Using a good rice cooker will save you time and energy tremendously for other tasks while yielding excellent quality food with a uniform consistency every single time. This article aims at reviewing and comparing the 10 best rice cookers in 2021. All 10 nominees were selected from the most popular rice cookers at their latest revisions through customers’ feed-backs and experienced testing for yielding consistent tasty rice, loads of useful capabilities can replace many other appliances’ functionality, fitting for both small and large family size and costing minimal to meet budget…
For each entry, an overall review with detailed pros, cons of their features, and evaluation will be included in conjunction with similar range devices comparison. In addition, a detailed guide and walkthrough will be included on how to choose the best rice cooker that meets your budget requirement while exceedingly fit all expectations of your cooking situation.
1. Instant pot Ultra 6 qt 10-in-1 programmable pressure cooker
This is the new update version of the best selling rice cooker in the States: Instant pot Duo. It inherited all the wonderful capabilities of its predecessor such as being a pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, sauté/sear, yogurt maker/ferment, soup, stew, bake, egg, etc. This new version model added fully customizable cooking programs, a full process indicator, altitude adjustment, precision cooking, larger LCD display, pressure release reset and all sort of others new features.
The inner pot is made of stainless steel without any coating. Its outer body is made of stainless steel in thermal vacuum seal type to trap in heat. This is so easy to clean and most of the parts except for outer body are dishwasher safe.Rice cooking is very quick under high pressure, rice quality is desirable but not exceptional like those Japanese/Korean rice cooker since those have their own rice cooking algorithm.
For an infrequent rice eater, this might be acceptable since it just has so many other uses and has a super large base of applicable recipe. Now, this model doesn’t have smart connect capability. If that is what you’re desired, then look into its cousin: the Instant Pot Smart + app model, which have almost every features but the self sterilize and self-reset pressure valve. However, that smart model can be connected to any Bluetooth device and accepting custom recipe scripts, which is niche in allowing limitless temperatures sequential control of cooking process. Imagine that, download or write your own recipe scripts and share them with friends and family.Durability on any Instant Pot is sort of average. Still, for such a price with that much versatility (costs less than half of a similar function Cuckoo); this is definitely a worth-wise purchase.
- Fast rice cooking time with high/low pressure and adjustable temperature
- Various rice cooking options: plain, multi-grain, porridge
- Other notable functions include: pressure cook, soup, stew, chili, steam, slow cook, sauté, warm, cake, egg, yogurt and sterilize
- Fully stainless steel inner pot with no coating
- Dishwasher safe for lid, inner pot and steam rack. Self sterilize option included
- Lid holder and exterior body holder works as spoon rest
- Recipe book included, Lots of applicable recipes online or on mobile app
- New steam release reset button in addition to 10 other safety features from its predecessor
- Altitude adjustment and customizable dial for quick program selection
- Fully customizable cooking program and temperature sequence for much more versatility over predecessor
- Full cooking progress indicator
- Compatible with all other 6 qt Instant Pot accessories
- Very budget for such an AIO machine
- Lack of the large 8qt and mini 3qt sizes as compare to its predecessor
- No built-in for brown rice, sticky rice or other grains – have to custom work around it
- No rice watering guide embedded
2. Zojirushi micom rice cooker NS-TSC
Not only that, this rice cooker has several built-in functions that work with sushi rice, brown rice, porridge, steamer, cake baking, etc. They are all yield great result if you follow the engraved water guide line inside the nonstick pot.
On compare to other similar price range on market, this rice cooker indeed yields one of the best cooked rice qualities, be it white or brown. This pot is available in 5 cups/1 L and 10 cups/1.8 L sizes, perfectly fit for small to large family or event with crowd party. Clean up is a breeze as most washable parts are PBA-free nonstick plastic and removable inner lid.
A note on this pot is that even though Zojirushi’s products used to be of high quality and durability before, now that they’re moving most of their micom and conventional product lines to China to reduce cost, these lower end product seems to not on par with those 8-10 years ago. So, don’t expect this to last over 10 years if you happen to own a Zojirushi before.
