Introduction

Hey Folks!

Here’s a question for all of you.

Which is that one cereal with which a poor, middle class and a rich person can equally relate to?

Any guesses? I assume that most of you have the right answer in mind.

Chalo, allow me to tell you!

“RICE”

You guessed right, didn’t you?

Undoubtedly, Rice can be termed as ‘The Livelihood Cereal of India’.

Isn’t it ironic that it ranges from being an essential star element of each Indian meal to the only hope on which a poor can rely upon when he doesn’t have anything to eat?

However, if you are getting an impression that this is an article about how rice plays various important roles in India or something related to that, Nah! It isn’t about that!

The topic for today’s discussion is about the utensil in which Rice is prepared. Someone from the reader crowd exclaimed

“COOKER!!!!”

CORREECTTTT!!!!

1679- No! That’s not the price of the Cooker I will be suggesting to you. That’s the year in which a French Physicist invented the Cookers!

Are you surprised as I am? 350 YEARS!!!! And that Utensil is still prevalent! Certainly, that’s what an invention is! Take a bow, Sir Denis Papin!

Earlier, Rice was cooked on the stove and my god, tell you the hard work to cook it! It was really so much to ask for! With Cookers in the game, it’s much easier now.

And by cookers here, I mean Rice Cookers and not Pressure Cookers. Yes! Both are different.

The basic difference between the two is that a rice cooker is an automatic electrical appliance whereas a pressure cooker needs an induction stove or gas to function.

There are 4 different types of rice cookers in the markets-

1. Standard Rice Cookers

2. Improved Rice Cookers

3. Multi function Rice Cookers

4. Induction Heat Rice Cookers

Also, they are available in different sizes and you got to look out for the following aspects before choosing the right cooker for your family-

  • Family Type Operation- The choice of rice cooker primarily depends on the number of family members eating rice in the family. If you have a family of 3 to 4 persons, a small rice cooker is sufficient for you. However, you may need a bigger rice cooker for a family who would require 5 to 10 containers of rice.
  • Working Safety- The following precautions must be kept in mind while working with a rice cooker-
  • Water Level- Do not overfill or underfill the rice cooker.
  • Cleaning the rice cooker- Do not put water on the electrical parts.
  • Disconnect the rice cooker before cleaning it, otherwise, you may experience an electric shock.
  • Use it only for the intended use.
  • Keep the rice cooker away from the flammable materials.
  • Always read the Instruction Booklet and use the rice cooker accordingly.
  • Electricity Bill- Talk about an electrical appliance in India and do not discuss about its power consumption! That’s really never happening. You should always go for a rice cooker (whether you regularly use a rice cooker or not)with a higher rating so that the power consumed is low and energy is saved.

Rice cookers are relatively a new concept in the Indian Market as compared to the traditional Pressure Cookers. Therefore choose wisely before you buy one!

This article will certainly have something for everyone out there.

Even if you are looking for a small tool for tight spaces, or a professional level device for a variety of grains, you are at the right place, my dear friend!

So Sit Back and allow me to whistle for your Cooker.

Let’s start!

1.    Panasonic SR-WA18 E 4.4 Litre Automatic Rice Cooker

Panasonic SR-WA18
Panasonic SR-WA18

More than 30 Years in the market and Panasonic is still the leader in home appliances! With its brand name, you ought not to have even an inch of doubt about the product’s quality.

This basic rice cooker is Amazon’s choice due to its good cooking performance.

It can even help you serve some other delicious foods such as biryani and vegetable pulao, and that too in minimal time.

This sturdy-looking, lightweight rice cooker is a must-have product as the benefits it bears are unbelievable and are recommended to everyone who is looking for an easier way to cook!

