Red, black, jasmine, wild, brown, sushi, sticky, basmati, white rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner. So many types of rice, so little time. What better way to cook rice than with a rice cooker. We have researched many rice cookers and gathered a list of the top 7 best rice cookers that will cook moist, tasty, fluffy rice that you won’t be disappointed with.
Our List of the 7 Best Rice Cookers in Canada
- Black and Decker 2 in 1 Rice Cooker
- Proctor Silex Rice Cooker 37534NR
- Aroma Arc-914SBD
- Cuisinart CRC-400 Rice Cooker
- Oster Black Rice Cooker
- Tiger Floral White Rice Cooker
- Instant Pot Duo Mini(Our Top Pick)
Our Top 7 Best Rice Cookers Reviewed
With hundreds of rice cookers on the market in Canada, we looked for several aspects for a rice cooker to make a list. The first thing we looked for was positive and excellent customer reviews. We also looked for the types of rice cookers and the features available with the rice cooker. We looked for versatility and durability, as well. The final aspect we looked for was the convenience of storage and easy cleanup.
This list is the top 7 in all of those aspects. On this list, you will find rice cookers that simply cook white rice (Black and Decker) and rice cookers that cook a whole meal (Instant Pot).
Black and Decker 2 in 1 Rice Cooker and Food Steamer RC516C
The Black and Decker 2 in 1 Rice Cooker holds a maximum of 16 cups of cooked rice, 7 cups uncooked. The minimum amount of rice it will cook is 3 cups. It is also a food steamer for vegetables, fish, and more. With a removable non-stick bowl for cooking, this rice cooker also comes with a measuring cup, spoon, and steam tray. There are two heat settings, cook and warm. When this device is on, it will automatically switch on the warm setting. Once the rice is ready, it will go back to the warm setting. It comes with a two-year warranty.
First on our list is this lower end rice cooker. It is designed more for light to moderate users. If you plan to use a rice cooker every day, this one is not for you. It is top-shelf dishwasher safe. One of the things that we like about it is that it stores all accessories inside of itself for secure storage.
There is no on/off switch. Once you plug this device in, it will be sending heat to the rice. It must be unplugged to be off. The non-stick bowl is a thin material that makes cleaning up easy as the bowl is not heavy.
- Easy Clean-Up
- Top shelf dishwasher safe
- 2 year limited warranty
- Short outlet plug
Proctor Silex Rice Cooker 37534NR
The Proctor Silex Rice Cooker 37534NR can cook 8 cups cooked, 4 cups uncooked rice cooker comes with a steam tray, rice paddle, and measuring cup. This rice cooker is top shelf dishwasher safe and automatically switches to warm when rice r. There are two heat settings, cook and warm, and it comes with a removable non-stick pot. You will get this rice cooker with a 1-year limited warranty.
Similar to the Black and Decker 2 in 1, this rice cooker is lower end. It is also top-shelf dishwasher safe and comes with the same accessories as the Black and Decker. It can steam veggies, fish, and meats. Cooking is easy with this rice cooker as it has a one-touch operation. After placing ingredients in the pot, you flip the switch, and the rice begins to cook. When the rice is ready, it goes back to warm, just like the Black and Decker rice cooker.
The measuring cup that comes with this rice cooker is a rice measuring cup, not a standard measuring cup. This rice cup is six ounces where a standard measuring cup is eight ounces. It is essential to know when cooking rice. The cookbook that comes with this rice cooker has a table to help understand how many rice cups needed to how much rice you would like to cook.
Unlike the Black and Decker Rice Cooker, this rice cooker can cook other grains and hot cereals. For example, it can cook quinoa, barley, millet, and more. It also is a moderate to heavy use rice cooker as it is made of heavier material to make it last longer. It is excellent for daily use and perfect for feeding 1-3 people.
- Cooks other grains and hot cereals
- 1-year limited warranty
- Daily use
- Cook/Warm button can stick
With a stainless steel surface, the Aroma Arc-914SBD rice cooker has many features and capabilities. It can cook from 2-8 cups of cooked rice. It is a digital rice cooker and food steamer. A non-stick pot and removable inner lid are just a few of the physical features. It also has an open, close handle, condensation collector and spatula holder. It is capable of making soups, stews, chilli, and even mac and cheese! A manual offers several recipes and tips and tricks. It is easy to use with its digital controls. It has a control for white rice, brown rice, flash rice, steam, and warm. This rice cooker comes with a two-year warranty.
A great mid-range rice cooker, we love the abilities this Aroma Arc is capable of. We love that with a push of a button, you can cook two different kinds of rice. Conveniently, you can make other food besides rice. We feel like this rice cooker would be beneficial for a person who is hard of seeing or elderly as the buttons are large and easy to push as well as a loud beep to know the rice is ready.
