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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Cuisinart
$79.99 $49.99

Most of the world can't be wrong – rice is an important part of almost any meal. Cuisinart's versatile rice cooker prepares every ...grain with care, and also steams healthy, hearty meat and vegetables to complement your meal. Model Crc-400. read more

Cuisinart
$119.99 $79.99

A plate of steaming, savory rice makes a meal memorable. Cuisinart's cooker features brushed stainless steel construction with chr...ome-plated handles and knob. Lever control with warm and cook indicator settings ensures perfect results.Model CRC800. read more

Sunpentown
$289.00 $247.99

Sunpentown 35 Cups Stainless Steel Heavy Duty Rice Cooker - SC-5400S. SC-5400S. Rice Cookers. This Sunpentown 35 Cups Heavy Duty R...ice Cooker with stainless steel body is ideal for restaurant use. Features up to 24 hours keep warm and 3-dimensional cooking technology that heats from the top, sides and bottom for even cooking. Non-stick inner pot uses Crystalline Teflex coating and the air-tight lid locks in moisture and flavor. Other features include: easy one button operation, cool touch exterior, pilot indicator lights and safety lock button. Dimensions (in inches) 18. 75L X 15W X 13H. SC-5400S read more

SPT
$214.82

The SPT 35-Cup Rice Cooker is easy to operate with the 1-button control. This rice cooker features a Cool touch exterior, a lock b...utton and ETL sanitation certification for added safety. The pilot indicator lights alert you to the current mode and... read more

Improvements
$39.99 $19.95

1 machine, nearly endless possibilities. This rice cooker will be your new go-to kitchen appliance for fast and easy home-cooked m...eals.We call it a Rice Cooker, but this ingenious kitchen appliance can also prepare polenta, pasta, oatmeal, quinoa, and... read more

Zojirushi
$240.00

Advanced Neuro Fuzzy logic technology enables the rice cooker to make fine adjustments to temperature and heating time, so you get... perfect rice every time. Spherical inner cooking pan and heating system distribute heat evenly and efficiently. Features... read more

Zojirushi
$219.95

Perfect rice every time! Advanced fuzzy-logic technology enables rice cooker to make fine adjustments to temperature and heating t...ime for ideal results. read more

Zojirushi
$499.95

This top-of-the-line rice cooker pairs pressurized induction cooking with advanced fuzzy logic technology to cook perfect rice eve...ry time. Simply fill with your favorite rice and select the appropriate settingwhite (regular, softer or harder), umami,... read more

Zojirushi
$249.95

We love how this cookers exclusive umami setting soaks and steams rice longer for enhanced depth of flavor. Plus, it offers a slow...-cook function, so you can make soup, oatmeal and more.Micro-computerized, fuzzy logic technology enables the rice cooker... read more

SPT
$225.99

SPT 26 cups rice cooker has super large capacity which is ideal for restaurants use. NSF certified for commercial usage. Features ...auto-warm for up to 12 hours and heavy duty stainless steel body for extra durability. read more

Cuckoo
$379.99

The HN1059F is a premium 10 cup Induction Heating pressure cooker from CUCKOO that comes with the following features: stainless in...terior lid, removable stainless cover, 10 cup gamasot iron rice pot, Xwall diamond coating, double layer cover packing, voice navigation (Korean only), and auto-steam cleaning. Cord Length: More than 1 ft. Product Features: Auto Shut Off, Non-Stick Surface, Ready Indicator Light Display: Digital Material: Aluminum, Plastic, Metal Wattage: 1000-1500 Watts Color: Black, Silver read more

Cuckoo
$279.99

The P1009S is a 10 cup electric pressure rice cooker with Smart DSP using Cuckoo's patented algorithm system that makes sure that ...your rice is cooked thoroughly and tastes good. The P1009S comes with some of these features: 10 cup Xwall diamond coated rice pot, double layer cover packing, full stainless interior lid, full stainless pull out cover, 3 voice navigation settings, 12 cooking functions and automatic steam cleaning function. Cord Length: More than 1 ft. Product Features: Auto Shut Off, Non-Stick Surface, Ready Indicator Light Display: Digital Material: Aluminum, Plastic, Metal Wattage: 1000-1500 Watts Color: Brown Color: Black. read more

Cuckoo
$619.99

Introducing Cuckoo Electronics very first LCD display Induction Heating electric pressure rice cooker and the first Full Stainless... Eco 3.0 model. The rice cooker comes with a touch navigation to slide through the menus easily. It comes with our newest vacuum heating function to help maintain the original flavor of the rice. CRP-FHVR1008L also comes in both Korean and Chinese voice navigation systems. Cord Length: More than 1 ft. Product Features: Auto Shut Off, Non-Stick Surface, Ready Indicator Light Display: Digital Material: Stainless Steel, Plastic, Metal Wattage: 1000-1500 Watts Color: Pink, Gold read more

