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The 10 Best Rice Cookers for 2019 – Reviews & Buyer’s Guide

Instant pot rice cookerNowadays we live in a society orientated around the principles of consumerism. We tend to buy more and more – clothes, furniture, cutting-edge gadgets, etc., in an attempt to satiate our insatiable needs.

Let’s take a closer look into our kitchens to see the various appliances: mixers, blenders, toasters, fryers, food processors, steamers, kettles, yogurt makers, juicers… the list is endless.

To be honest, because of these numerous devices, sometimes we ourselves cannot find enough space in the kitchen plot to put a simple cutting board on. It’s because these appliances all take lots of space.

So, one should invest wisely.

And we more than recommend a nice electric rice cooker as a great investment for your kitchen because: it reduces the time needed for the preparation of the food, it is an amazing “cook”, it keeps its contents warm, and it is not only rice that the rice cooker can prepare for you.

Below, we have reviewed in detail some of the most popular models of the rice cooker and they would take you out the debris of the availability on the market so as to be able to choose the most suitable rice cooker to meet your needs.
Who needs a rice cooker?
rice served in a plateIf you cook rice then you must have a rice cooker at your home.

An electrical rice cooker makes it so easy for you to get perfectly cooked rice without any hassles.

Simply put the rice and water in the cooker, push some buttons and wait for your rice to cook just perfectly. Apart from cooking, you can also use the cooker to warm your rice.

There are a lot of electric rice cookers in the market that is created by the American manufacturers in house. But the best rice cookers are created by Asian manufacturers. Japanese manufacturers to be very specific.

The best thing about the rice cookers is that they not only just cook rice, but are also capable of cooking other similar dishes.

Some if not all rice cookers come also works as a yogurt maker, cake maker, egg maker, etc. So in overall a rice cooker can be used as multi-appliance and can replace quite a few of your appliances.

How we picked and tested?
cooker placed in a kitchenYou will get to see a lot of different rice cooker options on this list.

Single functions, multi-function, small, large, very large, we have every type of rice cooker on this list.

Most of the rice cookers mentioned on this list are either Japanese or from some other Asian brands.

We went through a lot of customer reviews to see what rice cookers are popular in the market.

The most popular rice cooker brand in the market is the instant pot, which is actually an American brand and not an Asian brand. But that is the only American brand that so popular. Other than almost all the other great brands in the market are from Asia.

And that is the reason why a majority of the rice cookers on our list are from Asian brands.

We considered a total of 23 rice cookers and out of them, we chose the 10 best to feature over here.

The smallest rice cooker on our list comes with a size of 2 cups, while the largest cooker comes with a size of 10 cups.

Best Electric Rice Cookers for 2019 – Quick Look

1. Instant Pot Duo 60 – 7 appliances combined in 1 multicooker

Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer Instant Pot has huge traditions in the production of a line of multicookers. The brand is an undeniable leader on Amazon with thousands of high ratings from its pleased customers.

Instant Pot’s main aim is to ensure more quality time to families with busy lifestyles and career-orientated individuals by reducing the hours they need to prepare their healthy food and to facilitate people’s kitchen experience.

Some claim the Instant Pot Duo 60 7-in-1 is a life-changer, others share that it reduces the time spent in the kitchen to a minimum, third say that this appliance cooks better than a master chef. We tend to believe the “life-changer theory” at least when it comes to space economy.

This appliance is great for small kitchens as it takes the role of 7 devices altogether. It is as compact as a chef cooking for six people could be and it prepares delicious food with minimal effort from your side.

Specifications
  • The optimal size for 6 servings.
  • Monitors pressure and temperature.
  • Adjusts heating intensity.
  • Components are dishwasher safe.
  • 10 safety mechanisms.

Our In-Depth Review:

We know people who read all about characteristics, specifications, functions, etc. and we are well-acquainted with others who make a purchase because “It has glitter on it!” or buy that smartphone because of its pink color. Even if we are not in either of the two extremes, it’s with no doubt that looks are important.

And in our case, Instant Pot Duo 60 doesn’t fail to meet our expectations. It has a stylish design, combining both black matte plastic and stainless steel elements.

Moreover, besides the sleek look, it has a practical side, as well – the lid is fingerprint-resistant so that you don’t mess it up every time you open it and most of the components and accessories of Duo 60 can be easily put in the dishwasher. So, it saves time not only when it comes to cooking but in regard to washing the appliance after it’s done its job.

Appearance may be deceiving but this is not the case here. The 7-in-1 in the name of Insta Pot Duo 60 is not a cheap marketing trick. It combines it in the features of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté, yogurt maker, and warmer.

So, you see that a lot of the various appliances on your counter will become needless.

The pressure cooker will speed up the preparation of the food, the slow cooker will prepare healthy meals and will bring out the flavor in food, the rice cooker will make you the most delicious fluffy, light and tender rice, the steamer preserves all the nutrients in your food, the sauté also aims at healthy as it requires just a little bit of oil, the yogurt maker will prepare you the irresistible dairy taste and the warmer will make sure that your food is always warm and tasty.

But no matter which “appliance” you choose to use, the multicooker prepares the food instead of you – just add the ingredients and wait for the Insta Pot Duo 60 to do its magic. The only disadvantage that it has compared to the models of the Insta Pot EPC family is that Duo 60 doesn’t have a sterilizer, egg maker and it cannot be connected to your devices via WiFi.

Among the functions of the Instant Pot Duo 60 is the monitoring of pressure and temperature, and the adjusting of the intensity when heating. Your guest will be home in two hours – no problem, just set the desired duration of the cooking process and worry no more.

If you are already wondering about the amount of food you can prepare at once, well, you can cook for up to six people. Husband or wife, father or mother, a child or two – they all will be pleasantly fed and meals won’t require what they used to – much time, devotion and effort.

Your time will be spent in a more joyful way, your devotion will be aimed at your more important tasks, and your effort will be as little as pressing the button. Just choose one of the 14 smart programs – Soup, Meat, Bean, Rice, Multigrain, etc., and your dish will be ready in a blink of an eye. And don’t worry to leave the multicooker on – it has 10 safety mechanisms.

