Do you dislike overcooked or undercooked rice as much as I do? Do you battle to cook rice well, regardless of the type you want to prepare? Well, if you want to impress your family and guests with perfect rice, you will be interested in the best rice cookers on the market.

Cooking rice should be easy, right? Why is it, then, that timing cooking rice, so it is properly prepared and ready at the right time is so tricky? Do you end up with mushy rice or grains that still have a slight crunch? Then there is the pot with a layer of burnt rice at the bottom of the dirty cooktop after the pot boiled over… Sound familiar? 

Well, now you have the option to buy a rice cooker, but what are they, and are they necessary? We’ll look at these questions and the types of rice cookers available, the factors to consider when selecting one, we review the best rice cookers and talk about popular brands, what types of rice can be used in a rice cooker, and how you use them.

Let’s get started so that you can make an informed decision about which rice cooker is best for you and your household!

What is a Rice Cooker?

The obvious answer is, “It cooks rice.” There is a bit more to it than that, though. Rice cookers are automatic kitchen appliances that can cook a wide range of rice types and grains. They work the way it does if you cook rice in a pot: the rice absorbs the water until it is done and tender.

The major difference is that a rice cooker will not boil over, over- or under-cook the rice, and several models will even keep the rice warm till you are ready for it. You are free to focus on the rest of the meal—or other things—secure in the knowledge that the rice is in hand.

Why Do You Need a Rice Cooker?

My mother did not own a rice cooker, so I grew up thinking boiling rice on the stove was the only way to cook rice. When I started to do some cooking, I produced a lot of good rice and some that were, in a word, inedible. I discovered it is not hard to cook rice… but it is also not as easy as it looks. 

Rice cookers do not make the mistakes we human cooks do. They do not forget about the rice, undercook it, or produce lumps of mushy mess. Once you have added the rice of your choice and the correct amount of water, press the power button, and that is it.

These essential appliances have inbuilt thermostats. Once the water boils and steams, and the correct temperature is reached, the temperature is reduced automatically. The rice cooker will also switch off at the end of the cooking process, and some will switch to the “Keep Warm” function.

So, do you need a rice cooker? Sure, you can cook fluffy, great rice without one. However, a good rice cooker will always produce perfect rice, unlike the average human cook. It will also save you time and effort. Also, some of these kitchen gadgets allow you to cook things other than rice—a lot more in some cases. 

Types of Rice Cookers

While there are two main types of rice cooker available, there are also combination cookers which provide further options and, potentially, add to the confusion when it comes to choosing one.


A conventional or standard rice cooker will be all most of us need. They consist of a heating plate, a timer, an internal and external cooking pot, and sometimes a steam tray. In terms of function, these are basic cookers: add rice and water and press a setting button. Some models offer delay, auto-shutoff, and keep warm features.


  • Affordable
  • Easy to use
  • Cook rice quickly
  • Basic or more multifunction models available
  • Range of sizes (3 – 60 cup options) available


  • Do not offer a wide range of features
  • Only cook some types of rice
  • Do not always produce ‘perfect’ rice.


Smart rice cookers use “fuzzy logic,” which allows them to adjust temperature and timing as necessary. These cookers will even cope if you make a mistake, such as putting in the wrong amount of water. 

Some, called “Micom” technology, incorporate microchips and thermal sensors. Others have induction plates that promote more even cooking. A further subgroup uses pressurized induction cooking that changes the grain texture and structure. 


  • Make perfect rice every time
  • Can be used for a wide range of types of rice and grains


  • The more sophisticated the technology, the higher the price
  • Cooks more slowly
  • Can be complicated to use


There are a couple of combination cookers. The first is a rice cooker that also functions as a steamer for foods other than rice. Then there is the all-singing-all-dancing variety that performs a variety of purposes. 

They can cook rice, steam foods, and work as a slow cooker for meat, stews, and soup. They can also a stand-in for an oven if you want to bake cakes and desserts. Besides, you can prepare hot cereals and cook frittatas and legumes such as chickpeas and beans. You could also poach fruit and cook a range of grains, including polenta, gits, and quinoa. 


