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13 Best Rice Cookers 2020 | The Strategist | New York Magazine

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

And while we’ve written before about all sorts of cooking devices — including a high-tech Japanese precision cooker, a rice cooker used by sushi chefs, and the best slow cookers — here, we’ve rounded up the best rice cookers as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.

Instant Pot 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure CookerInstant Pot 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker

$100 now 21% off


The cult-y Instant Pot pressure cooker is more than just a rice cooker, but thousands of reviewers say that, in addition to its many other features, it also excels in cooking rice. “I like this better for rice than a rice cooker,” writes one purchaser, adding, “It’s also great for making beans from dried beans. Versatile and easy to use. Stainless steel insert has no teflon, which is great.” One reviewer says, “I bought this for one reason: rice. I am notorious for messing up rice. I have even messed up the microwave rice — how that is done, I have no idea.” As one fan of the Instant Pot as a rice cooker writes, “I got this to replace my rice cooker and figured the other functions would be nice too. It is a FANTASTIC rice cooker. The rice comes out PERFECT. Something about the pressure cooking makes the rice come out the ideal consistency.”

$79 at Amazon


$79 at Walmart


Joseph Joseph M-Cuisine Microwave Rice CookerJoseph Joseph M-Cuisine Microwave Rice Cooker4.5 stars, 977 reviews


Seventy percent of reviewers give this Joseph Joseph microwave rice cooker five stars, and many rave about the convenience of microwave cooking rice. “This little gadget is amazing,” says one purchaser who admits to being “skeptical at first because it just seemed too easy to properly produce a decent pot of rice.” After using this rice cooker, however, they became a quick convert to the microwave rice-cooking method: “It WAS super easy and it made a perfectly cooked, fluffy pot of rice. I highly recommend it. Saves so much time and NO pots and pans!” Plenty of other reviewers praise this rice cooker’s simple and straightforward operation. “Seriously the easiest thing to use,” one customer writes, explaining, “I used the max which is 2 cups of dry rice. Filled the water exactly how they directed and in 17 minutes I had perfect white rice. No joke. As soon as it was done I added veggies and chicken and I was done for dinner and some left over for lunch the next day.” Additionally, many reviewers love the smart design featuring a built-in strainer basket and a spoon that locks into the lid. As one happy purchaser puts it, “You don’t realize you need one until you have one. Then you can’t live without one.”

$25 at Amazon


Hamilton Beach Rice Cooker with Rinser/Steam BasketHamilton Beach (37508) Rice Cooker with Rinser/Steam Basket4.2 stars, 590 reviews


If you’re looking for a rice cooker with a small footprint, reviewers say this one is a great choice. As one puts it, “This works great. It’s easy to clean and small enough to leave out on the counter all the time.” Another purchaser adds, “It’s very compact if storage or counter space is tight, and it cooks rice well. It’s easy to transport, too.” Seven reviewers even describe it as “cute,” with perhaps the most enamored writing, “Cutest little rice maker! Makes nice fluffy rice. Love this little R2-D2-looking device.”

$46 at Amazon


Dash Mini Rice Cooker Steamer with Removable Nonstick PotDash Mini Rice Cooker Steamer with Removable Nonstick Pot


$25 now 12% off


Seventy percent of reviewers give this mini rice cooker five stars, and many say it’s just the right size for one to two people. “I very much recommend for a single gal living on her own who doesn’t have a lot of time to cook,” one reviewer writes. Another says, “It is perfect for a family of two with no leftovers, so we enjoy freshly cooked rice.” At first, one reviewer even thought this two-cup cooker was too small but realized that it “makes SO much rice, way more than I thought could fit in the tiny bowl.” They add, “It is super easy you just push the bottom and it cooks and then when it’s finished it goes to keep warm setting. The rice taste perfect and it’s super easy to clean. Great for cooking rice for a family of three.” It also makes more than rice. One even “used it to make stews, soups, deserts, cake (yes cake) and bread.” More than 15 percent of reviewers also say this is easy to clean, as well. One chalks it up to “the Teflon non-stick bowl” which they say cleans like a dream.”