Another note is on the cooking time. Even though this rice cooker does cook up some of the best quality rice than any machine in the same price range, it’s also one of the lowest too, even on quick cooking mode.
- Micom rice cooker yield great quality white, brown and sushi rice
- Automatic keep warm
- Thermal vacuum design outer body prevent heat loss and keep cooked rice quality fresh longer
- Multiple useful functions such as baking, porridge, steam and brown rice
- Detail water filling guide engraved in inner pot
- Thick coating of nonstick inner pot
- Multiple sizes: 5 and 10 cups
- BPA nonstick steaming basket
- Reheat option
- Timer settings for delay cooking
- Retractable power cord
- Durability is not on par with what old Zojirushi used to be
- Slow cooking time compare to other micom rice cooker, twice as slow to conventional or pressure cooker
- Spoon rest is hard to secured
3. Tiger JBA-T micom rice cooker with food steamer & slow cooker
Not only white rice, this rice cooker also has preset options for cooking brown rice, multi-grain, mixed and sweet rice. All of them are giving superior rice quality making this one of the most stand-out rice cooker. There’re also options for porridge, slow cook and steam and they are all performing to the perfect as well. Other features include automatic keep warm function, delay timer, non-stick pot and lid, etc.
For accessories, it comes with a rice paddle, ladle, steamer and measuring cup. All of these are non-stick and made of exceptional quality plastic that would last for years of heavy usages. Especially the rice paddle, it would work perfectly with sticky or any sushi rice.
Best of all, this pot is made in Japan and has been known for its long lasting life. This rice cooker is in the medium price range for a micom rice cooker, however, it is a worth wise purchase for its exceptional working quality and durability.
- Best cook rice’s taste and texture with Tiger automatic cooking logic
- Ease of use, set and forget for consistent rice quality every time
- Automatic keep warm function to keep the rice warm while preserving its moisture at perfect condition (no burnt or dry rice even after overnight)
- Made in Japan with quality construction and long lasting durability rice cooker for years of heavy uses
- Quick rice cooking options for one-touch cooking in less than 25 minutes
- Multi cooking modes with adjustable time for steam, porridge and slow cook
- Multiple Water filling guides for different rice types
- 2 Timer settings for delay cooking
- Thick rounded non-stick inner pot with 3 layers coated for even heat distribution and lasting durability. Pot’s top edge is not sharp like some cheap pot, more comfortable to hold in hand
- Clam shelves design, thick body housing act like a thermal or vacuum pot to trap all the heat and keep the rice warm longer even when not plug-in. Extremely useful for take out
- High quality accessories: rice spatula, ladle and steamer. All are non-stick, high durability, thick and solid against heat (up to 248F), scratch, dirt, stain, etc.
- Easy to remove inner lid and steam cap for sanitizing
- Easy to clean inner pot and smooth outer shell that are stain/scratch/dirt resistant
- Standard family sizes, Available in 10 (Japanese) cups (JBA-T18U) and 5 cups (JBA-T10U)
- Count down process indicating when rice will be ready
- Cute white oblong shape with large wide handle for easy carrying around
- Cord is non retractable and kind of short
- Not dishwasher safe
- Took longer time to cook rice even in quick mode (25minutes) than most conventional rice cookers (15 minutes) and pressure rice cookers
- Spoon-rest ring can’t securely hold ladle or rice spatula/paddle
4. Zojirushi NP-HCC Induction heating Rice cooker & Warmer
Zojirushi is one of best selling Japanese rice cooker brand. Similar to Tiger, all of their rice cookers from the traditional electro-mechanic to micom and now IH rice cooker all produce superior rice taste and texture compared to other brands. Probably due to economic/profit controlling, some of the lower price range models of Zojirushi are now made in China, while the more luxury (and hence higher end) products are still produce in Japan. This model, available in 10 cups (Zojirushi NP-HCC18XH) and 5 cups (NP-HCC10XH), luckily is one of their Japan made models. It comes with high quality pot while having loads of versatile options for cooking rice and other culinary purposes on IH (induction heating) technology.
