Rice Cookers

I’m in the market for a rice cooker right now. What rice cooker do you use/what rice cookers do you recommend? I’m thinking about:
>price
>quality
>capacity
>fancy features
I’ve never had a rice cooker before so I’m totally new to this. I don’t need a large capacity and I’m open to spending some money on it if it’s a quality product that’ll last me some years. I eat a lot of rice.

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I'm a traditionalist, for me it is zojirushi. Ignore trend-hoppers claiming korea can make rice cookers. Their primary exports are knockoffs of the iphone, cars with silly names, and bad music

    Taiwan is alright but you have to cook ginormous amounts, that's how those things work. Zojirushi lets you pick how much rice to make and it will come out great no matter what.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      If you're a single person, a 3 cup unit is what I'd recommend as they allow you to make a half cup batch which is perfect for a light breakfast or lunch side. 5 cup machines usually require 1 cup minimum and 10 cup machines require a 2 cup minimum. Which is way too much rice for a single person to eat at one time.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        It's good to cook too much rice as a single person because then you have some cooked rice in the fridge to speed up another meal.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      This, Zojirushi, only the made in Japan models because the made in China ones don't last as long. Any of those will do, IH models cook marginally better though. I use the NW-QAC10 but even something like the 5.5 cup neuro fuzzy is plenty enough of a machine

      My asian friend cooks a large batch of rice and keeps it in the rice cooker the whole time time taking it out throughout the week as he needs it.

      SInce the rice cooker is pressurized and is heated he says it's safe. Is this true?

      I've never tried it so I can't confirm or deny, I just see no reason to keep it that long since it's so easy to cook. If it smells fine and isn't dried out then he's probably right though

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I bought my made in china zojirushi in 2006 and I've put enough rice through it to make breakfast for the PLA, but yes the nonstick got worn out at around the 15 year mark and I had to buy a new one for like $70

        I'm not telling you not to buy MIJ, I'm something of a weeb myself, but I'm still waiting for my MIC to assplode on me like the memesters said

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Yeah to be fair I am kinda just parroting everyone else at least in that regard, that's good to hear though. I do expect the nonstick to wear out on my MIJ unit too of course but so long as it lasts that long I'll gladly pay the $50 for a new bowl. Has the battery died yet on yours?

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            20415530 low effort bait, try harder if you want a (You)

            Yeah the battery died a couple of years ago so no more twinkle twinkle, but it still cooks. I've also developed an exceptional degree of impatience as the timer runs out on my life, so what I do now is I wash my rice like black people and chicken, and while I'm washing it I'm heating up some water in my electric kettle. Then I press "quick cook" and pour hot water over the rice (if you heat it up before pressing cook it gets mad and won't obey your wishes). Then I shut the lid and it's done faster that way. Yeah I know, I've just invalidated my own advice on everything rice related but it works for me.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              If you care about it it's not too difficult to swap out but given how you use it nowadays I have a feeling you don't care and I respect that, it made me lol
              >Yeah I know, I've just invalidated my own advice
              Eh I disagree, anyone who cares that much is just trying too hard. You're not working a kitchen you're just making food to survive and given how the machines work I have a feeling that there's probably not a noticeable difference compared to normally using the quick cook setting

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Asian trannies are the fricking ugliest, the Asian female is delicate and beautiful, the poor asiaticy dude can't ever compete. It's disturbing to look at, even more so than normal.

      https://i.imgur.com/7ttrpoK.jpeg

      I’m in the market for a rice cooker right now. What rice cooker do you use/what rice cookers do you recommend? I’m thinking about:
      >price
      >quality
      >capacity
      >fancy features
      I’ve never had a rice cooker before so I’m totally new to this. I don’t need a large capacity and I’m open to spending some money on it if it’s a quality product that’ll last me some years. I eat a lot of rice.

      >Xhe needs help cooking rice
      Imagine not being able to cook something with literally two motherfricking ingredients. Just 41% now you fricking b***h

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        https://i.imgur.com/7ttrpoK.jpeg

        I’m in the market for a rice cooker right now. What rice cooker do you use/what rice cookers do you recommend? I’m thinking about:
        >price
        >quality
        >capacity
        >fancy features
        I’ve never had a rice cooker before so I’m totally new to this. I don’t need a large capacity and I’m open to spending some money on it if it’s a quality product that’ll last me some years. I eat a lot of rice.