Pros

  • Replaces up to 7 appliances.
  • Created by the most popular brand in the industry.
  • Adjustable time and heating intensity.
  • Comes in multiple color options.

Cons

  • No sterilizer.
  • No cake/egg maker.
  • No Alexa or WiFi.

Conclusion:

To put it in a nutshell, the Instant Pot Duo 60 is perfect both for an individual living alone and for big families. Its functions eliminate the necessity of many other appliances and thus you have more space and more time to share with your beloved instead of in the kitchen.


2. Tiger JNP-S55U – Let’s do it like they do in Japan

Tiger JNP-S55U-HU 3-Cup (Uncooked) Rice Cooker and Warmer, Stainless Steel Gray We all know the stereotype that Asian peoples’ most typical cuisine food is rice.

It means what bread does to the peoples of Europe. As the famous proverb claims that the grass is greener on the other side, rice is better in the Asian countries (due to the specifics in climate in soil).

That’s why it’s no surprise that rice is the main ingredient in most Asian’s traditional meals.

To whom should we trust better than Asians when it comes to the preparation of rice?

Tiger is a Japanese brand that was founded in the first decades of the 20th century. During the years it has become a standard for high-quality household products at an affordable price. One of its models is Tiger JNP-S55U and it is the favorite rice maker of thousands.

Specifications
  • 3-cup capacity.
  • Keeps food warm for up to 12 hours
  • It comes with a non-stick pan.
  • Steam vent is washable and removable.

Our In-Depth Review:

Texture and flavor of the rice are ensured due to the fact that when the rice is ready, all the water from the steam goes to a small bucket in the side so that it doesn’t mix with the cooked rice. The taste of the ready dish is confirmed to be with great texture and depth of flavor.

The JPN-S55U keeps the rice warm and fresh as if it has just been cooked. It has a “Keep warm” mode that the appliance switches on automatically when the rice is ready. It functions up to 12 hours so if you cook in the morning, for instance, your dinner will be waiting warm and tasty for you to take it out and enjoy.

Indeed, the JPN doesn’t offer the slow cooking function so it will take minutes for your rice to be ready – go and take a shower or play a game, and voila, your rice maker will do the job for you to taste your meal.

Some types of rice don’t require pre-soaking, others do, but if so, it will take no more than 15-20 minutes of pre-preparation. So, you have to cook urgently? Don’t order pizza this time. It will take more time to arrive than your rice maker to prepare the food. Only add rice and water – no seasonings, no oil – and the rice maker won’t fail to amaze you with the taste of the ready meal.

The simple design is complemented by a retractable cord so it won’t add to the dozens of wires on your kitchen plot. Practical and compact size, retractable cord… what else can you ask for more convenient storage?

The Tiger JPN-S55U comes with a spatula and a measuring cup to precise the amount of the rice. The appliance makes it easy for you to handle your food because of the non-stick inner pan which also contributes to the convenient cleaning of the components after the appliance has been used.

Pros

  • Great rice taste.
  • Warm food for hours.
  • Easy to work with.
  • Includes spatula and rice measuring cup.

Cons

  • No slow cook.

Conclusion:

You are a busy individual who strives for a healthy lifestyle? No problem; just let the JNP cook your lunch while you drink your morning coffee. You are a full-time mother of two? No problem again; JNP will cook dinner for the whole family while you take care of your children. Let’s be honest, the price of the Tiger JNP-S55U is not the most affordable one – many rice makers cost half the price of it. However, if you a rice lover, it is worth every cent because Tiger is a brand that doesn’t make any compromise with the quality.


3. Mealthy MultiPot 9-in-1

Mealthy MultiPot 9-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker 6 Quarts with Stainless Steel Pot, Steamer Basket, instant access to recipe app. Pressure cook, slow cook, sauté, rice cooker, yogurt, steam Mealthy has only one model multicooker in its product assortment and this is the Multipot 9-in-1.

If you are wondering why probably the reason is that this appliance offers just about anything a household would need for their cooking routine.

No matter if you have a small kitchen and limited space at home or you strive for simplicity and minimalism in your life, the Mealthy MultiPot 9-in-1 will offer you the best of solutions. It meets all your various needs because it makes up to 9 other appliances unnecessary in your cook room.

Specifications
  • Serves the purpose of 9 appliances.
  • Cook meals in less than half the time they usually take.
  • Can cook 2 dishes at once.
  • Easy-touch control panel with 14 cooking programs.

Our In-Depth Review:

When we say 9 appliances in 1 we truly mean literally 9 appliances in one. These are pressure cook (for when time is limited), slow cook (for when you want all nutrients kept), sauté (for melt-in-your-mouth potatoes), steam (for healthy cooking), cake maker (for or without a special occasion), pasteurizer (for eliminating pathogens and extending food life), yogurt maker (for yogurt, obviously), rice cooker (for rice, duh), and warmer (for keeping your food warm).

The MultiPot 9-in-1 comes with spare silicone gaskets for your yummy treats, and because safety always comes first – the silicone mitts prevent you from burning yourself why removing the inner pot.

And as we are on the safety topic, the materials of MultiPot 9-in-1 are absolutely safe – the plastic used is 100% BPA-free and the professional-grade stainless steel of the components is of high quality.

With the steamer basket and the trivet included you can cook not one but two dishes at once – one in the liquid down below, one in the basket above.

And if you are already wondering how you will clean everything after – well, the inner pot, the steamer basket, the steam trivet, the ladle, the silicone gaskets, and the measuring cup – they are all dishwasher-friendly.

The work with the control panel of Multipot 9-in-1 is easier than taking candy from a baby. It offers 14 present programs and its smart function remembers your last customized selection. The LCD monitor has its intuitive icons and shows the cooking progress so you know how much time is left until you get a bite of the mouth-watering meal.

And when it comes to time, Multipot 9-in-1 reduces more than half the time needed for a certain meal to prepare. So, you have warm and delicious food in minutes cooked for you.

