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Top 5 Best Rice Cooker Reviews

Why Rice Cooker is a common item in every Asian home?

I grew up with a rice cooker. My family eat rice daily and having a rice cooker both saving us time and take the guesswork out of cooking rice. Therefore, in most modern Asian household a rice cooker is a staple appliance in the kitchen.

From Thailand to Japan, we consume rice as part of daily meal along with other dishes such as vegetables and fish. Moreover, varieties of rice is so diverse and consume by different region of each country. For example in Thailand , Thai sticky rice is common in the North and the North East, but Thai jasmine rice is more common in the Central and the South part of the country.

Furthermore, rice cooking method can be different in each Asian country. Such as Chinese long grain rice is cook differently than Indian basmati rice. Another example would be, Japanese uruchimai (regular Japanese rice) has a different way to cook than mochigome (Japanese glutinous rice).   

In Asia, rice has been consume from breakfast to dinner and even as dessert. So you can imagine why rice cooker plays an important role in Asian food culture. Since, rice is consume in every meal, most rice cooker has function “keep warm” which will keep the rice moist and warm for the entire day.  

The higher the quality of the rice cooker the better performance on keeping the rice at the right temperature never having it be dry or mushy. As a result, high quality rice cooker will also has more cooking functions such as brown rice, sushi rice, and multigrain rice included. Which can be done with just a push of a button.  

In Short, the benefits of a good quality rice cooker are:

  • Cooked rice perfectly every time
  • Easy to operate and clean up
  • Keep warm the rice in perfect condition throughout the day
  • It can be use for cooking other grains such as quinoa, lentils, beans
  • Time saver by not having to babysit the pot on the stove

FUZZy FUZZY WooT??? What in the world is Fuzzy-Logic?

Most high quality rice cookers have “fuzzy-logic”. What is it? Fuzzy-logic is a computer chips for making the proper adjustment automatically for rice cooking temperature and time. Therefore, think fuzzy-logic as an artificial intelligence to help cook your rice perfectly every time. 

FEATURES
85%
PERFORMANCE
95%
MAINTENANCE
95%

Zojirushi Micom NS-TSC10

Rice Cooker and Warmer

perfect rice every time

the good

  • Easy to use, clean
  • Reliable set & forget
  • Durable
  • Many functions
  • Light weight, small
  • Modern design

the bad

  • Medium price range
  • Lower capacity
4.5/5

THE OVERALL 92%

This little rice cooker is a well rounded machine with many performance functions such as sushi rice, sweet rice, brown rice, porridge, and even steaming. Also can cook beans and grains such as quinoa or lentils. It is rated at 5.5 cups of uncooked rice. Moreover, it has Micom technology (fuzzy logic) which guarantee perfectly cook rice.  I highly recommend this Zojirushi Micom for a small family or college dorm. It is small enough to not take lots of counter space. 

PERFORMANCE
90%
FEATURES
85%
MAINTENANCE
90%

Midea Mb-fs5017

Rice Cooker/Steamer/Slow Cooker

many functions on a dime

the good

  • Easy to use, clean
  • Reliable set & forget
  • Many functions
  • Light weight, small
  • Affordable price

the bad

  • Need better LCD display
  • Build quality
4.5/5

THE OVERALL 88%

This rice cooker is really affordable with the price under $100 on Amazon. Moreover, this can be use as a slow cooker. It as many useful functions and come with a steam basket for steaming vegetables and dumpling etc…However, I found that it doesn’t cook mixed multi grains rice well enough compared to higher model of the competitors.

PERFORMANCE
90%
FEATURES
80%
MAINTENANCE
90%

Cuckoo CR-0631F

Rice Cooker and Warmer

a great competitor on a buddget

the good

  • Easy to use, clean
  • Reliable set & forget
  • Many functions
  • Light weight, small

the bad

  • Lower capacity
  • Durability
4.5/5

THE OVERALL 86%

This is an entry level rice cooker from Cuckoo a Korean manufacture company. The price is not too bad at around $100ish on Amazon. If you on a budget then you can’t go wrong with Cuckoo CR-0631F. However, I recommend op for one of this upper model of Zojirushi or Cuckoo

PERFORMANCE
80%
FEATURES
70%
MAINTENANCE
90%

Tiger JNP-S10U-HU

Rice Cooker and Warmer

focus on rice

the good

  • Easy to use, clean
  • Reliable set & forget

the bad

  • No other function
  • For rice only
4.5/5

THE OVERALL 80%

This rice cooker from Tiger focus on cooking rice. There is no function for brown rice.  Hence,  pre-soaked the brown rice ahead of time to have the perfect rice. The build is solid and classic design. Easy to clean. If you only cook white rice this machine is perfect. However, extra preparation steps required to cook other grains or other kind of rice. This is the only model in this review that doesn’t has”Fuzzy Logic”

PERFORMANCE
95%
FEATURES
95%
MAINTENANCE
95%

Cuckoo CRP-P0609S

Rice/Pressure Cooker

premium performance superb product

the good

  • Easy to use, clean
  • Reliable set & forget
  • Versatile functions
  • Great performance
  • Smart technology

the bad

  • High end price tag
4.5/5

THE OVERALL 95%

Cuckoo high-end model is superb in terms of functionality and performance. This unit is a pressure cooker that cook perfect rice especially you love multigrain rice. The products came out perfect softness texture. Furthermore, it can be use to make stock, slow cooking, baking bread etc… Overall, I am impressed with this model. Highly recommend if you do not mind the high price tag because the machine is worth it.

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