The best rice cookers you can get on Amazon

Reta Lee
·Editor-in-Chief, Lifestyle
·5-min read

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Haiyaaaaa, if you didn’t know by now, a BBC Food host was put in the spotlight when UK-based Malaysian comedian Nigel Ng criticised her cooking skills on YouTube using his character, Uncle Roger.

The host, Hersha Patel, was roasted for not washing rice before cooking and using a colander to rinse the rice under running water. After the hoohaa, Patel then met up with Ng, and we heard there may be a cook-off in the future!

I don’t know about you, but in Asian households, a rice cooker is an essential kitchen appliance to have, that’s ingrained in our culinary culture.

Today’s modern electric rice cooker comes with a removable non-stick bowl and an insulated outer container. The common ones come with two formats: to boil rice, or to boil porridge. Switch to the wrong format, and mothers will come screaming at you.

But these days, most rice cookers have been upgraded to include many functions, such as steaming, boiling soup to even making meat stew.

If you are looking to upgrade your rice cooker, we’ve rounded up some of the best products that have various features and are praised by Amazon’s customers online (so you won’t get into Uncle Roger’s hair).

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Aroma Housewares ARC-5200SB 2O2O | S$202.74

Aroma Housewares ARC-5200SB 2O2O. (PHOTO: Amazon)
Aroma Housewares ARC-5200SB 2O2O. (PHOTO: Amazon)

With over 240 ratings, we decided to check what’s the deal with this rice cooker. Well, it turns out to be an instant pot, that comes with 15 automated controls; whether you are in the mood for steamed veggies rice cakes soup risotto and multi-grains, you can accomplish it all with this perfect programmed cooker.

One customer shared: “I looked at other brands but glad I stuck to what I know and got the same Aroma brand. They’ve updated the look, probably the quality, added more functionality with the different buttons for Oatmeal, etc. and the much-needed improvement of the bowl. The old bowl was easily dented aluminum. This one has a coating on it and it much easier to read and clean.”

”This is a good buy! I recommend.”

Zojirushi NS-LAQ05 Rice Cooker 0.5L | S$178 (18% off)

Zojirushi rice cooker. (PHOTO: Amazon)
Zojirushi rice cooker. (PHOTO: Amazon)

This rice cooker may be on the expensive spectrum, but this Japanese brand is a fan’s favourite that comes with multi-menu settings such as making: white, mixed, sushi, congee and brown rice.

Electric Foldable Pot Cooker, Multifunctional Silicone 3 Levels Collapsible Rice Cooker | S$76.10

Electric Foldable Pot Cooker. (PHOTO: Amazon)
Electric Foldable Pot Cooker. (PHOTO: Amazon)

With a 1litre capacity, this rice cooker is designed with multiple temperature adjustment levels to adapt to different needs. Made from 100% food-grade silicone material, the pot comes with a stainless steel base which is easy for cleaning, and is not susceptible rust.

The functions are pretty nifty: you can cook fish, boil water, make stew, and porridge with this stylist cooker.

Joseph Joseph M-Cuisine Microwave Rice Cooker | S$34.23

Joseph Joseph M-Cuisine Microwave Rice Cooker. (PHOTO: Amazon)
Joseph Joseph M-Cuisine Microwave Rice Cooker. (PHOTO: Amazon)

74% of reviewers give this rice cooker pot a starring five stars review on Amazon US, so naturally, we got curious. One customer happily shared, “Love love love this awesome M-Cuisine microwave rice cooker by Joseph Joseph. I have been a fan of JJ's product design for a long time and have owned a few of their products. But this little microwave rice cooker was a curiosity buy. Saw it on Amazon and thought...This could be neat if it works.”

“Being Chinese, cooking rice in a microwave is not a new concept. In Asia, there's plenty of single-serving microwave rice packages sold in every grocery store. But when I saw this on my Amazon suggestions, I was instantly intrigued. The M-Cuisine microwave rice cooker worked perfectly. I really appreciate the attention to detail with this product design.”

Mayer Rice Cooker with Ceramic Pot, 0.8 L | now S$89 (18% off)

Mayer Rice Cooker. (PHOTO: Amazon)
Mayer Rice Cooker. (PHOTO: Amazon)

Always wanted to make ‘claypot’ rice? What about soup or baby food for the whole family? This Mayer Rice Cooker covers all of that.

The slightly arc angle design of the ceramic pot helps to quickly gather and store heat, which prevents any sticking when cooking. With the use of the suspended heating system, heat is evenly distributed around the ceramic pot without any direct contact with it.

Electrolux ERC3505 Rice Cooker | S$89

Electrolux ERC3505 Rice Cooker. (PHOTO: Amazon)
Electrolux ERC3505 Rice Cooker. (PHOTO: Amazon)

This is your ultimate cooking partner that is ideal for cooking a delicious and nutritious meal! With a two-year local warranty, make up to 10 meals with its preset rice cooking programmes, for the whole family.

EuropAce Rice Cooker, 1.8L | S$69

EuropAce Rice Cooker, 1.8L (multi-function rice cooker). (PHOTO: Amazon)
EuropAce Rice Cooker, 1.8L (multi-function rice cooker). (PHOTO: Amazon)

This rice cooker comes with a computerised cooking menu that includes ready settings for cooking porridge, congee, soup, stew, brown rice, yogurt, cake, and pasta/steam. The auto keep-warm function is essential for serving warm fluffy rice.

Panasonic SR-JQ105NSH Rice Cooker, 1.0 L | S$69.90

Panasonic SR-JQ105NSH Rice Cooker. (PHOTO: Amazon)
Panasonic SR-JQ105NSH Rice Cooker. (PHOTO: Amazon)

If you like something simple, this Panasonic rice cooker comes with a quick cook function to make rice. The pot comes with a non-stick coated bottom pan, removable steam vent and inner lid for easy cleaning.

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