Rice Cookers & Steamers | Automatic Electric Stainless Steel

rice cookersAn automatic rice cooker is an extremely convenient kitchen appliance to have. If you’ve ever tried to cook rice on the stove, you’ll know that it takes a lot of babysitting to make sure the rice cooks perfectly. With an automatic cooker, that babysitting is gone. Just add rice and water, turn it on, and let the appliance do its job. In less than an hour, your rice comes out fully cooked — not too mushy, not too hard.

Most rice cookers don’t stop at just rice, though. You can cook a number of things inside the appliance. Even the most basic models may be able to steam vegetables, cook hot cereal, and poach fish and chicken. High-tech digital models have advanced settings for soup, stew, tofu, and eggs as well.

Basic Rice Cooker Functions

Choosing a low-end rice cooker without all the fancy digital programmable technology doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting a low-quality product. Simpler models are usually a lot easier to use, plus they’re less expensive.

Take the Black & Decker rice cooker, for example. With this model, just measure out the dry rice and run it under water a few times to wash off the starch (this helps it stick less to the sides of the rice pot). Read the instructions to see how much water matches up with the amount of rice you want to cook, then add it to the pot. There are no timers here; just press a button and wait for a beep to signal when the rice is ready. Also compare this with the Japanese-made Zojirushi Rice Cooker NHS-10.

How does this process happen without a timer?  Rice cookers have built-in thermostats that trigger the ideal heating temperatures as well as the shut-off signals. The cooker knows when to shut off by using its thermostat to sense the amount of water still left inside the rice pot. When all the water has been absorbed or boiled off, the internal temperature exceeds the boiling point, and the appliance shuts off.

Sanyo & Zojirushi Rice Cookers

Both Sanyo and Zojirushi are well-known for manufacturing high-end rice cookers that feature smart digital technology, programmability, variety, and solid design. If you plan on using a rice cooker more than occasionally, set your sights on one of these two manufacturers.

This Sanyo rice cooker comes with pressure cooker technology to speed up the cooking process. It has separate settings for different kinds of rice, a “sleep” function, and a non-stick titanium pot that is very easy to clean. It’s a 5-cup model, too, so if you are looking for something bigger, this Sanyo 10-cup digital rice cooker would be better suited. The 10-cup model is micro-computerized for cooking several other things besides just rice, and it comes with a large accessory pack that includes two separate pots, a steaming tray, tofu holder, measuring cup, rice paddle, and a recipe book.

Zojirushi rice cookers are very similar in terms of digital programmability and cooking variety. This Zojirushi Micom rice cooker is a tiny 3-cup model that can be set to cook rice, steel-cut oats, vegetables, soups, and much more. Its timer can be set up so that you can add the rice (or other ingredients) before you go to work, then come home to a warm pot of food. For a larger model, check out the Zojirushi Induction 10-cup Rice Cooker. Its sleek stainless steel design houses an induction heating system that helps the rice cook more quickly and evenly. Also, this is one of the few models on the market that has a setting for GABA Brown rice, a method where rice is soaked in hot water for two hours before cooking.

Read all of our rice cooker reviews below:


Zojirushi Rice Cooker, Vegatable Steamer & Warmer

White 6 Cup NHS-10

Zojirushi Rice Cooker, Vegatable Steamer & Warmer | White 6 Cup NHS-10

This perfect marriage of rice cooker and steamer means fantastic results for your waistline and any healthy eating plan This is the Asian equivalent of a Crock Pot, or one pot meal. Meat, seafood, eggs, veggies, or tofu can go inside along with your rice. The rice cooks without monitoring and ...





Cuisinart Rice Cooker w/ Steamer

Stainless Steel 4 Cup CRC-400

Cuisinart Rice Cooker w/ Steamer | Stainless Steel 4 Cup CRC-400

This highly functional smaller unit is perfect for anyone who needs to make smaller batches of rice or to make fresh rice on a frequent
basis. The nicest feature is the included steaming basket. It allows items to cook more gently and expands on the possibilities for the pot. Everything except the ...





Zojirushi Rice Cooker

Vegetable Steamer Warmer 10 Cup NHS-18

Zojirushi Rice Cooker | Vegetable Steamer Warmer 10 Cup NHS-18

Zojirushi has been manufacturing rice cookers since the '80s, and is known as a leader in the field of commercial and home rice preparation. With this model, you have a simplified method of producing a large quantity of white or brown rice consistently.

The company has been improving the capabilities of the humble ...





Sanyo Pressure Rice Cooker

Micro Computerized 5 Cup ECJ-PX50S

Sanyo Pressure Rice Cooker | Micro Computerized 5 Cup ECJ-PX50S

You don't have to make rice daily to enjoy the use of a good rice cooker, but if you do, this is the pot to consider. The device has both menu and texture selections which reflect the fantastic variety of rice types available. Most of the world already understands that polished ...





Zojirushi Digital Rice Cooker

Stainless Steel Induction 10 Cup NP-HBC18

Zojirushi Digital Rice Cooker | Stainless Steel Induction 10 Cup NP-HBC18

The Zojirushi 10-cup model is a large capacity rice maker for families who eat rice regularly or homes where parties or gatherings require a big batch. Smaller families can use the pot to prepare several days' worth of rice for meals throughout the week.

