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Buy a Rice Cooker Online

Updated on April 25, 2011
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Some may call me a shopaholic. I like to discover new things that improve my life! I love providing real & honest reviews to help others.

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I have been wanting to get a rice cooker for a while now. Rice, generally, isn’t too difficult to cook, but it requires attention to make sure the rice is cooked properly. Here’s what I’ve learned:

A rice cooker is a simple and effective way to cook rice. Many rice cookers even keep the rice warm for you after it's cooked. A lot of models come with an automatic timer, so there's no need to watch the cooker – just wait for the click or beep to know it’s ready.

Rice cookers don’t necessarily speed up the cooking process, they just reduce your involvement – all you have to do is measure the water. Once the rice cooker is set to cook, the rice will be cooked with no further attention necessary.

Usually, the rice cooker’s bowl is removable, and beneath it is where you will find the heating element and thermostat. At the end of cooking, some of the water will have been absorbed by the rice and the rest is boiled off. Once the heating continues past that point, the temperature exceeds the boiling point, which trips the thermostat and switches the rice cooker to low power, or "warming" mode. Some less expensive models simply turn off at that point.

Make sure that you are aware that different kinds of rice require different amounts of water. Usually brown rice requires more water than for white rice. Most rice cookers have graduated marks on the bowl for the right amount of water only for white rice. Be sure you read your cooker’s instructions for water quantities.

Here are several rice cooker choices from Amazon – which one will you buy? I’m currently trying to decide...

Panasonic 3-Cup & 5-Cup

These Panasonic Rice Cookers both have a see-through glass lid that keeps in heat and moisture and makes it possible to check on the cooking progress without releasing steam.  Also the stay-cool lid knob and side handles provide for comfortable transport. A measuring cup is included in both of these cookers.

The 3-cup cooker shuts itself off automatically when the cooking is done, whereas the 5-cup cooker automatically switches over to "keep warm" mode once the rice has cooked and will maintain an ideal serving temperature for up to four hours without over-cooking. Both cookers have an aluminum cooking pan that helps ensure even heating and easy clean up.  The 3-cup cooker's pan is coated with a non-stick coating. The 5-cup cooker includes "cook" and "warm" indicator lights.

Zojirushi NHS-10 6-Cup (Uncooked) Rice Cooker/Steamer & Warmer, White
Zojirushi NHS-10 6-Cup (Uncooked) Rice Cooker/Steamer & Warmer, White

A simplified version from this terrific maker of rice cookers.

 

Zojirushi Rice Cookers

Producing restaurant-quality rice at home is practically foolproof with these computerized Zojirushi electric rice cookers/warmers.

Features of the 5 1/2 cup cooker include multi-menu selections, automatic keep-warm, extended keep-warm, and reheat cycles. Has a spherical, nonstick inner pan, LCD clock/timer and a retractable cord. Comes with 2 measuring cups, non-stick rice spoon/scooper, rice spoon holder, and recipes.

The 3-cup cooker features white, sushi, porridge, brown, and quick cooking rice as menu selections. Also has a keep-warm function, LCD display with timer and nonstick inner cooking pan. Includes a measuring cup, nonstick rice spatula, and spatula holder.

Cuisinart

This 4-cup Cuisinart rice cooker steams rice, meats, and vegetables.  Has a square modern shape finished in brushed stainless steel for those who prefer a clean, simple look and feel.  It has a stainless steel steaming basket, glass lid, a paddle and a measuring cup.  This unit automatically switches to warm when cooking is done. Also features retractable cord storage.

 

Tiger

Cooking fluffy rice in this cooker is as easy as pushing a button. This cooker by by Tiger of Japan steams up to 4 cups of rice to perfection then keeps it warm until serving time. Has advanced cooking features such as surround heating for even cooking and a thermal read switch to precisely control temprature and steam flow. Contains a non-stick inner pan that cleans easily and the cord retracts for storage. Measuring cup and rice ladle are included. This heavy duty unit is built to last.

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      Patsy Bell Hobson 4 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      This is a very helpful post. And rice cooker would be a great Christmas gift. I'm linking to your hub. I adore mine.

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      Lily Rose 7 years ago from East Coast

      Any time, Cosette!

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      cosette 7 years ago

      wow, very comprehensive! I know someone who wants a rice cooker and this hub saved me a bunch of research. thanks!

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      Lillian 8 years ago

      Good info. Need to decide which one now.

      I never get the rice right, it's always sticky. A rice cooker is an idea I didn't think of till now. Thanks.

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      Nelle Hoxie 8 years ago

      Rice is so much better when you use a rice cooker. It is great tasting the next day. And you can make unbelievable bread pudding.

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      Lily Rose 8 years ago from East Coast

      Awesome, Dohn - just read it! My husband always tries telling me to use the finger method (to cook rice that is!) but I always forget the rule of thumb - no pun intended! I have to get one of these, just can't decide which one.

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Great hub! I have the "Tiger" cooker (no, it doesn't cook tigers, I tried lol) and my sister has the Zojirushi (elephant logo). You are absolutely right about brown rice, as it requires a 1:1 rice to water ratio; the same goes for wild rice. I actually wrote a hub that won a Hubnugget:

      https://hubpages.com/food/20-Minute-Rice

      Please take a look if you have the time! Thanks, Lily Rose!