Rice Cookers: Ratings of Sources
Total of 14 Sources
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by Editors of Cook's Illustrated
Our AssessmentEditors at Cook's Illustrated rate eight rice cookers for quality of cooked rice, efficiency, ease of use and features. Because all models performed well in tests, editors focus on price, which is strongly linked to cooking time. In short, fancier models take longer to cook (up to 110 minutes) due to their automatic adjusting cycles. Cheaper models take 30 to 50 minutes. The editors conclude that most Americans (who aren't accustomed to rice cooking as a protracted event) can get by with a basic model.
Equipment Review: High-Tech Rice Cookers
by Maryellen Driscoll
Our AssessmentFine Cooking editors test five high-end fuzzy logic rice cookers, cooking a full pot and a single cup of long-grain white rice, as well as three cups of brown rice. They test quick-cooking cycles and modes for sushi and sweet rice. The quality of the rice is their only criterion. Editors call the Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker & Warmer NS-ZCC10 the best all-around model, while the Sanyo Micro-Computerized Rice Cooker/Steamer is named a Best Buy. The Tiger Electric Rice Cooker AG-B10U is the only model that offers a function to toast the bottom layer of the rice. Editors do not rate the Aroma Sensor-Logic Rice Cooker ARC-896 or the Elite Pro Fuzzy Logic Rice Cooker B601T, presumably because of inadequate performance.
Who Needs a Rice Cooker?
by Bonnie S. Benwick and Joe Yonan
Our AssessmentThe authors of this article are skeptical of the need for a rice cooker, but change their minds after testing several models. The rice cookers do especially well with brown rice, which is more difficult to cook. The Oster Deluxe Multi-Use gets the highest marks for mastering brown rice, even though it doesn't perform as well with other types of rice. Several of the models tested here have been discontinued, however.
The Best Rice Cookers
Our AssessmentThe anonymous author of this article recommends six rice cookers, each the best in their class, and says users should opt for the lowest-priced model that meets their needs. The Panasonic SR-G06FG is the least expensive, but isn't recommended for brown rice and doesn't have a keep-warm function. Other models from Panasonic, Sanyo and Zojirushi have more options, but cost more. The author says that expensive fuzzy logic cookers are best suited for people who eat rice every day.
For Every Kitchen, a Rice Cooker
by Judy Yao
Our AssessmentJudy Yao and her colleagues test six rice cookers, three of which use fuzzy logic. Two Zojirushi models tie for first place. Each produces perfectly tender, moist rice that is slightly sweet. The Sanyo ECJ-D100S is the first runner-up. The Breville Gourmet failed to cook brown and white rice completely and was judged the worst of the lot.
The Best Rice Cookers
by Kristin Donnelly
Our AssessmentAfter testing 76 countertop appliances, Food & Wine magazine lists winners, runners-up and honorable mentions in several categories, including rice cookers. However, not much is said about testing methods, and we don't know how many models were considered before editors chose the winners. Rice cookers from Zojirushi, Panasonic, Proctor Silex and Krups make the list. A brief description of each is included.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentZojirushi rice cookers lead the ratings at Amazon.com with hundreds of reviews. On the budget side, the Panasonic SR-G06FG 3.3-Cup Rice Cooker/Steamer gets higher ratings than most in its price range. On the whole, user ratings here back up what professional testers say: Most rice cookers perform well.
The Next Evolution of Rice Cookers: The One-Pot Multicooker
by Denise Mickelsen
Our AssessmentFine Cooking magazine explains that the newest rice cookers can do more than just cook rice -- they can also pressure cook, slow cook, saute and even bake. Five models are listed, each with a brief description, but it isn't clear if any of them were tested.
by Contributors to Cooking.com
Our AssessmentThis retail site offers nearly 50 rice cookers, many with dozens of reviews. It also has handy sorting features, revealing the best-selling and highest-rated models. Cuisinart's 4-Cup Rice Cooker CRC-400 is reviewed more often than any other top-rated model.
Test: Rice Cookers
by Editors of Choice
Our AssessmentThis respected consumer magazine from Australia tests nine rice cookers and fails to find a bad one. Editors note that all but one produced some browning in the bottom of the cooker, with the exception being the Toshiba Electric Rice Cooker/Warmer RC-18LMI. However, the Toshiba isn't sold in the U.S. -- a common problem with the models in this write-up. Still, this review has a very helpful buying tips section.
Slow Cookers, Rice Cookers & Steamers
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentWalmart.com does not offer many high-end rice cookers, and most of the models they do sell are not reviewed often. But if you're looking for an inexpensive model, this site serves as a great backup to other review sources. Top-rated models with the most reviews include the Aroma 16-Cup Digital, Aroma 6-Cup, Black & Decker 16-Cup RC436 and Oster 4722.
Pressure Cookers, Rice Cookers & Steamers
by Contributors to Target.com
Our AssessmentThere are more than three dozen rice cookers listed for sale at Target.com, but most only receive one or two reviews, if any. The budget-priced models are reviewed more often than high-end models. Among those with the most reviews, the Rival RC61, Aroma 8-Cup Cool-Touch and Aroma 6-Cup rate the highest overall.
Rice Cooker Reviews
by Sally Strackbein
Our AssessmentSally Strackbein provides brief reviews of seven rice cookers, but she does not describe her testing methodology. She likes the Aroma rice cooker, which she says is convenient for one-pot meals, but this model receives consistently poor consumer reviews. Oddly, several of the write-ups say nothing about rice quality and focus instead on features such as cord storage and steamer racks.
How Rice Cookers Work
by Jessika Toothman
Our AssessmentThis article goes into great detail about how rice cookers work and describes the differences between standard, fuzzy logic and induction rice cookers. Tips for purchasing a rice cooker are included, but specific models are not discussed.