  • Very versatile as they cook a wide range of foods, not only rice
  • They are multifunction appliances and offer real bang for your buck
  • It saves you from having to buy a slow cooker, steamer, etc.


  • They can be expensive
  • Some are complicated to use
  • It is not the best option to cook the rice!

This should give you an idea of the type of cooker that you need to fit your cooking style, budget, and kitchen space.

Factors to Consider When Buying a Rice Cooker

In addition to whether you want a conventional, smart, or combination rice cooker, there are several other factors you should think about and keep in mind when you go shopping instore or online.

Cooking Capacity (number of cups):

Ask yourself, “How much rice do I cook at a time?” A good rule of thumb is to prepare half a cup (that is a measuring cup) of uncooked rice per person. So, a single person or couple would only need a cooker that can handle 3-cups. A 6-cup capacity would work for a family of four to six. 

Quick Cook & Slow Cook Functions:

What kinds of food do you want to be able to prepare in this appliance? Just rice or more than that? Conventional rice cookers only have a quick cook function as they are designed to bring contents to the boil as fast as possible. 

On the other hand, slow cooking—as in slow cookers and some smart and combination rice cookers—gradually and evenly increases temperature and cooks the food over an extended period. Whether you have both speed functions depends on the type of cooker you select and the features it offers.

Settings for Firmer or Softer Rice:

In some high-end smart rice cookers that use pressure technology, you will have the option to select either a hard or soft rice function. When you select “hard” or “soft,” the cooker knows how much liquid to force into the rice. The greater the pressure and the more liquid forced in, the softer the rice—and the starch or it—will be. 

If you want to cook a range of different kinds of rice, this feature/function is a handy one to look for and to have.

Ability to Keep Warm:

Most rice cookers offer an automatic or auto function that will keep the rice warm once it is ready without overcooking it or drying it out. While this is not essential, it is a real nice-to-have feature.

Stay Cool Handles:

As with any item or appliance in which you cook, being able to pick it up by the handles without using a potholder or getting burnt is important. Make sure that the model you buy has to stay cool or “cool grip handles.” This should be indicated in the product description. If not, contact the manufacturer to ask. 

Cooking Other Grains:

Some of us only want to cook white rice. Others also want to be able to put brown, wild, or sushi rice in their cooker. However, other cooks also want to be ready to cook a range of rice and other grains such as quinoa, for example. If you are one of these people, read the product information and reviews to see what you can cook and what other consumers have had success with.

Induction Compatible:

There are rice cookers that are induction compatible. In other words, they can be placed on an induction cooktop. If you have an induction stove, you must check this before you buy it. The product description, manual, or packaging will either state that the rice cooker is “induction ready” or “induction compatible.” Alternatively, the symbol should appear.

Detachable Inner Lid:

Most rice cookers have hinged lids, but a few have removable, washable inner lids. Being able to remove the lid makes cleaning a rice cooker so much easier; I recommend you check for this feature when you shop around.

Stainless Steel Pots for Durability:

The primary advantage of stainless steel is that it is highly durable and does not scratch easily. If the inner or cooking pot of your rice cooker is stainless-steel, it will last very well. However, food sticking is the primary downside of stainless-steel cookware generally. Cleaning maybe a little more time-consuming. 

Dishwasher Safe for Easy Clean-up:

Rice cookers should be all about convenience (and perfect rice, of course), so cleaning should also be easy. Most rice cookers come with inner pots that are made of nonstick material. These should clean like a dream. However, they do need to be cared for correctly, or the nonstick coating will become damaged, worn, and ineffectual very quickly. If the inner lid is also removable, it will be speedy and easy to clean up after cooking.


How much you spend on a rice cooker will be dictated by two factors: how much you can afford and what your cooking needs and style are. 

If you only cook white rice and have it infrequently, a basic rice cooker for under $20 will be beautiful. However, if you want to cook different types of rice, grains, and other foods several times a week, you need a multifunction, high-end rice cooker. These will set you back a lot more but are an investment in your kitchen. 

