You can't beat the price of the Nordic Ware Microwave Rice Cooker (starting at $11, Amazon) or quibble much about its performance. This is a simple pot with a locking lid that goes into the microwave and yields good-to-excellent rice in a jiffy, according to Nordic Ware Microwave Rice Cooker reviews on Amazon. Like many basic on/off electric rice cookers, this nonelectric model requires some experimentation to master the correct proportions of rice and liquid for whatever type of rice you're cooking and however the settings on your microwave behave. Once you do, say reviews, rice emerges from this little plastic cooker fluffy and well done as if it had been prepared in an electric rice cooker. And yet, a fair number of reviews grouse about the starchy liquid that spews up out of the vent hole and leaves a mess on the turntable. A review on Epinions notes that this happens even when using less than the maximum 8 cups and advises stopping at 4; one consumer suggests placing the cooker on a dinner plate (easier to clean than the turntable).
Like electric rice cookers, the Nordic Ware model is relatively versatile. In addition to making rice, it can be used for grits, other grains, and pasta, and it's an excellent vessel for microwave-steaming vegetables. Some reviews, like one at Walmart, indicate that some consumers use it exclusively as a steamer.
The Nordic Ware Microwave Rice Cooker has an 8-cup capacity and is dishwasher-safe. It can be used to store leftovers, and most consumers say it's easy to clean.
This is a good bet for consumers who lack the space for too many kitchen appliances but like their rice fluffy and moist and ready in minutes. Indeed, some crow about having a complete meal (rice, veggies, and protein) on the table in 15 minutes.