You can cook smarter by downloading the Mealthy app on your smartphone – it is both compatible with iOS and Android – and enjoy these so many recopies and step-by-step video tutorials that will turn you into a real master chef (don’t worry, it won’t be necessary for you even to be a good cook). If you prefer it the traditional way, though, a colored recipe booklet is included.

Pros

  • Two meals cooked at once.
  • The internal pot is made up of stainless steel.
  • Many accessories included.
  • Recipes and videos on Mealthy mobile app.

Cons

  • No Cons.

Conclusion:

Mealthy MultiPot 9-in-1 is the best solution for many households. Our fast-paced routines don’t always allow us spare time to invest it in front of the stove or watching the oven so that you won’t satisfy your appetite with burnt food. Nowadays, life is busy but so is MultiPot 9-in-1 cooking your meals for you. Working with MultiPot 9-in-1 is a piece of cake. Well, not literally, but you can surely make a literal cake with it.


4. Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 – the Japanese way of rice cooking

Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 5-1/2-Cup (Uncooked) Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker and Warmer, Premium White, 1.0-Liter Needless to say, the Asian production and cooking of rice set standards as far as this common-all-over-the-world grain is concerned.

Rice has always been put on a pedestal when it comes to Japanese traditional cuisine. And we know that they do it the right way so let’s learn from one of the best.

Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 is no ordinary rice cooker. Just the contrary, we can say high-tech, cutting-edge, innovative, modern, superb, but no, not ordinary.

Innovation, indeed, lies deep in the philosophy of the brand. It works tirelessly and unstoppably for constantly improving and advancing its high-end technology and facilitating the best cooking experience for its customers.

Specifications
  • 5.5 cup capacity (uncooked rice).
  • Automatic “Keep Warm” function and reheat cycles.
  • The non-stick spherical inner pan.
  • LCD clock and timer.

Our In-Depth Review:

We promised innovation and we truly stick to it. Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 has a special Neuro Fuzzy logic technology that lets the appliance have perfect command over itself. To put it in simpler words, this rice cooker is programmed in such a way that it has the ability to “think” on its own when it has to – it decided whether to adjust the temperature when it’s too high or too low and refines precisely the heating time on the go automatically.

This smart technology has a huge impact on the rice’s flavor. The ready meal has nothing to do with the mainstream. The cooked rice is fluffy and chewy – neither too mushy nor too firm. And that’s why they claim that Zorjirushi NC-ZCC10 cooks rice with just about perfect texture.

The flawless cooking cycle of the rice is guaranteed also by the inner pan. And what’s so special about an inner pan, you may ask. Well, it’s not of an ordinary form but of… spherical. The sphere makes sure that the rice is cooked evenly. And guess what, you won’t need a mitt because the handles of the inner pan are with a stay-cool design. Cool, indeed. Moreover, the lid of the inner pan is detachable and more than dishwasher-friendly.

The colored LCD control panel of Zorjirushi NS-ZCC10 offers you clock and timer functions, as well as various cooking functions to choose from – white (regular/sushi, softer or harder) rice, mixed rice (when additional ingredients or seasonings are added), porridge, sweet, semi-brown, brown, rinse-free, and quick cooking.

You can choose a melody or a beep to indicate to you when your food is ready. If you are not hungry, though, or you want to keep a meal for later, you can take advantage of the reheating cycle of Zorjirushi NS-ZCC10. Furthermore, the rice cooker possesses an automatic keep-warm function – standard and extended.

Zojirushi comes in a sleek white color with two measuring cups, a non-stick spoon, and a rice spoon included as extra accessories. Its cord is retractable which makes the appliance easy to store and no annoying cords are on your way when you don’t use it. A recipe booklet is included to serve you as a guide and inspiration.

Pros

Cons

  • Expensive.

Conclusion:

Let’s face it. Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 is anything but affordable for a rice cooker. However, if you strive for great quality and you don’t make a compromise with your food, then hesitate no more – the perfectly prepared rice is just a button push away from you. The extra cost of the product is justified by its cooking performance.


5. Zojirushi NP-HCC10XH – Japanese high-end rice cooker

Zojirushi NP-HCC10XH Induction Heating System Rice Cooker and Warmer, 1 L, Stainless Dark Gray We’ve already talked about that Japan is the epitome of good rice preparation so once again when we drink (ideas and inspiration), we will always think of and honor the source. Zojirushi’s rich history and experience – when it comes to household appliances – dates back to the first decades of the previous century.

Throughout the years Zojirushi has always been one of the leaders worldwide in regard to the rice cooking innovative technology.

It always aims for revolutionary and breakthrough. And it never fails to amuse us with more. Just more. One of the models that offer us more is Zojirushi NP-HCC10XH – a rice cooking beast of a new level.

Specifications
  • It also works as a warmer.
  • It comes with functions for multi-cooking.
  • Automatic keep warm & extended keep warm.
  • Easy-to-clean clear coated stainless steel exterior.

Our In-Depth Review:

If the Zorjirushi NC-ZCC10 model looked high-tech, then Zojirushi NP-HCC10XH looks so cutting-edge as if stolen from an alien’s spacecraft. It’s a style that faces the future. It is so perfect from the mauve stainless steel to the absence of harsh lines in the design that it will complement each and every kitchen.

The sleek style of the NP-NCC10XH is protected by a clear coating on the stainless steel exterior so that it prevents the product from any permanent dirt spots or damage. And if you are already wondering if this is just a kitchen purposeless accessory, think twice, because they claim it can cook for you the perfect rice.

The main innovation in this product is the special heating technique used that is known as Induction Heating (IH). Just imagine a magnet-attracting metal put in a magnetic field. The bottom of the inner pan takes the role of a magnetic field that starts heating instantly. In that way, the inner pan serves as a heating source and its main purposes are two – to adjust precisely the temperature and to command the cooking operation.

The multi-menu cooking presets are white rice (you can choose between regular, softer or harder, depending on the way you prefer it), jasmine white rice (because the cooking technology differs when it comes to the Jasmine rice), brown rice, GABA brown rice (a type of brown rice that is terminated by a special process which softens the texture and improves the flavor), and quick cooking.

