It used to be the only way to cook rice was pour it in a pot, add the correct amount of water, and pray. Not enough cooking time and the rice was hard and crunchy. Too much cooking time and the rice ended up gummy. Getting perfect cooked rice depended more on luck than anything so companies began manufacturing automatic rice cookers to give you the perfect pot of rice every time. They do this by supplying the correct amount of heat over the correct amount of time, thereby eliminating the guesswork.
All of the rice cookers on this list were chosen because they provide quality rice with the perfect texture every time, meaning no browning or undercooking. These are also the most efficient rice makers, meaning they’ll cook your rice faster than other options out there. These units are also easy to clean thanks to all having removable rice cooking bowls and can be damp wiped for cleaning. Lastly, all of these rice makers will feature a minimum 1 year limited warranty from the manufacturer unless otherwise specified within the description.
There is some concern in the cooking industry that rice cookers which use non-stick Teflon that may leach chemicals into the cooked rice. If you want to avoid Teflon, we have also featured some stainless steel options which will be highlighted in the appropriate reviews
The Heaven Fresh HF 1011 NaturoPure 5-Cup (Uncooked), 10-Cup (Cooked) Rice Cooker is a true one-touch rice maker. If your needs are perfect rice every time at a great price, this rice maker can't be beat, especially with the inclusion of non-stick rice bowl which is extremely easy to clean. Read Full Review
If you’re looking for the least expensive rice maker on this list, the Heaven Fresh HF 1011 NaturoPure 5-Cup (Uncooked), 10-Cup (Cooked) Rice Cooker ranks as the best of the best. Simple to use, inexpensive and with good looks, you just can't do better for the price. The Heaven Fresh HF 1011 NaturoPure Rice Cooker comes with a non-stick rice cooking bowl which makes it the easiest to clean unit here. This is literally a "one touch" rice cooker; add the rice, pour in the correct amount of water, flip the switch, and marvel how his unit cook’s perfect rice every time. If all you want is the best rice every time, with just a touch of a switch, the Heaven Fresh HF 1011 NaturoPure 5-Cup (Uncooked), 10-Cup (Cooked) Rice Cooker must be #1 on your list too!
The GForce GF-P1155-564 Professional 10-Cup (Cooked) Rice Cooker With Food Steamer uses an aluminum rice cooking bowl instead of a non-stick coated type. It comes with a top steamer to steam veggies for added versatility and its "one touch" controls make using it a no-brainer. Read Full Review
For the best rice cooker with an aluminum rice bowl, check out the GForce GF-P1155-564 Professional Rice Cooker, an inexpensive unit which integrates a steamer for added versatility. This rice cooker will let you cook your rice while steaming vegetables in the top steaming compartment. This unit is also a "one touch" rice cooker; just fill with water and rice, push a button and let it cook. Since it’s made with aluminum, some rice may stick to the bottom upon completion, but a bit of water and a damp cloth is all you need to get it looking clean.
The 3 Squares 3RC-3010S 20-Cup (Cooked) Rice Cooker, 4-Quart is the most versatile cooker on this list. It is capable of making such food items as oatmeal, yogurt, steamed vegetables and it will even function as a slow cooker too. The digital interface may be a bit tricky to use, but if you want your rice cooker to be able to handle a multitude of cooking tasks, than this one fits the bill. Read Full Review
If you want the most complex yet most versatile rice cooker on this list, choose the 3 Squares 3RC-3010S 20-Cup (Cooked) Rice Cooker, 4-Quart. It is the fastest rice cooker here and its versatility can't be matched. The fuzzy logic digital 3 Squares 3RC-3010SRice Cooker has its own soft touch key pad with programs for cooking foods like rice, yogurt, quinoa, and oatmeal. This computer controlled marvel heats and cooks the rice thoroughly on every level, from top to bottom. It even acts like a slow cooker, with high, medium and low settings for cooking and warming. Rounding things out is the non-stick cooking bowl which allows for easy cleanup. Given all the features and programs, this may be overkill for a rice cooker. However, if you value culinary versatility, this is the rice cooker for you.
The Aroma Professional 20-Cup (Cooked) Cool-Touch Rice Cooker and Food Steamer lets you cook from 4 to 10 cups of uncooked rice whenever you want it. The delayed timer allows rice cooked in the morning to be hot and ready at any time during the evening. This unit is also versatile enough to be used as a slow cooker and the stainless rice pot is dishwasher safe. Read Full Review
If you are looking for an affordable, dishwasher-safe, stainless steel rice cooker that makes perfect rice, look no further than the Aroma Professional 20-Cup (Cooked) Cool-Touch Rice Cooker and Food Steamer. It will cook between 4 and 10 cups of uncooked rice, and the digital display offers a selection of "one touch" options at the push of a button. There are several pre-sets to cook such things as saut, steam and both white and brown rice, and it turns into a slow cooker to make such dishes as chili, jambalaya and other dishes. An automatic timed warming function allows you to make rice in the morning so that it will be hot and ready for dinner at night. Unlike some models, the outside of this rice cooker never gets hot while rice is cooking. The inner stainless cooking pot is dishwasher safe.
The Zojirushi NP-GBC05-XT Induction Heating System Rice Cooker and Warmer is the most expensive and the most stylish rice cooker here. It features a non-stick metal cooking bowl, and capable of making only 1/2 cup of rice at a time. It is one of the fastest rice cookers available, doubles as a steamer, and has setting to prepare specialized food items like porridge. Read Full Review
If price is no object, you want versatility, and crave bragging rights, than the Zojirushi NP-GBC05-XT Induction Heating System Rice Cooker and Warmer is exactly what you want. This rice cooker utilizes induction cooking which utilizes electromagnetic pulses into the metal to provide even heating. This rice cooker only needs 1/2 cup of rice to cook, making it perfect for 1 or 2 people; however, it’s it is capable of cooking 3 1/2 cups of rice, so it can also function for a small family as well. This unit features a digital menu with settings for porridge and white/brown rice mix among others; it can also double as a vegetable steamer as well. This is the only oval-shaped rice cooker on this list, and it is easily the most expensive unit, coming in at nearly 10 times the price of our #1 rated rice cooker.