Best Rice Cookers

A rice cooker might be considered unnecessary for people who only eat rice once in a while, but for those of you enjoy rice multiple times per week then it is an absolutely essential appliance. They are super convenient letting you make perfect rice every time while having not having to pay attention to it while cooking. They also make cleanup very easy as well.

The two main features to look for besides cooking quality, is size and the type of cooker. Most models come in between 3 and 10 cups of uncooked rice. Remember that rice expands to twice the size when cooked so a unit that is listed as 5 cups uncooked will become 10 cups of rice when cooked. Most people eat between 1/2 to 1 cup of uncooked rice per meal. So in order to figure out the size you need, just multiple that amount times however many people you have to feed. Rice cookers also come in either simple on/off models or fuzzy logic units. A fuzzy logic rice cooker cooks fluffy, soft rice even when the measurements of rice and water are not perfect. They may also have different settings for different types of rice or texture.

Prices and features range greatly on various models. Generally speaking, the more often you prepare rice or want better tasting brown rice then you should spend more money on a good quality cooker in the $75 and up range. If you will only be fixing white rice less than once per week, then we recommend one in the $40 and under price range.

Below you will find our list of the best rice cookers reviewed.


Zojirushi NP-GBC05 3-Cup (Uncooked) Rice Cooker and Warmer with Induction Heating System

The Zojirushi NP-GBC05 is our choice for the best rice cooker, but it is expensive at almost $250. It is amongst the highest rated models on Amazon with 4.7 star average. This 3-cup uncooked unit is equipped with induction heating technology which provides more even heat for producing perfect rice every time. It can cook as little as 1/2 cup of rice so it is great for singles and small families. Many cooking functions including white/mixed, brown rice, GABA brown, sushi, porridge, quick, and rinse-free give you lots of different ways to prepare rice.

If you demand the best quality rice and do not need to feed a large family then we highly recommend the NP-GBC05. If you need to feed more than 4 people or are concerned about price then there are better options for you.


Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker & Warmer NS-ZCC10

The Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 is universally regarded as one of the best rice cookers you can buy with a price cheaper than the NP-GBC05 at less than $175. These high end Zojirushi cookers and this fuzzy-logic 10-cup cooked model specifically do a much better job than average on cooking brown rice. It offers many different cook settings and worked great with sticky rice and rice porridge.

About the only downside is that it is slower than most, although there is a ‘quick rice’ mode which will cook faster at the loss of texture. Overall it is super easy to use and clean up which is why we strongly recommend the NS-ZCC10 for all buyers, although for those of you who do not cook as often you may want a cheaper type.


Zojirushi Electric Rice Cooker & Warmer NS-PC10

The best model under $100 is the Zojirushi NS-PC10 available for $90. It can cook from 1 to 5 cups of rice or up to 10 cups of cooked rice. It does not offer fuzzy logic, instead it has a simple button to begin the approximately 30 minute cooking cycle, and a signal will light when cooking is done and warming begins. Warming for an additional 15 minutes is recommended for ideal fluffiness. Buyers should be aware that while most Zojirushi models are made in Japan, this one is made in China.

We recommend this model for those of you who want nearly perfect white or brown rice and do not need any other advanced features.


Hamilton Beach 37536 Digital Simplicity Deluxe Rice Cooker/Steamer

At just $45, the Hamilton Beach 37536 provides a much more affordable model. For most people this 20-cup cooked version will make really good white rice, although not quite the absolute best compared to the more expensive models. It does not handle brown rice as well. It also offers a steamer to steam vegetables.

If you mostly prepare white rice, want a cheap rice cooker, or need a model capable of feeding lots of people then the Hamilton Beach 37536 will work great for you. However, if you cook rice more than once a week we would recommend stepping up to a more expensive model.


Aroma ARC-914SBD 8-Cup Digital Rice Cooker and Food Steamer

The best cheap rice cooker on our list is the Aroma ARC-914SBD which can be had for close to $30. It is also the best selling model on with a 4.3 average rating from buyers. It can steam vegetables and meat while 2-8 cups of rice cooks below (1-4 cups uncooked). Also it has very simple-to-use digital controls including a 15-hour delay timer. It does not make perfect white or brown rice, but it comes close enough that you would have a tough time telling the difference.

For those of you on a tight budget then we highly recommend this Aroma model. For those of you who cook rice quite often you probably should consider a more expensive version.