We spoke with James Beard Award-winning chef Ming Tsai and other professionals about the importance of rice cookers and how to shop for one. "I've always used rice cookers in all of my restaurants," said Tsai. "Why? Because you push a button and have quality rice in 30 to 40 minutes." Because different types of rice require different cooking styles, Tsai recommends evaluating your needs before purchasing a cooker. "The key is to choose based on what type of rice you are cooking, and always make sure it has a 'keep-warm' function," he said.
Best Pressure Rice Cooker: Cuckoo CRP-P1009SB Rice Cooker
Once we switched the default language from Korean to English, we were off to the races with this large-capacity rice cooker. It's easy to use and has several presets, including for gaba rice which is more complicated for more rice machines to cook correctly. All three styles of rice we tried were cooked thoroughly and consistently, and the warming function worked well with no scorching. The large volume is great for households that go through a lot of rice every week.