Many of us want something in between. For us, a middle-of-the-road rice cooker with multiple settings will fit the bill. 

With these factors in mind, let’s move on to specific makes and models that are some of the options on the market.

Best Rice Cookers

Now let’s look at specific rice cookers, so you get a more definite sense of what is on offer and what I and others have to say about them.

Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 (Best Overall)

The Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 uses fuzzy logic technology, so it ‘thinks’ as it cooks, and it produces beautiful rice each time. In addition to its ability to cook a wide range of rice types (white, brown, mixed, semi-brown, sushi, and porridge/risotto), it also offers an auto keep warm, extended keep warm, and even a reheat function. 

I also liked the nonstick inner pot with cool grip handles, so it is easy to lift out. The inner lid is also detachable, so this rice cooker is a breeze to clean. 

What Customers are Saying: 

Reviewers rave about the quality and evenness of the rice that the cooker produces. They also respond well to the ease of cleaning thanks to the removable lid and nonstick surface and being able to lift out the inner pot using the handles. 

The first cons mentioned by reviewers is that the battery linked to the LED display dies after about five years, and the component is expensive to replace. Secondly, no nonstick surface lasts very long, and replacement cooking pots cost about $60. 


The Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 is, for my money, the best overall just-cooks-rice rice cooker. It is easy to use and clean and cooks every kind of rice perfectly. It is got a big price tag, but it delivers significant performance. The price will put a lot of buyers off, though.

Aroma Housewares ARC-914SBD (Budget)

Despite the modest price, this rice cooker does more than cook rice. The Aroma ARC-914SBD is a multifunction cooker that cooks rice, steams vegetables or meat, allows you to sauté, make soup, and even bake cakes. While I did not try baking, it was great to be able to cook more than one dish in the cooker at the same time. 

Despite the range of 12 functions, I found this cooker very easy to use. You can even ask it to switch on later, so the food is ready—or kept warm—for when you get home. Cleaning is not as easy as I would have liked.

What Customers are Saying: 

Many reviewers indicate that this cooker makes perfect rice and grains and is also easy to use. There are several tips offered by some buyers to make cleaning more comfortable, which indicates that this can be a problem. The primary complaint relates to durability. 

Several reviewers say that the unit shows that the rice is ready but, when you open the cooker, the rice is uncooked. A couple of buyers also said that the hook that keeps the lid closed broke.


I enjoyed using this cooker, and its versatility is excellent. It appears that durability is a problem. However, because this cooker is so affordable, perhaps one can’t reasonably expect high-end performance and durability at a more budget price.

Tiger JKT-B10U-C (High-End)

This high-end rice cooker uses sophisticated technology and multi-layer construction. The 3-ply metal inner or cooking pan makes use of induction technology, which means the appliance works fast and cooks evenly. 

The cooking pot has useful handles and a detachable inner lid, which is easy to clean. I found the preset timer function helpful, and the cooker is easy to use and handles all rice types along with grains like quinoa and porridge. 

What Customers are Saying: 

Reviews agree with my experience: this cooker makes perfect rice and is easy to clean. Unlike some rice cookers, the rice will not stick or burn on the bottom. Buyers also like the solid construction and the keep warm function which retains the quality of the rice for up to 24 hours. One can’t help wondering if the few consumers who experienced their cooker burning out or breaking after a few months were not just miserable.


The Tiger JKT-B10U-C does an outstanding job of cooking perfect rice and grains and is fast and easy to clean. However, it doesn’t cook other foods or whole meals, so the price tag is very high for a straight rice cooker.

Hamilton Beach 37549 (Large Family)

This rice cooker from Hamilton Beach offers six settings that allow you to cook rice and grains such as quinoa, hot cereals, pasta, and soup. The steam facility also allows you to steam fish, vegetables, and meat. There is also a delayed start, simmer/heat, and keep warm function. 