Cuckoo
$259.99

If you are searching for an electric pressure rice cooker that has the capability to feed up to 6 people or cook days worth of foo...d, then look no further than the CRP-P0609S. Its 12 cooking functions, 3-language voice navigation (English, Korean, and Chinese) and auto steam cleaning function make it efficient and simple to cook all types of food. Enhance your cooking and your kitchen with our sleek black CRP-P0609S rice cooker. Cord Length: More than 1 ft. Product Features: Auto Shut Off, Non-Stick Surface, Ready Indicator Light Display: Digital Material: Aluminum, Metal, Plastic Wattage: 1000-1500 Watts Color: Black, Brown read more

Cuckoo
$369.99

Full Stainless Eco 2.0 When it comes to innovation in rice cooking technology, Cuckoo always makes sure to lead the way. With a fu...ll stainless steel interior and stainless steel ventilation pipe system, you can rest assured that this rice cooker was made with you and your rice cooker's health in mind. The EHSS0309F comes with a 3 cup Xwall STAINLESS inner pot, double layer cover packing, a blue LED screen with touch selection menu, voice navigation for all three languages (English, Chinese, Korean), and a unique body structure that complements its premium inner build quality. Let Cuckoo help you change the way you cook with the Full Stainless Eco 2.0 series. Cord Length: More than 1 ft. Product Features: Auto Shut Off, Non-Stick Surface, Ready Indicator Light Display: Digital Material: Stainless Steel, Plastic, Metal Wattage: 800-1000 Watts Color: White, Silver read more

Cuckoo
$249.99

The M1059F is a 10 cup electric pressure rice cooker from CUCKOO that comes with a signature CUCKOO exterior design. Some features... that come with the M1059F are: Xwall diamond inner pot coating (interior), stainless pull out cover, voice navigation (Korean only), automatic steam cleaning, and 13 safety features. Cord Length: More than 1 ft. Product Features: Auto Shut Off, Non-Stick Surface, Ready Indicator Light Display: Digital Material: Aluminum, Plastic, Metal Wattage: 1000-1500 Watts Color: White, Red 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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Cuisinart
$79.99 $49.99

Most of the world can't be wrong – rice is an important part of almost any meal. Cuisinart's versatile rice cooker prepares every ...grain with care, and also steams healthy, hearty meat and vegetables to complement your meal. Model Crc-400. read more

Cuisinart
$119.99 $79.99

A plate of steaming, savory rice makes a meal memorable. Cuisinart's cooker features brushed stainless steel construction with chr...ome-plated handles and knob. Lever control with warm and cook indicator settings ensures perfect results.Model CRC800. read more

Sunpentown
$289.00 $247.99

Sunpentown 35 Cups Stainless Steel Heavy Duty Rice Cooker - SC-5400S. SC-5400S. Rice Cookers. This Sunpentown 35 Cups Heavy Duty R...ice Cooker with stainless steel body is ideal for restaurant use. Features up to 24 hours keep warm and 3-dimensional cooking technology that heats from the top, sides and bottom for even cooking. Non-stick inner pot uses Crystalline Teflex coating and the air-tight lid locks in moisture and flavor. Other features include: easy one button operation, cool touch exterior, pilot indicator lights and safety lock button. Dimensions (in inches) 18. 75L X 15W X 13H. SC-5400S read more

Improvements
$39.99 $19.95

1 machine, nearly endless possibilities. This rice cooker will be your new go-to kitchen appliance for fast and easy home-cooked m...eals.We call it a Rice Cooker, but this ingenious kitchen appliance can also prepare polenta, pasta, oatmeal, quinoa, and... read more

Tayama
$26.41 $23.77

Ideal for cooking for one or two people, cook your rice with ease using the Tayama Portable Mini Rice Cooker 1.5 Cup. It features ...a single-switch operation that makes using this rice cooker easy, along with a keep warm function so your rice is always... read more

SPT
$34.81 $31.33

Cook various dishes with this rice cooker. You can steam rice, porridge, soup, stew and much more. Features one-touch operation an...d convenient carrying handle. Automatically switches to WARM mode. Color: White. read more

SPT
$39.02 $35.12

Cook various dishes with this rice cooker. You can steam rice, porridge, soup, stew and much more. Features one-touch operation an...d convenient carrying handle. Automatically switches to WARM mode. Color: White. read more

SPT
$63.30 $52.87

The SPT 6-Cup Rice Cooker is easy to operate with the 1-button control. This cooker features a Cool touch exterior and a lock butt...on for added safety. The cook and keep warm indicator lights alert you to the current mode and an air-tight lid helps to... read more

Tayama
$27.96 $23.96

Tayama Cool Touch TRC-04 Rice Cooker 5 Cup with Steamer. Lock-tight pressure lid keeps rice fresh and moist for hours. Removable n...on-stick inner pot prevents rice from sticking and ensures fast, easy clean-up. Unique heater plate for evenly efficient... read more

Black & Decker
$34.99 $29.99

The Black & Decker 16 cup rice cooker is ready to make the best rice for any meal. This rice cooker features a steamer basket, ser...ving scoop, and rice measuring cup. Plus it effortlessly cooks rice and automatically switches to warm once rice is done;... read more

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