This is the next step up from a standard electric rice cooker, which uses induction heating to evenly distribute high or low heat to the inner cooking pot rather than at several focal points. Due to this temperature during cooking process is controlled precisely, thus produce great quality rice.
Now there are many other induction rice cookers on the market; however this Zojirushi rice cooker stands out due to its ability in cooking magnificent brown rice quality at such an affordable price among IH rice cookers. This rice cooker can take brown rice, germinated brown rice and also GABA (warm soak before cooking) single-handy.
This Zojirushi rice cooker has a darker gray stainless steel on black exterior with orange control panel, overall oblong shape, kind of resembling older/formal sushi chef style. This, with its clear coating, helps keep the rice cooker from attracting dirt, stain and very easy to maintain.
There is also a separate built-in algorithm for Jasmine rice to bring out its full aroma and tasty nature. Other functions of an electric rice cooker are still here like automatic keep warm (w/ extended keep warm at lower heat), multi-cook, timer, etc.
- Induction heating (IH) to control temperature precisely and prepared flawless rice every time
- Rice cooking focus functions: brown rice, germinated brown rice, GABA, short/medium white rice in regular/soft/hard texture, porridge, sushi rice, jasmine rice, mixed rice, sweet rice and quick cooking. All functions yield beautifully shine, super tasty and exceptional quality rice.
- Clear-coated stainless steel exterior for dirt resistant and ease of clean
- Three heater source for all-around even cooking temperature
- Extended keep warm at low temperature to prevent moisture loss and rice dies-colorization
- Quality thick inner pot
- Detachable stainless steel inner lid for cleaning
- Make in Japan
- Interchangeable signal for finish cooking alert between melody, beep or silence
- 2 settings for delay timer
- Available in 10 cups (1.8 L) Zojirushi NP-HCC18XH and 5 cups (1L) Zojirushi NP-HCC10XH sizes for family or single use
- Affordable price for an induction heat of good rice cooker
- Great manual (targeting base customers) in English, French, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese
- Slow – making great quality rice but among the slowest cooker
- Non-retractable cord
5. Tiger JKT-S stainless steel rice cooker with oat meal, slow cooker and bread maker
This Tiger JKT-S model is one of the best induction rice cookers you could found. As you may have known, Tiger rice cooker is always made with quality and user integrity in Japan. While Zojirushi IH rice cooker have an upper hand on brown rice cooking orientation, Tiger rice cooker tends to have more all-in-one appliance capabilities such as slow-cooker, bread maker, etc.
This model have the thickest inner pot made of 8 layers metal and ceramic coating at 2.5mm to achieve the solid non-sticking surface. The inner pot also has side handles for easy holding. If you’ve ever have to pick up a hot pot of rice or soup then you would appreciate this feature so much more.
Carrying the spectacular features of Tiger lines of micom rice cooker, this JKT-S model also include induction heating system for evenly all around cooking and fermented/baking functions. This one also includes a BPA free tacook plate to assist in the simultaneously cooking other food along side with rice, making a whole meal with just one button setting. Bread baking and fermenting are also a valuable feature while many are appreciated for the slow cooker and oatmeal functions. Washing is ease with all non-stick surface, stainless outer body, full lid removable, etc.
For such a high quality built, faster speed, extra functionality (slow cook, bread baking/fermenting, oat meal), this model is also cost a heap over that induction Zojirushi rice cooker.
- Rice cooking sequences: quick cook, plain white rice, ultra, synchro-cooking(multi-cook), Jasmine, Brown rice, mixed and porridge
- Bread specialty for fermentation and bake option
- Slow cooking function and oatmeal preparation
- Rinse-free rice cooking feature
- Micom cookers functions such as 2 presets timers, automatic keep warm, countdown indication…
- Ultra thick 8 layers inner pot (2.5mm) with ceramic/clay coats for non-sticking
- BPA free Tacook plate for simultaneously cooking along with rice
- Stainless steel design with fully removable lid for ease of cleaning
- Available in 10 cups Tiger JKT-S18U and 5 cups JKT-S10U sizes
- Included Cookbook with more recipe can be found on Tiger USA website
- Made in Japan
- Higher price among IH rice cooker
- Non-retractable cord
6. Zojirushi Induction & Pressure rice cooker
If you want the best Japanese rice cooker, this is it, the Zojirushi induction and pressure rice cooker is for you. As the name sound, this device is focused mainly on cooking white and brown rice in a deep level. Everything from scorching to re-brown the rice, pump up umami flavor, single-handy brown rice start to finish, amazing work with germinated brown rice… There’s no other device that make better flavor and rice oriented than this one.