        >rice cooker thread
        >almost 2 hours goes by before the first dumb white people take
        You're slipping, Culinaly

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I’m surprised you thought OP was a woman. How would you know OP can’t cook rice? Maybe OP actually has a life where she doesn’t need to stand over a pot watching jasmine rice for 45 minutes. Maybe you’re going to die in this stupid hell like the rest of us.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Can we get married?

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Yes we can my beautiful princess

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >I'm a traditionalist, that's why I use a machine to do what has always been done in a pot

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I mainly use mine for spaghetti so may want to find one large enough for that.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous
  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    My asian friend cooks a large batch of rice and keeps it in the rice cooker the whole time time taking it out throughout the week as he needs it.

    SInce the rice cooker is pressurized and is heated he says it's safe. Is this true?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      This is the asian version of "why do blacks wash chicken" meme, there are various official answers and each is right in its own way but everyone will just pretend not to understand the other person's point of view because it's more fun to just scream at each other

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Not remotely. If it was heated it would dry out and be inedible.
      It's relatively safe because the original cooking kills the germs and any that are left already coat everything in his home and don't affect him. Contrasted with foreigners handing food in a business serving strangers.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Zoji sells units with 12/24 hour keep warm, but no longer than that as bacteria can grow. The only way to get it to keep warm longer than 24 hours is to unplug it and then trick it into doing another keep warm cycle. By default you can't just keep doing "keep warm" as it'll stop after 24 hours and yell at you.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >The only way to get it to keep warm longer than 24 hours is to unplug it and then trick it into doing another keep warm cycle.
        Nah all the rice cookers made for asia keep warm for at least 72 hours if not longer otherwise Asians wont buy them. You can see complaints all the time in reviews for Western market zojirushi with Asians seething in anger the the keep warm only stays on for 12-24 hours.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          The newest japanese market models only go up to 40 hours, and most models only do 24-30 hours.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >The only way to get it to keep warm longer than 24 hours is to unplug it and then trick it into doing another keep warm cycle.
            Nah all the rice cookers made for asia keep warm for at least 72 hours if not longer otherwise Asians wont buy them. You can see complaints all the time in reviews for Western market zojirushi with Asians seething in anger the the keep warm only stays on for 12-24 hours.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            They aren't gonna like that....

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              Well someone should tell zojirushi since that's all they've been making for the last 10-15 years.

              You'd think if asians weren't buying them they'd have gone out of business by now.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                I'm going through 2.5-3kg of rice per month at the moment as a single guy, and I felt it was well worth investing in a $250 rice cooker.

                If I lived in japan i'd probably even pony up for one of those $700 "fire" rice cookers.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                meant for

                My rice cooker is the same as your pic but it's the 1-3 cup capacity.
                It's fine. If you're making rice for just yourself and one other person I'd suggest with going for the smaller one.
                If you're making rice for a family with 2 kids, then get the bigger one.

                If you make rice often(multiple times a week), I'd suggest getting a higher end model. I'm thinking of selling my current one and getting one of the $300+ rice cookers.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                The only thing the $700 models have over the $300 models is typically pressure cooking, which from what I've seen is hit or miss based on preference. iirc it just makes your results a bit softer?

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                Nah, the japanese models have "fire" cooking modes that the US models haven't adopted at all yet.

                They call it 3D induction heating.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                I see, I wasn't aware
                So more heating zones? Wouldn't the heat just dissipate as the heat hits the bowl, let alone the rice?
                They should make one that a probe goes down, probes your rice and heats from the center too

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                the heating elements are apparently cycled in some specific manner so as to mimic the inconsistent hot zones of a real fire.

