It’s been a long time since I had a bowl of hot white rice. Some people like it with milk, or with sugar, or both, or neither. I like mine with butter and sugar. Others like the wild rice, or the brown rice, especially with the other contents of a full meal. Of course, let’s not forget Chinese food. Or Mexican. Anyway, the more I think about how something so simple could be so delicious, I decided to look at some rice cookers to find out which would be the best for what I wanted. And now that I’ve caused myself to have a sudden craving for mushroom chicken (or maybe a chicken burrito with some rice and beans?), I’ll just keep going and tell you about three of the best rice cookers/steamers out there. No more boiling rice on the stove, whether you like the instant or the longer cooking variety that my mom used to make us. These rice cookers make it all so much easier, and quicker. Two of these models will even steam other food while the rice cooks below, while one of those is also a pressure cooker and a slow cooker, among other things.
Best Rice Cooker Under $50
The Aroma Digital Rice Cooker and Food Steamer can prepare from two to eight cups of cooked rice. It can also steam food in a tray that sits above the rice, has a 15-hour delay so you can time your meals after being at work all day, keeps your food warm for you, and you can also make soups, stews and chili, just to name a few. It comes in silver and white.
Best Programmable Pressure Cooker to Buy
The Instant Pot 6-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker can perform six different types of jobs. Pressure cooker, saute/browner, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer and warmer. Whew! This can pretty much do just about everything in your kitchen and helps to keep you away from the stove. It also has a 24-hour delay timer, and uses up to 70% less energy than other comparable models. It comes in stainless steel only.
Best 3 Cup Rice Cooker in 2013
The Zojirushi NS-LAC05 Micom Three-cup Rice Cooker and Warmer can prepare up to six cups of rice. However, it has a better capability to keep things warm, reheats, and has a delay timer with two settings, just to name a few, all because of micro computerized Fuzzy-Logic technology. It even has a retractable power cord. How many times have we all wished that all of our appliances had that? This one comes in stainless steel and black.
So there you have it. All three of these are good appliances, all have digital displays with touch controls, and all three of these models have something for everyone. Check them out. Whether you cook a lot, or a little, these rice cookers can be very handy in the kitchen, and help make you the best cook you can be.