Zojirushi NP-HCC10XH is upgraded with an automatic keep-warm and extended keep-warm function. This smart technology switches to keep-warm on its own when the cooking process is finished. If you want your food warm and fresh for more than 8 hours, then it is suggested that you use the extended keep-warm function which prevents the rice from drying and yellowing.

Some complained that the melody Zorjirushi NC-ZCC10 is an annoying feature, so the brand has thought about it and upgraded its product with a silent mode option. If you are not into audio signals or beeping and you don’t want your cooker to notify you when your rice is cooked, just switch the silent mode on and your appliance will keep you a more-than-silent company.

Pros

  • Innovative induction rice cooking.
  • An automatic keep-warm function that provides a warm serving during the day.
  • Healthy cooking options – Jasmine rice, brown rice, etc.
  • Comes with multi menu cooking options.

Cons

  • The high price.

Conclusion:

In a nutshell, if you are a devoted lover of rice and you are willing to break the bank, Zorjirushi NP-HCC10XH will offer you the rice cooker of the rice cookers. Futuristic and of impeccable quality, this appliance will be a jewel to every kitchen. Just choose your favorite type of rice, push the button and let it do its work.


6. Cuckoo CR-0631F – Compact and cute rice cooker

We still speak Asian; sometimes we just switch from the Japanese manufacturers to something else, as many others deserve our notice.

This is just the case here – the Korean brand Cuckoo offers its high-quality products that are nothing short of great features. And the number 1 selling rice cooker in South Korea surely earns our regard, doesn’t it?

We turn your attention to Cuckoo CR-0631F, but please, don’t be deceived by its humble, not-so-pretentious and somehow feminine look – this product is a master of fantastic rice cooking and it beats many in its price range. It has 5 cooking functions and many practical features such as a non-stick inner pot and a keep-warm automatic mode.

Specifications
  • Fuzzy Logic & Intelligent cooking algorithm.
  • The LCD display and button control.
  • Detachable Cover.
  • Turbo/Steam/GABA/My mode.
  • Auto Steam Clean.

Our In-Depth Review:

The main material used when creating the Cuckoo CR-0631F is aluminum. It ensures that the product is light-weight (less than 7 pounds, to be exact) which helps you when you store it or change its place. This to some extent makes up for the lack of a retractable power cord.

The inner pot of Cuckoo has a Teflon coating. This special material guarantees the non-stick surface. However, when working with Teflon surfaces, one should be extra careful because no sharp or abrasive means for cleaning can be used on them. Otherwise, the Teflon coating is at risk of being destroyed in time.

The lid of Cuckoo is removable so as to be easily cleaned between the uses. The Auto Steam function also gives you a hand when taking care of your appliance.

As we are still on the inner pot, one disadvantage of it is that it doesn’t have any handles so if you want to interfere in the cooking process of Cuckoo CR-0631F (by stirring your rice, for instance), that would need a light hand, because the inner pot might move around and damage the finish of the pan.

Cuckoo CR-0631F prepares 6 servings of rice at once and if you have a big family, it won’t let anyone stay hungry. If you live alone or it’s just the two of you, due to the keep-warm function you will always have your lunch for the next day waiting – warm and savory as ever.

Turbo Cooking function is probably made for emergencies (come on, we all have that friend who always dramatizes that he will die from hunger). This mode speeds up the time needed for your Cuckoo to cook the rice so you will have a warm meal in a blink of an eye.

Cuckoo CR-0631F can cook your favorite type of rice – starting from standard white rice to brown rice and GABA rice. It doesn’t offer anything but cooking instead of you and providing you with a rice meal to die for.

Pros

  • Cooks white, brown and GABA rice.
  • 5 cooking functions.
  • One of the most advanced electric cooker on our list.
  • Washable stainless steel lid.

Cons

  • No handles on the inner pan.
  • No retractable power cord.

Conclusion:

If you are buying products on the basis of their color, go for it this time without worries. In this case, Cuckoo is just an extra to a real high-quality rice cooker. Rumor has it that even after days on a keep-warm mode the rice doesn’t lose any of its qualities and tastes as fresh as it would if it has been just cooked.

So, in case you want to escape the complicated multi-menu LCD screens, the smart monitors, the myriad of functions one can hardly handle, Cuckoo CR-0631F is perfect for you – simple to work with, high-quality straight-to-the-point rice cooker.


7. Instant Pot Ultra 3 Qt 10-in-1 – Better than a chef

Instant Pot Ultra 3 Qt 10-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Cake Maker, Egg Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, Warmer, and Sterilizer Despite being a comparatively new competitor on the market, Instant Pot is the undeniable customers’ favorite brand on Amazon when it comes to high-quality multicookers and that, ladies and gentlemen, pretty much sums up everything. That’s the review. Goodbye.

We are just kidding because we have so much to say about one of the Ultra models of the brand, namely Instant Pot Ultra 3 Qt 10-in-1.

It is one of the latest additions to the Instant Pot’s portfolio and the brand is really proud of it. And how it wouldn’t be – Ultra 3 offers easy access to various cooking programs and replaces not 1, not 5, but 10 kitchen appliances.

Specifications
  • Combines 10 kitchen appliances in 1.
  • 14 preset cooking programs.
  • Automatic altitude adjustment.
  • Visual progress bar.
  • Up to 70% quicker.
  • Developed with technology with an embedded microprocessor.

Our In-Depth Review:

We’ve already talked about the design of Instant Pot multicookers and they pretty much stick to the same design in all of their products of this type. Instant Pot Ultra is no exception from this rule; its exterior is made of high-quality fingerprint-resistant stainless steel. A nice improvement is that the lid holder is adapted both for left and right-handed users.

The inner cooking pot, the steam rack and the lid of Instant Pot Ultra are also made of stainless steel. And they are all dishwasher-friendly so no messy cooking anymore. A new addition to the family of Instant Pot is the “Quick Release Button” that protects your hands and face of the steam after the cooking process’s finished and you want to handle your food.

