There are different kinds of rice cookers available at kitchen appliance stores, however, choosing one can seem to be confusing. Let’s take a look at some reviews that will help you decide which one best suits your needs.
A rice cooker is a specialized kitchen appliance that is designed to cook rice with minimal effort and supervision. Once the rice and water has been added to it, you need not watch the rice. The built-in timer handles the cooking time and turns the cooker off once the rice is done. Thus, there is no risk of the rice being burnt.
Rice cookers may be gas, electric, or the fuzzy logic kind. The gas ones are mainly used by restaurants and large-scale food makers, because they are more economical. The electric cookers come in the on/off type and is ideal for working families that have little time to spare in the kitchen. They switch to the warm mode automatically after cooking, thereby keeping the food warmer for longer time. The fuzzy logic ones on the other hand, come with advanced settings for preparing soup, porridge, brown rice, white rice, etc.
Gas Rice Cookers
Commercial 50 Cup Natural Gas Rice Cooker & Warmer
This cooker can prepare 270 servings of 3 oz. each. With its massive capacity of 30 to 50 cups, this cooker can cook all types of rice and keep it warm for up to 6 hours. It features a flame failure automatic gas valve, that closes when the flame is extinguished, thereby maintaining proper safety measures.
Rinnai 55 Cup Natural Gas Rice Cooker
These dependable cookers will prepare 100 bowls of rice, that is 270 servings in just 22 minutes. It works on a Piezo “push button” igniter with safety features like the flame failure automatic gas valve and a reliable thermostat.
Electric Rice Cookers
Aroma ARC-998 Rice Cooker
This 8 cup stainless steel rice cooker features a digital control panel. It offers modes to cook different types of rice, and also possesses a steam tray to steam vegetables and meat. Its stainless steel exterior resists smudges, making it perfect for the long run. It also has the capacity to cook 16 cups of rice and keeps it warm for up to 12 hours after cooking.
Farberware FRA100A Rice Cooker
This 10 cup capacity cooker can prepare 20 cups of cooked rice and is easy to use and maintain. It’s also useful for steaming vegetables and seafood. Moreover, its stainless steel steamer pan can be used for simmering, boiling, sautéing, and preparing several side dishes. Due to its large capacity, this cooker is meant only for larger families.
Fuzzy Logic Rice Cookers
This Zojirushi rice cooker is reviewed as one of the best rice cookers available in the market. This rice cooker adjusts itself to cook different textures of rice, thus, is ideal for those who like to eat a variety of rice. However, this smart and intelligent cooker costs more and also takes longer to cook.
This versatile fuzzy logic rice cooker cooks all kinds of rice perfectly, and can also be used to prepare puddings, oatmeal, cornmeal, etc. It can also be used to heat up leftovers. The price one has to pay for this cooker is far lower than the other rice cookers, and at its affordable price small problems like timer issues and condensation on the lid that runs into the gap around the cooker can be overlooked. After all who’s perfect!
Besides these cookers, there are several other brands that are available in the market. Depending on your requirement and budget, choose a rice cooker for yourself. All the best!