Having a small rice cooker can save you time and money and who doesn’t want to do that? I have thrown so much rice away because I always make more than I need, and I do feel guilty about that. I’ve looked at a lot of them and finally purchased one that proved to be the answer to my problem.
These little guys are just perfect for cooking rice for one or two people and there is no waste. They not only cook rice, you can use them to fix small amount of soup, pasta, vegetables and even some meats.
Benefits of a Mini Rice Cooker
Most will cook you a small meal in half an hour. The cooking pot or bowl can be metal, ceramic, or hard plastic material and they usually have a non-stick coating. Also included are a measuring cup, designer rice spoon, instruction and recipe booklets.
I know this doesn’t mean much to some people, but you can get them in 9+ different colors! They would be just the thing for a dorm room and you can get a color that matches everything else!
I would like to tell you about four of the best mini rice cookers and hopefully help you make a good decision on which one to purchase. I know you will be happy with owning one for convenience sake, and besides that, they are so darn cute!
Panasonic SR-G06FG Automatic 3.3 Cup
This unit comes with a measuring cup. It is NOT an 8 oz. cup but is a 6 oz. cup. If the cooker calls for twice as much water, or two cups, they mean you would use 12 oz. of water, not 16 oz. You will catch on to that easy enough. It also comes with a specially designed rice spoon to make the rice easy to get out of the cooker.
This product comes with a 1-year limited warranty from the manufacturer and another 1-year limited warranty from Good Housekeeping.
Zojirush NHS-06 3 Cup (uncooked) Rice Steamer
The capacity on the Zojirush NHS-06 is about twice the size of other small rice cookers. You use 3 cups of rice that has been rinsed off and it yields 6 cups of fluffy rice. If you are looking for even a larger rice cooker that yields more cooked rice read my article on best brands of rice cookers here. The unit will shut off automatically when done and will stay warm for about 5 hours.
It is a small unit that uses 300 watts of power. The pan is stainless steel with a non-stick coating and has little handles on each side so you can remove it from the unit and place it on the table as a serving pan. If you like, you can just detach the cord and put the whole unit on the table.
Some cookers tell you to use only white rice, but you can cook either white or brown rice with this product. You can also boil vegetables or make a simple soup for one or two people. Clean up is easy, just use a mild detergent. For more tips on how to clean a rice cooker click here.
Hamilton Beach with Rinser/Steamer Basket
The Hamilton Beach mini rice cooker has a unique little basket to use for rinsing off the rice before cooking it. Let’s say you want some vegetables with your rice.
Put the rice into cook, fill the little basket with raw veggies and sit it on top of the rice and close the lid. By the time your rice is done cooking, your veggies will be perfectly steamed and ready to eat also. Pretty Cool huh?
With this cooker the finished rice will yield 8 cups, but you can cook as few as two cups and still have perfect rice. It has a one-touch start button and will automatically shut off and switch to the “keep” warm feature.
This is such a handy little cooker, you might just want to get one for your camper as well. It would be a great gift idea, so get an extra one and keep it on hand for the next birthday party you get invited to.
I really like the looks of this mini rice cooker and it performs wonderfully, The fact that it has a handle on it is a plus also.
Oster CKSTRCMS65 3-cup (Uncooked)
The Oster 3-cup Rice Cooker is more of a medium size appliance as you end up with a full 6 cups of cooked rice. You can cook rice and steam fish or vegetables at the same time or just cook the rice as the tempered glass lid fits both the steamer and the rice cooking bowl.
The pan is non-stick and can be removed for easy serving and cleaning up. It has two indicator lights on the front of the unit, one that will show when the rice is cooking and the other will let you know when it is in “keep warm” mode.
Included in this package is the electric cooker, measuring cup, streamer basket, and a rice ladle. You have everything you need but the rice.
Sometimes your rice might not end up as expected, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the cooker is bad. You may need to try a different brand of rice.
Having a smaller rice cooker will make life easier for you. You can save time and money by using this appliance. There is no need to hover over the stove while your rice is cooking. These units shut off when the rice is perfectly cooked and will also keep it warm until you are ready to eat. You can use it to steam vegetable, make soup, pasta dishes or even stream fish. They are a small investment that should last you for years of excellent rice making. Good luck with your decision to purchase a small rice cooker.