The cooker appearance is still that old traditional oblong of a high-end Zojirushi rice cooker. This device is also made in Japan, which sort of guarantee its durability to heavy use. Available in both large 10 cups and 5 cups sizes.
The price tag is ok considering how powerful this machine is at cooking rice. However, for most Westerners/American who are not eating rice on a daily basis, it might be a bit overprice for solely rice cooker without any extra features like slow cook, soup, etc. So depend on the situation, this could either be the best rice cooker or the not-so-ideal one for your home.
- Induction heating with pressure to faster tasty rice
- One of the best brown rice cooking machine with different algorithm for brown rice, GABA, and germinated brown rice
- Unique setting for Umami, scorch, steam reduce to enhance and vary rice/ingredient flavors
- Special setting for sushi, super and mixed rice
- Easy to clean stainless steel exterior, detachable stainless steel inner lid
- Rinse-free setting to knock off starch
- Reheating and keep warm monitor
- Made in Japan
- Higher price tag
- Solely rice cooker, no other extra function even though equip with pressure and induction heating
7. Cuckoo electric induction heating pressure rice cooker
If you have some money to spare and want the best rice cooker on the market, you could try look into these intelligent rice cookers – all quality Korean made Cuckoo 1009 series. You’ll see, in this age of smart technology everything is controlled and customizable from your phone, so do these rice cookers. These models (starting with the Cuckoo CRP-AHSS1009FN, CRP-CHSS1009FNN, CRP-GHSR1009F, and the latest CRP-JHVR1009F) are designed with modern space integrity in mind that would blow you away.
Their bodies are made from 304- stainless steel with special coatings to have that star war jukebox look & feel, so sleek indeed. They can be controlled from any android device (sorry, no iPhones yet) and fully customized in term of temperature and time.
They are all come with presets for cooking all sorts of rice types and cooking. All cooking rice modes yield exceptional results with the fastest speed among any inductor/pressure rice cookers on the market. They also have controls for fermenting and baking bread too.
The latest version also comes with “My mode” setting through variable DSP chip so that you can fully customize cooking algorithm to your liking. All of them are back-up with 21 safety mechanism to avoid issues with pressure cooking. Into canning, these have two High (2atm) and Low (1.2) pressure settings too.
The above models are 10 cup uncooked capacity that would fit for a family small to large, for powerful mini rice cookers, try their 5 cup rice cooker CRP-DHSR0609F or 3 cup rice cooker CRP-EHSS0309F to get same features in small servings.
On compare with high-end Japanese rice cooker brands, while Zojirushi rice cookers mainly focus on cooking the best quality Japanese white grains (short/medium/sushi) and brown rice; Tiger cookers have an astounding balance of making tasty rice the Easterners’ way and add frequent useful functions of Westerner/American home kitchen (such as multi-cook, slow cook, baking, ferment, soup, steam, etc.). Cuckoo machine is, on another hand, have built-in algorithm for every imaginable rice types and cooking styles while immersing lots of users control/customization through variable modes and fully adjustable settings. Another plus is that in any given task, Cuckoo rice cooker always cook up faster than Tiger’s and Zojirushi’s, especially when cooking in large batch.
That’s why these Cuckoo models are very welcome among the Asian cooking community and professional chefs. Their high price tag and their lack of promotion to the Western base customers are what usually make them less appeal in this part, however, once you got them, you will see the reason why these super high-end products are totally worth it.
