Although a staple in every kitchen in Asia, in America, rice cookers are one of the most overlooked products in the kitchen. Perhaps its because rice is not a staple food in most home. But, the nutritional and caloric value of white, brown, and purple rice should not be overlooked. More and more, rice cooks are being introduced into the American household because of the beneficial and wholesome nature of rice. In the near future, a rice cookers will be found in most American kitchens and recent technological developments in rice cooker are starting expand on the wide uses of this kitchen appliance.
Here, we review and rank the top 10 best rice cookers of 2017 for those first time and seasoned rice cooking people. This list will not include any rice cooks that also have high pressure cooking capabilities.
10. Midea Mb-fs5017
If you are looking for an affordable rice cooker with all the bells and whistles of a high end rice cooker, look to the Midea Mb-fs5017. This rice cooks comes in a copper coated metallic design and fits well in all stainless steel and modern kitchens. This rice cooker comes in a larger model, 10 cups, and is well suited for the larger family of 3 to 10 people. With its 5 button operation, using this rice cooker is simple and easy. In addition, with its handle is easy to transport for taking to outdoor and external activities such as camping, picnics, and dinner parties.
This Midea rice cooker features a control panel with 11 menus on an easy to read LED display that allow for such functions like 24-hour delay cooking, delay timer, reheat, and more. The inner removable pot has a non-stick coating that allows for easy cleaning and there is a particle lid that can allow dirt to be cleaned off easily. Other function include a steaming function and all materials are BPA free for healthy and delicious eating. Included with the Midea Mb-fs5017 rice cooker: Rice Spoon/Scooper, Soup Spoon,Measuring Cup, Steamer Basket.
9. Tiger JBV-A
The Tiger JBV-A1 is the more modest version of Tiger’s flagship JKT-S10U-K model (see below). With this rice cooker you get all the rice cooking features of its brother at a very reasonable value. The Tiger JBV-A rice rice cooker comes with Micom rice cooking technology and an additional basket that allows for simultaneous cooking, with your white or brown rice, of side dishes, such as vegatables or warm side dishes. For those who find all the new features in modern rice cookers too much to handle and wish to look for simplicity and easy to use function, the Tiger JBV-A is for you.
Though using the latest technologies by Tiger, its screenless operations, and 4 settings (Plain, Synchrony-cooking, Brown, Slow Cooking/Steam) allows for easy to start, streamline rice cooking. Coming in a 5 cup or 10 cup model, this rice cooker can serve your basic rice cooking needs.
8. Aroma Housewares ARC-914SBD
This one the best selling and most popular rice cookers on the internet. Due to its massive popularity you are likely to find this rice cooker at a friend’s kitchen. The Aroma Housewares ARC-914SBD rice cooker is designed with a stainless steel exterior and black frame finish. Unlike its other counterparts, this rice cookers has a simple digital screen that allows for easy to use function. Standard features include built in cooking programs for white rice, brown rice, and steaming with the additional customizable option to control warming and a delay timer. Overall, this rice cooker is simple and is mainly built for utility and is perfect mid size for all uses, 8 cups cooked and 4 cups uncooked capacity.
For those looking to go beyond rice cooking, the Aroma Housewares ARC-914SBD rice cooker give you the versatility of making entire meal using the removable steam tray, rice measuring cup, serving spatula, and exclusive recipes.
7. Zojirushi NSRNC10F
Don’t be fool by the modest looks of the Zojirushi NSRNC10FZ rice cooker. This unassuming rice cooker packs a punch as it is built to cook rice. The lack of additional function such as steaming reflect the specialized nature of cooking rice of this rice cooker. The tightly sealed lid, highly insulated functioning and non-stick cooking pot is all intentionally designed for optimal rice cooking. In addition, the Zojirushi NSRNC10N durability and strong handle makes it the perfect rice cooker to take with you outdoors or to dinner at a friend’s house.
The main strength of this rice cooker is its reliably consistent cooking in addition to its long lasting durability. The Zojirushi NSRNC10F models comes in 2 different sizes, 1L (4.2 cups), which is perfect for the small family or individual, and 1.8L (7.5 cups), which is perfect for the larger family or event use. Also, if you are looking for a cute design, this rice cooker comes in a vintage floral pattern designed model, the Zojirushi NSRNC10FZ.
