Before we get ahead of ourselves and I start tossing product recommendations, we first have to address a very important issue:” What sort of rice cooker do you need?”. Well, fret not. I’ve prepared a handy list which I believe everyone who has not bought a rice cooker before, should go through before actually marching off to buy one.
Best Rice Cooker Buying Guide – Hints and Tips
Size & Style
With more and more brands in competition, we consumers are flooded with choices of rice cookers in the market. As such, know what size of a cooker you want. (note: size of cooker and capacity of cooker are different) Some people might want a huge square purple rice cooker, while some might opt for a petite white cooker. Make sure you know what you like.
Capacity is definitely important. Knowing what capacity you need is even more important. Make sure you ask yourself questions such as: Is your family growing or growing up and moving out? Are you interested in increasing your culinary ‘experiments’? Do you JUST want cook rice? You might just want to cook for 2 people, 2 meals a day or you might want to cook for your extended family of 12 for dinner. I, have a cook for a restaurant, thus, I have a really HUGE rice cooker. Make sure you know how much you need.
What sort of settings you are looking for when you want to buy a rice cooker? Do you want a cooker that just.. cooks? Or might you intend to make congee one day, soups the next, and cook all sorts of different rice types? Do you want a rice cooker with multiple settings or just one? Make sure you know what you need. You wouldn’t want to spend lavish money on settings you don’t need.
More than Rice
For some people (like me), I use my rice cooker for more than cooking rice. Apart from merely cooking rice, certain models have multiple functions in one. They can range from cooking pasta, steam vegetables, and even double up as a steam/slow cooker! So, make sure you know if you’re going to need all these extra features before you make your purchase.
Well, apart from these few hints and pointers, other aspects you might want to consider would be how easy is it to clean, and features such as is the rice cooker cordless, or the rice cooking bowl is detachable or not. All these, though seem trivial, would serve as conveniences in the long run.