$22 at Amazon


Zojirushi 3-Cup (Uncooked) Rice CookerZojirushi NHS-06 3-Cup (Uncooked) Rice Cooker

$53 now 23% off


Reviewers who don’t need to make large quantities of rice enjoy the simplicity of this three-cup rice cooker from Zojirushi. One purchaser reports favoring this more pared down model over a “fancy” larger one: “I love this rice cooker. It’s simple, straightforward, and does the job of making rice. We were given one of those fancy rice cookers with ten different buttons, which I now only use to make porridge. We don’t want to wait 45 minutes for our rice.” Another reviewer says, “I got this thing because it seemed like the least complicated rice cooker out there. Really, I just needed to cook rice without becoming distracted and burning it to the bottom of the pan. Love this thing. Cooks rice with the push of a button and I can seriously go watch Real Housewives and not worry about setting the kitchen on fire. Rice comes out like rice.” Many also appreciate the smaller, 3-cup yield size because, as one reviewer explains, “With larger rice cookers, I always end up making more than I need.”

$41 at Amazon


Aroma Housewares Digital Cool-Touch Rice Grain Cooker and Food Steamer, Stainless, 8 CupAroma Housewares Digital Cool-Touch Rice Grain Cooker and Food Steamer, Stainless, 8 Cup


4.1 stars, 14,236 reviews


While you can cook a bunch of different grains in this rice cooker, more than 10 percent of reviewers particularly like it for brown rice. “I was looking for a rice cooker that cooks perfect brown rice and was even willing to [pay] big bucks for one,” says one reviewer. “When my sister told me about this Aroma rice cooker with brown rice option for less than $50, I thought she was kidding— so glad she wasn’t and I found this Aroma rice cooker on Amazon. Now my husband and I already enjoying our perfectly cooked brown rice.” Another says, “The brown rice setting works very nicely and as long as I don’t add too much water the consistency is neither ‘mushy’ nor ‘dry’.” One says to get that consistency just right, “It takes about a third more water for brown rice than it does for white.” Brown rice aside, this machine can steam an entire meal. “I have also used the steamer basket for carrots and other veggies while the rice was cooking and love it — saves an extra pot and the veggies are always nicely done,” one writes, adding, “I’ve also steamed fish while the rice was cooking and that, too came out beautifully.” No matter what’s cooking though, reviewers appreciate that the rice cooker and its accompanying scooper are made of non-stick material. One says, “The cooker also comes with a rice paddle/scooper and miracle of miracles, the rice doesn’t stick to it so it’s really easy to serve the rice.”

$30 at Amazon


Hamilton Beach Digital Programmable Rice CookerHamilton Beach Digital Programmable Rice Cooker4.5 stars, 1,388 reviews


“Cooking rice can be troublesome, messy, and inconsistent when cooked in a saucepan, but not with this cooker,” says one reviewer of this Hamilton Beach cooker that apparently “makes perfect rice every time.” This rice cooker is smaller than the Aroma Housewares model, but customers don’t seem to mind. The same reviewer thinks the smaller size may make “Cleanup is quick and easy with little to no wasted rice.” You won’t cook more than what you need in this one. And many credit the ease of the product with the additional steamer basket, which lets you make a whole meal with one device. Not only did one reviewer’s jasmine rice turn out perfectly cooked, “We also used the steamer basket to cook zucchini squash, and it too turned out perfectly.” Though one reviewer advises, “If you are steaming something in the basket, I wouldn’t go over 3–4 cups.”

$43 at Amazon


Aroma Housewares 20 Cup Cooked Digital Rice Cooker, Slow Cooker, Food SteamerAroma Housewares 20 Cup Cooked Digital Rice Cooker, Slow Cooker, Food Steamer4.5 stars, 5,695 reviews


“This is perfect. Makes great rice (way better than I can do on the stove), plus you can use it as a slow cooker and steamer. I find it very easy to use and am loving it so far,” writes one satisfied purchaser. And over 200 five-star reviewers specifically highlight the steamer feature as a great addition to this rice maker. “As a rice cooker and vegetable steamer it works flawlessly. It makes rice with no hassle, and gives me some vegetables to eat with it at the same time.” Another happy purchaser admits, “I don’t know why I never purchased one of these before. I made an entire meal at one time (Spanish rice in the bottom, veggies and Polish sausage in the steamer insert).”

$40 at Amazon


Tiger Corporation 5.5-Cup Micom Rice Cooker With Food Steamer and Slow CookerTiger Corporation 5.5-Cup Micom Rice Cooker With Food Steamer and Slow Cooker

$99 now 24% off


Purchasers say this multifunction rice cooker handles many varieties of rice, along with other grains, and it has a wide assortment of useful features and cooking modes. “So far, we make rice or quinoa several times a week and this cooks it perfectly,” one reviewer attests. And many purchasers mention the “synchro-cooking” option, which is designed to cook multiple items at once. As one reviewer shares, “I used the synchronize cooking method. WOW! WOW! WOW! The rice came out nice and fluffy and the dish cooked really well too.” Another calls this multi-cook feature an “unexpected huge bonus.” They explain, “I did not think I would use it at all, because I typically find those types of features more trouble than they’re worth, but it is really wonderful. I made donburi (chicken/egg dish) and it was incredibly easy. It cooked simultaneously with the rice and both the meat and rice turned out great.”

