Why not just buy find the first japanese rice cooker that is on sale in a newspaper flier or find the cheapest one available in a grocery and buy it? While that is definitely a cheaper option it may not be the best option in the long run.
It is always best to do proper research before making a purchase of any type of appliances. In this article I will be going through my reasoning for this thinking.
Choosing a proper rice cooker is very important it can be the type of appliance you use for a daily basis for many years!
The Top 5 Best Japanese Rice Cooker Options
|Product Name||Quality||Our Rating||
|Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 5-1/2-Cup (Uncooked) Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker and Warmer||
$$ / (4.0 / 5)
|Tiger JKT-S10U-K IH Rice Cooker with Slow Cooker and Bread Maker Stainless Steel||
$/ (4.0 / 5)
|Zojirushi NS-TSC10 5-1/2-Cup (Uncooked) Micom Rice Cooker and Warmer||A||
$/ (4.0 / 5)
|Zojirushi Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker & Warmer||
$$/ (4.0 / 5)
|Zojirushi NS-VGC05 Micom 3-Cup (Uncooked) Electric Rice Cooker and Warmer||
$$/ (4.0 / 5)
Choosing a Japanese Rice Cooker ...
Choosing the right type of rice cooker can be a very daunting task. From students who need an inexpensive food option to a parent who wants an option to be able to cook enough rice for the whole family the right type of rice cooker is a great benefit.
Modern rice cookers are made with many more features nowadays than in the past and this can intimidate many people who are not familiar with using them.
So how do you decide which rice cooker would be right for you? Or will suit your needs? Well here are a several factors you should keep in mind when purchasing a cooker.
Benefits Of Doing Proper Research Before Buying a Rice Cooker
- You will become more educated on the rice cooker you purchase.
- More efficient usage of the appliance Better resulting rice being cooked.
- A great way to educate yourself about the features and settings.
- If you are purchasing it as a gift.
- Less headache in the long run from purchasing something you don’t even need in the first place
Reading Rice Cooker Reviews
How many times have you read a review of any product and then come out afterwards feeling more confident about buying that product? Then afterwards you will read more reviews and then you will feel even more confident.
Well pretty soon you will be doing comparisons between different brands of rice cookers and then once you have narrowed down which brand you would like and then you will start narrowing down the type of models.
This is a very natural process of most online consumers and has been proven to be a very successful way of finding out what you really need!
While this is fine if you don’t have the time it can get intimidated because there are so many models and features out in the market today. Fortunately with the advent of social media and online discussions this does make things much easier.
You can now easily find firsthand reviews on the product from users that have already purchase it and reviewed the rice cooker. A very good example of this type of website is already listed on many big e-commerce websites like Ebay.com and Amazon.com. They have put together and categories products that have made it much easier for people to buy things online.
For example let us say that out of an entire line up of rice cookers I have narrowed it down to one brand that has caught my eye. Let us say this brand is a Zojirushi Rice Cooker and now I need to find out which model I would like to purchase.
This is a very straightforward process on Amazon.com as all you need to do is type in Rice Cooker in the search and then it will populate you with a list of their entire line up. The great thing about doing this only Amazon.com is under all the rice cookers they have real consumer reviews under each rice cooker review so basically all your research has already been done! This is a real time saver in my opinion.
So what are the basics you need to look for when reading Rice Cooker reviews online?
Well the first thing you will notice about any listing is the price which is very important. If you have a limited budget there is a price range limit you can set in the advance option of your search. This is also very handy if want to filter out the cheaper rice cooker model as well.
Once you have filter and have started looking at a specific rice cooker you should first look at its features and specifications. For rice cookers look for features such as “Automatic Timers”, “Fuzzy Technology” and “Induction Heating” as just a few in the list. Don’t spend too long reading every little detail about each cooker.
Once you have read the product details you should start reading consumers reviews near the bottom of each page.
Here are list of things most consumers write about:
- Details of the look and feel of the rice cooker.
- Pros and Cons list.