Main Features-

  • The heating plate has 5 Years warranty
  • 2 Years Warranty
  • Colours Available: White
  • Anodized Aluminium cooking pan
  • Capacity: 1.8 L
  • Wattage: 660 W
  • Cooking Capacity: 0.6 Kg
  • Cooking Time: 15-20 Minutes
  • Other Offers: Free Delivery Cashback Offers + 10 Days Replacement Facility

Pros-

  • Ensures food does not overcook as it has Automatic Cooking Feature with auto cut-off
  • Cooker consumes low power, so Energy Efficient
  • Ideal for a nuclear family
  • Easy to operate
  • With scoop holder
  • Heat resistant handles
  • Compact Size
  • Simple to use design
  • Uses ROHS compliant material i.e. Premium Quality
  • Highly durable
  • Eco-friendly
  • Bridge type handles
  • Economical Pricing

Cons-

  • No digital timer
  • Dull looks and colour
  • Has a no see-through glass lid
  • Hard to clean as the rice gets stuck at the bottom
  • No Keep Warm Mode

Such pros and features definitely make it a MUST BUY and therefore, it secures the top place in our list!

2.    Prestige PRWO 1.8-2 700-watts Delight Electric Rice Cooker

Prestige PRWO 1.8-2
Prestige PRWO 1.8-2

Would you like to cook not only rice but healthy dishes like pulao, stew, porridge or soup from the steam in the ‘Best Selling Rice Cooker On Amazon’?

Add to that, the super consistent brand ‘Prestige’ who have garnered several awards past its inception in the areas of performance and quality.

If that’s a Yes from your side, then this is the recommended Rice Cooker for you and your family.

The main advantage of this cooker is its ability to cook in multiple batches due to the availability of 2 Cooking Pots.

Additionally, its double-wall body helps to increase the lifetime of the Cooker by preventing it from dents and damages.

This Cooker is a must-have due to the enormous number of features that it offers at such an affordable price.

Main Features-

  • 1 Year Warranty
  • Heating plate’s warranty is 5 years
  • For automatic cooking, it has Control Switch Lever
  • Cook and Warm Mode indicators
  • Voltage: 230V
  • Wattage: 700W
  • Capacity: 1.8 L
  • Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes

Pros-

  • Flexible as comes with detachable cord
  • Double-wall body
  • Cool-touch handles
  • Appealing Print Design
  • Ideal for mid and large families
  • Close Fit Lid’s vent prevent heat to escape
  • Sturdy Build Material
  • Economical
  • Has a Keep Warm Mode
  • Highly Portable
  • User-friendly
  • Complimentary: 2 Cooking Pans, Measuring Cups, Scoop

Cons-

  • Food sticks to the bottom
  • Not much power efficient
  • Thin container

3.    Bajaj RCX 5 1.8-litre Rice Cooker

Bajaj RCX 5 1.8-litre

Bajaj is a well known company that has been ruling the Indian Markets for a really long time now.

It is known for producing the Best Water Geysers in India and for providing excellent post-sale services.

It is also well trusted for household and kitchen appliances. 

This easy to do cooker comes with a top knob and has a separable 360 degrees base.

Its weight is 2.4 kg and saves the pain, mess, and hassle of cooking in a cooker.

All you have to do is add the right amount of rice and water, and delicious rice will be waiting for you in this smart cooker!

It does not require any supervision and is easy to handle and understand.

Main Features-

  • 2 Years of Warranty
  • Anodized Finish Aluminium Cooking Pan
  • Capacity: 1.8 L
  • Voltage: 230 V
  • Wattage: 550 W
  • Cooking Capacity: 0.9 Kg

Pros-

  • Has a detachable power cord
  • Energy Efficient
  • Ideal for a family of 4-6 people
  • Cool-touch handles
  • Auto Shut-Off Mode
  • Corrosion Resistant Bowl
  • Stainless Steel Lid
  • Easy to clean
  • The lid has steam vents
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to bubble things in it
  • Not very expensive
  • Incredible Functionality
  • Stylish Exterior
  • Portable
  • Safe

Cons-

  • Before Cooking, soak boiled rice
  • Less Capacity
  • Not a see-through glass Lid
  • Slow to cook
  • No Keep Warm mode
  • After the cooker is switched off, sometimes the rice doesn’t keep warm

4.    Panasonic SR-Y22FHS Electric Rice Cooker

Panasonic SR-Y22FHS

The Panasonic SR-Y22FHS Electric Rice Cooker is a great product from the company, which is known for its kitchen and home appliances.

This cooker is ideal for a family of over 4 members and comes with a cooking plate with a scoop holder.