The one-pot nature makes meals easy and clean-up minimal. Thanks to the capacity of this cooker, it is ideal for feeding a family. The nonstick bowl can be placed in the dishwasher, but I’d advise against that. 

What Others are Saying: 

The reviews for this expensive multifunction rice cooker are mixed. There are a lot of comments about the ease of use, how perfectly it cooks rice and steams vegetables, that it is easy to clean, doesn’t make a mess, and cooks all rice types well. 

The flip side is the reviews that indicate that the bottom layer of rice, especially brown rice, gets hard and/or burned. Some comments show the cooker stops working correctly after a few months or that the nonstick coating starts to peel. It may be that recipes or instructions were not followed in full.


This is a versatile cooker that is an ideal size for preparing meals for a large family. At under $70 it is a good value for money also.

Black+Decker RC503 (Small)

This rice cooker from Black & Decker is small but would be the right size for a single person on a couple. There are several features that I like. Firstly, it is easy to use and has an auto keep-warm function. 

The indicator lights change color so you can tell at a glance if it is still cooking or is in keep-warm mode. Secondly, cleaning is easy as the cooking pot is nonstick and removable. Finally, I found the rice produced was good quality and evenly cooked.

What Customers are Saying: 

This cooker has mixed reviews. Several buyers like its compact size, the ease of cleaning, and the quality of the rice it makes. There are some suggestions that one should experiment with water quantities for the best results. 

On the con side, it scores lowest on durability (3.9/5 on Amazon) because several reviewers indicate that the appliance burns out and stops working after a few months. Less dramatic but negative nonetheless are reports of the rice burning onto the sides of the pot.


This little rice cooker is fast and compact and ideal for 1 or 2 people. It is basic in terms of functions and easy to use. Just remember that nonstick pots need to be treated gently and will not last a long time.

Tiger Corporation JBV-A10U-W (Multipurpose)

The JBV-A10U-W model from Tiger is a multipurpose cooker that uses fuzzy logic to adjust the temperature as necessary. The synchrony-cooking function allows you to cook your rice and the rest of your meal at the same time. There are four menu settings: plain rice, brown rice, slow cooking, and synchrony-cooking. 

There is also a keep-warm function. This appliance cooks rice and other food fast and well, but I found brown rice is the exception as it is slow. The inner pot is nonstick and easy to clean, and I like the recipe book Tiger supplies. 

What Customers are Saying: 

The reviews are excellent. Buyers focus on the quality of the rice produced, the versatility and speed of the cooker, the ease of cleaning, and that the rice does not become dry or hard if it is kept warm. They also speak highly of the cooker’s ability to cook other foods such as vegetables. 

The primary complaint is that the nonstick coating wears and peels. Unfortunately, that is the nature of this coating, mainly if one uses hard utensils, harsh cleaning products, or the dishwasher. 


If you are looking for a fast, smart, multipurpose cooker, then this one is a good option for you. 

Zojirushi NS-ZCC18 (Automatic)

The Zojirushi Neuro rice cooker, thanks to its inbuilt microcomputer, uses “fuzzy logic” to adjust to the optimal temperature and duration based on the setting you choose and what its internal sensors pick up. 

This cooker makes fantastic rice, but it is not the fastest on the market. I like the delay timer, the handle for easy carrying, and the extended keep warm and the reheat modes. The pot is nonstick, and this combined with the fact that you can remove the inner lid makes cleaning easy.

What Customers are Saying: 

Most reviewers praise the compactness of this appliance, the quality of the rice produced, and how easy it is to both use and clean it. There are comments about the fact that, unlike some, the rice does not become dried out on the keep warm mode. 

The primary complaint is that the cooker is slow. There are also problems reported with the lid breaking and the nonstick coating being damaged. These may, however, be due to rougher handling than is ideal.


This is not the best choice for the impatient cook. However, it is excellent for those of us who love our rice. 

