Hi there, and welcome to our review of the top five electronic rice cookers, steamers and warmers of 2015.
My name’s Jade and I’ll be guiding you through the awesome ratings we have for you…
We’ve thoroughly researched, used, tested and polled consumers on the most important features, most reliable brands, and the finest tasting rice results they’ve achieved (with both white and brown rice), with the easiest to use products — the results are in, and we’re happy to share them with you:
Our #1 Pick – Zojirushi NS-ZCC10, Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker & Warmer (Premium White – 5 1/2 Cup, Full Year Warranty)
The Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 with Neuro Fuzzy Logic technology, is by far the leading cooker and warmer on the market right now for the price.
While it’s not a cheap, little dinky cooker you’d find at Walmart, if rice is an important part of your diet, you’ll be cooking this staple food in no time, with ease.
The menu includes different modes for types of cooking (brown, sushi, mixed, porridge, steam), as well as an automatic keep-warm, extended keep-warm, and reheat cycle.
With the inner detachable lid, cleanup is a snap. The stay-cool side handles allow for quick and easy access to your rice, even right after cooking has finished.
The top comments suggest “it is very easy to use and clean”, “several months later, no problems, use this almost daily and STILL love this rice cooker”, and “it plays a cute little song when it’s done cooking rice”.
Based on all of the customer comments, its ease of use, unique “set and forget” tech, how simple each cleanup is, and the results we’ve achieved with it, it gets our highest rating by far, and is well worth the investment. You’ll love the yummy rice it makes.
Our #2 Pick – Instant Pot IP-DUO60, 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker (Stainless Steel & Latest 3rd Gen Technology)
Okay, so the Instant Pot IP-DUO60 is technically a pressure cooker, true. However, it makes a mean batch of rice, and gives you the option of using the 14 smart controlled options for making quite an array of dishes all within the same pot.
This 7-in-1 behemoth is a pressure, rice, slow, saute, browning and yogurt maker, steamer and warmer, all in one. It comes with an easy to read display that helps you select what you’re looking to accomplish.
We found the screen easy to read and understand, but it did take some learning and reading the manual to get the different modes and settings down. Over time, it becomes easier to remember.
This kitchen friendly, highly efficient product works great for most types of rice. White turned out the best. Brown and a few other varieties required some tweaking, but it’s pretty simple to get the right consistency after only a couple batches.
We’re not the only ones impressed with this device. With over four thousand reviews on Amazon, this #1 rated best seller outsells many other models many times over.
With popular comments like, “I am so enthusiastic about this product”, “I tell everyone about this fantastic kitchen tool”, and “fast cooking, easy to use”, if you’re looking for a solid rice and pressure cooker, the Instant Pot is an excellent, durable option.
Based on the quality of the product, the continual improvements that manufacturer has been making, and the instructional owners manual that comes with the Instant Pot, we recommend it for anyone looking to make rice and other recipes with a pressure cooker.
Our #3 Pick – Zojirushi NP-NVC10 Induction Heating Pressure Cooker & Warmer (Most Intelligent, Advanced Fuzzy Logic)
The Zojirushi NP-NVC10 is the best of the best when it comes to quality. With artificial intelligence, fuzzy logic technology, this product is far ahead of any others on the market.
Let’s be honest, if you’re tight on budget, you’ll want to look to a different model. However, if you’re looking to use the top brand and unit available, this is it. Period.
This induction heating, pressure cooker is as feature-packed as they come. With a setting for nearly every rice imaginable, the cooking functions include settings for white, mixed, sushi, sweet rice, brown, GABA brown, porridge and quick cooking.
As with nearly all Zojirushi steamers, the digital readout is super simple to get used to and read (even from a few steps away). I kid you not, every setting we used on every different kind of rice turned out utterly delicious.
There are also three new settings on the particular model: umami, steam-reduce and scorch. Umani extends soaking and steaming time for tastier rice, steam-reduce helps you control and tweak the settings, while scorch can help crisp your rice for recipes.
This package comes with the unit itself, a rice spatula, a spatula holder, and two measuring cups. One for regular rice and the other for rinse-free rice. Users really love this unit, with comments ranging from “outstanding rice cooker! really love this one” to “makes excellent rice, well worth the higher cost”.