- Personal experiences about the particular rice cooker.
- Type of features that have found useful.
Reading online consumer Rice Cooker Reviews help with you figure out what you don’t want!
Do Different Japanese Rice Cooker Brands Make Difference?
In nutshell yes it does really make a difference when choosing a brand name. Each brand does have its unique features for each type. For example Cuisinart normally will have a vegetable/ meat steamer built into them so for people that like that feature this is something to consider.
As well Zojirushi rice cookers are really known for being able to switch to different type of rice cooking options such as they are especially famous for making good quality sushi rice.
How Important Is Price?
Price is an important in any appliance purchase and normally a higher price rice cooker will have more features and despite what others might say a higher price rice cooker will produce better quality rice. I won’t go into too detail about all the rice cooker features or even how use them.
As for online consumer Rice Cooker reviews they normally do mention the price tag and a good thing to note is on most reviews on amazon they will mention a competitive name brand that they found were better or worse at the same price!
- Budget Rice Cooker: $50 to $100
To purchase a budget cooker you will be looking at somewhere between the $50 to $100 range. Anything lower and there will be a really big drop in dependability of the cooker and the quality of rice cooked.
Although it may not have many features most budget cookers will have the automatic cook function which is good enough for most people. Also if you are mostly cooking for yourself you can spend a little more and just buy a smaller cooker that is most dependable.
I do not suggest purchasing a used cooker though. It can have many problems already and maybe it is just me but I don’t like using a cooking appliance that has been used by someone else because you never know where it has been…
- Medium Range Cookers: $150 to $250
Depending on the size you will probably be looking at spending around $150 to $250 for good quality rice cookers. They will often include liquid crystal display for easy reading, delay timer and an optional steamer tray for your meats and vegetables.
On the end of $250 you will have extra options such as automatic programming options that allow the cooker to cook different types of rice and have it adjust the heat accordingly. This is very useful if you eat a lot of different types of rice outside of white rice such as sushi, brown, wild, etc…
Many Japanese cookers now have a “fuzzy technology” which automatically adjusts the heat level and result is a much better quality of rice. If you are shopping for a midrange model that look for this label.
- High End Rice Cookers: $300 to $500
If you are looking to purchase a top of the line rice cookers that you should be prepare to spend anywhere from $300 to $500. Outside having all the features of the lower end models plus being made with the best materials the main selling point of the high models is “Induction Heating”.
I won’t go too much into the technology but basically it dissipates heat evenly throughout the cooker and the results are the rice are cook evenly and comes out fluffier and better tasting.
It basically guarantees that you will never have burnt rice. It definitely is not for everyone but if you are a rice eating enthusiast and want the top of the line then look no further that one with the induction heating technology.
How Big Of a Rice Cooker Do You Need?
Whether you are planning on cooking dinner for yourself or a group people you should plan on how much rice you need. Rice cooker size or label by the amount of rice they can cook in one sitting.
A good thing to keep in mind is 1 cup of uncooked rice equals to about 2 cups cooked and the cup sizes in Japanese rice cookers are much smaller than their American models. Many people might say that cooking small amount of rice in a big rice cooker makes the rice not taste as good and I would probably say they do not know what they are talking about.
As you stay within the recommended water to rice ratio then most of the time you will end up with some tasty rice. The only difference is price a smaller rice cooker will cost less and should be considered if you don’t cook for a large amount of people.
A large is more expensive and will use more electricity but will give you the flexibility to cook for a large group is you so choose.
An essential feature: Delayed timers
Delayed timers are probably the most convenient function on modern rice cookers. It allows you to set a time of the day or hours ahead to have the rice start cooking. This is the perfect answer to anyone that is busy or even for just a matter of saving time.
All you need to do is prepare the rice beforehand and set it in the inner pan and then set a time of day and you can have a healthy prepared meal waiting for you when you wake up in the morning or when you come home from work.
This feature does cost more but there many rice cookers in the $100 or above range that already have this feature included so this not something that will be out of the budget for most consumers.