Cooking rice can be tough to perfect, but an electronic rice cooker takes the hassle out of it. If you want fluffy, perfectly cooked rice every time, then a rice cooker is a great investment. Here is a guide to the best cookers on the market.
Our Number 1 Pick for Best Value: Russell Hobbs 19750
The Russell Hobbs 19750 Rice Cooker has a built in steamer mode. The stylish stainless steel exterior with glass lid fits seamlessly into the modern kitchen. It has a generous 1.8 liter capacity, which equates to approximately 10 cups of rice, more than enough to feed a large family. After cooking the rice, which takes an average of 20 minute, the cooker switches to warming mode, so your rice stays hot while you prep other dishes. A removable tray that slots in on top of the rice container is great for steaming vegetables or dumplings. The bowl is non-stick and can be removed for easy cleaning. The cooker also comes with a spatula and a measuring cup. This Russel Hobbs rice cooker weighs 2.6kg, and takes 700 watts power. Its dimensions are 32 x 28 x 24.5 cm.
This large, reliable cooker receives favourable reviews with purchasers. One even recommends using it to cook your morning porridge. Different types of rice all cook well, including wild and red rice. Quinoa and other grains have also been successfully cooked using the Russell Hobbs model. The 19750 is very easy to clean and the non-stick coating holds up well. The large capacity makes cooking for parties or for several meals at once a breeze. The rice cooks quickly and evenly.
A hole at the top of the lid to let the steam out sometimes releases starch. This can look messy but is easily cleaned off with a wet cloth. The warming function has been known to toast the bottom layer of rice but again, a quick stir every now and the would solve this issue.
All in all, purchasers agree that this is one of the best basic rice cookers on the market. If you want a rice cooker that gets the job done without any unnecessary bells and whistles, then the Russell Hobbs 19750 is the best choice. It is a solid performer that yields tasty rice with every use.
Best of the Rest: Tefal RK302E15
Tefal has pulled out all the stops with this multi-cooker that has 8 cooking options. Yes, it will cook your rice, but that is not all it cooks. With separate options for different grains, it comes with a slow cooker, steamer function and a special dessert option.
The cooker has a 2.2 liter capacity, weighs 3.5kg and is again made of stainless steel. It takes up slightly more counter space than the Russell Hobbs model, measuring 29 x 26.5 x 30 cm. It looks sturdier, but its inner capacity is smaller. The rice can take longer to cook and overall it seems that Tefal put more effort into the slow cooker aspect of this model. There is a highly recommended chilli recipe in the accompanying booklet, so if stews are your thing, this could be a good choice.
Tefal Cooltouch RK1568UK
Another entry from Tefal, the RK1568UK has fewer features than the RK302E15 but is still a popular choice. It has a smaller capacity at only 1.8 liters though again, it is a bulky machine, measuring 31.5 x 31 x 23.5 cm. It is slightly lighter at 2.4kg, although the exterior is a less appealing black. Its removable parts are dishwasher safe and easy to clean, the bowl has a non-stick coating. Like the other cookers on this list, it has a stay warm function, but that is the RK1568UK’s only additional feature. This model works best when cooking large batches of rice and there is a suggestion it may cook pasta. The Cooltouch feature means the machine can be safely placed on any surface.
Which model to choose?
We recommend the Russell Hobbs 19750 for those who want to invest in a good rice cooker. It has all the features that a cook would need and produces perfect rice every time. It is easy to clean and the warming feature is great for people for whom timing is a challenge. Large families will appreciate this model’s generous capacity and its sturdy build.
The Tefal models are a safe bet. If you like your kitchen gadgets to have multiple roles, then the RK302E15 combines a rice cooker, slow cooker and steamer. It will even cook dessert. The Cooltouch is simpler and places its emphasis on safety, this could be a good choice for people with small children interested in cooking.
Our all round winner is the Russell Hobbs 19750. It is big without taking up too much space and can cook a wide range of rice and grains at the touch of a button.