Tiger JBV-A10U-W 5.5-Cup Micom Rice Cooker with Steamer
The Tiger is also another established Japanese brand. This isn’t just a rice cooker – it’s also a slow cooker, steamer and warmer that can make vegetables and/or protein thanks to its upper tray. You can have a whole meal prepared by one device.
Functionality: It has its own cooking logic system called Micom that helps control the cooking process by adjusting time and temperature in order to adjust for the type of food being cooked.
Design: A white solid body with clear LED screen that allow for push button navigation and operation to choose between cooking plain rice, brown rice, steaming or synchronized cooking. It too has an easy to clean non stick inner pan and detachable steam cap.
This model has a 5.5 cup capacity but there is also a model with a bigger 10 cup capacity for larger families or frequent rice eaters.
Downsides: Unfortunately, theres no notification to let you know when your food is ready, the lid isnt removable for easy cleaning, and most importantly, the rice was good, but not nearly as good as the Zojirushi or Cuckoo rice cookers.
Aroma Housewares ARC-914SBD 8 Cup Digital Rice Cooker & Steamer
This is the most popular model with over 10,00 Amazon reviews and a very affordable price point.
Keep Warm Settings: It has a keep warm mode so that you can keep your rice warm before or after serving. Once rice is done cooking, it will automatically shift to keep warm mode.
Steamer: You can use the provided upper tray to steam proteins and vegetables, again, allowing for a complete meal using only one device.
Cleaning: Although it’s dishwasher safe, your best bet is to use soap and sponge to gently clean the inner pot, removable lid, and spatula after use.
If you eat a lot of rice (more than twice a week), have frequent guests, or a family of four, go for the larger capacity unit as you’ll then be able to make more rice in one go. Full review of the Aroma here.
ZOJIRUSHI NHS-06 3 Cup Rice Cooker and Steamer
Zojirushi is world-famous for making great great rice cookers so it’s no surprise that the NHS is first on our list and may be their most affordable rice cooker to date.
This particular model is a smaller rice cooker at just over 7 inches tall with a diameter of only 9 inches, with a different design than most Zojirushi. It has a 3 cup, good for feeding a couple of people at once.
The materials are all high quality, as they feature a stainless steel steaming tray, a non stick cooking pan, measuring cup,serving spatula, and a transparent glass lid, and handles that remain cool so as not to burn you.
This cooker isn’t as fancy as higher end models as it only features a one button operation (on/off). It automatically shuts down and switches to keep warm (up to 5 hours) once your rice has finished cooking, which is certainly convenient.
It offers a steamer as well that is perfect for steaming vegetables or cooking protein so you can have a complete meal all at once.
This basic cooker should get the job done and is perfect for those on a budget, or for those who don’t have a lot of room to devote to kitchen appliances.
Choosing the Best Rice Steamer
There are more people nowadays who eat rice most of the time. As a result, an increasing number of people want to learn how to cook perfect rice.
You can always cook rice over your stove. This is the classic and traditional way of cooking rice. Many people find it tedious and time consuming to cook rice this way, however.
Moreover, the results are not always consistent. You now have an easier and more convenient way to cook rice and have it turn out perfect every single time. All you have to do is to choose the best rice steamer for you.
When choosing the best rice steamer, also called a rice cooker, there are two main things to consider – size and type.
Choose a rice steamer of the right size.
Consider the number of people that you usually cook rice for. If you use a steamer that is too small, the water is likely to boil over, resulting in a mess of sticky starch on the rim of the steamer. If the steamer is too big, your rice will stick to the bottom of the steamer.
Rice steamers come in different sizes, ranging from 3 cups to 10 cups. Rice grains usually expand to twice its size when cooked; make sure to remember this when choosing your rice steamer.
In general, use the following guide (assuming that each person you are cooking for will be eating about one or a couple cups of cooked rice — a half to a full cup of uncooked grains).
- 3 cup rice steamer – for one or two individuals
- 4 cup or 6 cup rice steamer – for three to four individuals
- 7 cup or 8 cup rice steamer – for five to six individuals
- 10 cup rice steamer – for seven to eight individuals
Types of Rice Steamers
Aside from size, there are also different types of rice steamers. You can choose from among these options, depending on your requirements.
The on/off rice steamer is the most basic, having only one button or switch. Pressing down the switch is all it takes for the rice to start to cook. The switch will automatically turn to the keep-warm mode when the rice is fully cooked.
You will need to correctly measure water and the rice grains if you want perfectly cooked fluffy rice; the steamer does not have state-of-the-art technology to come out with rice cooked to perfection if the measurements are all wrong.
If you need a steamer simply for cooking brown rice or white rice or for steaming fish and vegetables, the on/off steamer may be the right choice for you.
The Fuzzy Logic Rice Steamer is a more technologically advanced type of rice steamer. Even if you make a mistake in measuring your rice and water, you will always get fluffy rice, each and every single time you use the steamer.
You also get to enjoy extra functions which make it easy for you to cook soup, prepare porridge, steam fish, steam vegetables, as well as cook the perfect brown or white rice.
There are even more sophisticated types with a wider variety of features, including cake-making, timer for presetting cooking duration, rice–texture setting, and induction heating.
If you intend to use your rice steamer for more than just cooking plain rice, this type will stand you in good stead.
Check out our home page for our guide on the best rice cookers available today.