6 Best Rice Cookers, Tested by Food Network Kitchen

02 Dec.,2022


Digital Rice Cooker

This machine has all the "bells and whistles." It has nine cooking functions to make different types of rice and grains including prewashed rice, which is relatively new and does not need to be rinsed before cooking. This rice cooker is designed with efficiency in mind: It has a nonstick inner pot with clear water line markings, two handles that are on opposite sides of the inner pot to help pick up the pot and also prevent the inner pot from spinning around, a retractable cord for a smaller footprint when storing, a rice paddle holder that attaches to the side of the rice cooker to prevent sticky countertops, and a cheerful tune when the rice begins and finishes cooking. This rice cooker is considered large for a household machine, measuring 10 inches wide by 14 inches long by 8 inches in height. The rice does take a long time to cook (white rice took 41 minutes, and brown rice 1 hour) due to a soaking cycle, which ensures the rice can fully absorbs the water. However, this cycle produces perfectly fluffy, tender, individual grains without the crispy rice at the bottom. It was consistent every time. When you’ve finished dinner, the rice cooker is easy to clean due the nonstick coating on the inner pot; the starches that are always left at the bottom of the inner pot will come off relatively easily. The manual recommends not to clean the inner pot in a dishwasher because of the nonstick coating, so hand wash with warm soapy water, rinse and dry immediately before storing.