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Last updated: 26 February 2019

A good rice cooker cooks your grains perfectly, every time. But how well do they perform? And are they any good at cooking other grains like quinoa and oats? Our rice cooker buying guide will help you know what features to look for, and how we test explains how we get the results.

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We test rice cookers in our kitchen lab, to tell you:

  • which ones produce perfectly cooked rice every time
  • which models can cook other grains like quinoa, as well as porridge and soup
  • which are the easiest to use
  • which ones make a mess and which are easier to clean
  • which have the most features.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you read each machine's pros and cons, and our Recommended list quickly helps you see which models come out on top.

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A sealed lid usually means less of a mess on the kitchen bench, but these units can be a bit more complex to clean, having an inner lid that's removable and an outer one that usually isn't. The steam vents in these also need to be cleaned – some have removable vents, but many do not.


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