Rice is a staple in kitchens around the world because it’s delicious, super easy to cook, and goes well with just about everything. Used in dishes ranging from sweet to savory, nearly 500 million tons of this mighty grain are consumed every year, accounting for one-fifth of all human caloric intake worldwide. For a quick and fuss-free companion to any entree, rice is the simple answer, and you don’t need to use your stove—a rice cooker ensures that you get consistent, perfect rice every time.
Here’s a list of our favorite rice cookers currently on the market.
Nonstick Inner Pot
Easiest to use. Amazon
This easy-to-operate rice cooker from Aroma 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 15 hours—perfect for setting and forgetting when you’re prepping other dishes. The included steamer basket even allows you to pivot to cooking steamed vegetables right inside.
Easy To Store
Perfect for one or two people. Amazon
This AmazonBasics Mini Rice Cooker is a dream for streamlined kitchens and small apartments, measuring in at no bigger than nine inches on any side. The four-cup cooked rice capacity is just enough for two people to enjoy a healthy portion, and the one-touch, one-button cook functionality takes all the guesswork out of the cooking process. It comes with a non-stick interior bowl and the cooker includes both a serving spatula and a measuring cup for uncooked rice.
This is a serious upgrade. Amazon
You can’t go wrong with Zojirushi’s high-tech rice cooker, which is absolutely reliable way to cook up to 10 cups of rice. No detail has been overlooked here, from the sleek stainless exterior and retractable power cable to the micro-computer controller and the LCD display. This cooker offers presets for cooking a variety of rice types as well as rice-based dishes including settings for porridge, brown rice, and rice cakes. All parts that come in contact with food are removable for quick and easy cleaning, and if you’re planning ahead, the timer function makes sure you have hot rice when you need it.
Multiple Appliances In One
Not just for rice. Amazon
Pressure cookers are a fantastic way to speed up cooking times for a variety of dishes that are known to take a while, and rice is no exception. This cooker from Instant Pot will have rice cooked in roughly 15 minutes, and its pressure component ensures that it comes with a few special features, including a safety lock and overheating protection. The companion iOS app includes lots of pressure cooker recipes, and since it’s a pressure cooker you can throw veggies, meat and other supplementary dinner ingredients in with your rice to cook together.