The Aroma ARC-150SB is an affordable rice cooker that includes a perfect steam tray. It also has a 20-cup cooked rice capacity, which will feed a lot of people or form part of multiple meals. I found this cooker very easy to use and like the delay timer, which allows you to set a program up to 15 hours in advance—very handy for working people. It also has auto keep warm and slow cook functions, which work great.  

What Customers are Saying: 

Many reviewers comment on the high-quality rice produced and the fact that the rice never burns on or gets hard. There are also positive comments about the cooker’s performance as a slow cooker and steamer, and how easy the cooker is to use and clean. 

The critical comments are that the inner lid does not come off, which can make cleaning a little more time-consuming. There are also reports of splatter and mess, but not many, and perhaps the water quantities used were incorrect. A couple of buyers claim their cookers just stopped working.


This is an affordable, easy to use, and high-performance rice cooker that makes large quantities of good quality rice. It also functions as a slow cooker and steamer, so it is versatile and cooks a range of foods.

Zojirushi NS-TSC10 (Best Japanese)

Like their other models, the Zojirushi NS-TSC10 uses fuzzy logic technology as the brains behind this multipurpose cooker. Like other cookers, it offers to keep warm and extended keep warm options. There is also an effective reheating cycle, which doesn’t damage the quality of the rice. 

There are settings for different rice types and a steaming basket that works very well (I tried fish and vegetables). You can even bake cakes in this compact appliance. The countdown clock is a nice touch, too, as you know how long you still need to wait. It is also easy to clean thanks to the nonstick inner pot and removable lid.

What Customers are Saying: 

Most reviews are incredibly positive. Buyers praise the high-quality performance, the nature of the rice and other foods produced, the range of settings and modes, the ease of use and cleaning, and the look and compact design. Overall, buyers believe this cooker is worth the money. 

There are some negative reviews. A few buyers state their cooker stopped working after less than a year, or the rice was too soft/soggy. There are also indications that the cooker is too slow.


I agree with some other reviewers that this high-end cooker is worth the money if you want a ‘smart’ cooker that does a lot more than cook great rice and does not mind that it simmers a little. Besides, it is not as expensive as some other comparable models. 

Cuckoo CR-0631F (Best Korean)

This Korean-made, electric rice cooker also uses fuzzy logic to produce delicious and consistent rice. In fact, this cooker is considered the best one to come from Korea, which is one of the countries with a long tradition of rice cooking. 

It features six cooking settings and three functions: slow cook, turbo cook, and one for the increasingly popular GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) rice. It will also keep rice warm. The cooking or inner pot has a nonstick coating that can’t handle rough treatment or a dishwasher but makes cleaning very easy. 

What Customers are Saying: 

Reviewers list many pros: how good the cooked rice is, the appliance quality, useful design features like the removable lid, a practical reheat function (up to 24 hours), proper construction, cooking speed, and the ease of use and cleaning. 

Complaints focus on the number of removable parts to be cleaned, the light cooking pot which can rotate as you stir, and damage to the nonstick coating (an unfortunate drawback with these coatings). 


This is a well-designed and quick cooker that cooks rice very well and keeps it warm without overcooking or drying it out. If you eat or want to try GABA rice, this is the only cooker I’m aware of with this specific setting. This model only comes in pink, so if—like me—you are not a pink person, that’s a drawback.

Cuisinart CRC-800  (Brown Rice)

Cuisinart is a powerful brand in the kitchen cookware and appliance market, and this rice cooker/steamer is a welcome addition to their range. You can cook rice and steam fish, meat, or vegetables at the same time. 

The rice cooked in this appliance tastes delicious. When your meal is done, the cooker automatically switches to keep warm. I like the stainless-steel steamer, glass lid, and the nonstick cooking pot, which is a breeze to clean.

What Customers are Saying: 

Like me, reviewers praise the quality of rice produced, how easy this rice cooker is to use and clean, and that—if you follow the instructions—you will not have any problems with splatter or mess. 

There are some negative comments, though, that mention that the keep warm function is too warm and dries out the rice. There are also one or two users who report malfunctioning issues. 