Instant Pot Ultra 3 Qt 10-in-1, as its name suggests, combines 10 kitchen appliances in itself. These are a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice/porridge cooker, yogurt maker, cake maker, egg cooker, sauté/searing, steamer, warmer, sterilizer and ultra.

The last “Ultra” program passes the buck to you completely so you can customize the pressure or non-pressure cooking as you like. And with the newly-introduced automatic “Altitude” adjustment option your full control over the food-preparation process is not needed.

Instant Pot Ultra offers for your convenience 14 preset smart programs: soup/broth, meat/stew, bean/chili, egg, slow cook, sauté/searing, rice, porridge, steam, sterilize, yogurt, warm, pressure cook, and ultra. Now your favorite meal is just a button away from the plate.

The intelligent LCD display indicates the visual progress of the food cooked so you know if it’s time to lay the table. The cooking indicator stays with you even in the preheating phase and then when the keep-warm function is on. And as we said “keep-warm”, yes, it will supply you with warm food when you need it most.

Last but not least, the technology-orientated world we live in requires smart connections. So, you can connect your Instant Pot ultra to your smartphone and Alexa will be more than happy to guide your cooking and provide you with hundreds of recipes, video tutorials, personalized lists and many more.

Pros

  • Alexa guided cooking.
  • Less time needed for your meals.
  • Cutting-edge technology with a microprocessor for smart cooking.
  • Quick Release button for the steam.

Cons

  • No Cons.

Conclusion:

To sum it up, Instant Pot Ultra 3 Qt 10-in-1 is a new generation when it comes to intelligent kitchen appliances. It will be pleased to serve you as your personal master chef. You’ve had a certain meal in mind for ages but you cannot prepare it? Well, Instant Pot Ultra most probably can.


8. Zojirushi NP-NVC10 Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker & Warmer – unworldly for rice lovers

Zojirushi Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker & Warmer 1.0 Liter, Stainless Brown NP-NVC10 Step by step we are slowly passing on to the zone of the true masters.

And if the Japanese brand Zojirushi stands as an emblem of extreme quality when it comes to household appliances, the Zojirushi NP-NVC10 Induction Rice Cooker and Warmer is a whole new category of great.

An appliance that can cook any type of rice and that provides nothing but excellently prepared rice with a style that complements every kitchen – are we just daydreaming or such apogee of technical masterminds can truly exist?

Specifications
  • Multi-menu cooking functions.
  • Artificial Intelligence Fuzzy Logic Technology.
  • Umami setting extends soaking and steaming time.
  • Steam-reduce setting.

Our In-Depth Review:

The ultra-modern design speaks for itself. Zojirushi Induction Rice Cooker looks more like a refined piece of stylish home décor than a useful kitchen appliance. It has a smart LCD screen that matches your needs. Among the practical solutions is the detachable inner lit that can be put in the dishwasher. Hence, your appliance is easy for in-and-out cleaning maintenance.

Just name any type of rice you can think of – Zorjirushi NP-NVC10 can cook it for you. Its intelligent programs know well what they are doing and will deliver to you a perfectly-textured meal.

Among the modes are: white rice (regular, softer and harder because it takes care of your personal taste), brown rice (it always requires extended preheating time but the smart technology doesn’t let it become mushy), sushi rice (it keeps it a little firmer by using less water, so as to be easier to handle), mixed rice (when you want to add some other ingredients and seasonings), porridge (this mode ensures the soft and fluffy texture of the rice), and GABA brown rice (it protects the healthy qualities of this special type of rice).

And your Zorjirushi will become better and better in time. The Artificial Intelligence Fuzzy Logic Technology used is orientated to smart learning. In other words, the rice cooker learns from its previous cooking experience and adapts better to cook for you the ideal rice, taking into consideration the time and temperature, the amount of pre-soaking time, the steaming, etc.

The Induction Heating system offers a change in the typical heating process because it guarantees even preparation of the rice by evenly distributing the heat around the pan instead of heating just the bottom of it.

The pressure cooking function ensures rice that stays soft for a long time and reduces the time needed for your rice to be cooked.

The Umami setting is not something popular among the rice cookers. Umami is thought to be the 5th flavor together with sweet, salty, sour and bitter. It comes from the Japanese word that means “good flavor”. This mode gives a sweet taste to the cooked rice and extends the steaming time at the end of the cooking process.

Zojirushi NP-NVC10 has its automatic keep-warm and extended keep-warm function which guarantees that you have a warm and fresh meal for up to 12 hours. There is also a reheat function that heats up the rice to the temperature it has had just after being cooked.

Pros

  • Stainless steel construction.
  • Umami setting.
  • Reheat function.
  • A colored LCD display with clock and delay timer.

Cons

  • The Price.

Conclusion:

Overall, we agree that its price is exorbitant. It is many times more expensive than an average rice cooker. But Zojirushi Induction Rice Cooker is anything but average. If here is average, this no-ordinary appliance is somewhere between Mars and Jupiter. So, if you are a true fan of rice and you cannot live without a perfectly-cooked rice meal, then Zojirushi NP-NVC10 is made to face fearlessly all your pretentious and specific needs when it comes to rice preparation. It offers the highest quality and nothing less.


9. Elechomes LED Touch Control Rice Cooker – great price/quality ratio rice cooker

Elechomes LED Touch Control Rice Cooker, 16-in-1 Multi-function Cooker, 10-Cups Uncooked Warmer Cooker with Steam & Rinse Basket, CR502 Elechomes is a brand whose products are designed and manufactured in China so we stick to the Asian skills when it comes to their traditions in rice production and processing.

We want your attention to one of their models, namely Elechomes LED Touch Control Rice Cooker – an appliance that combines a modern design and sixteen functions in one.

Elechomes deserves its notice as their multicooker possesses features both suitable for experienced cooks and novices in the kitchen. It offers a variety of cooking programs that provide anything for any taste – from soup and yogurt to rice and cakes.

Specifications
  • 16-in-1 multi-functionality.
  • 24-hour delay start function.
  • Reheating function.
  • Easy cleanup.
  • Spoon, soup ladle, and measuring glass included.

