A rice cooker offers a variety of benefits that you don't get when cooking rice on the stove. To start, using a rice cooker instead of a traditional pot you will get better flavor. And instead of a gummy rice, you always get a perfect texture. Not to mention the risk of burning rice, always present, especially if you use a somewhat old stove. In addition to being practically inedible, burned rice can ruin your best pots. With a rice cooker that risk is minimal. In short, there is no comparison between rice cooked on the stove and that of a rice cooker.
If you are looking for your first rice cooker, or it is time to change the one you have, we present for your consideration our selection of the best that are currently on the market.
If you are reading this, you may also be interested in our selection of the best slow cookers.
Aroma Housewares 6-Cup Pot Style Rice Cooker and Food Steamer
We chose this pot of Aroma Housewares because it is easy to use, its price is unbeatable and its capacity is quite good.
You will not find many less complicated appliances than this Aroma pot. Simply add rice and water, wrap it and the rice cooker will take care of the rest. Even when the rice is ready, automatically switch to a mode that only keeps it warm, so you don't have to worry about overcooking it.
This product does not have some functions that you can see in slightly more expensive models, such as controls to prepare different types of rice, but for around $ 20 dollars, this rice cooker is difficult to overcome.
Hamilton Beach Digital Simplicity
Although it is very easy to prepare a perfect rice with virtually any rice cooker (simply add the ingredients, select the cooking mode and let the appliance take over) the Hamilton Beach Digital Simplicity earns its place in this list thanks to two important functions: a delayed start timer and a steamer basket included.
The delayed start timer allows you to program your rice up to 15 hours in advance. So you can leave everything ready before you go to work and schedule the start for your departure time; When you get home you will have a freshly made meal. This rice cooker also serves as a steamer. Rice cookers create a lot of steam, and this device does not allow it to be wasted. With the steamer tray included, you can cook vegetables, meat or whatever you want while preparing your rice.}
Zojirushi NP-NVC10 Induction Heating Pressure Cooker
A rice cooker with this price? You better have incredible functions. Well, how about artificial intelligence that learns from your cooking experiences and takes into account factors such as ambient and water temperature? Or how about induction technology that projects heat to your food from all angles, guaranteeing even cooking? Maybe a special burning function that creates a layer of crispy rice? Or a Umami cooking function that extracts more sugar from rice to create a sweeter dish?
Those are just some of the functions that make the Zojirushi NP-NVC10 one of the most impressive rice cookers on the market. Although that price may drive some consumers away, this product is undoubtedly worth it for chefs who take things seriously and who are only satisfied with the best possible rice.
Gourmia GRC970 11-in-1 Digital 20-Cup Rice Cooker
This is another appliance that goes far beyond simply preparing rice. You can make a creamy risotto, steamed fish or vegetables, a whole chicken (small) or a variety of dishes. You can even make yogurt.
But its main purpose is to make rice, and it does it admirably. It has multiple controls including steam, slow, crispy cooking, white rice, brown rice, quick rice, quinoa, oatmeal and yogurt. Thanks to its exceptionally large capacity (20 cups) and its non-stick surface, you can prepare large portions of rice. Includes transparent lid, measuring cup, spit and steamer tray, so you will have on hand the necessary accessories to prepare rice and other recipes.
Although this device can do everything from breakfast to dinner through dessert, it is surprisingly easy to use. Put the ingredients, choose the cooking method and let it take care of the rest.
Aroma Housewares ARC-914SBD Rice Grain Cooker and Food Steamer
Another affordable option of Aroma Housewares. This digital rice cooker prepares up to eight cups of rice. It includes a non-stick inner pot, a rice shovel, a measuring cup and a steamer tray so you can prepare vegetables and other foods besides rice. It has modes for brown and white rice, so that your rice comes out at its point.
We like this model for its excellent price, but also because it is easy to use, it does not take up too much space in the kitchen (you can store it in a cabinet) and has that useful deferred start timer that you can program up to 15 hours in advance.
miAroma MRC-903 Mini Cooker
This is another gem of the Aroma Housewares catalog. The MRC-903 is the perfect compact option to prepare fast dishes. Fresh on contact, simple to operate with just one button and small enough to fit in any cabinet in your kitchen. And don't be fooled by its size; This mini-rice cooker can prepare up to three cups of your favorite rice, quinoa, pasta and even omelettes filled with meat for breakfast.
It has a function to keep freshly cooked food hot for up to 12 hours, and its nonstick inner pot is very easy to clean, in addition to that you can wash it in the dishwasher. This is the perfect mini-rice cooker for those with a limited budget and for those who want a more austere traditional rice cooker.