$75 at Amazon


Cuisinart Rice Cooker, 4-Cup, SilverCuisinart Rice Cooker, 4-Cup, Silver


$90 now 33% off


“This looks so chic with our other stainless-steel appliances,” writes one reviewer, one of about a dozen reviewers who loves the look of this rice cooker. But as one user points out, even though “Stainless steel was the draw, the performance made it a keeper.” That’s because it’s easy to use and surprisingly versatile. “Just plug it in, add your rice, water, butter (following the cooking instructions on the side of the rice), put the lid on, and press the button down and forget about it until it is cooked,” one reviewer says. Another customer reports, “Makes delicious rice, noodles, steamed veggies, and my favorite, mac n cheese. All from scratch, in one pot, in just minutes, and so easy.” One common complaint about this model is that it creates a mess, but one reviewer says, “I read a tip somewhere to leave the steamer basket on top of the rice cooker (with the lid on) even if you’re not steaming anything to prevent spill overs…and I have never had a single mess.” And if you do make a mess, that’s when the stainless steel comes in handy: “It is easy to use and because it is made of stainless steel, it cleans well and looks very nice in the kitchen.”

$60 at Amazon


Aroma Housewares Ceramic Rice Cooker/Multicooker, WhiteAroma Housewares Ceramic Rice Cooker/Multicooker, White

$160 now 29% off


This rice cooker from Aroma Housewares has a ceramic inner bowl, which makes it very popular with purchasers who want to avoid the more commonplace teflon-coated nonstick bowls due to health concerns. “I LOVE this rice cooker,” writes one reviewer. “I bought it because it is ceramic, and I don’t want nonstick (I just don’t trust it). It’s easy to clean, cooks delicious rice, and is just as good, if not better, than a nonstick, and far healthier.” Another praises the ceramic inner pot as “easy to clean,” and adds that it seems very durable: “I don’t need to worry about the coat scratching like [I would] with a nonstick inner pot. Even though the price is a little bit high, it’s worth it.”

$114 at Amazon


Zojirushi 5-1/2-Cup (Uncooked) Micom Rice Cooker and Warmer, 1.0-LiterZojirushi NS-TSC10 5-1/2-Cup (Uncooked) Micom Rice Cooker and Warmer, 1.0-Liter

$206 now 30% off


“I can make rice, just not as good as this fella,” admits one happy purchaser. And with over 1,400 five-star reviews, this rice cooker gets showered with a lot of enthusiastic praise. “Don’t bother looking any further because this rice cooker is all you need,” writes one customer. “This thing is not only pretty and sleek (it appeals to my designer aesthetics), but it has every setting you never knew you wanted: white rice, quick rice (if you don’t want to wait), brown rice, porridge, cake, etc … Also, the cord is retractable, and the parts come out for easy cleaning. Heck yeah. Thank you, Zojirushi, for this gift to all mankind.” While this rice cooker is certainly on the expensive end of the spectrum, the majority of purchasers seem to think the quality justifies the price. As one explains, “I had long doubted this rice cooker could make rice taste any better than the cheap $20 rice cooker we’ve been using for years. However, I’ve been completely blown away by the quality of the rice that comes out of this machine. I’m not a big rice eater, but I am now a believer in this machine. I won’t ever be going back to $20 rice cookers again.”

$144 at Amazon


Oster 6-Cup Rice Cooker with SteamerOster 6-Cup Rice Cooker with Steamer4.3 stars, 3,342 reviews


“Rice, so simple for most people to cook, but I regularly managed to screw it up,” laments one customer. He turned to this cooker “after one spectacular failure” and at an in-law’s suggestion. Now, “five to six years later,” he says “Every batch of rice [he] made turned out perfect.” And though he originally thought he wouldn’t use the steamer basket much, he now “relies” on it. But the best part for many customers was that it’s a one-touch machine. “Put the rice in, add water as per the instructions, press the button, and done,” explains one customer who says in a mere “15 minutes or so you’ll have delicious rice ready to serve.” A third reviewer says “it’s so easy [she doesn’t] mind cooking rice much more often.” She even thinks “clean up is so so easy. No scrubbing has been required yet.” And one more reviewer appreciates how easy it is to use, especially because he will “no longer destroys [his] favorite pots burning rice. This little kitchen helper has made rice cooking a piece of cake.”

$37 at Amazon


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