There are many rice cookers on the market, sometimes you may be confused by a lot of functions which are not necessary for your cooking, so before buying a rice cooker you should read this article to know these things and make a smart investment on your rice cooker.
The first thing is to consider the size or cups of the rice cooker, different size is for different family. If there are only 2 people in your family, you may only need a small cooker which is capable to handle 2 to 4 people’s cooked rice at a time, if you have a large family which has more than 4 people, you should consider buying a medium or a large rice cooker.
It’s not wise to use a large rice cooker to cook a small piece of rice for single or couple, you will not only waste energy with the large rice cooker which need more power, you may also lose the delicious taste of rice.
So it’s very important to choose the right size when buying a rice cooker, check this table below and you should have an idea which size you need.
2. Basic rice cooker or fuzzy logic rice cooker?
There are mainly two types of rice cookers on the market, the simple rice cooker which only has on/off functions, it’s also called conventional or traditional rice cooker, the other is called fuzzy logic rice cooker which has a micro-computer chip featuring program settings for variant cooking options.
Traditional rice cooker
You may call it on/off rice cooker, it start to cook when you turn it on and automatically switch to keep warm when the rice is cooked, really easy to use, some of the conventional rice cookers offer a steamer function so you can steam foods as you like.
The price of traditional rice cookers is so good, the cheapest product is only about 10 dollars.
Fuzzy logic rice cooker
Most of the fuzzy logic rice cookers come with a timer, it allows you to set the time that you would like the rice cooker to start working. With a fuzzy logic, you can not only cook rice, you also can make congee, soup, cake and other food depending on the functions the rice cooker provides.
Fuzzy logic rice cooker is perfect for full time working mom, you can prepare the rice and set a time before leaving for work, and get back home with your cooked rice is ready for dinner.
3. Inner pot: non-stick, stainless steel or clay pot?
Non-stick inner pot
Most of the inner pot of rice cookers is non-stick, this kind of inner pot is coated to prevent the cooked rice stick to the bottom, the advantage of using a non-stick pot is easy to clean after cooking, the disadvantage is that the coating will peel off in a few years, some people concern about the caused health problem with the coating.
If you take care of the non-stick pot, keep it away from sharp spatula and dishwasher, it will sever you for many years.
Stainless steel inner pot
A lot of people who choose stainless steel rice cooker are conscious about their health, they want to eat healthily, so the stainless steel inner pot is much safer than the non-stick coating pot.
The only cons of the stainless steel rice cookers is that the cooked rice may stick a bit on the bottom, but it’s not a big problem if you soak the pot for a while before cleaning it, you can wipe it out easily.
The best pot for healthy eating, on harm to our body, but the pot is a bit easy to crack, so you must take care of it carefully, or you have to spend extra money to buy a new one to replace it when it get cracked, it’s not cheap to buy a new clay pot.
You also should consider the components that come with the rice cooker, such as the steam plate, cups and spatula, but after all, not the most important thing you should consider.
Well, after reading this article, you should have the knowledge to select the rice cooker you need.
When you are puzzled with selecting the best rice cooker for you, please be patient, you could find answers from Google or ask some friends who use rice cooker for some advice.