Rice Cookers & Steamers Buying Guide

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Cooking rice on the stove top isn’t difficult, but it does require some attention to get the best results. A rice cooker is a great solution for taking out the guesswork and making perfectly cooked rice time after time.

Types of Rice Cookers & Steamers

Types of Rice Cookers & Steamers

Rice cookers are great for making a perfect batch of rice, of course. But these small appliances don’t stop there. Many models let you cook a variety of foods, including oatmeal, soups, and steamed vegetables. Not every rice cooker performs every task, so be sure to check product details before buying.

Basic rice cookers

A basic rice cooker has an on/off switch: It cooks the rice, then automatically turns off when the rice is done. Some models have a keep-warm option. Once the rice is cooked, the machine automatically switches to a warm mode, some for up to 12 hours.

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Aroma
$49.99 $44.49

The Aroma 14-Cup Rice Cooker allows you to enjoy easy home cooking. This Aroma Stainless Steel Rice Cooker prepares 4 to 14 cups o...f restaurant-quality cooked rice at the press of a button, automatically switching to a warm setting once the rice has... read more

Winco
$135.00

100 cup electric rice warmer Energy efficient Satin finish on heavy duty stainless steel body Non-stick inner pot seals in moistur...e 120V/84W UL-197, NSF-4 One year warranty read more

Zojirushi
$200.00 $179.99

Developed in Japan at the original rice cooker factory, this state-of-the-art machine cooks perfect rice of all types. It also ste...ams foods in the accompanying steamer basket, making porridge, cakes and more. Large LCD display includes clock and timer functions that allow you to pre-set cook times to suit your schedule. • Stainless steel and plastic • Nonstick finish • 120 volts/450 watts • Clock and timer functions with large LCD display • Hand wash • Made in China read more

Zojirushi
$180.00 $149.99

Developed in Japan by the makers of the original rice cooker, a microchip maintains perfect time and temperature to produce moist,... fluffy rice time after time. Large LCD displays clock and timer functions and a menu of settings for white, sushi, brown, quick-cooking and gaba rice; as well as porridge and oatmeal. Nonstick spherical bowl conducts heat evenly to prevent overcooking. Rice cooker includes a special measure cup and nonstick rice spatula for serving. • Stainless steel and plastic • Nonstick finish • Clock, timer and menu setting functions with large LCD display • Hand wash • Made in China read more

Improvements
$24.99

M-Cuisine Microwave Rice Cooker will change the way you make rice forever!The M-Cuisine Microwave Rice Cooker makes it simple to c...ook rice right in the microwave and drain it quickly and easily. You can even serve from the same dish! Instructions included. Rice paddle can also be used as a carry handle Colander has integrated handle so it's easy to useServe straight from the cookerMeasuring cup has 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1C (50, 100, 150, 200, 250 ml)Dishwasher safe for easy clean-upSuitable for use in microwave ovens up to 900 watts read more

Pyle
$49.99

Featuring a sleek and space saving design, this stainless steel all-in-one multi-cooker allows you to cook your favorite foods wit...h ease Size: Large. Color: Metallic. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. read more

Cuisinart
$49.95

Brushed stainless-steel housing with chrome-plated handles. Makes 4-7 cups of cooked rice. Traditional lever control with warm and... cook settings. Warm and cook indicator lights. Automatically switches to warm when rice is cooked. Tempered glass cover with stainless rim and chrome-plated knob. Stainless-steel steaming pot. Includes measuring cup rice spoon instructionrecipe book. BPA free. read more

Aroma
$19.99

Perfectly cooks up to 6 cups of rice and automatically keeps it warm for hours. Steams vegetables meat poultry and fish and makes ...soups and stews. Easy-view tempered glass lid. Nonstick inner cooking pot. Accessories include rice paddle measuring cup and steam tray. read more

Hamilton Beach
$39.99

Expand your menu with perfectly cooked dishes. 2 to 14 cup capacity. Select cooking function and it does the rest.

