Rice Cookers Features Comparison
The best cheap rice cookers deliver perfect rice (other grains, too) every time. Fuzzy logic/micro-computerized rice cookers feature multiple settings and cook modes that determine cook time and temperature according to what's in the pot. On/off rice cookers feature one cook mode and turn off automatically when the rice is finished or switch into keep-warm mode; less precise than fuzzy logic rice cookers, on/off rice cookers may require some trial and error to figure out the ratio of water to grain, especially if cooking anything other than standard white rice. Rice cooker size is denoted by the maximum number of cups of (usually) uncooked rice that it can accommodate, although the cup size is based on a smaller Japanese measure. How large or small a rice cooker you need depends on the size of your family, how much rice you consume at a meal, and how often you prepare it. Fuzzy logic rice cookers take longer, on average, to cook a pot of rice than do on/off rice cookers, but they often have timers, so you can set them well in advance of the moment you plan to enjoy the results.
|Cooker type||Capacity uncooked/ cooked||Avg time to make white rice||Timer||Warming|
|Sanyo ECJ-S35K estimated price $91||Fuzzy Logic/Micom||3.5 cups/7 cups||45 minutes||Yes – 24 hours||Up to 12 hours|
|Aroma ARC-1266F estimated price $27||On/Off||6 cups/12 cups||20 minutes||No||Yes|
|Zojirushi NS-RNC10 estimated price $92||On/Off||5.5 cups/about 10 cups||15 minutes||No||Yes|
|Panasonic SR-G06FG estimated price $25||On/Off||3.3 cups/6 cups||30 minutes||No||No|