- Quality construction with full 304 stainless steel
- Modern and sleek looking
- Quick and versatile preset cooking functions including all sorts of rice, super grains, soup, bread baking, ferment products (bread, cheese, yogurt) etc. High & Low heat options
- One touch GABA brown rice option for cooking healthy & delicious rice
- Smart Induction heat for even heating all over, thus making rice faster and more balance
- High (2atm) and low (1.2) pressure cooking modes.
- High heat and low heat settings
- Faster (if not fastest) cooking time (especially for special rice like GABA, umami, glutinous) about twice compare to Zojirushi models
- Side-by-side cooking option with rice steamer
- Fully customizable “My mode” for your desired cooking
- Adjustable warm setting temperature and preset cook time
- Voice navigation setting
- Auto steam clean function
- 21 safety mechanism to avoid unwanted incidents with pressure cooking
- Easy to remove water/moisture collection dish
- High price tags
- Short term warranty (1 year) considering how much product cost
- English instruction is very lacking and unclear
8. Aroma rice cooker with 3 cup stainless steel pot
This is simply a cheap rice cooker, very budget that retail around $30. It carries the simplest function, cook and then keep the rice warm when finished. Its capacity is small, 3 cup rice maxed (yield about 6 cups cooked rice), which is perfectly fit for single user or small family. Cooking time is quick, roughly 20 minutes for small quantity.
The inner pot is fully stainless steel without any coating, which many would love it (Teflon free) or hate it (somewhat sticking if not pre-rinse rice). Mechanism is simple, measure the rice, add water, plug-in, and press the cook button. It will turn to warm when finish, but do remember that due to its design, heat will be dissipated quickly once unplug.
As far as rice quality concern, it’s average, nothing to excite about. It is just on par with other mechanic/conventional rice cooker, which means it’s all depend on how skillful you are at water leveling and timing. The rice quality might not be better; but at least, it’ll save you time and hassle of cooking rice on stove top.
A notably plus is due to its small cute size, this could work as a soup/food warmer, fondue or chocolate hot pot on your serving table with space for spoon/ladle rest too.
- Simple rice cooking mechanism, 1 button hit
- Inner pot is fully stainless steel, no coat
- Clear glass top lid for easy checking on content
- Auto keep warm
- 2 sides handles on outer body could be used as spoon rest
- Small, compact and very convenient make storing a breeze
- Pretty fast for cooking small amount
- Can be used for warm serving, soup, oatmeal, steam, brown rice but you have to adjust water level and timing
- Cheap price and very budget
- Unplugged to shut off, no switch or power button whatsoever
- Sticking to bottom if not stirring or rinse before hand
- Lid doesn’t hold tight, might overflow during boiling
- Lose heat pretty fast once unplug, has to put on keep one
- No steamer included
9. Hamilton Beach 37548
Now if you just want some above basic functions of cooking at the lowest price possible, this pot will probably work for you. It is a rice cooker but also equipped with heat/simmering for soup/stew/slow cook, steamer, hot cereal and also a timer. All of that for just about $35, you can’t get anymore budget-able than that. It’s available in 7 cups (14 cups cooked) and 10 cups (20 cups cooked) sizes, so it work well for a large party too. Rice quality, again, remains to be desired but for such low price, this works well for any non-rice based diet family.
- Very cheap price for so many functions and capability
- Include setting for white rice and whole grain
- Quick cooking option
- Heat/simmering options for risotto, soups, chili, pasta, etc.
- Steaming vegetable at ease
- Hot cereal options too
- Timer setting for delay cooking
- Automatic keep warm
- Cook time option
- Low quality inner pot
- Cooked rice quality is average and sort of inconsistent
- Durability is in question
10. Breville risotto sautéing rice cooker
The included cookbook is quite useless in that aspect as all rice recipe lead to crust on the bottom, which is never happen in a quality rice cooker. On the other hand, this one can make good risotto, sauté, steaming vegetable, slow cook and soup. It switches to keep-warm automatically when done cooking. Since its design is single layer body with detached lid, it doesn’t contain heat or manage moisture very well, hence reducing overall rice quality. On the plus side it is on the affordable price range and can be useful for many American home cooks, since they’re not frequent rice eaters like the Easterners (Japanese/Korean) do.
