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The Best Rice Cookers on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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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 (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about the best slow cookers, pressure cookers, and even a certain idiotproof rice cooker, here we’re going deep on all the best rice cookers on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best rice cooker with steam basket

Tiger JAZ-A10U-FH 5.5-Cup (Uncooked) Rice Cooker and Warmer with Steam Basket, Floral White

“The Tiger company, I heard, is one of the best companies for rice cookers. And it’s true! I love this rice cooker. It is easy to clean, it can cook a lot of rice, and the rice tastes great, too. It comes out a lot better than when I had to cook rice on a stove. It’s also really easy to use: the inside of the pot has line markers for how much water to add, a steamer is included, as is a cup to scoop rice with, and there’s only two settings (’keep warm’ and ‘cook rice’), so you’re not confused by a bunch of different buttons.”

Best Japanese rice cooker

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

“I can make rice, just not as good as this fella. Just wish I had realized exactly how big of a machine this is. Realizing just HOW MUCH rice it makes was a bit of surprise, since it’s just two of us. But go big or go home … right? I was able to make absolutely perfect sushi rice straight out the gate with no worries, and usually if I’m making sushi and prepping fillings and additions, I’m hoping the rice will be good. I’ll never have to worry again. It was PERFECT, and I probably did a few things wrong. Now, I just need to adopt a few hungry orphans.”

Best digital rice cooker

Zojirushi NS-ZCC18 10-Cup Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker, 1.8-Liters, Premium White

“This thing is great: The rice comes out consistent and perfect every time, regardless of type or quantity. Easy to clean. Retractable cord is awesome and has never jammed or failed to retract. Side-mounted rice paddle is a nice touch. Digital clock on display stays on when not plugged in, which is useful. Very simple to use. It sings to you … I guess ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’ is a strange melody to have on a rice maker, but that’s not really a con, just an observation.”

Best ceramic rice cooker

Aroma Housewares ARC-6206C Ceramic Rice Cooker/Multicooker, White

“I am thoroughly enjoying this cooker. And I LOVE the ceramic bowl! I feel better cooking with a bowl that is not Teflon–coated. This cooker is easy to operate and VERY easy to clean, as all the parts are removable. I used to have a Zojirushi rice cooker, which was very good, but very expensive. It worked great until the timer failed and could not be replaced. So I am sold on the Aroma Housewares cooker.”

Best 3-cup rice cooker

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

“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. I actually really appreciate the simplicity of this design. The rice cooker turns off when there is no more liquid, which, to my mind, allows for more flexibility and control. This model doesn’t come with a steamer, but with a little creativity you can still use it for that. I only wished I purchased this sooner!”

Best small rice cooker

Hamilton Beach (37508) Rice Cooker with Rinser/Steam Basket

“Cutest little rice-maker! Makes nice fluffy rice. So easy. Keeps rice warm after cooking. Hubby was delayed getting home for over an hour; rice was still good, just a little dry. Not my rice cooker’s fault at all. Love this little R2-D2-looking device.”

Best pressure rice cooker

Instant Pot Duo Mini 3 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker, and Warmer

“I have always wanted an Instant Pot (a.k.a. pressure cooker). However, the larger sizes were too big for meals for one person. This three-quart size is perfect and I use it at least three times each week when I get home from work. It is really, really easy to use and comes with a cookbook. So far, I have made perfect rice, steamed corn on the cob to perfection, and made chili. This is one of the few gadgets that has not been relegated to basement storage!”

Best Japanese pressure rice cooker

Zojirushi Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker & Warmer 1.0 Liter, Stainless Brown NP-NVC10

“This unit is brilliantly engineered for a single task — to cook perfect short-grain white rice. With slight variations, it can also do a superior job on long grain, brown, sushi, and sticky rice, or even beans and lentils. All those others pale in comparison to the job this cooker does on simple short-grain rice, which, with absolutely no thought or effort, comes out better than you’ve ever had white rice before. We use it on a variety of white, brown, sprouted, and other types of rice, and it’s easy to use and clean.”

Editor’s note: We’ve written about this before.

Best multifunction rice cooker

Aroma Housewares 20 Cup Cooked Digital Rice Cooker, Slow Cooker, Food Steamer

“I’m a simple guy who is terrible at cooking rice and has to feed a family of six regularly. This rice cooker is awesome, and I question why I waited so long to buy one. Sure, you could get a better one by dropping a couple hundred bucks on a fancy model, but for what this does, it does it well. It takes about 35 minutes to cook rice for that many people. I’ve also cooked other things in the rice cooker like a beef stew and chili. A pot roast only took about four hours to cook and the meat was just falling apart. SO GOOOOD!”

Best Japanese multifunction rice cooker

Tiger Corporation JBV-A10U-W 5.5-Cup Micom Rice Cooker With Food Steamer and Slow Cooker

“I purchased this after our beloved Zojirushi rice cooker broke — it didn’t seem to last very long. So far, we make rice or quinoa several times a week and this cooks it perfectly. The ‘warm’ function works very well and doesn’t result in any crusting at the bottom or overdrying. An unexpected bonus is the ‘synchro-cooking’ feature. I made donburi and it was so easy. It cooked simultaneously with the rice and both turned out great. It’s also very easy to clean. If you’re debating between this and the Zojirushi, get this one!”

Best microwave rice cooker

Joseph Joseph 45002 M-Cuisine Microwave Rice Cooker

“This pot is near perfect except for it being a little too small for my family of six. It cooks beautifully textured rice (fluffy, tender, cooked right through, but not clumpy or mushy), which I’m sure would satisfy the most finicky rice-loving Asian. I have a 900-watt microwave oven. I cooked the (washed and drained) four cups of rice with five cups of water, on 50 percent power (450 watts) for 18 minutes, then left it alone for 20 minutes before eating. Perfect!”

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The Best Rice Cookers, According to Amazon Reviews