                But yeah, they're not available in the US and I'm not autistic enough to import one.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                Surely that doesn't actually have a benefit
                I have one of the newer flat top units like that style now, and I kinda still prefer the normal egg shaped ones with the screen on the front but the new ones do like nice

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                i wouldn't know since i can't buy one to test it, but the nips claim it does something as tiger and other makes have done similar innovations in their high end units.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                Have you ever cooked rice over fire, outside? I had to once when I was camping. Probably the third best way of cooking rice.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                That's great, I doubt you've ever had traditional Japanese fire rice from an iron pot though, which is what the rice cooker is attempting to replicate.
                The shit sushi specialists train for years to do right if they're doing super traditional prep methodology.

                You might not care, but the nips obviously do.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    i don't have electricity so I can't help sorry. best of luck.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    'Tiger' is a good brand, made in Japan last I checked (over ten years ago).

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The best choices are usually either the expensive zoji tier, or the bottom barrel tier that is extremely basic. There is no point talking about what's inbetween the two

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I basically have that exact same one in your picture and I've used it for many years now. Never had a problem with it, always had good results. So yeah I'd recommend zojirushi.

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    What actually cooks the rice though, is there an egg inside?

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    what's the difference between instant pot and these?
    I get perfect rice in my instant pot all the time

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Instant pot is mainly intended for long grain (cheap) rice.

      Zojirushi's are designed for short grain japonica rice (usually more expensive).

      If you just buy cheap long grain white rice, instant pot will do you just fine.

      If you're wanting to branch out into Japanese rice, sushi rice, GABA rice, rice porridge, etc then a Zoji makes sense.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        why does rice being a bit smaller makes it hard to cook in instant pot?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          The structure of the grain is different to some degree. Long grain is dryer, less sticky, and glycemic index is lower. Short grain is moister, far stickier, and a higher glycemic index. The difference between dry and too dry isn't as bad as moist and too moist

          You switched FROM a rice cooker to the stove top and think you get MORE consistent results from the stove top?

          Lol

          lmao even

          The heat of the ego cooks the rice

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Rice cookers might be the most useless shit ever.

    Only get it if you don't have a stove.

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    i bought a fancy cuckoo rice cooker cause i heard that is what asian people use, have had it for 4 years ad it's still going strong with frequent use although the bowl has chipped and pealed a little, nothing crazy though. you should go with a asian approved brand, i think the one in your op pic is a good one too.

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I switched to stovetop. I get consistently great results that way

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      You switched FROM a rice cooker to the stove top and think you get MORE consistent results from the stove top?

      Lol

      lmao even

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    If it has a Japanese name, it's solid.
    I only have an ugly one that looks more like a pot, only $75, but I love her with all my heart. She has no settings, no features, she only perfectly cooks rice with a single lever.
    She's a Zojirushi.
    >I’ve never had a rice cooker before
    You will soon understand.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Frick off Josh nobody watches your israelite content

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I have that Zojirushi but I havent used it in like 4 months because the top plate had residue left on it from the last time I had cooked rice in it prior that sate and molded for like 1 - 2 months. I washed the bowl, top plate, and the steam guard pretty vigorously, but I'm worried there is mold now in the machine itself. What do I do anons?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      vinegar soak

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Just run all the parts that touch food or steam in the dishwasher, that will kill anything

        No I'm not talking about the parts of the machine that I can remove and wash, I'm talking about the space between the top plate and the steam guard, as the steam guard also seemed to have some sort of mold growing around the port

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I found a zoji breadmaker earlier today for $13 and it seems to be working flawlessly, the bread is smelling good. I'll take it as karma from trying to help in this thread this morning.

          You don't mean on the top heater (silver part) right? Your model doesn't have a steam cook option but you should try putting just water in the bowl and setting it to run on one of the options that would probably cook the hottest and longest. If that doesn't work then it's probably disassembly time if nothing fits in well enough. I dunno it's hard for me to remember because my new one doesn't have the same kind of vent.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            [...]
            Run it once without rice like this guy said, but one part vinegar three parts water, afterwards take everything out again, let the lid open and let it air dry overnight. The mold happened to me a couple years ago and I never had an issue after washing, no suspiciously colored rice bits, never got sick, etc, but still felt paranoid and cleaned everything with a rag soaked in hot vinegar water solution, and then ran the vinegar cycle just in case.

            it's a one-way vent, but if you're really concerned, there's parts in there that are removable, you can pull those out, rub then all down with isopropyl, rub the inside cavities with isopropyl, put it all back together, run a load with some rice you can throw out, then wa la you're done

            I've had that mold thing happen a couple of times over the decades, it's not going to hurt you, just don't eat the mold, and clean it like you would clean anything else

            Thank you for the helpful posts guys, I really appreciate the advice. Going to get back to using my rice cooker and not fricking up rice everytime I make it on the stovetop lol

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I found a zoji breadmaker earlier today for $13 and it seems to be working flawlessly, the bread is smelling good. I'll take it as karma from trying to help in this thread this morning.

