If you’re in the market for a new rice cooker but feel overwhelmed by the choices, don’t despair. I am here to break it all down for you.
Welcome to my rice cooker reviews blog. My name is Annie and I’ve been cooking and eating rice my whole life. I am here to help you find the best rice cooker possible, so you can cook perfect rice every time.
How to Choose the Best Rice Cooker
There are two things that you need to look for when choosing your rice cooker.
- Type of Rice Cooker
Understanding Rice Cooker Size
Rice cookers measure capacity by the cup and sizes vary from 3 cups to 10 cups. Beyond that, they are mostly used for commercial purposes. Here, “cup” refers to amount of raw rice – not the amount of rice you’ll have once it is cooked. Generally, the cooked rice amount is double that of uncooked rice, but this can vary depending on the rice type.
As a rule of thumb, one person eats about one cup (uncooked) rice per meal, so the following is the size I would recommend assuming you have average eaters in your family.
3-cup rice cooker – For small family (2-3 people)
5-cup rice cooker – For a mid-sized family (4 to 6 people)
10-cup rice cooker – For a family larger than 6
Type of Rice Cooker
There are two main types of rice cookers – basic on/off rice cooker and fuzzy logic rice cooker.
Basic On/Off Rice Cooker
This type of rice cooker has one simple button. All you need to do is add water and rice and push the button. It will automatically turn off when the rice is cooked. It is inexpensive ($20 – $50), but it doesn’t have advanced technology, so you will need to measure the rice and water correctly to cook the rice perfectly.
Fuzzy Logic Rice Cooker
It uses Artificial Intelligence. In non-technical terms we can say that a fuzzy logic rice cooker thinks like a real cook. It uses its senses to observe the rice as it cooks, adjusting for type and volume, and intervenes by changing the time and temperature when necessary. These rice cookers cost more ($100 – $450) than the simple on/off versions ($20 – $50), but you will consistently get fluffy and soft rice even if you haven’t got the measurements exactly right.
In addition to making perfectly cooked rice of any type and texture, you can also use it for steaming, cooking soup, or making oatmeal or porridge.
Recommended Fuzzy Logic Rice Cookers
Best Fuzzy Logic Rice Cooker
Zojirushi NP-NVC10 Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker – This is the best rice cooker on the market. Way ahead of any competitor, it employs the newest revolution in rice cooking – pressure inductive heating. Not cheap (around $420), but you’re going to pay for all of this awesomeness!
Best Value for Money
Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 – Another quality rice cooker from Zojirushi, time-tested, cooks flawless rice every time. It costs around $170.
Best Small Rice Cooker
Zojirushi NS-LAC05 – 3 cup rice cooker. It easily makes rice for 2 adults but could handle 3 adults with normal eating habits.
Recommended On/Off Electric Rice Cooker
Best Basic Rice Cooker
Aroma Rice Cooker – Best rice cooker under $50.