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These Rice Cookers Make Perfect Rice an Easy Feat

rice in rice cooker and dumplings in steamer served to plate

Making Spanish rice, rice pilaf, fried rice, jambalaya, or one of the many other delicious rice recipes from around the world? The success of all of these dishes depends on the quality of the rice you make! These rice cookers will help you get the perfect rice you need, whatever dish you choose to make.

Purchasing a Rice Cooker

Consider these few features:

  • Capacity: How much rice a rice cooker will make is the starting place for making any purchase. Make sure to check whether the capacity listed is for cooked or uncooked rice. Remember that “one cup” of uncooked rice is actually 3/4 of a cup in rice cookers.
  • Design: A rice cooker’s design should address common problems like water overflow during cooking and rice sticking to the cooking surface. Also be on the lookout for typical cooking times—although cooking times naturally vary by type of rice, some cookers take quite a while to produce results.
  • Accessories: Additional cooking tools like measuring cups and stirring paddles are very useful. Steamer baskets make a rice cooker multifunctional.

Best Overall: Cuisinart 4-Cup Rice Cooker

square rice cooker with brushed stainless steel body and glass lid

The brushed stainless Cuisinart 4-cup rice cooker and steamer is designed to prevent splattering and overflow while making up to 7 cups of cooked rice, and its nonstick bowl makes cleanup a breeze! The cooker includes a stainless steel tray that sits over the bowl to steam meat and vegetables while your rice is cooking, so you can make a complete dinner in a snap. It automatically switches to the warming setting for your safety and convenience. It’s also available in 8- and 10-cup sizes.

Best Overall

Cuisinart CRC-400 Rice Cooker, 4-Cup, Silver

This rice cooker makes up to 7 cups of rice while steaming your meat and veg for a complete dinner in no time.

Best Mini Rice Cooker: Aroma Housewares Mi Rice Cooker

small white rice cooker with large control dial

Aroma’s sleek Mi rice cooker will make 2 to 3 cups of rice in minutes—perfect portions for one to two people! With settings for white and brown rice, all you need to do is push the button, and the Mi will do the rest. Compact and perfectly sized for travel, this rice cooker also works for other foods like oatmeal, soup, pasta, and omelets. The nonstick bowl and lid are top-rack dishwasher safe. The cooker includes a rice measuring cup and paddle.

Best Mini Rice Cooker

Aroma Housewares (MRC-903D) Mi 3-Cup (Cooked) (1.5-Cup UNCOOKED) Digital Cool Touch Mini Rice Cooker,White

This compact, portable rice cooker will make 2 to 3 cups of rice in minutes.

Best for Microwave: Sistema Microwave Rice Cooker

red plastic container with clear plastic lid and a rice paddle

Make 3 cups of great rice in no time with the Sistema microwave rice cooker! Tabs on the vented lid remain cool for safe lifting, and an interior chamber plate allows any overflow while cooking to be collected and drained back into the base chamber. Made with BPA- and phthalate-free plastic, this cooker is safe for dishwasher use on the rack, and it’s freezer-safe, too.

Best for Microwave

Sistema Microwave Collection Rice Cooker, 87.2 oz./2.6 L, Red

This rice cooker is designed to prevent overflow while making perfect rice in your microwave.

Best Budget: Aroma Housewares 6-Cup (Cooked) Rice Cooker

a white rice cooker with a stainless steel insert and lid

This rice cooker makes 2 to 6 cups of worry-free restaurant-quality rice, as well as other grains like polenta and couscous, at a budget-friendly price! With just one press of a button, not only can you make perfect fluffy rice, but you can also steam meats and vegetables for convenient one-pot meals. This cooker comes with a nonstick inner pot, a full-view tempered glass lid, a rice measuring cup, a steam tray, and a serving spatula.

Best for Big Batches: Black+Decker Rice Cooker, 16-Cup Cooked

large white rice cooker with black lid

The Black+Decker rice cooker makes 3 to 16 cups of cooked rice, great for large meals or bulk food preparation! Just press down the cook button to start it, and the cooker automatically switches to the warming setting when cooking is complete to keep your rice ready. The rice cooker has a nonstick cooking bowl with measurement markings on the inside and includes a steaming basket and serving spoon that won’t scratch the surface of the bowl. The tempered glass lid fits snugly and allows you to check your rice as it cooks. The bowl and lid are dishwasher safe. It’s also available in a 28-cup size, as well as smaller sizes.

Best for Big Batches
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