Aroma Housewares ARC-914SBD 8-Cup Digital Cool-Touch Rice Cooker and Food Steamer
The Aroma 8-Cup Cool Touch Rice Cooker is our top pick for best-all-around rice cooker based on the quality of rice it makes, additional features it offers, and a very reasonable $30 price tag with high user reviews. With a cooked capacity of 8 cups it’s a great choice for a family of 4 to 6. This rice cooker offers a digital timer, a 15 hour delayed start feature, an auto-warm function when your rice is done, and both white and brown rice settings that do an excellent job cooking both types. It also lets you take care of your entire meal in one appliance with a built in steamer tray to cook meats and vegetables along with your rice and a “Quick Rice” function slashes cooking time. The inner cooking pot and all accessories remove for easy cleanup in the dishwasher. Aroma also includes the steam tray, a custom rice measuring cup, serving spatula, soup ladle, and a recipe booklet.
BLACK+DECKER RC503 Mini Single-Serve Rice Cooker
If you’re cooking for 1 or 2 people and want fast, reliably well-cooked white rice the Black+Decker RC503 3 Cup Mini is a great choice. This model is extremely easy to use—add rice and water, push a button, and when it’s done an automatic keep-warm setting starts to keep your rice warm and fluffy. Indicator lights show you whether rice is still cooking or steamed to perfection (other small rice cookers often don’t have this feature). It prepares anywhere from 1-3 cups of white rice and cooking takes just 20-30 minutes. Cleanup is easy with a dishwasher-safe, nonstick bowl and tempered glass lid. Just be sure to not to use a metal spoon as the bowl is easily scratched. This model can also be used to warm small portions of soups, stews, and oatmeal. We had the best results with simple white rice but at only $15 this machine is an easy addition to your cooking gear.
Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker, 7-Cups Uncooked Resulting in 14-Cups (Cooked), 37549
Larger families who need a rice cooker with a high capacity as well as multiple settings for other cooking tasks will find a great value in the Hamilton Beach Digital Simplicity Rice Cooker and Steamer. This model offers more settings than you typically find in a rice cooker at this price point including “White Rice”, “Quick Rice”, “Whole Grain” for brown rice, farro, quinoa, and other grains, “Heat/Simmer” for soups, stews, and beans, “Steam Cook” for veggies, meat, fish, and dumplings and, “Hot Cereal” for oatmeal and porridge. It comes with a steam tray and has simple push button controls plus a 15-hour delayed start function, an automatic keep-warm setting and gives quick and consistent results with an impressive 14-cup cooked capacity. Measuring in at only 10.25 H x 10.25 W x 9.5 D it won’t crowd your kitchen.
Zojirushi NS-TSC10 5-1/2-Cup (Uncooked) Micom Rice Cooker and Warmer, 1.0-Liter
For true rice aficionados seeking a high-end rice cooker with advanced capabilities to cook a variety of rice types, the Zojirushi NS-TSC10 is one of the best values on the market. Their “Fuzzy Logic” technology allows the machine to think for itself and make fine adjustments to temperature and heating time to cook perfect rice of any type each and every time. It has a wide range of settings too: white (regular/sushi, softer or harder), mixed, porridge, sweet, semi-brown, brown, rinse-free, and quick cooking. While it worked incredibly well in all our tests the only downside is speed—it takes up to 45 minutes for white rice. However, with the delay cook, automatic keep warm, extended keep warm, and reheat settings this won’t be an issue. It’s extremely easy to clean and includes a spatula, a spatula holder, a steam tray, and 2 rice-measuring cups (regular and rinse-free) At $149 it’s a bargain compared to similar models from other manufacturers.
Aroma Housewares 20 Cup Cooked Digital Rice Cooker, Slow Cooker, Food Steamer (ARC-150SB)
The Aroma 20-Cup Digital Rice Cooker, Food Steamer and Slow Cooker is designed to handle a variety of “feeds-a-crowd” cooking tasks while still doing a fantastic job cooking as little as 4 cups of rice. A “Slow Cook” function allows it to do double-duty as a slow cooker making it our pick for “Best Multipurpose Appliance”. The larger capacity also allows for steaming plenty of dumplings, veggies, or protein for dinner or parties. As with many rice cookers, it has a 15 hour delay timer, auto keep warm, and includes a rice measuring cup, serving spatula, soup ladle, and steam tray. This model did an excellent job on both white and brown rice and includes charts with cook times for both at normal speed and an excelerated “Flash Cook.”
Prep Solutions Microwaveable Rice and Pasta Cooker, 17 Piece Set - 12 Cup Capacity
If you have limited storage, a small budget, or don't want to clutter your kitchen with yet another appliance, the Prep Solutions Microwaveable Rice and Pasta Cooker is our top microwave rice cooker option. This versatile 17-piece set includes a steaming insert, pasta measurer, pasta draining insert, measuring cups and spoons, rice paddle and locking lid—all for the cost of about 2 lattes! While all the parts are plastic, they’re BPA free and cleverly designed to fit inside the main rice bowl for easy storage. The specially designed lid keeps steam circulating, and clamps on the base to keep it tightly in place. Rice comes out fluffy and doesn't stick to the bottom of the cooker. It’s simple to use and includes an instruction manual of estimated cooking times for various types of rice, steamed vegetables, and pasta. Be aware that if your microwave wattage is higher or lower than average you may need to adjust cooking times to get the most out of this model.