- Make good risotto, sauté, steaming veggies, slow cooking meat and anything that require stirring
- Automatic keep warm
- Easy to clean, though not dishwasher -safe
- Rice quality is average, a little dry due to overall design doesn’t control moisture loss well enough
- Bowl made of aluminum with non stick coat
- Rice quality is average with some crust on the bottom using recipe in included cookbook
Guides on selecting the best rice cooker for you
So you look at the above 10 standout rice cookers but are still confused on which one to purchase, this guide is here to give you some more suggestions and information on choosing not the best but the perfect fitted rice cooker for your cooking situation.
Generally speaking, with a good rice cooker, all you have to do is just measure the rice, fill water to recommend guided lines, and hit the button. There, once the device is done with its cooking you should have some great tasting rice and the result should be consistent with how many times you cook.
But as you may know, not all rice cookers are made equal. Each has its own targeted design and specification that would meet certain base customer needs. So here are some aspects that you should pay attention to when choosing a rice cooker.
Rice cooker’s capacity
The first thing you should think about is how big is a rice cooker do you need?
Rice cookers typically come in various sizes: 1 cup, 3 cups, 5.5 cups (1 L), 7 cups, 8 cups, and 10 cups (1.8 L) measured by their maximum cook-able capacity of raw/uncooked rice. Note that the cup label, unless specifically say US cup (~236ml), is usually meant the Asian/Japanese cup (~200ml). Each cup of uncooked rice will become roughly 2 cups of cooked rice. When do your shopping, pay attention to the detail because some rice cookers might list their capacity per cooked rice cup while others (most Asian-based brands) listed theirs as uncooked/raw rice cups.
So there, depending on how many people do you need to cook for at a time, you should have a figure of cup size for your rice cooker. Remember though, it’s always better to allow some extra space and select a larger cooker than your need. This is proof for unexpected appetite, extra guests, and a tip within the rice cooking community: rice cooker always behaves better with smaller rice amount than its max capacity. Not to mention that in some product lines, the cost difference between large and small versions is just so minimal that it won’t worth it for the extra proofing.
Types of rice cookers: quality & capabilities versus cost
Simply put, this is depended directly on how much your budget allowance is. The more budget you have the more powerful the rice cooker you could choose from, you’d get what you paid for. Rice cookers could range anywhere from the low $20 to the upper $600. So keep in mind a few questions while you traverse through some popular rice cooker types below.
As said before, there are several types of rice cookers on the market. You might be familiar with the conventional electric rice cookers, which usually have an electro-mechanic button to switch the cooker between cook and warm states. The rice is cooked through a coil or heating point at the very bottom of the inner pot that will be turned to lower heat when reaching a certain temperature. This type of conventional rice cooker is usually cheaper and more economic. Standard rice cooker tends to result in lower quality rice. Some even cook with crust at the bottom, uneven moisture rice, and inconsistent results. Conventional rice cookers are ranged from $20 generic brands to $150 luxury brands.
Micom (or micro-computer controlled) rice cooker, however, is equipped with a special chip to carry and execute certain cooking algorithms. This is to monitor and change the temperature according to the rice states, thus result in tastier rice. Most micom rice cookers also come with extra functions like steaming, baking, side-by-side cooking, porridge, cooking several rice types (white/brown/multi-grains/etc), water filling guide, so no more guessing and still got great taste rice every single time. A typical micom rice cooker is anywhere between $100 to $200 price range.
The next advance is induction rice cookers which use induction heating to control the temperature within a micom rice cooker. The heat is distributed evenly through the entire inner pot instead of just through the bottom, thus resulting in more even and consistent rice quality. Induction also helps with precision cooking, that if you’re used to the Sous Vide cooking method, this type would meet your interest. Most induction rice cookers carry all features of a micom rice cooker with extra precision cooking features like fermenting bread, yogurt, cheese, baking bread, soup, stew, egg poaching, etc. Induction rice cookers come from the upper $200 to near $400.
