Cooking rice can be a daunting experience if you are not experienced. Thanks to the rice cookers, you can be able to effortlessly achieve consistently tasty results. There are various rice cooker models available in the market but what do you look for in them? Below are some factors to consider when buying a rice cooker and a review of some popular rice cookers available in the market.
Factors to consider when buying a rice cooker
Size; the size of the rice cooker to buy depends on the number of people that you will often be cooking for. On average small rice cookers make 3-4 cups while large rice cookers make 10 cups at most. For best rice meal results, the cooker should be used at near full capacity.
Design; rice cookers come in various designs. The design you settle for should make it easy for you to clean and maintain the rice cooker. The rice cooker components such as the pan should be non-stick to help you clean up easily after use.
Fuzzy logic; this means that the rice cooker is designed to think like humans in rice cooking. This feature will help you minimize errors in measurement and allow you to choose your preferred rice consistency.
Below is a review of some popular rice cookers to help you settle on a rice cooker that best meets your rice cooking needs.
Aroma rice cookers
Aroma brands are ideal to settle for if you are looking for simplicity and efficiency in a rice cooker that is pocket friendly. They are able to get you consistently tasty rice results with the fuzzy logic feature. Some of the best Aroma rice cooker models are;Aroma 8 cup digital rice cooker; it is a stainless steel rice cooker and a food steamer. Meaning it allows you to steam food while the rice cooks below. It has a programmable timer and you can use it to cook white and brown rice.
Aroma 20 cup digital rice cooker; it is similar in performance capabilities to the 8 cup rice cooker and can handle 4-20 cups rice capacity. It is ideal for use when you have a large number of people to cook for.
Aroma 6 cup pot style rice cooker; it can handle 2-6 cups rice capacity. It also allows you to steam food and cook rice simultaneously. It has an easy to clean non-stick pan. All its accessories can be washed in a dish washer.
Instant pot rice cookers
It is ideal for Spanish rice cooking although it is capable of cooking other types of rice. Their designs make them easy to clean after use and have fuzzy logic. Some of the best Instant brand rice cookers are;
IP-DUO60; it’s a 7-in-1 pressure cooker that cooks Spanish rice, brown rice, soup, poultry or beef stew.
IP-LUX60; this is a 6-in-1 pressure cooker that you can use to make Spanish rice, brown rice, soup, stew or poultry.
Zojirushi rice cookers
These cookers are electric rice cookers with fuzzy logic to help you maintain consistency in your rice results. Their designs also make them easy to clean after use.
Zojirushi NS-LACO5XT; it has a 3 cups rice capacity. You can use it to make Spanish rice, mixed rice, brown rice, sushi rice or white rice. You can also use it to prepare porridge.
NS-ZCC 10; the rice cooker is small in size and you can use it to make Spanish rice, white rice or brown rice. You can also use it to make quinoa. It has a 1 /2 – 5 cups rice capacity.
Buffalo 10- cup smart cooker; it has a stainless steel inner pot and a fuzzy logic to help you get perfect rice results. You can use it to make white rice, brown rice or Spanish rice. It comes with accessories such as a measuring cup, steamer rack and a rice scoop.
Miracle ME81; it has an 8 cups rice capacity with a stainless steel bowl. It also allows you to steam your vegetables and cooks your rice simultaneously.