Rice is a staple in kitchens around the world because it is delicious, super easy to cook and goes well with just about anything. Used in dishes ranging from sweet to savory, nearly 500 million tonnes of this powerful grain are consumed each year, which accounts for a fifth of human calorie intake worldwide. For a quick and hassle-free companion to any starter, rice is the simple answer, and you don't need to use your pan – a rice cooker ensures you get consistent and perfect rice every time time.
Here is a list of our favorite rice cookers currently on the market.
This easy-to-use Aroma rice cooker allows you to quickly cook two to eight cups of your favorite rice. It comes with a non-stick inner pot, a serving spatula and a user-friendly digital control panel that includes a delay timer of up to 3pm – perfect for setting and forgetting when preparing other dishes . The included steam basket even allows you to swivel to cook steamed vegetables directly indoors.
This AmazonBasics mini rice cooker is a dream for streamlined kitchens and small apartments, measuring at most nine inches on each side. The capacity of four cups of cooked rice is just enough for two people to enjoy a healthy portion, and the one-touch and one-button cooking function eliminates all guesswork from the cooking process. It comes with an inner non-stick bowl and the cooker includes both a serving spatula and a measuring cup for uncooked rice.
You can't go wrong with Zojirushi's high-tech rice cooker, which is an absolutely reliable way to cook up to 10 cups of rice. No detail has been overlooked here, from the sleek stainless steel exterior and retractable power cable to the microcomputer controller and the LCD screen. This stove offers presets for baking a variety of types of rice as well as rice dishes, including settings for porridge, brown rice and rice cakes. All parts that come into contact with food are removable for quick and easy cleaning, and if you plan ahead, the timer function ensures you have hot rice when you need it.
Pressure cookers are a fantastic way to speed up cooking times for a variety of dishes known to take a while, and rice is no exception. This Instant Pot cooker will have cooked rice in about 15 minutes, and its pressure component ensures it comes with a few special features, including a safety lock and overheat protection. The companion iOS app includes many pressure cooker recipes, and since it is a pressure cooker, you can throw out vegetables, meat and other dinner ingredients extra with your rice to cook together.