Like the Black and Decker and the Proctor Silex, this rice cooker comes with a steam tray, rice spatula, and measuring cup. Our absolute favourite feature of this rice cooker is the programmable delay start. We love that you can delay the start of cooking your rice for up to 15 hours. It is convenient. With today’s busy schedules, this will help get supper cooked in a decent time. It is compact and easy to store, which is also convenient.
- Programmable delay timer
- Cooks more than rice
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Cuisinart CRC-400 Rice Cooker
With a square, modern style, the Cuisinart CRC-400 Rice Cooker can steam rice, meat and vegetables. It is the 4 cup model, which means it will make 7 cups of cooked rice. The square base is brushed stainless steel aluminum with chrome-plated handles.
It comes with a stainless steel steaming basket, glass lid, rice paddle, and measuring cup. This machine can cook and steam at the same time. To turn the rice cooker on, you simply push down on the cook button, and it comes on. When the rice is ready, it will switch to the warm heat level. It has a retractable cord and comes with a one year warranty.
We love the modern look of this rice cooker as well as the retractable cord storage. Having the cord stored inside the device is handy for storage inside cabinets. Similar to the other devices on this list, it has a removable non-stick pot that makes for easy cleaning. A manual comes with this device that also has recipes in it, which will give you ideas for ways to use the rice cooker for more than rice. One downfall of this machine is that the lid doesn’t close tightly. It is slick across the top and doesn’t fit snuggly.
- Retractable cord storage
- Modern square design
- Stainless steel steaming basket
- Lid does not fit tightly
Oster Black Rice Cooker (CKSTRCMS65)
The Oster Black Rice Cooker holds six cups cooked, 3 cups uncooked rice and has automatic keep-warm settings with indicator lights. It comes with a removable non-stick pot as well as a steaming basket, measuring cup, and rice paddle. The lid is a tempered glass. The steaming basket increases the height of the rice cooker to allow you to cook and steam at the same time. This rice cooker can also cook oatmeal, mashed potatoes, frittatas, banana bread, hard-boiled eggs and steamed veggies.
This rice cooker is very similar to the Black and Decker Rice Cooker, Proctor Silex Rice Cooker, and Cuisinart Rice Cooker. The features are the same with a basic rice cooker design. The tempered glass lid is user-friendly because it allows you to see inside the pot without having to remove the cover. The rice made in this cooker is exceptionally moist, delicious, and fluffy.
Like all rice cookers, it is essential to use the measuring cup provided to measure out the rice when starting the rice cooker. The design of this rice cooker allows vegetables to steam while the rice is cooking. The steaming basket sits more on top of the non-stick pot than inside, which may cause storage issues.
- Tempered glass lid
- Complete meal in one pot
- Height can create storage issues
Tiger Floral White Rice Cooker JAZ-A10U-FH
This Japanese Tiger Floral White Rice Cooker has a beautiful floral design. It can hold 5.5 cups of uncooked rice and comes with a steam basket, measuring cup, and rice paddle. We suggest hand wash it instead of putting it in the dishwasher.
Top brand, middle quality, describes this Tiger rice cooker very well. Tiger is one of the leading brands in rice cookers from Japan. However, this particular model is manufactured in China. The quality of this rice cooker may not last you decades. However, it will get the job done. The rice is fluffy and tasty and keeps warm nicely with the automatic warming feature.
The retractable power cord is suitable for storage in a cabinet or on a shelf. One downfall of this rice cooker is that once the non-stick coating begins to fall off the pot, you can not buy just a new inner pot. You must purchase a new cooker. If you plan to use a rice cooker 2-3 times a week, this rice cooker will last you for years. If you plan to use it daily, you may have to replace it in a couple of years.
- Retractable power cord
- Top brand, middle quality
- No replacement for the inner pot
Instant Pot Duo Mini
The oddball appliance on the list, this is more than a rice cooker. The Instant Pot Duo Mini is a 7-in-1 multi-use programmable pressure cooker. The rice cooking feature can make 12 cups of cooked rice and comes with an automatic keep-warm function that can keep the rice warm up to 10 hours. It is great for smaller families or where storage and cooking space is limited. It has a 35 inch, detachable, three-prong plug. With eleven smart programs, it has a 24-hour delay start timer with easy one-touch controls.
So why is a programmable pressure cooker on a rice cooker list? Because it has a rice cooking program that outshines the rest. It is a very versatile and durable appliance that cooks rice to perfection. The rice is fluffy, moist, and overall delicious. We love that this device does not emit steam or heat, which is a great safety feature, especially if there are children that go in the kitchen. The size of this appliance is great for travelling and use in a boat, RV, or dorm room.