The most powerful type of rice cooker at this time is those that apply pressure cooking in conjunction with induction micom. At this level, it is not considered a rice cooker anymore, but rather an all-in-one beast that can perform loads of cooking tasks. These rice cookers can cook rice that tastes perfect at the nick of time too due to the quick softening from high pressure. They also can do any task a typical pressure cooker could do, and usually can be used to replace a slow cooker, yogurt maker, bread maker, broth/canner, sauté pan, one step GABA brown rice…These high-end devices come at a heap price tag, anywhere from upper $300 to over $600.
Another rice cooker type that not exactly rice cooker, is the pressure cooker that carries a setting for cooking rice. This is most attractive for the less frequent rice eaters, in that it carries loads of functionality through the pressure cooking method and includes some options for rice/multi-grains. Due to different aiming aspects, these usually don’t have enough guidelines for filling water or separate cooking algorithms for rice, etc. Generically these cookers yield just average rice quality. The taste and texture would just match that of a conventional rice cooker or less. However, due to their wide functionalities and cheaper price tags, these are more popular among Americans and Westerners. These cookers are usually a little bit over $100 or less.
Popular rice cookers’ brands
As with any product, there are brands that are more popular or higher credibility as well. Brands like Aroma, Hamilton Beach, and Elite are popular for producing conventional and digital rice cookers at a very low price. Even though the rice taste is just average, they’re reaching more American hands especially those that cook rice infrequently.
More serious rice eaters usually go for higher-end brands from Japan and Korea, due to their aging within the industry and their rice quality-oriented. The most popular Japanese rice cooker brands are Zojirushi and Tigers, while appealing to different market bases, their rice cookers produce the most quality and tasty rice. Their difference – Zojirushi is totally Japan rice-focused and has excellence on brown rice specific control while Tiger is more on popular grains types in conjunction with cooking other meal entrees.
Other less popular Japanese brands for rice cookers are Toshiba, Panasonic, Philips, Sanyo…mostly due to the inconsistency of rice quality between their models (i.e. not all their models create good-tasting rice).
Cuckoo also a very popular Korean rice cooker brand among East Asians. Their products are of high quality, durable, and produce exceptional tasting rice. However, due to their marketing strategy with less support in English and Westerners’ language, they are not well known in America.
So, which rice cooker is right for you?
At this point, you should have enough information on all types of rice cookers, their brands, etc. To answer this question, let examine your specific situation:
- Do you have a very exact budget to follow?
If so, then your choice is limited to those that fall within the price range. Otherwise, go on to see if extra money spent will be worth-wise for received quality.
- How often do you eat/cook rice?
If you eat rice on a certain basis, then yes, you’ll need a good enough rice cooker within the budget for the best possible tastes and functions. If you just eat rice once in a while and don’t care much for the taste, an economical conventional one might be your better choice. Or if your budget is wide enough, consider those All-in-one rice cookers, as you could use other functionalities as well besides making rice.
- Do you eat brown rice and other grains?
If you want a rice cooker for brown rice or special grain type, then it would be best to invest in those higher-end Japanese or Korean rice cookers. This is due to their cookers usually having more focus on each rice grain, better tasting, and texture controlling.
- How important is the rice taste to you?
This is obvious, if you value the rice taste and want it exactly the same every time you cook, then get a micom or more advanced product at a higher cost. Otherwise, a good size conventional is enough.
- Do you want space-saving by having other AIO functions as well?
It is that we all have limited kitchen space no matter how large our kitchen actually is. So, any extra function added to a rice cooker is a space saver, as it is for other appliances as well. Just think about it, you don’t have to buy an additional appliance for each specific task, imagine how much space you will be saved by just having an AIO rice cooker sitting on that limited counter space. So if your budget allows it, I would say, go for the most versatile rice cookers you can find; they are designed for that reason.
In conclusion, through this article, we hope that you have a more visible choice of the best rice cooker that will fit all your needs and desires. There are lots of rice cookers on the market with all the glowing advertising, those 10 best rice cookers suggestions were picked out from our cooking experience, features research, and long-time observation. Many pros and cons were examined through customers’ feedbacks on retailers’ shopping sites.
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