This rice cooker is effective, fast, and does an excellent job steaming food at the same time that your rice is cooking. It is also the best one I have reviewed for cooking brown rice, which, as a hard grain, can be challenging to get right.

Aroma Housewares Professional (Oatmeal)

This cooker from Aroma is a twelve-function appliance that handles rice, grains, oatmeal, soups, and can steam meats and vegetables and even bake cakes or make yogurt. This makes it ideal for a one-pot meal or a stand-in for several appliances. 

There are an automatic keep-warm function and a range of temperature settings. The fuzzy logic technology means the cooker adjusts the temperature as necessary. This cooker also features the manufacturer’s unique “Sauté-Then-Simmer” function: you can sauté or brown foods and then switch to a simmer mode once the liquid is added. Cleaning is also easy.

What Customers are Saying: 

Reviewers indicate the pros with this rice cooker are its versatility, the quality of the rice and other foods produced, its size, and that you can cook several things at the same time. There are also positive comments about how easy it is to both use and clean. 

Unfavorable reviews indicate that the cooker is not quick, especially for brown rice, and that rice can dry out in the keep warm mode. There are some reports of the nonstick coating peeling. That is a danger with nonstick. Also, the manufacturer says you can use a dishwasher. I’d recommend you handwash as some cycles are very hot and will damage the coating.


If you are looking for a combination rice cooker, food steamer, and slow cooker that performs well, this could well be the cooker for you. 

Popular Rice Cooker Brands

There are currently several brands that offer rice cookers. Some are better known and more established than others, but the most popular are: 


This manufacturer produces a range of rice cookers that also steam and slow cook other foods in addition to a variety of types of rice. This range has an excellent reputation for performance and is well priced for what you get. The few negative comments focus on durability.

Black and Decker

Customers who have bought one of Black & Decker’s range of rice cookers say they are value for money and easy to use and clean. Another pro is that the manufacturer offers several sizes. The primary criticism is that, while they work very well, they do not last long.


Cuisinart is one of the best-known names in the kitchen and cookware market. However, their rice cookers have received puzzlingly mixed reviews. Some consumers swear by these cookers, while others say they boil over and make a mess or burn the rice, which makes them hard to clean.


Fagor produces a multicooker that combines a rice cooker with a slow cooker and a pressure cooker. This makes it a very versatile appliance that does a great deal without using up a lot of counter or storage space. Those who have purchased and used a Fagor cooker appear to be very satisfied with the quality of the food produced and the ease of cleaning. 

Hamilton Beach

Like some other brands, Hamilton Beach manufactures several models: a rice cooker and a combination steamer and rice cooker. While buyers seem satisfied with the rice cooker function, the comments about the steamer are less favorable. While they are affordable and easy to use and clean, there are comments about these cookers being slow to cook rice and smaller than they appear in listings. 


Some of the Panasonic range of rice cookers have “fuzzy logic” capabilities, which makes it easy to use, and they produce perfect rice. Consumers also indicate that they are a good value for money and clean easily.


Of all the brands on the market, Zojirushi is probably the one that produces the rice cooker with the most glowing and five-star reviews. These are high-end cookers, so they come with a high price too. However, consumers indicate that the range of rice and grains you can cook, the quality of the cooked rice, and the ease of use and cleaning justify the cost.

Established brand names carry with them the assurance of tried-and-tested appliances and—usually—a reputation for reliable after-sales service. These factors are essential to many consumers.

What Type of Rice Can You Cook in a Rice Cooker?

As mentioned, some rice cookers can only handle white rice. However, more sophisticated makes and models can cook a wider variety of rice.

Brown Rice

Brown rice is a harder grain than white rice. To properly cook the outer bran and rice inside, water must be properly absorbed. Rice cookers achieve this by increasing both the preheating and cooking time. 


Cooking mixed rice requires the use of seasonings and ingredients other than rice and water. The setting for mixed rice has a longer preheating time and a lower cooking temperature. The seasoning is adequately absorbed, and the reduced temperature prevents the contents from boiling over.


