Rice undoubtedly is the most consumed grain in the world. I am pretty much sure people eat it in every country of the world. It is the staple food in many South Asian countries.
However, the popularity or consumption is not just limited to the eastern world. It is widely popular in European and American countries as well. Whether it is delicious Mexican meatball rice or delicious Italian risotto, you cannot make them without rice.
Now, many think cooking rice is an easy job, but this is where ordinary cooks make mistakes. Cooking it to perfection can be the trickiest task ever. Even, many prestigious chefs get terrified by idea of failing to boil the grains to perfection.
If kept for too long, they can be too soft and soggy, or if removed too early from boil they can be rubbery hard. These are common problems that Asian housewives face daily in their kitchens.
Mistakes of cooking can spoil the whole meal. Sometimes, cooking to perfection is not just the issue. Spending time to cook the same item daily can be tedious. Especially if you have problems regarding fuel supply, preparing this product becomes even more difficult.
To overcome these problems rice cookers have been invented. They were first developed in Japan, and then spread to the West.
It takes about 30-60 minutes to cook rice in these appliances. They can cook to perfection and most importantly, you do not need to stand in the hot kitchen to see if the grains are cooked or not.
Let’s take a look at the features of the best-rated rice cookers and steamers, shall we?
Whether you are looking for a cooker that is good for a small family or a big group of people, Aroma will have the perfect product for you. Their steamers can cook from 1 to 60 cups of perfectly prepared meal that can be enjoyed by everyone. At the moment of writing this review, Aroma ARC-914SBD was among the best-selling rice cookers.
The solid construction of their cookers is one thing that is worth highlighting. The use of stainless steel as the primary material will give you the confidence that the product will be functional for a long time, and hence, be able to provide the best value for money.
Aroma cookers are also multi-functional, allowing you to do more while requiring less time. For instance, even while you are cooking the grains, you can also stew vegetables and steam meats at the same time. Also, their cookers can also be used for making jambalayas and soups, among others.
The transparent lid in some of their cookers is also a good thing. Because of this, you can better monitor how the cooking process is going without the need to remove the cover and let the steam out. The lid is made from the high-quality material that can resist breakage.
One of the greatest features of Zojirushi cookers is the unique Fuzzy Logic technology. With this, you can expect that the appliance will have the ability to automatically modify the heat and temperature based on the progress of cooking, assuring you with more consistent and better results. You can learn more about this feature from our Zojirushi NS-ZCC18 review.
Several steamer models (e.g., NS-YAC10 and NP-NVC10) feature the Umami setting. This feature will provide you with the ability to have rice that will have an enhanced flavor. This will allow you to have more savory rice, which is seldom achieved when regular models of cookers are used.
Many of the users of Zojirushi cookers have also liked the integration of an LCD screen at the top of the appliance. This will make it easier for you to monitor the progress of cooking and to see the commands that you have inputted.
There are also several cooker models from Zojirushi that makes use of induction heating mechanism to achieve perfect results. This kind of heat has been commended in many expert reviews because of a different way to cook rice, which is recognized a better compared to conventional heating.
With the warming function of the different rice steamers manufactured by Tiger, it is possible for you to have your meal hot even if it has been cooked for already 12 hours. This will prove to be good if you want to cook rice that can be eaten for the entire day.
Also, when looking for steamer/cooker, contemporary design is an important consideration. The Tiger cookers have elegant designs, making them a perfect addition to your kitchen. It is not only functional but also visually appealing.
A lot of people who have the different models from this manufacturer have expressed their satisfaction over the fact that it never overcooks the product. It makes sure that it is cooked the right way. It is common for its users to express kind words over the quick cooking function of their products.
When reading what other people have to say about Tiger steamers, it is a common trend for its users to be happy about the durability of these products. Some of them have been using their Tiger cookers for more than 10 years, and yet, they are still functional as they have used it the first time.
The Advanced Fuzzy Logic Technology is also integrated into more expensive models of rice steamers like Panasonic SR-DE103. This is a useful feature because it automates the adjustment of power and heating in the grains being cooked to provide you with the confidence that the results are consistent.
Also, some of their cookers have push-button lid release, which makes it more convenient to open the unit when you need to remove the product from the steamer. This is contrary to conventional cookers wherein you have to manually lift the cover if you want to get some rice.
If you are looking for flexibility, Panasonic steamers will also be a good choice. Depending on the specific model that will be chosen, there are various pre-programmed buttons and settings. This will allow you to select the cooking function that will be required easily. You can also find cheaper models like Panasonic SR-3NA if you are not ready to spend lots of money for advanced features.
Panasonic is among the best brands in kitchen appliances, including steamers and cookers. With this, you can be assured that whatever model is chosen, it will be reflective of the commitment of Panasonic to high quality and the highest level of satisfaction of their users. Regardless of the model that you purchase, you can be sure it will work as expected.
There is a wide selection of micro-computerized cookers that are available from Sanyo. They are specially designed to deliver intelligent functionality, such as being able to adjust automatically depending on the progress of the cooking that has been completed.
The design of Sanyo rice cookers is well-thought. For instance, in some models, the lid is made in such a way that boiling over will be prevented. Also, some are also designed to have the mechanism of being able to collect dew to make sure of perfect cooking.
While some steamers are equipped with elaborate functionality, including some models from Sanyo as well, there are also some that are fitted with simple buttons making it a breeze to operate. Some have a one-touch functionality to make it easier for you to start cooking.
On the other hand, there are also some models that are equipped with various buttons on the panel, which is a good thing too because you will have multiple cooking options and will offer more flexibility in cooking, although some might find it quite complicated to operate.
Black & Decker
One of the awesome features the Black+Decker cookers are the stay-cool handles on the lid and on the sides. You can be sure that the handles will not be too hot when you cook the grains or use keeping it warm feature .
Also, according to many users of Black and Decker appliances, they are commendable because of having a cooking pot that is not only non-stick but is also easy to clean, whether you decide to clean it manually or with the use of a dishwasher.
The locking lid is a useful addition to the design multiple Black & Decker cooker models. With this, it is possible to seal the moisture inside, which, in turn, will result in having perfectly cooked fluffy rice.
Lastly, simplicity is also essential to the popularity of the steamers from this manufacturer. It lacks the complication that is often experienced by many people in the operation of other models of such product.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Best Rice Cooker For Brown/Jasmine/Sushi/Basmati/Japanese Rice?
If you are looking for the best rice cooker for brown rice and other types of grains, check out this article in a couple of weeks.
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Which grains can I cook in the rice cooker?
The rice cooker works great for bulgur, millet, and quinoa (see table below).
Which grains shouldn’t I cook in the rice cooker?
Pearled barley, farro, and wheat berries are rains your should definatelly cook using traditional pasta (stovetop) method.