Hamilton beach is a well known brand here in the US and they have been making quality cookware for many years.
Today we’re going to take a look at their most popular rice cooker line to date: the Hamilton Beach 37518 Rice Cooker. This is a very affordable rice cooker that has many of the same features as higher end rice cooker models. And it’s really fast.
It can make a variety of rices: from white rice to brown, rice, short or long grain, grits, cream, quinoa and more. It is also a versatile device allowing you to make more than just rice as it has the ability to steam, heat, and simmer food as well.
- The Hamilton Beach rice cooker has a stainless steel design and black design. Its actually fairly compact and wont take up too much counter space, even for the larger capacity models.
- Capacity: There are different models with different capacities ranging from 2 as many as 14 cups of uncooked rice. We’ll focus on the 4 cup model, which translates to 8 cups of cooked rice.
- It has a programmable 6 button navigation menu with digital LED display
- Timer to delay cooking up to 15 hours.
- Keep warm setting automatically switches on once finished cooking.
- Non stick plastic container acts as a sieve when initially washing rice and a steam basket when in use.
- Notification beep once finished cooking.
- Speed: Cooks rice noticeably faster than the Zojirushi rice cookers we’ve reviewed.
Why You Should Get it:
- Speed: It’s a very fast non pressure cooker, making Japanese rice in about 32 minutes, ~10 minutes faster than the Zojirushi and Cuckoo rice cookers.
- It can also make brown rice, has a timed delay and a keep warm setting.
Why You Shouldn’t:
- The Japanese rice is good but the Zojirushi, Tiger, and Cuckoo still outperformed it when it came to making tender, fluffy, and well separated rice of different varieties such as long grain white rice or overpuffed brown rice.
- Has more plastic parts and a thin metal interior pot so there may be issues with the cooker’s durability over the long run.
Our Take: Most rice cookers under $50 don’t have the capability to cook anything more than white rice. They also don’t have timer functions or the ability to cook large capacities of rice. The Hamilton will be fine for dorm rooms and infrequent rice eaters and is a great value. See the Hamilton Rice Cooker here.