple heater. There is a heater in the bottom, side, and the lid. This heater is what allows your rice to stay nice and warm even after you have cooked it. This triple heating also allows you to have an even cook. The size of the Zojirushi NS-LGC05XB Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer measures out to 9 ⅛ inches in width by 11 ⅞ inches in depth, and 7 ½ inches in height. These dimensions allow you to cook three cups of rice at a time. When cooking you can look forward to the removable steam vent cap that allows you to cook at high temperatures without having to worry about any frustrating overflows. Lastly clean up is an absolute breeze as you can look forward to an easily detachable and washable inner lid. This inner lid allows you to easily clean up your rice cooker before you store it away. When it comes to the electrical rating, the Zojirushi NS-LGC05XB Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer is compatible with 120 volts or 450 watts. With the microcomputer, you can also look forward to adjustable cooking temperatures in the time. 

Midea Multi-Functional Smart Rice Cooker

Product Info
  • Smart multi-functional rice cooker with 12 pre-set programs for Quick Rice, White Rice, Brown Rice, Congee, Baby...
  • One touch button for Congee, White Rice, and Quick Rice make the most often used programs most accessible and convenient
  • A rice cooker, A steamer, A soup maker, A slower cooker. 24-hour Delay Timer for flexible meal planning. AUTOMATIC KEEP...

This may be one of the less popular rice cookers out there, but is another one of our top picks for a rice cooker. There are twelve preset programs on the rice cooker which lets you use it for various other foods as well apart from rice. You can use it to cook Oatmeal, Soup, Baby Porridge and various other foods. The programs for these options can be found on the panel and can be set with just a press of a button. There is also a delay timer which can be set for as long as twenty-four hours, making it easy for the flexible planning of your meals. Just like all the other rice cookers on our list, it also has a keep warm feature which ensures that your food is kept warm after it is cooked. The inner pot is 2 mm in thickness and is made of a stainless-steel material. The pot is easy to clean and can be detached from the cooker with ease.

Oster 004722-000-000 Rice Cooker

Product Info
  • Holds 3 cups of dry rice. Prepares up to 6 cups of cooked rice; Cord length: 28 inches
  • Compact rice cooker with one touch controls ideal for rice, soul, fondue, and more
  • 1 liter vegetable steamer tray to cook vegetables, fish, and more

This is another rice cooker that we really liked due to its good value for money. Although it may not be feature packed like some of the other rice cookers on our list, what makes it special is its cheap price. This model of the Oster Rice Cooker costs only around $20, making it the cheapest rice cooker on our list. The rice cooker can hold about three cups of uncooked rice and can yield about double that quantity when it is cooked. There is also a one-liter steaming tray that comes with the rice cooker which allows you to cook even vegetables and other foods apart from just rice. There is an automatic keep warm feature as well, which is quite essential when it comes to rice cookers. The operation of the rice cooker is quite simple and only requires the press of a button in most instances.

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Aroma Housewares ARC-914SBD

Product Info
  • Multi-functional use - cooks white and brown rice to perfection, but also jambalaya, steamed veggies, and even a fluffy...
  • Steaming capabilities - steam tray allows you to prepare your veggies above while rice, soup, or any other meal cooks...
  • Capacity and measurements - cooks 2 to 8 cups of cooked rice. Easy to store at home - measures 8.25 x 8.5 x 9 inches.

We decided to feature another product by Aroma Housewares due to its extremely cheap price. This model of the Aroma Housewares rice cooker costs only about $30 for the silver colored version and about $40 for the white colored model. The cooker can yield about 8 cups of cooked rice which should be quite sufficient for your entire family. The cooker is quite easy to use and the buttons are large and feel very tactile. There is also a small LCD display which shows the time remaining. You also have the option of programming the settings based on what you are cooking and how you want to prepare it. The cooker has a delay timer feature as well which can be set for up to 15 hours. The inner pot is made of a non-stick material and can be detached easily from the cooker when you need to wash it. With the package, you will get a steam tray, measuring cup and spatula as well apart from just the rice cooker.

Instant Pot IP-LUX50

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Instant Pot makes another appearance on our list, this time with the Instant Pot IP-LUX50. This is a much more expensive model than the previous one on our list but does come with additional features. There are two different capacity options for the cooker as there is the 5 Quart and 6 Quart capacity cookers which are priced quite similar. This is a six in one multi-functional cooker which can be used to cook various other foods other than just rice. The control panel is quite large and is very easy to use. There are also smart programs on the cooker which lets you cook meat, multi-grains and various other food. There are also adjustable modes which let you vary the preparation modes. The safety mechanisms that are implemented on the cooker ensures that it will be safe and hygienic. There is a delay cook time feature which lets you set a timer for up to 24 hours. The cooking pot is made of stainless steel and is easy to clean.

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