If you are looking for the Mercedes model, this is it. The pressure/induction heating technology is the best on the market. Great for ultra consistent, delicious rice every dang time. With many settings to choose from, you’ll be very happy with this product.
Deciding on the Best Rice Cooker for You
This is by far the most common question we get: how do I choose the right rice cooker for me? Our general answer is to remember that you’re investing in an easy-to-use product that will last you years of cooking great, delicious rice, so make sure to keep that in mind when you’re making your purchase.
Another factor is how often you’ll be using it. Many families have rice most days of the week, since it makes for a yummy meal that you can do a lot with in recipes. Pair it with any type of protein and vegetables, and you have a full meal ready to go in no time.
Spend Enough to Make it Worth It
So, first things first, spend enough to make the purchase worth it. We recommend most products in the $100-$300 range, depending on the size of your household, how much rice you’ll be making, and the features you’re looking for.
This is because it’s important to invest the amount of money that will get you a high quality, reliable cooker. Just like with any other product, you want to be getting the right features and durability, so it lasts and keeps working.
Getting the Right Size for You
As far as size goes, keep in mind how you’ll be using your new cooker on average. At the very least, you won’t want to buy one that’s too small, or else you’ll be using it multiple times whenever you have to cook more rice. This is another great reason to invest in a higher-end, larger cooker, since you don’t have to feel obligated to fill the entire cooker up with rice.
Computerized Technology (for Ease of Use)
Next comes ease of us; any cooking and warming product that uses computerized technology is always going to give you the most consistent results, which means delicious rice and happy tummys. So opting for this feature is vital when buying a new cooker (nearly all analyses we do are on these types of cookers).
Manufacturers have different names for this type of technology. One of the more popular ones is called Neuro Fuzzy technology, which basically means the cooker adapts to different kinds of rice and amounts of rice automatically. This helps produce a delicious, wholesome amount of rice each time you use your new product.
What Type of Rice Will You Be Cooking?
Another variable to keep in mind is the type of rice you’re cooking. Some of the lower end products are hard to use when varying for temperature and cooking time. Spanish rice and brown rice both cook slightly differently, which can make for interesting cooking challenges. However, the most popular brands have individual settings for each type of rice, making the cooking super easy.
Nearly all of the higher-end models by our top recommended brand, Zojirushi, has a setting for individual types of rice and cooking styles. These usually include brown, Spanish, and mixed rice, sometimes even a sushi rice mode, too.
Get a Warmer, Steamer and Cooker
There’s also one more thing to keep in mind: not all cookers are rice warmers as well. This is why most of the top rice cookers we recommend are steamers, cookers, and warmers, so when you’re enjoying your meal, your rice isn’t sitting out getting cold and potentially spoiling (if it sits out too long).
Thankfully, if you buy within the mid to high level quality range, you’ll almost always be getting a product that goes into automatic warming, and even reheating mode. These are great for big family dinners, or even conserving left over rice and reheating it.
How Often Will You Be Using Your Steamer?
Another important question to ask yourself is: how often will you be using this product. Something you use everyday will go a much farther way. This should give you confidence in investing in a more expensive, quality product.
If you’ll be using it most everyday, or at least a few times a week, your new steamer will pay for itself many times over, as you cook delicious rice with it, enjoy it, serve it to your family, etc.
A high quality product will yield much better cooking results. You’ll be happy with the rice each and every time. Technology has gotten so good these days that there won’t be any burning, or wasted rice. With the right unit, it’s simple to make it perfectly every time.
Picking Up Your New Rice Cooker Right Now
Rice is a staple food in over half the population’s diet. Thankfully, companies now offer the option for “set and forget” rice without the hassle. Just yummy rice without too much thinking. It becomes so much simpler this way.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our reviews and will be making delicious white and brown rice here soon for your meals.
Go ahead and make your purchase today. Now is the right time to invest in the highest rated cooker that will be helping to feed you and your family for years to come. You deserve to make the purchase today.
Guide Last Updated: 11/21/2015