Presto
$49.99 $44.99

Gift Givers: This item ships in its original packaging. If intended as a gift, the packaging may reveal the contents. : Digital co...ntrol panelwith indicator lights. Automatic keep-warm system ensures fresh-tasting rice. Steaming basketcan cook veggies simultaneously. Nonstick inner potand lid make cleanup a breeze. What's Included: Nonstick pot Steaming basket Rice paddle Measuring scoop : Metal/plastic Unit: wipe clean Removable parts: dishwasher safe : 16-cup capacity Model no. 05817 Size: One Size. Color: Black. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. Material: Plastic. read more

Brentwood
$39.99

Prepare delicious rice in no time with this Brentwood rice cooker. Easy-to-use settings makes preparing rice a breeze. Automatic w...arming mode adds convenience. Automatic shut-off offers peace of mind. Nonstick removable pot makes clean-up quick and easy. Product Care Base: wipe clean Removable parts: dishwasher safe Manufacturer's 1-year limited warrantyFor warranty information please click here 20-cup capacity 9.75H x 10.25W x 12.5D 700 watts Model no. ??BRE-TS20 Size: 20CP,5QTS. Color: Multicolor. Gender: Unisex. read more

Cuisinart
$49.95

Brushed stainless-steel housing with chrome-plated handles. Makes 4-7 cups of cooked rice. Traditional lever control with warm and... cook settings. Warm and cook indicator lights. Automatically switches to warm when rice is cooked. Tempered glass cover... read more

Elite Cuisine
$49.99 $39.99

Cook a variety of hearty meals with this Elite Cuisine rice cooker.Watch the product video here. Keep Warm function activates auto...matically when cooking cycle completes. Attached handle allows easy transport. Removable nonstick pot makes cooking and cleanup a breeze. Cool-touch housing protects your hands. What's Included Removable nonstick cooking pot Measuring cup Serving scoop Detachable power cord Product Care Hand wash Manufacturer's 1-year limited warrantyFor warranty information please click here 9.45H x 9.06W x 9.06D 4-cup capacity 400 watts Model Numbers White: ERC-135 Black: ERC-135B Blue: ERC-135BL Red: ERC-135R Size: 4 Cup. Color: Red. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. read more

Aroma
$19.99

Perfectly cooks up to 6 cups of rice and automatically keeps it warm for hours. Steams vegetables meat poultry and fish and makes ...soups and stews. Easy-view tempered glass lid. Nonstick inner cooking pot. Accessories include rice paddle measuring cup... read more

Franklin Chef
$49.99 $24.99

The Franklin Chef 20 Cup Rice Cooker can cook from 4 to 20 cups of rice comes with a host of features designed to make cooking eas...ier. These features include: a see-through, tempered glass lid, a stainless steel vegetable steamer, a handy keep warm... read more

Cuisinart
$49.95

Brushed stainless-steel housing with chrome-plated handles. Makes 4-7 cups of cooked rice. Traditional lever control with warm and... cook settings. Warm and cook indicator lights. Automatically switches to warm when rice is cooked. Tempered glass cover with stainless rim and chrome-plated knob. Stainless-steel steaming pot. Includes measuring cup rice spoon instructionrecipe book. BPA free. read more

Rice cookers with other cooking functions

Some rice cookers include features for steaming, sautéing, simmering, or slow cooking.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

You can get a good-quality, basic machine relatively inexpensively. If you want more range for cooking foods other than rice, you’ll probably have to spend more, although the extra will be worth it.

Capacity

The capacity tells you how much rice the machine can hold. Choose a machine that is sufficient for your needs. Be careful when comparing models, as some brands express capacity in terms of uncooked rice, while others use cooked rice.

Cooking pot

The inner pot of a rice cooker has nonstick coating or is stainless steel. For easy cleaning, choose the nonstick version; for a long-lasting pot, opt for stainless steel.

Cook settings

Basic rice cookers include a white rice setting and possibly a brown rice setting. More advanced machines have settings for bulgur, quinoa, barley, oatmeal, and more.

Other cooking functions

If you want more than a rice cooker, choose a machine that has the capability to steam, simmer, and/or slow cook. For those models that steam, a special steamer basket or tray should be included.

Keep warm

Some machines offer a keep-warm option. Once the rice is cooked, the machine automatically switches to a warm mode for as long as 12 hours, depending on the model.