Our In-Depth Review:

As we are truly convinced that black is the new black, we strongly believe that this sleek black stainless steel design will fit into any kitchen’s interior. Simple and minimalistic, yet high-tech looking, the Elechomes LED Touch Control Rice Cooker is truly precious. The large intuitive LED display will lead the way to the meals of your dreams.

The safety is guaranteed by a cool-to-touch surface when the cooker is working. So, any accident can hardly happen when your children are around. A handle on top ensures the easy portability of the product. A detachable steam vent facilitates the handling of the steam.

As for the inside, the inner cover of the pot is handily detachable for easy cleaning. As for the inner pot itself, it has a non-stick surface and it is supplied with anti-scald pot handlers for your convenience. However, no abrasive materials should be used for cleaning as they might damage the coating in the long run.

The appliance uses an innovative Stereoscopic Heating Technology which aims at fragrant and nutritious food by distributing the heat evenly all around the inner pot while cooking. The 5-layer coating of the pot ensures safety and guarantees the best results.

The Elechomes Rice Cooker comes with 16 cooking functions, among which rice cooking, cake, soup, yogurt, pizza, pasta, steamed vegetables, and so on. Name a meal, add the ingredients and let the appliance does its work while you spend your time doing anything but cooking in the kitchen.

One of the most convenient features is the 24-hour Delay Start. Just add the ingredients into the cooker and set the time when you want your food ready. Go to work and when you come back, you will have a warm meal that has just been cooked waiting for you.

If you don’t come home on time, though, Elechomes Rice Cooker will give you another solution. It has a keep-warm function that the device switches on itself when the cooking process is over. No cold meals for you anymore. Moreover, the reheating option ensures that more than ever.

The appliance offers you the chance to customize your cooking time and temperature yourself, in case you are a real cooking virtuoso. This option is not available only for rice cooking.

Pros

  • Many functions in one appliance.
  • Time and temperature are customizable.
  • Keep-warm function.
  • It could be used to make the cake.

Cons

  • Can’t change the heating time while cooking.

Conclusion:

So, what is bothering you – the sleek design, these various functions or the safety? You have the three of them in that product. Hesitate no more! Elechomes LED Touch Control Rice Cooker is competitive on the market as it offers some of the best price/quality ratios. You won’t break the bank and you will still receive a dozen functions in just a simple kitchen appliance. A real bargain? We think so.


10. COSORI Electric Pressure Cooker 6 Qt 8-in-1 Instant Stainless Steel Pot – Pressure cooking with no pressure

COSORI Electric Pressure Cooker 6 Qt 8-in-1 Instant Stainless Steel Pot, 16 Program Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Yogurt Maker, Sauté, Warmer with Extra Glass Lid & Sealing Ring, 2-Year Warranty The last cooker we are going to draw your attention to is a pressure cooker. The pressure cooking technology is not anything newly-invented or innovative – just the contrary, it has existed for many centuries.

However, in today’s fast-paced world when time is valuable and everyone aims at spending it wisely, this pressure method reduces the time needed for cooking and ensures well-cooked and delicious meals on your table.

Even if you are a green hand in the kitchen, Cosori Electric Pressure Cooker 6 Qt 8-in-1 is solid and sturdy and will help you cook tasty dishes for you and your whole family.

And when we say “help” you, we mean that it will cook the food completely for you on its own. Just add the ingredients, choose the program and let it work its magic.

Specifications
  • Makes meals up to 70% faster.
  • 16 smart programs.
  • Delay cooking time up to 12 hours.
  • Automatic keep-warm.
  • 6 different pressure levels.

Our In-Depth Review:

Cosori Electric Pressure Cooker 6 Qt 8-in-1 has a modern premium design with a bright intuitive LED screen for easy operation with the product’s custom programs. Most of its elements are made of high-tech durable stainless steel. The material is fingerprint-resistant, so the outer cleaning is an absolute breeze.

As for the inside, the inner pot, the lid and the steam rack are dishwasher safe so cleaning is as easy as ABC. The product comes together with a tempered glass lid for slow cooking, an extra silicone sealing ring, a ladle, a rice spoon, a measuring cup, and last but not least, a recipe book.

Cosori includes 16 intelligent programs: Meat/Stew, Poultry, Soup, Beans/Chili, White Rice, Brown Rice, Multigrain, Steam Vegetables, Slow Cook, Yogurt, Pasta/Boil, Steam Potatoes, Hot Pot, Sauté/Brown, Bake, Reheat, and Automatic keep-warm mode.

Even when you’ve chosen your program and the food is already being prepared, you can make the quick adjustment even when the cooking process has already started. So, everything is in your hands indeed. Anything is customizable – from the pressure to temperature and time.

The keep-warm program will always be there with a warm meal for you, and the reheating function is at hand, as well, when the hours of the automatic keep-warm mode come to an end.

Despite being mainly a pressure cooker, Cosori 8-in-1 has non-pressure modes when it comes to the standard slow cooking and yogurt making. When one of the pressure modes is selected, however, you can choose your own levels of pressure and temperature.

Cosori pressure cooker is safety certified. It guarantees you peace of mind because of its 10 safety mechanisms. The Micro Limit Switch protection indicates whether the lid is sealed and secured properly before the cooking process starts.

The recipe book that goes together with the appliance as a guide and an inspiration are designed just for one-pot cooking with Cosori Electric Pressure Cooker 8-in-1.

Pros

  • Combines 8 appliances in 1.
  • Delay cooking time.
  • 10 safety mechanism.
  • Recipe book included.

Cons

  • No Cons.

Conclusion:

Try it once and Cosori will surely put itself into your pocket forever. A beginner or an expert, this multifunctional cooker is suitable for your needs because it helps you cook with your eyes shut. Cosori Electric Pressure Cooker 8-in-1 supplies your household with mouth-watering dishes in mere minutes. It’s not important whether you can cook or not – with Cosori you will be a chef of a world-class.


Rice Cookers – Buyer’s Guide

insta pot rice cookerIf you have cooked rice before, the you probably know about all the hassles involve in the process.

You have to continuously be cautious, else the water will overboil, or in the worst case, the rice might get burn at the bottom.

