Rice cookers have become a staple in many kitchens across the country, due to their convenience, ease of use, and the price. The ability to always provide perfectly cooked rice alone is a game-changer for many of us who are culinary challenged, and even some of the masters sometimes have a mishap with rice. These appliances eliminate any mistakes you can make by completely automating the process. Put in rice, add water, press a button and go have a cup of coffee until the lunch is ready. Just let it work its magic while you are free to focus on something else. No stirring, no fretting, and no hustle. If your family enjoys rice and likes to eat it often, these machines are a godsend.
Hamilton Beach Digital Programmable Rice Cooker & Food Steamer
This is one of the cheaper models on our list, but don’t let the price fool you. It performs as good, if not better than some far more expensive models. It does have fewer options, though, and the control panel is more basic. Of course, for some people that is a plus, since many find those complicated control panels confusing and hard to operate. It can cook up to seven cups of rice (14 cups cooked) and is highly versatile when it comes to the types of rice it can handle.
Zojirushi NS-TSC10 Micom Rice Cooker and Warmer
This Zojirushi model is often praised as the best rice cooker on the market currently. Considering it costs almost four times as Hamilton model, it should really perform miracles in order to justify the price. It had individual settings for different rice types, like brown, sweet, white, and even mixed rice. The lid is detachable for easier cleaning. It has an automatic “keep warm” function and a handy reheat feature. For those who hate clutter on their kitchen tops, it comes with a retractable power cable. A large LCD display makes it easy to see all relevant information, like a clock, timer, and temperature.
Instant Pot Lux Mini 6-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker
Usually, appliances that advertise as capable of performing several functions excel in neither of them and do a mediocre job at best, especially compared to those designed for a single purpose. Instant Pot Lux Mini 6-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker is an exception to that rule, at least when it comes to cooking rice. With many handy features, like delayed start u to 24 hours, keeping your rice warm for up to 10 hours, and several temperature presets, it is a machine that can really do it all.