It is built with high food-grade plastic CRCA body material.

It is a must for every kitchen as it has a steam clearing basket. It guarantees durability as its body and basket, both are made up of premium quality.

Main Features-

  • Convenient Bridge handle
  • Plastic handles are heatproof
  • Auto Cooking
  • Multi-cooking options available
  • 5 hour Keep Warm mode
  • Capacity: 2.2 L
  • Wattage: 750 W
  • 2 Years Warranty on the product
  • 5 Years Warranty on the Heater

Pros-

  • Non-stick coating
  • Steaming basket is durable
  • Thermostat for Precision Control
  • Japanese Technology
  • Convenient to use
  • Well-built
  • Easy to operate
  • Has a rich colour
  • Sturdy
  • Very vitality productive

Cons-

  • Around the lid, it has a delicate panel
  • High priced
  • Bit heavy
  • Average Cooking in other types such as steaming
  • LED Light is not very luminous

5.    Prestige PMC 2.0 Multi Cooker with concealed base

Prestige PMC 2.0

If you are a morning person, then this rice cooker will be the best companion for you.

You can enjoy cooking and eating delicious, mouth-watering noodles, tea, coffee, soups, and boiled eggs.

It is also a multi-featured rice cooker that will be very convenient and hassle-free to use.

This cooker has a quality stainless steel body which makes it tough.

The base of this cooker is separable and it accompanies the cool-contact handle and the variable temperature control highlight.

Main Features-

  • Concealed heating element
  • Durable and Stainless Steel body
  • Variable temperature control
  • Wattage: 600 W
  • The automatic cut-off for dry heating
  • 360-degree Swivel Base
  • Capacity: 1 Litre
  • 1 Year Warranty of Prestige
  • Voltage: 230V
  • Weight: 1.2 Kg

Pros-

  • Stylish glass lid
  • The lid is close-fitted
  • Ergonomically designed handle
  • Tough
  • Reasonable
  • Can be cleaned effectively
  • Lightweight
  • Difficult to bubble things inside it

Cons-

  • Uneven heating
  • If you fill a lot of water in it, there are chances of slight spillage
  • Good with boiling but not cooking
  • Not a good quality steel pan

6.    Prestige Delight Electric Rice Cooker Cute 1.8-2 (700 watts)

Prestige Delight

Want an edgy contemporary designer cooker? Then, this is the match made in heaven for you! You can easily cook porridge, stew, idlis, and vegetables.

This ultra-cuterice cooker is manufactured by Prestige and has capacity from 1.8 L to 2 L.

It saves a great deal of your time because it cooks really fast.

Its red color is not to miss as it looks really attractive!

Main Features-

  • Auto Keep Warm Function
  • 1 Year Warranty
  • Heating Plate’s warranty is 5 years
  • Capacity: 1.8 L
  • Cooking Capacity: 1 L
  • Wattage: 700 Watts
  • Multicooker
  • Automatic cooking with control switch lever

Pros-

  • Has Water Level Indicator
  • Measuring cup included
  • Cool-touch handles
  • With an additional cooking pan
  • Close fit Lid

Cons-

  • Not a see-through glass lid
  • The heating power may drop after using for a few months
  • Rice sticks to the bottom
  • Rice burns at the bottom
  • Slow to cook

7.    Prestige Delight PRWO 1-Litre Electric Rice Cooker

Prestige Delight

Another rice cooker from Prestige- Another Proof of the quality of this brand.

It also manufactures top-quality induction cooktops and is one of the fastest-growing companies in India due to its extremely large and ever-increasing customer base.

If you have limited space in your kitchen, then this is the best option for a rice cooker.

This will be everyone’s favorite in your house as it can also easily cook porridgesoups, stew, pulao, and even vegetables, along with rice.

This colorful and attractive rice cooker comes in two different beautiful colors. It is affordable and also has a very unique design, which blends into the kitchen very well.

You also get a spatula, measuring cup, and an aluminum pot in the package.

This is best suited for a family with 2 or 3 members.

If you are a bachelor, this is one of the best-suited rice cookers that you will find in the market which will suit your needs very well.