With the modern kitchen appliances and not just rice cookers, the life of a cooking person has become much easier and convenient.

How does rice cooker work?

When you cook rice using a rice cooker, you just put water and rice in the cooker. The inside of the cooker is made up of metal which everyone knows is a good conductor of electricity.

Once the rice cooker is turned on, the bowl starts heating which ultimately heats the water and the rice.

Once the water starts boiling, the heat is carried off in the steam that rises from the bowl. This way, the temperature at the bottom will never rise above 100-degree Celcius since the heat is carried off along with the heat.

In the meantime, the rice would be absorbing the water and would be getting in its best form.

Once the rice has absorbed all the water, and there is no water left in the cooker to boil, the temperature of the container starts to rise since the heat is still being pumped in the aluminum container.

This triggers the mechanism to turn the heat down or off and then tell you that the rice is done.

You can now pull the rice out and enjoy the meal.

What is fuzzy logic

Fuzzy logic, in a nutshell, would be some kind of smart intelligence integrated into the rice cooker to make cooking much more effective.

With fuzzy logic, instead of cooking the rice at the same temperature, the cooker takes a much-advanced approach.

Imagine you are cooking rice on a hot humid day when the temperature of your kitchen is hot too.

Now as compared to any other day with normal temperature, the cooker will heat much faster as it is absorbing heat from the atmosphere too. Cooker equipped with fuzzy logic will sense this and will pass on the heat to the boiling container accordingly so that nothing is overcooked.

Fuzzy logic automatically senses that the rice is heating up fairly quickly, so it will turn down the heat accordingly.

Induction cooking

Some of the high-end electric cookers today use induction technology to heat up the metal surface inside the cooker.

The heat in these cookers is created by the magnetic field that develops when the metal of the pan reacts with the copper coil of the heating element.

The induction as compared to the standard way of cooking has quite many advantages, and the best among them is the more even cooking.

Since the element is coming directly from the element below the heating pan, the whole pan is evenly heated, resulting in a more even cooking.

Moreover, with induction cooking, you can set the temperature at which you want to heat the pan, and the adjustments are instant.

Types of Electric Rice Cookers

Standard Rice Cooker

It might be surprising for some users, but electric cookers have been in the market since 1995. Those were the standard electric rice cookers.

Standard rice cookers are simple to operate and come with some very basic functionalities.

The thermal sensor inside them can detect where there is water left in the cooker or not, and when all the water has absorbed the cooker automatically switches from the cooking mode to the keep warm mode.

As compared to the previous times, the standard rice cookers have quite improved. First of all, they look quite good and on top of that, they also come with some digital timers, and different settings. They also have digital readouts that will read you the messages on how much time is left and if the cooking process is completed.

Multi-function Rice Cooker

As you would have guessed with the name, these types of rice cookers can not just cook rice, but can also be used to cook some of the other dishes as well.

And with different dishes, we do not mean just different varieties of rice but also some other dishes like Sushi.

Apart from this some of the advance rice cookers can also bake the cakes.

This versatility is achieved by the expanded control technology they come with.

Rest they also have all the other features like digital timer, delay setting, detachable lids, etc.

Induction Heat Rice Cooker

These are by far the smartest and the best type of electric cookers in the market.

And they are also the most expensive type.

Standard rice cookers use thermal induction to transfer heat to the cooking pot, with induction technology a magnetic field contacts the cooking pan and heat it quickly.

Since the whole pan is getting heat consistently, the food is cooked more evenly.

But there are also a few disadvantages that come along with the induction cookers. First, they are expensive and secondly they come higher energy as compared to cookers that run on thermal energy.

Are Electric cookers easy to use and clean

An electric rice cooker is a very simple appliance as compared to normal rice cookers.

The buttons and the functions might be overwhelming at first, but trust us, an electric cooker is very easy to operate.

Compared to cleaning rice on a regular rice cooker, the electric cooker is not complicated at all.

Most of the electric rice cookers come with the non-stick pot, so all you need to do is put some water in the pot, and the leftover rice will come off.

There is not much price difference between an electric cooker that does not come with a nonstick pot and one that comes with it, so it is actually wise to get a cooker that comes with a non-stick pan.

Quick tips for a tasty rice

Although the electric cooker cooks rice in a really great way, putting some extra efforts beforehand would make the rice even better.

Rinse before use

Its always good to rinse the rice before cooking.

This would remove all the pesticides in the rice if there are any. And this will also help in creating much foam inside the cooker and keep it from bubbling over.

A little disclaimer, some of the packaged rice comes with vitamins and minerals enriched in them which will dissolve and wash away if the rice is rinsed prior to the cooking.

To check if your rice is enriched with minerals, read the package carefully.

Using the correct amount of water

The standard ratio of water and rice while cooking the rice is 2:1, which means 2 cups of water for every one cup of rice. Keep the quantity of water to 1 1/2 cup of the rice is washed.

Getting the water to rice ratio is important for the rice to cook perfectly.

Usually the rice is measured in weight and the water is measured in volume, but in this case, you will measure both the rice and the water using a single cup.

Getting the most out of your rice cooker

Do not take out the rice instantly

Once the rice cooker senses that no water is left in the cooker it stops the heating and gives you the signal.

But this does not mean that the rice is ready to be pulled out. You should let your rice rest for approx 5-10 minutes more so that the cooking is completely done.

Once the cooker has shut down, that doesn’t mean that all the water has vapourised out, there would be some moisture and excess moisture left in the cooker that will steam out the rice in 5-10 minutes.

Do not use metal utensils to serve

Metal utensils would not affect the taste of the rice would also be quite easy to serve the rice, but that might cause some scratch to the internal metal surface of the cooker.

Most of the cookers come with a non-stick pan that could be scratched easily with a metal utensil, so it is always advised to use some plastic cookware to serve the rice.

There is some specially designed cookware for serving.

Enhancing the flavor

Most people add butter, salt or oil to the rice to enhance the overall flavor of the rice.

You can also add some bay leaves to make the rice even better.

What’s up with Japanese tech?

