If you cook rice often, you’re sure to appreciate the convenience of a rice cooker. After all, the best rice cookers will cook perfectly fluffy rice with each use, so you’ll never have to worry. Besides foolproof rice, however, you’ll also be able to steam or simmer other foods and various grains, making the small appliance a worthy investment for your kitchen.
“The advantage of a rice cooker is perfectly cooked rice that you don’t have to watch. It is a total set-it-and-forget approach to rice. Once the rice is cooked it stays warm so it is one less thing to worry about when preparing a meal,” says Natalie Lee, chef and owner of Mikki and Al’s Noshery.
To find the best rice cookers we researched a variety of picks, keeping in mind dimensions, capacity, care, and the number of settings. In addition to Chef Lee, we also consulted Chef Pete Servold, a classically trained French Chef and founder of Pete’s Real Food.
Here are the best rice cookers.