Best Rice Cookers

Rice is a versatile food that is used in many different cuisines and households regularly. You can get perfectly cooked rice every time without having to scrape the bottom of a burnt pan or keep an eye on the stove. Here’s what you need to look for when purchasing a rice cooker. Read more…

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Based on 501 reviews
Breville Rice Box BRC460

Breville Rice Box BRC460

3.9  (75)
 Summary
  • Cup Capacity 10 cup
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialAluminium
$119Bing Lee
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Keebers
KeebersVICGreater Melbourne (Inner), VIC9 posts
 
Panasonic SR-DF101WST / SR-DF181WST

Panasonic SR-DF101WST / SR-DF181WST

3.2  (45)
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  • Cup Capacity 5 cup and 10 cup
$119Bing Lee
Patricia
Patricia
  SR-DF101WST
Undetachable inner lid, better use stainless steel rice cookerTop inner lid not easy to clean, leaking when cooking, rice burn out at the bottom Show details
Panasonic
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Hi Patricia, thanks for your message, please call our Customer Care Team on 132600 if you would like further assistance with your issues.

Breville Set & Serve

Breville Set & Serve

2.9  (77)
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Sandringham10
Sandringham10Melbourne156 posts
  BRC210
Works wellMy wife is overall pleased with this purchase from Myer, which came with free delivery.

The rice cooker works as intended. Not too many problems with rice sticking to the bottom.

It's an easy appliance to master, and reliable. We could also have purchased it in stainless steel for about $20 extra. Show details

Kambrook Rice Express KRC5 / KRC8

Kambrook Rice Express KRC5 / KRC8

2.8  (105)
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Ani M.
Ani M.VICGreater Melbourne (Inner), VIC3 posts
  KRC5
Buffalo IH Stainless Steel Smart Cooker KW79

Buffalo IH Stainless Steel Smart Cooker KW79

3.2  (12)
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  • Price (RRP) $469
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Luana T
Luana TNSWSydney, NSW3 posts
 
Philips Grain Master HD4514/72

Philips Grain Master HD4514/72

3.3  (11)
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Kath
Kath13 posts
 
It burns the rice and porridge EVERY TIMEI expected from the technology it would be set and forget but it burns the rice every single time. Not only that it overflows all over the bench if your not quick enough to open the lid mid cook. Stay clear of this one! Show details
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Sunbeam Rice Perfect Deluxe 7 RC5600

Sunbeam Rice Perfect Deluxe 7 RC5600

2.1  (52)
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  • Cup Capacity 7 cup
Rice Guru
Rice Guru
 
Breville the Smart Rice Box LRC480

Breville the Smart Rice Box LRC480

3.3  (9)
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Muntasir
MuntasirVICGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC2 posts
 
Kambrook Rice Master

Kambrook Rice Master

2.4  (17)
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Ronnix1960
Ronnix1960VICGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC68 posts
  KRC410BSS
Fantastic rice cookerI purchased this rice cooker for my son, and he has used it on numerous occasions and found it to be wonderful, you can cook up rice for 2 people or for 8 people, it does a great job Show details
Kmart Anko 7 Cup Rice Cooker RC-7004

Kmart Anko 7 Cup Rice Cooker RC-7004

1.9  (37)
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  • Price (RRP) $14
  • Cup Capacity 7 cup
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Wendy G.
Wendy G.NSWSydney, NSW
 
bad productMy rice cooker burnt out and started smoking and had a acid bad smell , very dangerous , the only reason i haven't returned to kmart is i lost my receipt ,VERY DANGEROUS do not buy. Show details
Reannyn T.
Reannyn T.WAPerth, WA
 
AwfulQuite possibly the worst rice cooker ever. Does not cook rice properly. It spits boiling water out of the top and bubbles so much it overflows. Would not recommend. Don't waste your money. Show details
Breville Multi Grain BRC550

Breville Multi Grain BRC550

2.1  (18)
Josie
JosieSAMetropolitan Adelaide, SA18 posts
 
Tiffany Rice Cooker

Tiffany Rice Cooker

4.7  (3)
Janita
JanitaMelbourne11 posts
 
Cheap but amazingSometimes the sting you get what you paid for doesn’t apply. This rice cooker cost only $12 but has worked amazingly for 3 years. Still cooks perfectly fluffy rice- big tick!