Japanese rice cookers are said to be the best in the industry.

One of their brand Zojirushi is quite popular in the industry. We have 3 cookers from this brand on our list.

Choosing the size you need?

Since the price of the cooker directly depends on the size of the rice cooker, it is important you be aware of what size would be perfect for you.

If you are a small family of 3-4 people than a small cooker with a capacity of 2-3 cups will suffice.

If you are a big family then getting a bigger one would be helpful for you since you won’t have to cook rice in batches. The cooker has the largest capacity on our list is an Elecholmes cooker, which comes with a capacity of 10 cups.

The one thing that you need to keep in mind while considering the size is that the size of cooked rice is larger than that of uncooked rice.

Features to look for

Slow cookQuickNonsticky potsCostSizeType of usesDurabilityEase of use
Most of the rice cookers today have the option to be used as slow cookers which means one appliance less in the kitchen.

So if you have a slow cooker which you are looking to replace or you think you are going to need the slow cook tech in future, then for the electric rice cooker that has the slow cooking feature.

A slow cooker passes a slow and even heat to the internal pot and pan which makes sure that the dish is properly cooked and not overcooked.

You can also use this feature if you are going to be out for a few hours and want your food to be cooked when you get back.

As you would have guessed it with the name, turning this feature on will cook your food faster as compared to normal cooking mode.

The more heat is passed to the pan so that the water is boiled much faster which would cook the rice faster.

But since the food is cooked fast the flavors would not be that accurate.

Non-sticky pots are very helpful when serving the rice and also helpful when cleaning the cooker.

Since no rice sticks to the cooker, the serving and the cleaning is done easily.

This is one of the most important features everyone should be looking for.

If we would have been talking about the normal rice cookers then you would have had great options for under $50. But the electric cookers generally cost around $100  or even more than that if you are planning to get some advance multi-function cooker.
All the electric rice cookers clearly mention on their box that how many cups of rice you can cook in it at once.

If you are a family of 3-4 people then a small cooker with a capacity of 3-4 cups would do the job. For larger families, you can get larger cookers that support up to 10 cups of rice.

An advanced rice cooker can not be just used for cooking rice but can also be cooked for several other purposes.

Most of the rice cooker could be used to cook rice, slow cook, and keep warm, while some of the advanced ones could also bake a cake, make yogurt, etc.

But remember, getting a multi-function cooker means putting in some extra money as compared to the other electric cookers.

Durability plays a big role if you are planning to use the rice cooker for years to come.

The cooker should be sturdy not just from the outside but from the inside too.

The best way to check if a cooker will last for years is to check the reviews of the existing customers.

The operations on an electric cooker are not complicated at all.

In fact, some of the users prefer rice cookers since they are so easy to operate.

Usually the simpler the design, the simpler would be the operations. The advance cookers with a lot of functions could be a little complicated to operate.

Type of cooker lids

There are basically two types of cooker lids, one where you can see through and one where you can’t.

The lids are just used to cover the pot, there is no such function they perform.

Faqs related to Rice cookers

Do electric rice cooker cook better rice
That won’t be fair to say that the rice cooked in an electric rice cooker is better than that cooked in the normal cooker, but the process of cooking the rice is definitely a lot easier with the electric rice cooker.
Is it ok to have rice cookers plugged in
It is completely fine to leave a rice cooker plugged in.

Once the cooking is done the cooker automatically turns off the heating mode and switches to keep warm mode.

But do not keep the cooker on warm mode for too long since that will make the rice dry.

Can we boil milk in the rice cooker
The cooking surface in the cooker works like just any other heating surface, so you can easily boil water, milk or even make tea and coffee.

But one thing that you have to do is manually check if the milk is boiled.

Also, remember that the cooker will boil the milk faster than it cooks rice, so always keep an eye on the milk when doing this.

How do I clean my electric rice cooker
Most of the electric rice cookers these days come with a non-stick pan which is super easy to clean.

All you to have to do is put some water in the cooker and everything will come out along with the water.

Is it safe to use electric rice cooker
If you are talking about the use, then it is completely safe to use.

And we talk about the quality of the food, then it is safe too.

All it takes for the rice to cook is the boiling water and that’s what an electric rice cooker does but just with the electricity instead of fuel.

Which brand rice cooker is the best
Zojirushi is the best electric cooker brand that we have tested till now.

It creates some really advanced rice cookers that can perform a lot of functions.

Is it healthy to cook rice in an electric rice cooker
Yes, it is completely healthy to cook food in an electric rice cooker.

As said earlier, the electric rice cooker uses the same mechanism to heat the rice like any other normal speaker which is heating the water. Its just that these rice cookers heat the water using electricity instead of any fuel.

Can we fry in rice cooker
Unfortunately you can not fry on a rice cooker.

The rice cooker is built water on 100 degrees Celcius while the deep frying is done on 180-degree Celcius.

Can we boil eggs in rice cooker
You can definitely boil eggs in a rice cooker.

Although you need to adjust the timer accordingly for the hard and soft boiled eggs.

What is the best Japanese rice cooker
From what we have tested, Zojirushi is the best Japanese brand.
Can I cook sticky rice in a rice cooker
The cooking process for the sticky rice as compared to the normal rice is not much different.

Just put some sticky rice inside the electric cooker. Add the water and stir. Now you have to let the rest for around 1 hour-4 hour because the sticky rice has a hard shell that needs to soften.

Now turn on the rice cooker and wait for the cooking process to complete. Once the cooker indicates that the cooking process is done, wait for 5 minutes and serve.

What is the smallest size rice cooker
The smallest size rice cooker on our list is Zojirushi NS-ZCC10, which has a capacity of 2 cups. Getting any lower than this would not be sufficient for anyone.

Conclusion:

If you cook rice, electric rice cookers can make your life quite easy.

The best thing is that apart from cooking rice they could also be used to prepare some dishes too.

Here is the short summary of our Buyer’s guide:

The best overall electric rice cooker on our list is Instant Pot Duo 60

The smallest rice cooker on our list is Instant Pot Ultra

The cooker that offers the most functions is the Elechomes Cooker


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