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If You Buy One Thing on Prime Day, Make It This Half-Off Zojirushi Rice Maker

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Editor’s note: If you’re seeing this, it’s too late to take advantage of this Prime Day deal because this Zojirushi rice cooker is no longer on sale. However, you can find more Amazon Prime Day kitchen deals here, and keep an eye on our big hub of Prime Day sales for even more can’t-miss discounts.

It is possible to make perfect, fluffy rice without a rice cooker, but it’s surprisingly difficult. One mistake — too much water, too much rice, a too hot stove — and you’ll find yourself picking through a mixed pot of squishy, overcooked grains and tough, undercooked ones. That’s why chefs and home-cooking enthusiasts love rice cookers, specifically ones from Zojirushi. The relatively tiny machines make tender, fluffy rice that you’ll actually want to eat easier than sending a text. As Strategist writer Mia Leimkuhler, who uses her Zojirushi Micom five days a week, wrote last year:

The newer Zojirushi Micom truly prepares flawless rice with just the push of a button. I mostly make Japanese-style Calrose rice, but the Zojirushi has perfectly cooked every other variety I’ve thrown into it: short grain, long grain, Vietnamese broken rice, brown rice, basmati rice, jasmine rice, even a mixed-grain blend including millet and quinoa (I really love rice). The Micom has successfully whipped up coconut rice, something my older Zojirushi could never seem to handle … The machine doesn’t cook rice any faster — the basic white-rice setting takes an hour, and the “quick” function takes 45 minutes — but it makes up for this lack of speed with an impressive stamina. It’ll keep cooked rice warm (piping hot, really) for a whole day; I’ve prepared pots in the morning that I then dug into for lunch and dinner.

This Zojirushi Micom can prepare up to 5.5 cups at a time, which makes it the perfect size for anyone cooking for one or two. Right now, because of Amazon Prime Day, it’s down to $100. We’ve only seen that low price one time previously, during Cyber Week in 2019. If you’re the kind of person who makes rice at least weekly, or really wants to, there’s no better time to buy.

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If You Buy One Thing on Prime Day, Make It This Rice Maker