Extra features

Rice cookers offer bells and whistles if you want to pay for them. Features such as timers, a quick-cook mode, or texture settings let you refine your rice cooking methods.

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Aroma
$49.99 $44.49

The Aroma 14-Cup Rice Cooker allows you to enjoy easy home cooking. This Aroma Stainless Steel Rice Cooker prepares 4 to 14 cups o...f restaurant-quality cooked rice at the press of a button, automatically switching to a warm setting once the rice has... read more

Zojirushi
$200.00 $179.99

Developed in Japan at the original rice cooker factory, this state-of-the-art machine cooks perfect rice of all types. It also ste...ams foods in the accompanying steamer basket, making porridge, cakes and more. Large LCD display includes clock and timer functions that allow you to pre-set cook times to suit your schedule. • Stainless steel and plastic • Nonstick finish • 120 volts/450 watts • Clock and timer functions with large LCD display • Hand wash • Made in China read more

Zojirushi
$180.00 $149.99

Developed in Japan by the makers of the original rice cooker, a microchip maintains perfect time and temperature to produce moist,... fluffy rice time after time. Large LCD displays clock and timer functions and a menu of settings for white, sushi, brown, quick-cooking and gaba rice; as well as porridge and oatmeal. Nonstick spherical bowl conducts heat evenly to prevent overcooking. Rice cooker includes a special measure cup and nonstick rice spatula for serving. • Stainless steel and plastic • Nonstick finish • Clock, timer and menu setting functions with large LCD display • Hand wash • Made in China read more

Presto
$49.99 $44.99

Gift Givers: This item ships in its original packaging. If intended as a gift, the packaging may reveal the contents. : Digital co...ntrol panelwith indicator lights. Automatic keep-warm system ensures fresh-tasting rice. Steaming basketcan cook veggies simultaneously. Nonstick inner potand lid make cleanup a breeze. What's Included: Nonstick pot Steaming basket Rice paddle Measuring scoop : Metal/plastic Unit: wipe clean Removable parts: dishwasher safe : 16-cup capacity Model no. 05817 Size: One Size. Color: Black. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. Material: Plastic. read more

Elite Cuisine
$49.99 $39.99

Cook a variety of hearty meals with this Elite Cuisine rice cooker.Watch the product video here. Keep Warm function activates auto...matically when cooking cycle completes. Attached handle allows easy transport. Removable nonstick pot makes cooking and cleanup a breeze. Cool-touch housing protects your hands. What's Included Removable nonstick cooking pot Measuring cup Serving scoop Detachable power cord Product Care Hand wash Manufacturer's 1-year limited warrantyFor warranty information please click here 9.45H x 9.06W x 9.06D 4-cup capacity 400 watts Model Numbers White: ERC-135 Black: ERC-135B Blue: ERC-135BL Red: ERC-135R Size: 4 Cup. Color: Red. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. read more

Franklin Chef
$49.99 $24.99

The Franklin Chef 20 Cup Rice Cooker can cook from 4 to 20 cups of rice comes with a host of features designed to make cooking eas...ier. These features include: a see-through, tempered glass lid, a stainless steel vegetable steamer, a handy keep warm... read more

Unique Bargains
$16.99 $8.37

When Use this Rice Cooker Timer, US buyer need a voltage adapter. Please pay attention to the sizes of the Timer before ordering t...o make sure it fits your Rice Cooker perfectly. This timer is great for you to replace the damaged timer for your Rice... read more

Unique Bargains
$11.99 $5.74

Feature: SV-16-1C25 Model, SPDT(1NO 1NC) Type. The Micro Switch is widely used in electric rice cooker, microwave oven, electromag...netic furnace and so on. In snap action contacts, the movement of the actuator applies force to an overcenter mechanism.... read more

Unique Bargains
$19.99 $9.87

When Use this Rice Cooker Timer, US buyer need a voltage adapter. Please pay attention to the sizes of the Timer before ordering t...o make sure it fits your Rice Cooker perfectly. This timer is great for you to replace the damaged timer for your Rice... read more

Unique Bargains
$18.99 $9.19

Please pay attention to the sizes of the Timer before ordering to make sure it fits your Rice Cooker perfectly. This timer is grea...t for you to replace the damaged timer for your Rice Cooker. read more

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