No, of course, porridge is not a rice type. The reason its included here is that the “porridge” setting that some rice cookers have is ideal for cooking large quantities of rice… or porridge/hot cereals The rice will cook properly without becoming mushy. 


To make a good risotto, you need to use short-grain rice like arborio. The reason is that it releases more starch during cooking than other rice types. This is what gives it—and risotto—its creamy texture. Arborio rice should be cooked on the “porridge” or “regular” setting.

Sushi Rice

The cooking of rice is an integral part of a longer process. Because you will be handling the sushi rice, it should be a bit firmer than some others. You will use the “sushi” setting if you have one or the white rice setting and less water if you do not. 

Rice cookers come with instructions and some with recipe books. Both will guide you in terms of rice types, cooking settings, and what to add.

How Do You Cook Rice in a Rice Cooker?

There will be some variation from one rice cooker to another, and what type of rice you are cooking will also make a difference in terms of the water quantity (more on this later) and cooking time. However, in broad terms, the steps are as follows:

  • 1. Measure the rice, using the rice cooker guide or recipe book
  • 2. Rinse the rice (if you want to) until the water is clear
  • 3. Place the rice in the inner or cooking pot
  • 4. Add the required amount of water
  • 5. Add seasoning, butter, or any other additional ingredients you may need
  • 6. Place the cooking pot inside the rice cooker and close the lid
  • 7. Turn on the rice cooker and select the correct setting
  • 8. Leave the rice to rest in the cooker for the specified period and using the “Keep warm” setting if you have one
  • 9. Serve and enjoy!

There are mixed views on whether one should rinse rice before cooking it. The reasons for doing so are to remove excess starch and to wash off any chemicals, dust, or pesticides. However, some rice – such as arborio and rice that has been fortified with minerals or vitamins – should not be rinsed. I suggest that you check the instructions on the packaging.

Finally, a quick note on water quantities. Two factors impact on water quantities: the type of rice you are cooking and whether you have rinsed it or not. The manual or recipe book that accompanies your rice cooker should be your guide in this matter. You may, though, need to do a little experimenting with some rice hard types so that it is cooked to your liking.

Conclusion: Which Rice Cooker Model is Right for You?

While having a lot of options to choose from is excellent in some ways, it can be overwhelming; you could get sucked in by marketing hype or so confused that you don’t buy a rice cooker at all!

One way to avoid this is to decide why you need a rice cooker and what type would fit your cooking style, lifestyle, and budget best. Ask yourself questions. 

What types of rice or food do I want to cook? Will, it only be rice, or do I need a multifunction or multipurpose cooker? How often will I use this appliance? How many people do I regularly feed? With the answers clearly in mind, you are more likely to make the right decision for you and your household. 

So, which rice cookers would we recommend? Again, that depends on what you are looking for.

The Aroma ARC-150SB is an affordable, easy to use, a high-performance rice cooker that makes large quantities of good quality rice. It also functions as a slow cooker and steamer, so it is versatile and cooks a range of foods. These factors explain why this cooker gets my vote as the #1 choice.

The Black & Decker RC503 is an excellent choice for a single person or couple. It is fast and compact. While it is basic in terms of functions and only cooks rice, it is easy to use and to clean. It is not a long-term investment as durability is an issue, however.

For those who need to keep budget foremost in mind but do not want to sacrifice performance or versatility, the Aroma ARC-914SBD is a very affordable multifunction cooker. It may not offer excellent durability, however.

The Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 is the best high-end and overall just-cooks-rice rice cooker. It is easy to use and clean, and it cooks every kind of rice perfectly. It comes with a big price tag, but it delivers significant performance.

Finally, the Cuisinart CRC-800 is the right choice if you frequently cook brown rice as it handles this hard grain rice particularly well. 

We hope that this article has helped you decide what it is that you need when it comes to a rice cooker, and perhaps helped to steer you towards the model or models that may be best for you. So, get shopping and enjoy the convenience and delicious food that the right rice cooker brings!