Don’t you absolutely love rice? I am so impressed with how versatile rice is. It can be served with just about anything. In some Asian countries, rice is eaten every day. As a matter of fact, most countries in Asia consider rice their staple dish. Even in certain Mexican cuisine, rice takes center stage.
There are so many different type of rice grains – brown, long grain, short grain, basmati, jasmine or plain old white rice – and each of them needs to be cooked differently. Sometimes it takes years to master stove top rice cooking. The easier alternative would be to use a rice cooker. New technology has seen rice cookers developed into something more than just an electric rice pot.
Here I have included a guide on choosing the best rice cooker for you. You may be buying your first rice cooker or you may be just getting a replacement. Whatever it is, I hope my rice cooker reviews and guide will help you find the rice cooker that suits you.
Like choosing any other electrical appliance there are factors to consider even before you look at rice cookers that are available on the market. The two main things you have to figure out beforehand is:
Here is a quick breakdown on each.
Large rice cookers cook large quantities of rice. But if you’re only cooking for one person would you need such a big rice cooker?
The best way to find the right size of rice cooker is to first identify how many people you are going to be cooking for. On average, a person usually eats ½ – 1 cup of uncooked rice. Using this approximation, you’re set to decide which size of rice cooker you need.
Always buy a rice cooker that fits your household size as a rice cooker works best if you fill the pot halfway. Get a rice cooker too small and you may end up with boil-overs. Get one too big and you will get all your rice stuck to the bottom of the pan (unless the pan is non stick).
Check out my size guide below. Rice cookers are available in many sizes in between 3 to 10 cups, and are usually labeled according to uncooked cups of rice but may sometimes be labeled according to cooked cups of rice. Remember that rice expands to double the size when it is cooked, so a 5-cup (uncooked) rice cooker is twice the size of a 5-cup (cooked) rice cooker.
If you are cooking rice for one meal and:
Types Of Rice Cooker
Once you got the size figured out, you can narrow down your options based on the type of rice cookers available on the market.
The two types of rice cookers on the market are the conventional on/off rice cooker and fuzzy logic rice cooker.
On/Off Rice Cooker
These rice cookers are the simplest functional electric rice cooker on the market. It has no extra features or settings. Usually these rice cookers have only one toggle and 2 modes, which are the ‘Cook’ and ‘Keep Warm’ modes. To cook rice or to reheat your cooked rice, press the toggle and it will flick downwards activating the cooking mode. Finally when your rice is cooked, the toggle will pop back up to the keep warm mode.
The electric on/off rice cooker is the less expensive type, the best electric rice cooker can sometimes be found for as low as $20. It doesn’t have any advanced technology so you will need to measure rice and water accurately to cook good and tasty rice. The on/off rice cooker often includes a steamer for you to steam food on top of the cooking rice. Pick this type if you will mainly use the rice cooker to cook white or brown rice, and steam food like veggies and fish.
Fuzzy Logic Rice Cooker
A fuzzy logic rice cooker is one that always cook fluffy and soft rice even if you haven’t got the measurements exactly right. This should also be your choice If you’re looking for a feature packed, futuristic rice cooker. You’ll be able to do much more than just cook white rice. Functions like steaming and cooking soup, porridge, brown or mixed rice will all be at your fingertips.
The best fuzzy logic rice cooker may have a timer, induction heating, rice texture setting and cake making. Pick this type if you want to use the rice cooker for cooking many types of rice and need more cooking functions, or if you need a timer to preset your cooking time.
There is no such thing as the single best rice cooker for everyone, but all of us want a rice cooker that has a few similar qualities, and they are:
Check out my rice cooker reviews below.
Fuzzy Logic Rice Cooker
On/Off Electric Rice Cookers
Small Rice Cookers
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Here are my rice cooker reviews according to brands:
Here are some articles that I wrote sometime ago about rice cooking and rice cookers.
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