It also comes with a detachable power cord which obviously makes it highly versatile.

Therefore, this isa reasonable and value for money product.

Main Features-

  • 1 Year Warranty Period
  • Control Switch
  • 300 watts power
  • Capacity: 1 L
  • Auto Keep Warm Function5 Years Warranty on the Heating Plate

Pros-

  • Travel friendly
  • Easy to use
  • Handy in nature
  • Design looks beautiful
  • Available in 2 colors- Red and White
  • Cool-touch handles
  • Close Fit Lid
  • Cool Touch Handle
  • Good Design
  • Double layered body
  • Portable
  • The lid is of Premium Quality

Cons-

  • The lid is not a see-through glass
  • Too small in size
  • Not suited for big families

8.    Panasonic SR-WA10 450-Watt Automatic cooker without Warmer

Panasonic SR-WA10

Do you need a basic rice cooker with minimalist looks? Is there is a Yes from your side, then put your money on this rice cooker without even blinking an eye!

Frankly, it doesn’t have that many features as compared to its contemporaries, but it does a good job cooking rice.

Its body is made up of premium quality food-grade material.

It is perfect but for bachelor who want to cook a variety of items in a rice cooker.

It is suitable for them as this cooker comes with the feature of Auto cut off. So, there’s no need of checking the rice again and again.

Here’s a tip: Use this rice cooker to prepare Basmati Rice! Why? You will know when you taste it.

Main Features-

  • Auto cut off
  • 2 Years Warranty
  • Anodised aluminum cooking pan
  • Premium quality CRCA body material
  • Capacity: 1 L
  • Wattage: 450 Watts

Pros-

  • Automatic Cooking Facility
  • Compact
  • Energy efficient
  • Equipped with a scoop holder
  • Heat resistant plastic handles
  • Easy to Clean
  • Inexpensive
  • Low Power Consumption
  • Keep Warm Facility

Cons-

  • The lid is not a see-through glass
  • No Keep Warm option
  • Too small
  • Slow to cook
  • No timer function
  • Does not come with a measuring cup
  • Cooking bowl is also small in size
  • Switch also malfunctions sometimes

9.    Usha (3650) 5L Electric Pressure Cooker

May I have your attention please to welcome the most preferred Indian Brands in Kitchen Appliances- USHA.

This company has proved the slogan true that ‘Brands never speak, their quality does’ and USHA has even become a synonym for Kitchen appliances in many Indian Households.

Usha started with ceiling fans, then entered the world of water heaters and is now all set to make a mark in the market of Rice Cookers.

The Usha(3650) 5L Electric Pressure Cooker is a new rice Cooker in the market as compared to other cookers on the list.

The feature which distinguishes it from all its competitors is the automatic pressure maintenance system.

It has all the necessary options and if you purchase it, I am sure it will reduce a lot of your work as it is easy to operate and comes with a regulating knob.

This rice cooker is worth value for money as it gives delicateness to every dish prepared with it.

Main Features

  • 2 Years Warranty
  • Product Weight: 6 Kg
  • Power Consumption: 900 Watts
  • Voltage: 230 VAC
  • Basic Frequency: 50 Hz

Pros-

  • 10 built-in safety features
  • Coated by both Teflon and Aluminium
  • It spreads the heat uniformly
  • Best suited for all types of dishes
  • Noise-free cooking
  • Keep Warm Option
  • The safest way to cook
  • Easy to use
  • No  supervision required

Cons-

  • Heavy in weight
  • Pretty expensive product

10. Preethi Touch EPC005 6L Electric Pressure Cooker

There is a saying- ‘Saves the best for the last’.

Preethi is one of the oldest manufacturers and producers of Kitchen appliances in Indian Markets.

They are best known for their Juicer Mixer Grinders, popularly known as ‘Mixie’.

The company also produces premium quality rice cookers. Moreover, it’s a win-win situation as it is an Indian brand, and buying Rice Cookers of the company will be a contribution to the ‘Vocal for Local’ Campaign.

This rice cooker comes in with a 15 pre-programmed options for cooking 15 Indian recipes.

The Nutri++ technology ensures uniform cooking of all the food ingredients and healthy cooking.

