Today I would like to talk about a kitchen appliance that everyone should have in a modern-day kitchen which is a rice cooker. A rice cooker is really easy to use and is perfect for large family’s and busy people.
So, let’s talk about the main buying factors you need to consider before buying the best rice cooker and who are the main manufactures of rice cookers that you should look at.
Rice Cooker Manufactures
- Zojirushi has been around 90 years since they first started. There main focus has been improving customer’s quality of life in cooking appliances using innovative technology.What they are really popular for is their induction heading system which enables rice to be cooked with precise heating and temperatures. Their high-end model is the NP-NVC10/18 pressure system that elevates the temperature to really high levels, so the rice is super soft to eat. The most popular model is the Neuro Fuzz which is what most families will use as it has a computerized chip in to help cooking without a lot of work. Perfect for busy famiies!
- Aroma Housewares is a U.S. based company out of San Diego California that sells over 1 million rice cookers per year! They offer over 48 different rice cookers and products. There is no shortage of choice here! The range from the cheapest rice cooker at $24.99 which is the miAromoa mini rice cooker up to the Aroma Professional which retails at 349.99 which is a 20-cup model.
- Tiger Corporation is one of the main players in the rice cooking appliance market. They are very popular for their version of Japanese rice cooking. They offer a popular 10 cup Tiger JNP-S18U-HU model and also a 20-cup rice cooking model that is very affordable.
- Another popular brand is by Vitaclay. Their claim to fame is using a clay pot to do the rice cooking which heats extremely well and keeps the moisture in the rice uniformly. There popular mode is the VitaClay VM7900.
Rice Cooker Buying Factors
So, let’s talk about important features you should consider when buying a modern rice cooker.
The first thing I would consider is that size of the rice cooker. This is usually based on how my people you plan on feeding during your meals. They measure them by cups. So, you will see 10-20 cup sizes for example. Basically, use that to figure out what size you need to feed your family or guest.
Secondly, I would Consider the type of rice cooker you want. You have the regular type that uses heating plates are simple and cheap. You then have Micom which are a bit more advanced using a computer chip to cook the rice helping automate the cooking. Lastly you have the new models that use induction heating which help elevate to higher temperatures to cook the rice soft and to perfection!
Hopefully this guide will help you start researching which one of the best rice cookers that you should buy that will be right for you and your family. Consider how much you are willing to spend, how automated you want the cooking price to be, what amount of rice you need for each meal and you will be able to find the best one for your own needs.