Should I Buy A Rice Cooker?
There is a simple answer to this question. If you are looking to make the best rice possible with the least amount of effort involved, then you are going to want to buy a rice cooker.
A rice cooker produces perfectly cooked rice every time with little to no effort. You can simply turn it on and leave the rice cooking unattended without the worry of it over-boiling or anything worse. A lot of these rice cookers also have the ability to keep you rice warm, meaning you can keep it in the machine until the rest of you meal is ready to go.
Since buying a rice cooker, we have never had to deal with bits of rice stuck to the bottom of the pan, watery rice that is simply inedible or mushy rice as a result of overcooking.
We love having the ability of switching the rice cooker on and walking away without worrying about the water over-boiling and staining out hob.
Despite the name, a rice cooker can do much more than just cook rice! We use ours to steam vegetables, cook lentils & make porridge! They really are a versatile machines and do not get enough credit for their wide variety of uses.
If you simply use it for rice and not as a multitasker however, it is still a very convenient appliance to have in your kitchen. If you regularly cook rice, we believe a rice-cooker is a good investment for you.
We use ours regularly on a Sunday to prepare our rice for the week. We’ve found that you can also add in some spices to the rice cooker to flavour your rice and in doing so, produced some pretty tasty meals!
We’ve taken a look at some of the best rice cookers and tested them extensively so you don’t have to! Find out more about what you should look out for when buying a rice cooker below:
Rice Cookers Buyers Guide
Budget & High-end Rice Cookers - Whats the difference?
If you’ve already done a bit of research, you will find that rice cookers can vary dramatically in price. We’ve taken a look at a variety of models ranging from those which cost £20 to those that cost £270.. Our conclusion as to why there is a large variation in price between some of these models is due to the way in which the rice cooker actually cooks the rice itself.
Rice cookers are made up of a removable bowl, usually made of ceramic or metal. This bowl fits inside a pot with the bottom of the pot being a heating element.
To start the cooking process, simply fill the bowl with water and rice.
Cheaper rice cookers are designed to turn off the heating element once boiling point has been reached. Other rice cookers will stop boiling once the weight of the bowl’s content has reduced below a certain point – meaning the rice has absorbed the water and the rest of the water is boiled away.
More expensive models of rice cookers take a much more sophisticated approach to cooking the rice. These appliances use sensors to automatically adjust the cooking time and ensure your rice is good enough to be served at a Michelin star restaurant.
How to cook the right amount of rice
Most rice cookers come with a rice measuring scoop to ensure you never have to guess how much water or rice you will need to enter into the rice cooker.
It is super simple to measure out the exact amount of rice and water you will need and simply fill the bowl with both to get things started.
Can rice cookers cook risotto and other types of rice?
The budget rice cookers listed here can only cook long-grain rice and you shouldn’t try cooking more delicate rice in them. However, the mid to high end rice cookers are more than capable of handling other types of rice.
So far we have cooked risotto rice, Japanese sticky rice and Thai style rice in our rice cooker. Some of the machines actually have a preset function highlighted in the control panel at the front of the unit that you can press when cooking these more exotic types of rice.
Do rice cookers keep you rice warm?
You’ll be glad to know that they indeed do! Every rice cooker we have come across has some form of Keep Warm feature that will keep you rice at the perfect temperature until you are ready to serve.
Here is our list of the best rice cookers to buy:
Russell Hobbs 19750 Rice Cooker & Steamer, 1.8L Silver
Russell Hobbs is known for designing and manufacturing reliable, yet affordable kitchen appliances around the world. Their rice cooker is no exception to this!
With a large 1.8 Litre capacity, you can cook up to 10 cups of rice in this stylish looking rice cooker. The removable bowl included is non-stick and offers a easy clean solution.
This rice cooker also includes an additional tray for steaming fish & vegetable, making this a multi-use appliance! Our friend Russell has also kindly included a spatula you can use to stir/serve your rice and a measuring cup to ensure you cook the exact amount of rice required.
In addition to cooking perfect rice every time, the Russell Hobbs rice cooker also offers up a keep warm function to ensure your rice retains its heat before it’s ready to be served.
CleverChef 14 in 1 Digital Multi Cooker - Rice Cooker - 5 Litre 860W
If you are looking for a multi-functional appliance that is capable of doing a lot more than just cooking perfect rice every time, then this CleverChef 14 in 1 is 100% for you.
It is capable of steaming, stewing, making soup, roasting, rising bread, baking, cooking fish, sauteing, cooking rice & pasta and also slow cooking. This machine really can do it all!
Focusing on the rice cooking elements of this machine – it’s super easy to use with it’s digital display and offers a 5L capacity making it great for large families or entertaining guests.
It boasts a handy keep warm function and a 24 hour delay functionality to time things to perfection. This appliance is super easy to clean thanks to it’s non-stick inner pot that can either be wiped clean or placed in the dishwasher.
Elgento E19013 Rice Cooker, 0.6 Litre Cooked Rice Capacity, White, 1.5 Litre
The simple yet effective Elgento Rice Cooker is the perfect solution for those living alone or wanting to cook a small amount of rice. The 1.5 litre capacity is capable of cooking a total of three cups of rice making it ideal for the scenarios listed above.
Like the other rice cookers featured on our list, the Elgento has a super useful keep warm function and included measuring cups & a serving spoon for your rice.
Much the Cleverchef rice cooker, the Elgento has a non-stick aluminium inner pot which can be easily cleaned with a simple wipe with a wet cloth.
Zojirushi Rice Cooker NS-TSQ10 Stainless Steel Brown, 220-230V (Stainless Steel Brown)
Next level rice.
That is what the Zojirushi Rice Cooker produces.
We didn’t know rice could taste so good until we tested this machine out. It used Micro computerized Fuzzy logic technology to guarantee perfectly cooked rice on each use. The rice is delicious and fluffier than we could have ever imagined.
This bad boy machine is capable of keeping your rice fresh, hot and beautiful for an incredible 12 hours. Yes we said 12 hours!
Using this rice cooker is extremely fast and simple. All you need to do is put your rice in the removable (easy-clean!)bowl, fill it with water a couple of times to wash the rice then pour off the water to the desired cooking level. The cooking level is shown by markings on the inside of the bowl. To finish just add a dash of salt and press the start button and you are on your way to rice heaven!
The machine is capable of holding up to 5 ½ cups of rice and offers preset settings for white, sushi, sweet and brown rice. In addition to this, it also doubles up as a steamer with it’s versatile steam setting.
Tefal RK1568UK Cool Touch Rice Cooker, Black
The final rice cooker to feature on our list is the Tefal Cool Touch Rice Cooker. This versatile machine offers a quick, easy and safe way to cook rice in the comfort of your own home.
Tefal have built their rice cooker with ease of use on mind and it features a control panel of three settings; an cooking indicator, an automatic keep warm indicator and a control switch.
This rice cooker is also super easy to clean due to it’s removable parts that also happen to be dishwasher safe!
The machine features 1.8L food capacity that will allow you to make a total of 20 portions of rice – The ideal solution for large families or for entertaining guests.
The Tefal rice cooker accurately calculates the exact cooking time by measuring the amount of water and ingredients placed into the bowl. When the cooking process is complete, the rice cooker automatically detects that the water has all been absorbed and will change the setting by itself to the keep warm function. This ensures that your rice is kept at the perfect temperature until you are ready to serve!