Do you love Asian cuisine? If you do, then you might be consuming a lot of rice. This staple of Asian cooking finds its way to a lot of recipes, and in Japan, it is consumed by the tons. About 85% of the 2.3 million farmlands are planted with rice in Japan. Is it a wonder that the best rice cookers come from that country? They even give them out as souvenirs.
In Japan, quality comes first and if you buy their rice cookers, it will last. That being said, you still have to choose the best among the good ones and this review will make you achieve that. I have here five of what I consider to be the best in the market at the moment and I will take them apart to guide your buying decision.
#List Of The Top 5 Japanese Rice Cooker In The Market – Editor’s Pick:
What To Look for in a Japanese Rice Cooker
- Storage capacity
- Keep Warm Feature
- Multi-purpose Settings
- Size of the rice cooker
- Weight of the rice cooker
How much do you need to cook at the same time? Do you cook for the whole family or do you just cook for yourself? One big pot of rice might just be enough for the entire household but is obviously too much for a single living alone.
The rice cooker reviewed here have capacities ranging from 0.5 to 10 cups, good for a single serving and an entire rice party. You have to bear in mind that the cup size is measured in uncooked rice which will expand when cooked.
Top 05 Best Japanese Rice Cooker
After hours of testing and eating lots of delicious rice, here are what I believe to be the best Japanese rice cookers in the market today. The four are complex multi-function machines while the fifth is just a simple turn-on turn-off one.
This lone one might not be my best pick, but I included it here because this is what I believe to be the best in the simple category.
2. Tiger JAX-T18U-K
For family cooking, the is a rice cooker to choose. This jumbo size rice cooker is equipped with a huge, easy to access LCD screen that houses the timer, menu, and start button. This interface ensures that you will have well-cooked rice every time.
It has a BPA-free cooking plate, rice spatula, and a cookbook. The synchro-cooking function lets you steam other ingredients while cooking rice.
Its multi-settings are slow cooking, quick rice, plain rice, sweet rice, brown rice, porridge, mixed rice, multi-grain rice, and steam cooking.
With a top-of-the-line rice cooker like this, keep warm, and delay settings are standard features. It comes in a stainless steel color which makes it attractive and fit for any kitchen design.
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3. ZojiRushi NS-ZCC10
The most hi-tech among the rice cooker reviewed, the ZojiRushi NS-ZCC10 used “fuzzy logic” technology together with a thermal sensor to monitor and automatically adjust the cooking temperature based on pre-selected settings.
Your choices range from quick cooking, white regular, sushi, mixed, porridge, sweet, semi-brown, brown, and rinse-free options.
As an add-on, this cooker comes with a spatula and holder and a rinse-free rice measuring cup. If you plan to go to a neighbourhood gathering or a potluck, this lightweight cooker with its foldable handle is good to take.
It’s also ideal for singles living in a small room because it barely takes up space. It also has the standard keep warm, reheat and delay timer.
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4. Aroma Housewares ARC-150SB
This might sound like overkill, but if the situation calls for cooking 10 cups of rice and serving 20 cups in 45 minutes, the Aroma Housewares ARC-150SB is up to the task.
It has a limited setting of slow cook, steam, white and brown rice, but nobody would really think of making this monster play a double role.
Its keep warm function automatically kicks in, removing the need to push the button. It also has a delay timer which you can set to a maximum of 15 hours. The rather small LCD monitor ensures that you’re spot on in your cooking.
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5. Panasonic SR-G06FG
Among the featured rice cooker in this review, Panasonic SR-G06FG is the most simple. It’s just an on-off cooker without any frills, but it does what it’s designed to do very well. It comes with a measuring cup and a spatula.
The machine automatically shuts off when the rice is cooked, but there is no keep warm function. The glass lid is all you’ve got to monitor the status of your rice. It has a non-stick inner pan that contains the rice.
There’s really nothing much to say about this rice cooker except that it takes minimalism to the next level.
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The clear winner in this review is the Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT. It just meets the portability, power, and storage needs of a regular home rice cooker. It can also double as a steamer for veggie and cake.
From experience, it can cook restaurant-quality rice, and the space that it occupies on my countertop is barely noticeable. You will seldom find a rice cooker of this quality at this price point.
You will seldom need the big ones like the Aroma Housewares ARC-150SB and the Tiger JAX-T18U-K unless you have a huge family. It’s only suitable for those occasions where huge families gather together but other than that; you won’t need it often.
Have you used any of these Japanese rice cookers? Feel free to brag about your cooking success in the comment section below.