This pot allows preparation of every type of ...





Black & Decker Rice Cooker

Stainless Steel 20 Cup RC866

Black & Decker Rice Cooker | Stainless Steel 20 Cup RC866

The Black & Decker Rice Cooker is the simple sort of machine I enjoy. It doesn't have a lot of fancy features. You add the rice, water and seasonings to the pot, press a button, and a few minutes later you have hot rice. No need to stir or monitor a ...





Sanyo Micro Computerized Rice Pot

Slow Cooker 5 1/2 Cup ECJ-HC55S

Sanyo Micro Computerized Rice Pot | Slow Cooker 5 1/2 Cup ECJ-HC55S

On my first visit to a real Asian home kitchen years ago I was immediately disappointed to find that it ran on a Sanyo electric rice cooker and a propane fired wok. Then I ate the food and I was happy.

Carefree efficiency, easy cleaning, and dependability made the original ...





Zojirushi Rice Cooker

Electric 6 Cup Steamer NHS-10

Zojirushi Rice Cooker | Electric 6 Cup Steamer NHS-10

This rice cooker is a busy working cook's best friend. Ditto for the healthy cook. I eat twice as much rice now that I have a rice cooker. And I probably cook more at home in general, too. This little cooker just makes it so easy and convenient.

I set the timer/warmer to ...





Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker

White Digital Nonstick 5 1/2 Cup NS-ZCC10

Zojirushi  Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker | White Digital Nonstick 5 1/2 Cup NS-ZCC10

I don't know about you, but I'm not looking for fuzzy rice. Fluffy, yes. Fuzzy, no.

When I think of fuzz on food, I think mold. But I don't think the Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 will cook you up moldy rice. No, I think it's just an unfortunate ...





Sanyo Rice Cooker

Digital Crock Pot 10 Cup ECJ-HC100S

Sanyo Rice Cooker | Digital Crock Pot 10 Cup ECJ-HC100S

With rice being the number one food eaten worldwide, it's no surprise that there are many high tech devices for preparing the perfect pot of starchy goodness. Even if rice isn't a part of your daily meals, this machine really raises the bar for what a rice cooker can help you accomplish ...





Fagor 3 in 1 Electric Multi Pressure Cooker

Stainless Crock Pot Rice Automatic

Fagor 3 in 1 Electric Multi Pressure Cooker | Stainless Crock Pot Rice Automatic

If you have a small kitchen and want to maximize counter space, or upgrade from an old slow cooker to a slick new feature packed model, then this might be the appliance for you.

The Multi-Cooker from Fagor combines three very useful cooking functions in one rather modern looking unit. ...





Panasonic Rice Cooker

Fuzzy Logic Technology | Digital SR-NA10 5 1/2 Cup

Panasonic Rice Cooker | Fuzzy Logic Technology | Digital SR-NA10 5 1/2 Cup

The Panasonic Rice Cooker promises consistently perfect rice preparation through Fuzzy Logic technology. The cooker is made to adjust the level of power to fit the amount of rice being cooked. Prepare from two to eleven cups of cooked rice in one batch.

There are eight menu settings with six rice functions, steam ...





Sanyo Electric Rice Cooker

5 1/2 Cup Soup Porridge w/ Steamer ECJ-N55W

Sanyo Electric Rice Cooker | 5 1/2 Cup Soup Porridge w/ Steamer ECJ-N55W

For those accustomed to having rice at every meal, the rice cooker is an indispensable part of the kitchen arsenal. For the rest of you who still cook the occasional batch of rice in a saucepan- with mixed results- you may want to consider one of these.

What a rice cooker provides ...





Panasonic Rice Cooker

Digital Silver 5-1/2 Cup Model SR-TMB10

Panasonic Rice Cooker | Digital Silver 5-1/2 Cup Model SR-TMB10

I must say that I am surprised at how terrific the Panasonic rice cooker is. I'm a huge fan of the Zojirushi rice cooker and the Panasonic is a very comparable product for a fraction of the cost

The 5-cup size is more than I need everyday. But you can use it for ...





Zojirushi Micom Rice Cooker

NS-LAC05 3-Cup, Stainless Steel

Zojirushi Micom Rice Cooker | NS-LAC05 3-Cup, Stainless Steel

I'm an old-fashioned girl who likes to use tried-and-true old-fashioned methods. No need for fancy ingredient-specific cooking implements, thank you very much. Cooking rice? Give me a pot, water, and a generous shake of salt. That's all I need.

Then I bought this rice cooker. This appliance is one of the best ...





Zojirushi Rice Cooker

NS-TGC10 Micom 5-1/2 Cup | Stainless Steel Kitchen Applicance

Zojirushi Rice Cooker | NS-TGC10 Micom 5-1/2 Cup | Stainless Steel Kitchen Applicance

The Zojirushi NS-TGC10 cooks rice, warms, bakes cake, and makes hot cereals. It's excellent for any variety of rice. Up to five and a half cup capacity means enough for a dinner party or leftovers. The LCD panel is friendly, easy to read and operate. A happy ...





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