6. Cuckoo CR-0351F
This made in South Korea rice cooker gives you all the features and technologies of other modern rice cookers and more at an affordable price point. This Cuckoo electric rice cooker has the standard features, such as a non-stick inner pot coating, LCD display for time and delayed cooking, 5 distinct cooking settings, and 4 safety features. Uncommon or unique features of this Cuckoo Rice Cooker CR-0351F include a detachable pot lid, black and gold coating, and turbo cooking. With the turbo cooking function, you can make your rice on the go in as little as 12 minutes.
5. Tiger Jay A55U-CU
The Tiger Jay A55U-CU rice cooker is small, but delievers high end design and technological control over rice cooking. If you are concerned over space of larger rice cookers, the Tiger Jay A55U-CU may be your solution. The footprint of the 8.7″ (22cm) x 12.1″ (31cm) allows it to be tucked into a nice corner of your crowded kitchen. This rice cooker is a perfectly sized 3 cup rice cooker with a metal alloy design, has a nice carrying handle if you want to travel or stow away.
This rice cooker comes with all the features that you will find in modern rice cookers with the addition of a far-infrared coated pot for better insulation and more even cooking.
4. Zojirushi NS-VGC05
We introduce the first of top of the line Zojirushi rich cooker. Zojirushi is a Japanese-based company that make the most elite rice cookers in the industry. Although not as popular in America, Zojirushi is the leader in rice cooker makers in Asia. Most Zojirushi rice cookers command high prices, the Zojirushi NS-ZCC10, a 3 cup model, give you all the luxuries and fine design and engineering of Zojirushi.
With its curved design, the Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 is best for those who ask for the best performance in a rice cooker and kitchen appliances to complement other high end kitchen tools. The Fuzzy Logic technology constantly adjusts the temperature and time of cooking allowing for this rice cooker to give you the most consistent cooked rice. As with all the high end models of rice cookers, this rice cooker provides several cooking modes such as regular/sushi, softer, harder, mixed,sweet, porridge, semi-brown and brown, rinse-free, and quick. For those of you looking for details, you will also get to experience the pleasant programmable melody at the end of all cooking cycles.
3. Zojirushi NS-ZCC
Here, we introduce the mid-level Zojirushi model and third best rice cooker on our Top 10 list. Like its young brother, the Zojirushi NS-VGC, the larger 5.5 or 10 cup Zojirushi NS-ZCC comes with Fuzzy logic technology for the perfect rice cooking. However, unlike its little brother, this rice cooker is made in Japan and hence you can be doubly assured of the highest quality design and manufacturing.
Regarding design, the NS-ZCC is solid egg white and fits perfectly with most all modern kitchen design. Though subtle in its aesthetics, this rice cooker will stand out as a work of art in a kitchen full of modern appliances. For those looking for the best rice cooker but not necessarily all the extra features of other models, the NS-VGC is simply perfect.
2. Tiger JKT-S
Here, we are back with the Japan-based Tiger company with the Tiger JKT-S rice cooker. What is extremely unique about this rice cooker is its dual function. In addition to serving up an amazing pot of rice, this rice cooker also doubles as a bread maker. The Tiger JKT-S brings both the east and west, rice and bread, together. Also, with this rice cooker’s Micom Heater System, you can cook two different entrees at the same time using the tacook cooking plate. Some examples of foods you can cook in addition to rice include dumplings, seafood, meatball, your imagination is the limit.
The Tiger JKT-S comes in a 5.5 cup or 10 cup model. Because of its multi functionality, it has an incredible 11 preset cooking settings such as plain, ultra, quick, jasmine, brown, mixed, porridge, slow cook, oatmeal, and of course, the bread making function. This rice cooker has all the bells and whistles a rice cooker can have.
1. Zojirushi NS-TSC
Finally, we have reach the Top Rice Cooker of 2017, the Zojirushi NS-TSC. This is the flagship model of Zojirushi and it is clearly reflected in its sleek modern metallic design. With the Zojirushi NS-TSC, you will recieve the ability for full control, this is include the sweet melody that plays at the end of cooking cycles. Be aware, this machine is for the serious rice cooker. The sole purpose of this device is to cook the perfect rice. Therefore, the cooking cycles on this rice cooker are generally longer compared to other models. However, despite this fact, Zojirushi NS-TSC is on top of our list because no other rice cooker matches the quality and versatility of this rice cooker.
The Zojirushi NS-TSC is equipped with all the features you can find in rice cooking technologies today, Zojirushi’s Fuzzy Logic, several rice cooking features, the ability to make bread and cake, steam foods, and provide rice to master sushi chefs.