Adesso 5 Cup Rice Cooker

Adesso 5 Cup Rice Cooker

3.2  (5)
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HANS JURKOV
HANS JURKOV
 
First one I've used and it's a breezeAwesome Rice if you follow the quantities of rice too water, rinse thoroughly. Show details
Tiger JAX-S Series

Tiger JAX-S Series

3.7  (3)
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Rhonda R.
Rhonda R.3 posts
  Verified JAX-S18A
Perfect rice every timeLove my Tiger rice cooker, it's so versatile. You can cook a meal in the steamer and rice in the pot. This is my most used kitchen accessory. The best part is you can cook the rice and vegetables together and it doesn't go all mushy. It's not the cheapest rice cooker but in my opinion it's worth every cent. Show details
Kmart Anko Multi Rice Cooker KRC641

Kmart Anko Multi Rice Cooker KRC641

4.5  (2)
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  • Price (RRP) $65
  • Cup Capacity 10 cup
cassandra w.
cassandra w.
 
Use it all the timeI love ours so easy to use although and new to cooking rice this way have only used white rice setting would be good if there were recipes on using it to make it easier Show details
Tefal Everforce

Tefal Everforce

3.3  (3)
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  • Price (RRP) $99.99
  • Cup Capacity 11 cup
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialAluminium
Vijay Matam
Vijay Matam
  Verified
Good oneGood Rice Cooker, we like to have this one, easy to clean n cook
Panasonic SR-CN188WST

Panasonic SR-CN188WST

4.0  (2)
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  • Cup Capacity 10 cup
Barry Taylor
Barry TaylorQLDCentral Queensland, QLD3 posts
 
Singer 15 Cup Rice Cooker SIRC15C

Singer 15 Cup Rice Cooker SIRC15C

3.0  (3)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $59
  • Cup Capacity 15 cup
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialStainless Steel
Yvonne
YvonneNSWSydney, NSW10 posts
  Verified
Worst rice cooker I have ever purchasedI bought this rice cooker for one year and three months and now it is dead. It has been used for general house cooking. Just over its one year warrenty it is gone! Very disappointing. I have never had a rice cooker which has a quality as low as Singer's rice cooker. DO NOT BUY. Wasting your money
Panasonic SR-CN108WST

Panasonic SR-CN108WST

3.0  (2)
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  • Cup Capacity 5 cup
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialAluminium
$179Bing Lee
Bob
BobNSWSydney, NSW33 posts
  Verified
Panasonic
Panasonic   DM   
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Hi Bob, sorry to hear about thins, can you please call 132600 for assistance the team will be able to help you and see if they can sort your issue out.

Joyoung Iron Kettle Rice Cooker F-40T88 Plus

Joyoung Iron Kettle Rice Cooker F-40T88 Plus

5.0  (1)
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  • Price (RRP) $329
  • Cup Capacity 8 cup
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialCast Iron
MLM
MLMBrisbane26 posts
 
Adrian
AdrianNSWHunter Region, NSW8 posts
  Verified
Pri
PriNSWSydney, NSW47 posts
  Verified
Cuckoo IH 10 Cup TWIN CRP-JHT1010F

Cuckoo IH 10 Cup TWIN CRP-JHT1010F

4.0  (1)
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  • Price (RRP) $950
  • Cup Capacity 10 cup
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialStainless Steel
org8
org8-20 posts
  Verified
Big W Brilliant Basics 1L Rice Cooker CFXB22G

Big W Brilliant Basics 1L Rice Cooker CFXB22G

3.0  (1)
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  • Price (RRP) $14
  • Cup Capacity 5 cup
Melissa
MelissaNSWCentral West, NSW314 posts
 
Cuckoo CR-35II

Cuckoo CR-35II

2.0  (1)
Roger N
Roger NNSWSydney, NSW
 
Cuckoo CRP-R0607F

Cuckoo CRP-R0607F

1.0  (2)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $439
  • Cup Capacity 6 cup
Wangseong C.
Wangseong C.VICGreater Melbourne (Inner), VIC3 posts
  Fair Incentive
Not good productI am korean and this product makes me so disappointed. I have been used this product for 3 years after buying new one. And suddenly no pressure and the rice tastes not good and I changed rubber gasket inside but still same. I wouldn’t buy cuckoo product any more I guess it’s too expensive and cannot used more than 5 years included my previous one. Show details
Buffalo Mini Smart Stainless Steel

