The best rice cookers for every budget

The fastest and most efficient route to gluten-free carbohydrates.

rice in a bowl
Rice cookers for any kitchen.Pille-Riin Priske via Unsplash

If you grew up with a rice cooker, you might agree that the concept of making rice in a pot atop a stove seems backwards and wrong, not to mention a waste of valuable stovetop real estate when cooking a meal. Getting a rice cooker is a game-changer that makes perfectly cooked rice without much effort—you just plop in the rice, the right amount of water, and then set it and forget it.

Pro-tip: it’s always nicer to rinse your rice a few times with water before cooking. Here are our favorite rice cookers for every household and budget.

Oyama 3 Cup Traditional Rice Cooker-Warmer

Oyama 3 Cup Traditional Rice Cooker-Warmer
This tiny rice cooker is simple and gets the job done.Amazon

This affordable rice cooker doesn’t use pressure, but reliably makes perfectly cooked rice. It features a simple, clean design and has a glass top, spatula, and measuring cup to make cooking rice easy. Perfect for dorm rooms or smaller kitchens, this size is well-suited for singles or couples, and it is easy to use and clean. It’s also cheaper than the comparable Zojirushi model by fifteen dollars, making it softer on the wallet.

Instant Pot DUO60 6

Instant Pot DUO60 6
The infamous Insta Pot makes rice too (obviously).Amazon

For those who want to kill two birds with one stone, an Instant Pot may be the best option to purchase not only a rice cooker, but also a pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, sautér, yogurt maker, and warmer. The options are endless, and there are countless blogs dedicated to Instant Pot recipes. Making rice is fairly easy to do with the Instant Pot, and a bit faster than your normal rice cooker.

Yorozufuru-sho rice pot

Yorozufuru-sho rice pot
A simple ceramic option.Amazon

For an ultra-traditional rice cooker, go for this ceramic Yorozufuru-sho rice pot, which cooks rice perfectly on the stove. It features a simple design without any frills, buttons, or wires. It’s also great for making rice stews—just add some soup, tofu, and vegetables to cook up after your rice is done. It will take up some room on your stove, but at least its simplicity looks aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

Zojirushi 5-1/2-Cup (Uncooked) Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker

Zojirushi 5-1/2-Cup (Uncooked) Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker
A slightly fancier, high-tech rice cooker for serious rice eaters.Amazon

If you’re constantly making different types of rice: sushi, brown, long-grain, purple, etc., this top-of-the-line product by trusted Japanese brand Zojirushi is the perfect smart rice cooker to help you make the best rice by automatically adjusting the temperature and heating time. It’s also good for larger groups and bigger appetites, since it makes up to ten cups of cooked rice, and even serenades you with a digital melody when your rice is ready. Other features include a detachable and washable inner lid, an easy-extended keep warm and reheating cycle, a delay timer, and a built-in retractable power cord.

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