The best rice cookers for every budget

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

If you grew up with a rice cooker, you might agree that the concept of making rice in a pot atop a stove seems backward 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.

Here are our favorite rice cookers for every household and budget.

Most versatile: Instant Pot DUO60 6

Fingerprint-Resistant Stainless Steel

Freedom to make what you want. 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.

Electric-free: Misuzu Pottery Banko Ware Heat Resistant Glazed Earthenware 5 Go Rice Pot Cooker

Traditional Vibes

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.

Upgrade pick: Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker

Make Any Kind You Want

A slightly fancier, high-tech option for serious 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.