Buffalo Mini Smart Stainless Steel

1.0  (1)
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  • Price (RRP) $249
  • Cup Capacity 3 cup
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialStainless Steel
Clint
ClintAU10 posts
 
Tiger JAX-R18A

Tiger JAX-R18A

1.0  (1)
 Summary
rosst400
rosst400Sydney12 posts
  Verified
Brand new and doesn’t turn onWhat an absolute disappointment. I was so excited about using my brand new Tiger rice cooker which I bought at Costco. I was getting ready to make Wagyu Beef Don, only to find that the unit would not even turn on once it was plugged in. Not impressed.
Philips 3000 Series HD4518/62

Philips 3000 Series HD4518/62

No reviews
 Summary
  • Cup Capacity 10 cup
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialCeramic

Fresh rice from a rice cooker

Benefits of a rice cooker

A rice cooker is designed to get you perfectly cooked rice every time with minimal effort. All you have to do is put a certain amount of rice and water (or stock) into the bowl, turn on the device and wait. It can be useful in simplifying your dinner prep if you don’t want to use a stove or can be a very convenient option for those without access to a stove.

Unlike stovetop cooking, there’s a minimal chance that you’ll under or overcook your rice. The latest models offer advanced features and computerised sensors to ensure against this. Many rice cookers also tackle additional tasks like steaming vegetables and protein, simmering soups and stews or cooking other grains from oatmeal to quinoa.

Pros
Ideal for those who eat rice often to save time and effort
Multiple uses including cooking porridge and steaming vegetables
Can sear ingredients that go with rice to make flavoursome risottos
Contains an auto-off function that prevents your rice from overcooking
Dishwasher safe accessories, making them easy to clean
Cons
Can be expensive
Can take more time than cooking on the stove
May not be suitable for single-households
Obsolete if you don't cook rice often

Types of rice cookers

The first thing you need to consider when choosing a rice cooker is: How much rice will I be making, what kind of rice will I be making and which features are worth investing in?

Even though they’ll all get you tasty and perfectly cooked rice in the end, there are four kinds of rice cookers that range in price and functionality. These include microwave, traditional, jar-o-mat and micro-computerized rice cookers which feature induction and pressure cooking technology and the ability to cook exotic grains.

Microwave rice cooker

This is a rice cooker in its most basic form. It consists of an inexpensive plastic cooking vessel and a lid that keeps steam locked in. You can use this in the same way as a traditional rice cooker by adding rice grains and the appropriate amount of water to cook rice (or steam foods) using only the heat from your microwave.

Traditional rice cooker

Traditional rice cookers are the most popular type of rice cookers. They include basic components such as a heating plate, an internal cooking bowl, an external pot and possibly a steam tray. They are simple machines that rely only on the heat plate and a timer to cook rice.

They normally have one button or switch to turn the device on or off and are extremely simple to use. They cook rice quickly (approximately 1 cup of rice every 25 minutes) and come with a ‘keep warm’ function to keep your rice warm until you are ready to eat it. Other functions could include an automatic shut-off and a delayed start. As versatile tools, they come in sizes as small as 3 cups to as large as 60 for commercial use.

They are best for use on white rice exclusively since they only go through a single heat sequence.

Jar-o-mat rice cooker

There are a few differences between a traditional rice cooker and a jar-o-mat rice cooker which is the next step up in terms of price and functionality.

Traditional rice cookers have a single heating element that heats rice from the bottom up. This may produce a crust on the cooked rice which some people may not like. A jar-o-matrice cooker also has heating elements along the side of the rice cooker body (and some in the lid) that cooks the rice evenly leading to no crust.

Jar-o-mat rice cookers also have a hinged lid, attached to the body with a rubber gasket seal. This enables the cooking process to work more efficiently and for the rice to stay warmer for longer. Comparatively, traditional rice cookers have a glass lid that sits on top of the inner pot which is less efficient for retaining heat.

Micro-computerised rice cooker

If you’re planning to cook all sorts of different rice and grains, then you may want to consider investing in a computerised rice cooker that has a few advantages over the previous cooker models.