          You don't mean on the top heater (silver part) right? Your model doesn't have a steam cook option but you should try putting just water in the bowl and setting it to run on one of the options that would probably cook the hottest and longest. If that doesn't work then it's probably disassembly time if nothing fits in well enough. I dunno it's hard for me to remember because my new one doesn't have the same kind of vent.

          Run it once without rice like this guy said, but one part vinegar three parts water, afterwards take everything out again, let the lid open and let it air dry overnight. The mold happened to me a couple years ago and I never had an issue after washing, no suspiciously colored rice bits, never got sick, etc, but still felt paranoid and cleaned everything with a rag soaked in hot vinegar water solution, and then ran the vinegar cycle just in case.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Yeah good addition
            Have you ever tried using citric acid instead of vinegar? I use it to clean the calcium build up in my kettle and it works very well and leaves far less of a negative scent

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              I'll give that a try, thanks bro. I just air the vinegar cleaned things overnight and the scent is gone.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          it's a one-way vent, but if you're really concerned, there's parts in there that are removable, you can pull those out, rub then all down with isopropyl, rub the inside cavities with isopropyl, put it all back together, run a load with some rice you can throw out, then wa la you're done

          I've had that mold thing happen a couple of times over the decades, it's not going to hurt you, just don't eat the mold, and clean it like you would clean anything else

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Just run all the parts that touch food or steam in the dishwasher, that will kill anything

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    just by the riceslopper at costco for 100 bucks.

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Why not just get an instant pot which does more things?

  18. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Fuzzy logic is a game changer for a rice cooker.

    If you use it to cook more than rice like I do, I would I would recommend at a minimum a 5-6 cup cooker. But make sure the minimum amount of rice it cooks is what you’ll make. Some of the mid size cookers like that can’t make less than 2 or 3 cups. That’s why the fuzzy logic is so important.

    Zojirushi is pretty much best of the best. Best features, construction, usability.
    Tiger brand is solid as well, it may not be as sophisticated as a Zojirushi but it’s a tank that will last for years and still be cheap.
    I bought a yum-brands panda mini on sale. I wish I got a bigger one because it’s a small slow cooker. But it makes a perfect amount for myself. It makes about two and a half meals worth of stuff.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      My main qualm with Tiger over Zoji is replacement parts. I found a nice IH Tiger cooker for $10 that I confirmed worked, but it didn't have a bowl. The bowl is never in stock and I don't think it ever will be. Meanwhile Zoji has had replacement bowls in stock for the Neuro Fuzzy unit for what, 2 decades that thing has been out? The replacement Tiger bowls are also double the price compared to Zoji it seems
      I'd stick to Zojirushi given the choice

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Same issue with Panasonic, ive got an old one from 2008 that still works fine but can't get a replacement bowl.

  19. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The current best deal in rice cookers is this 3 cup Toshiba unit.
    No you don't need 5 or 10 cup capacity, your two cups of rice will come out worse in a bigger cooker.
    https://www.amazon.com/TOSHIBA-Rice-Cooker-Small-Uncooked/dp/B091TW6ND5/

  20. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >What rice cooker do you use
    Some cheap piece of shit with an aluminum pot. The rice sticks to the bottom every time. I just don't care. It's good enough.

  21. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    My rice cooker is the same as your pic but it's the 1-3 cup capacity.
    It's fine. If you're making rice for just yourself and one other person I'd suggest with going for the smaller one.
    If you're making rice for a family with 2 kids, then get the bigger one.

    If you make rice often(multiple times a week), I'd suggest getting a higher end model. I'm thinking of selling my current one and getting one of the $300+ rice cookers.

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