All the internal components are stainless steel, which includes the lid and inner cookpot, which makes clean up a breeze, mainly because it is dishwasher safe. This device has adjustable temperature settings, unlike the other appliances on this list. Because it is a pressure cooker, you can cook much more than rice and steamed foods. There are numerous recipe books available for the Instant Pot, which include recipes with rice, and recipes that don’t.
So although this isn’t technically a rice cooker, it is our favourite appliance to cook rice because of all the other features it is capable of accomplishing.
- All stainless steel inner components
- 11 smart programs
- Multiple temperature controls
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A Buyer’s Guide for Your Rice Cooker
There are multiple types of rice cookers on the market, and within these types of rice cookers, there are many features. When buying a rice cooker, it is essential to know which type you’d like and what features you’d want included. Below are the types of rice cookers, features available with rice cookers and some things to keep in mind when purchasing and cooking with a rice cooker.
Types of Rice Cookers
We found three types of rice cookers on the market: the conventional rice cookers, smart rice cookers, and combo rice makers. There are many pros and cons for each type of rice cooker.
The first type of rice cooker is a conventional rice cooker. This rice cooker is affordable and easy to use and cooks the rice quickly but is bare bones. It doesn’t allow for multiple types of rice to be prepared and cooks less than perfect rice. It also lacks features. If you want a rice cooker that cooks just white rice that you aren’t too picky about, then a conventional rice cooker is for you. The Black and Decker rice cooker is a traditional rice cooker.
The second type of rice cooker is a smart rice cooker. It makes perfect rice because there are sensors that sense liquid in the canister, and once that liquid boils, it powers off or to warm depending on the cooker. An example of a smart rice cooker on the list is the Aroma Arc. There is a good variety of these rice cookers on the market. Some negative aspects of this type of rice cooker is that they tend to be more expensive, cook the rice at a slower rate and can be complicated to use.
The final type of rice cooker is the combo rice maker. It has lots of uses, like the Instant Pot on this list. It can cook a variety of food, and an all in one design saves space. However, it is even more complicated to use and sometimes, depending on the model, cooks imperfect rice.
Features of Rice Cookers
Some features of rice cookers you should be considering including capacity size, type of pot, digital timer, delayed start, light indicators, heat settings, and types of uses.
The capacity sizing on rice cookers can be quite confusing. Be careful to look at whether they are talking about cooked rice capacity or uncooked rice capacity. Because rice expands when cooked, two cups of uncooked rice does not equal two cups of cooked rice.
The ideal inner pot for a rice cooker is either non-stick or stainless steel. If you purchase a rice cooker with a non-stick pan, you must be careful not to use metal inside the pot or hard plastic because once you scratch the pot, the life of the pot begins to decrease.
Some advanced features, especially on smart rice cookers, and combo rice makers are a digital timer and delayed start. These features are not a necessity but a benefit to make life easier.
Indicator lights are a necessity. Every rice cooker on this list has an indicator light that lets you know the rice is ready.
Many rice cookers come with two heat settings, heat and warm. If you want to do more with your rice cooker than cook rice, you should look at rice cookers that have multiple heat settings such as the Instant Pot and Aroma Arc.
Finally, if you want more out of your rice cooker than just cooking rice, look for a rice cooker that does more that has more uses. The two on this list that have multiple uses are the Instant Pot and Aroma Arc. The others may have the ability to steam other foods, but we will talk about that in the next section.
Things to Keep in Mind
Besides the type of cooker you want and the features you want, there are two other things to keep in mind when buying a rice cooker.
First, the measuring cups that come with the rice cookers are not your average measuring cups. They will not be 8 oz to one cup. They might be 6 oz to one cup or something similar. When looking to buy a rice cooker, most of them come with a measuring cup to use. If they don’t, be sure to keep the manual/recipe book to ensure you use the proper water to rice ratio.
The second thing to keep in mind is the ability to cook rice and steam vegetables or other foods at the same time. Some of these rice cookers claim to be able to do both, and often you can tell by the design if it will be successful. For example, the Oster has a steam tray that sits above the pot, and we feel like this would be successful in steaming and cooking at the same time. Why wouldn’t it be successful if it says it will be?
Well, because of space inside the pot or even the fact that rice might cook faster than a basket of fish and vegetables or vice versa. If you want a rice cooker that can both steam and cook at the same time, the Oster, Aroma, and Cuisinart will accomplish that for you.
Whether you want a rice cooker that just cooks white rice or a rice cooker that can cook a whole meal, it is important to look at the types of rice cookers and features of the rice cookers. We know there is a perfect model for you here on our list, so purchase one and get to cooking!