Micro-computerised rice cookers with fuzzy logic technology will create fluffier and better-tasting rice. They achieve this via a method that involves warming your rice before cooking it, cooking it at varying temperatures during the heating cycle and then warming the rice once again before it’s done. The cooked rice is of better quality due to the thermal sensors which monitor the temperature at all times and change it accordingly for optimal and thorough cooking.

This method naturally takes longer than a straightforward heating process (approximately 50 minutes per cup of rice as opposed to 25 minutes). However, it can be worth the wait for some. This setting can also be disabled or replaced with the ‘quick cook’ function if you’re in a rush which essentially turns your cooker into a jar-o-matic rice cooker.

As the name suggests, this type of rice cooker is operated by a computer. In addition to the fuzzy logic function, some models are able to cook brown rice which cooks at a different temperature and requires a different amount of water and cooking time. Other popular features include porridge, slow cook function and steaming functions.

All computerised rice cookers come with a timer that allows you to preset a time for when you want your rice to be cooked. For example, you can add the rice and water to your rice cooker, plug it in and set it to cook for 6 pm. The rice cooker will turn on have the rice ready for 6 pm. This is an extremely convenient feature that can save you a lot of time.

Some advanced brands and models of computerized rice cookers can also cook sweet rice, rinse-free rice, sushi rice and bake cakes. At this point, these products are only loosely rice cookers so if they aren’t features you’d take advantage of, then it can be more cost-effective to buy a jar-o-matic rice cooker.

Induction heating

The next step up is an induction-heating element that creates a magnetic field that emanates heat throughout the entire inner pot (not just the bottom, sides and top) for a much more even cooking with micom technology. These models start at around $250.

Pressurised induction heating

Finally, these models raise the cooking temperature with pressurised heating and can change the texture and structure of the grains and starch in the rice. They’re often priced between $300 and $400 but can be found second-hand for less.

The capacity of your rice cooker

Before you choose which rice cooker to go for, measure how many cups of rice you cook on a daily basis. 1 cup is roughly 190-200g of uncooked rice. Depending on the model and make of your product, the cup sizes may vary so keep an eye out for that when loading your rice.

It’s important to choose a size based on your daily use rather than what you use for special occasions or parties because it’ll keep your rice cooker functioning better for longer if you don’t over or underfill the cooker regularly. Similarly, the rice may not cook evenly if only a small amount is cooked in a large cooker hence why many large cookers have a minimum requirement.

Rice cookers come in various sizes. A 3-cup rice cooker is the smallest capacity commonly found in major brands such as Panasonic, Tiger, and Zojirushi. The next size up is a 5-cup and the biggest size (for household use) is 10 cups.

Some niche brands may have 4-cup and 8-cup sizes available. Each cup of raw rice will yield two bowls of cooked rice. For example, a 5-cup rice cooker can make up to a maximum of 10 bowls of cooked rice.

A 3-cup rice cooker would be the most suitable size for someone who cooks 1-2 cups of rice at a time. Couples and small families may benefit from a 5-cup cooker and large families may find a 10-cup cooker would be most suitable for them.

Rice cooker features to look out for

  • Steam baskets: If this is something you’d benefit from, look for a rice cooker with a steam basket that will allow you to save even more time by steaming your veggies, fish and dumplings to enjoy with your rice.
  • Non-stick coating: This will prevent your rice from sticking to the bowl and for easy serving.
  • Accessories: Some rice cookers come with accessories included spatulas, measuring cups, colanders and recipe books.
  • Light and audio indicators: These features will let you know when your rice is done so you don’t have to keep an eye on your cooker.
  • Outer body construction material: Choose between plastic or stainless steel cookers for durability.
  • Inner body construction material: Choose between stainless steel, aluminium or ceramic for heat conductivity.
  • Cup capacity: 3 cups, 5 cups or 10 cups.
  • Keep warm/delay features for flexibility.
  • Fuzzy logic technology for fluffier, tastier rice.
  • Reheat cycle to rewarm rice.
  • Quick cook function to save time.
  • Texture settings for firmer or softer rice.
  • Features that let you cook other grains such as quinoa and barley.
  • Simmer or slow-cook functions.
  • Dishwasher safe parts for easy cleanup.

You can read reviews on our website to help you find the best rice cooker for you.

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