Here we have test results for 24 rice cookers priced between $13 and $214.
CHOICE tests for:
- how well the rice cooker performs, and
- how easy it is to use.
Do I need a rice cooker?
A rice cooker can make it easy to achieve perfect rice every time – easier at least than preparing it on the cooktop or in the microwave, especially for large amounts of rice. You just put the right amount of rice and liquid (water or stock) into the non-stick bowl, put it onto the heating element in the cooker, close the lid, switch it on and, voilà, you end up with rice cooked to perfection.
How they work
Inside the cooker, the heating element gently heats up the contents of the bowl and gradually brings the liquid to a boil. When the rice has absorbed most of the liquid, the cooker switches to a warming function, where it'll continue to cook for 10-15 minutes before it's ready to serve. You can also keep the rice warm for up to 4-5 hours.
To see how much you have to spend to get a rice cooker you can rely on, we bought 24 widely available models priced at up to $214. Some even come with steaming options and one or two are multifunction cookers.
Brands and models tested
- Abode Rice Cooker CFXB-20 #
- Breville BRC200 Set & Serve
- Breville BRC460 The Rice Box
- Heller RC10SS
- HomeMaker CFXB-40C-A
- Homemaker RC-4700-A
- Kambrook KRC5
- Kambrook KRC400
- Panasonic SR-DE103WST
- Panasonic SR-DF181WST
- Sunbeam Rice Perfect 10 RC4750
- Sunbeam Rice Perfect 5 RC2350
- Sunbeam Rice Perfect Deluxe 7 RC5600
- Tefal 3-in-1 Rice Cooker
- Tiffany RC10A
- Breville BRC310 Set & Serve #
- Breville BRC520 Risotto & Rice #
- Kambrook Rice Express 8 KRC8 #
- Maxim Kitchenpro MRC-5CSS #
- Panasonic SR-DE183WST #
- Panasonic SR-DF101WST #
- Tefal RK704E Fuzzy Logic Rice Cooker #
- Tiffany RC5A #
- Tiger JNP-1000 Electric Rice Cooker #
# Newly tested
How we test
CHOICE tester Fiona Mair cooks both jasmine and brown rice in each cooker according the manufacturer's instructions and assesses the quality of the cooked product. High-quality cooked rice should be firm, separate and perfectly cooked – neither crunchy in the centre nor mushy on the outside. She also checks for browning of the rice at the bottom of the bowl.
She also assesses how easy the appliances are to use, which includes assembly, cleaning, emptying and operating the controls.
For more reviews of kitchen appliances like this, visit our Kitchen section – also see our oven and cooktop reviews.