It also allows open and closed cooking, and comes with 9 safety levels to control various aspects like temperature, electric power, and pressure. With a capacity of 6 liters, this rice cooker is best suited for Joint Families.

Main Features-

  • Equipped with Nutri++ Technology
  • It has delay alarm and timer
  • 15 single touch menu option
  • 1 Year Warranty
  • 5 in 1 Multi purpose cooker
  • Capacity: 6 Litres
  • Power Consumption: 1000 Watts

Pros-

  • Multiple cooking jobs at a single time
  • Extremely safe
  • Hygienic
  • Powerful heater
  • It is equipped with a front panel
  • Stainless steel fasteners
  • Heavy gauge double-walled body
  • Accurate thermostat control
  • High quality and heat resistant plastics
  • For trouble-free operation, it has cooling vents
  • Detachable PVC insulation

Cons-

  • Not ideal for small families
  • A proper instruction manual is not available
  • The settings are really difficult to understand
  • Difficult to clean
  • Difficult to maintain

Conclusion

So, all said and done, these are by far the best Rice Cookers in India at the moment.

Whether you are a bachelor or have a joint family, we have discussed the rice cookers, all its qualities for each one of you.

Take any aspect- the size, price, safety issues, energy efficiency,or the features relating to the rice cookers; those discussed are simple and by far the best!

Let me know in the comment section if you have the slightest of the confusion or questions regarding any of the Rice Cookers.

I will see all of you next time! Until then, Stay Safe Guys!

Also, before bidding adieu, I am leaving you with a small conversation that I had with one of my friends about the Rice Cookers.

Comment and inform which Rice cooker you purchased and how is it?

FAQ

Here is a conversation between me and my friend regarding the best cookers for rice in India this year.

My friend- Hey Brother, Can you please tell me how to use a Rice Cooker?

Me-Sure Brother. Earlier, it was pretty much difficult to cook rice on the stove but with the advent of Rice Cookers, a mouth-watering experience awaits you after following a few simple steps-

  • Add Rice
  • Add Water
  • Press Start and Wait

And tantaaataannn, PERFECT RICE is readyyyyy!!!!

My friend-That was really simple, brother! Please tell me what amount of water is required to perfectly cook Brown Rice in a Rice Cooker?

Me- Okay, my dear friend. That’s an easy one! The water requirements of a rice cooker to perfectly cook brown rice are:

Pour 2.5 to 3 cups of water for every one cup of brown rice.

My friend- Okay! Tell me, my dear friend, can we cook broccoli with rice in a rice cooker? If yes, how? If no, why?

Me- Absolutely, bro! You can easily cook broccoli with rice in a rice cooker, just by following these few very simple steps-

  • Add 2 cups of water in the cooking pot of the rice cooker
  • Rinse broccoli florets (crown)
  • Place the rinsed broccoli florets in the nifty little steamer basket

Additionally, I am also going to tell you how to steam broccoli in a rice cooker. For this, you may just need 1 head of broccoli (obviously), 2 cups of water, salt to taste, and your precious 18 minutes.

  1. Cut the florets off the broccoli
  2. Into the rice cooker pot, pour 2 cups of water
  3. Rinse florets in running water
  4. Place the rinsed florets in the steam basket
  5. Put the basket in the cooker pot and then close the lid
  6. Steam broccoli for 3 minutes using the STEAM COOK feature
  7. Lightly salt when finished

My friend- What is Cuckoo Rice Cookers?

Me- My dear friend, Cuckoo is a Korean company that makes rice cookers of various sizes to make your life easier. Whether you want a 3 cup Rice Cooker or a 10 cup Rice Cooker, Cuckoo designs them with the utmost precision and include all the in-built qualities. These are certainly one of the best cookers you can buy, my dear friend! 

My friend- Okay! So here goes my last question- How much time will it take me to cook my rice in the rice cooker?

Me- It depends on the type of rice that you are cooking, brother. But thanks to the advent of technology that when the rice has finished cooking, it will gauge and automaticallygets turned off. But, I will give you a typical answer. Generally, cooking a large amount of rice in a rice cooker takes anywhere from 25 minutes to 35 minutes.