For the greater majority of the world’s population, rice is a daily staple. It is a healthy and economically sound crop, which is one of the many reasons for its continuing popularity in many developed countries. Rice lends itself nicely to a wide variety of meals, but first you need to cook it; you can do that in a microwave, or on a stove top, but one of the best ways to cook rice while locking in its flavor is with a real Japanese rice cooker. A proper rice cooker represents the best way to prepare rice to its fullest potential, without sacrificing its significant nutritional value.
So, what is the best Japanese rice cooker available on the market today? Read on, as we’ve covered a few of those more popular options which are widely commercially available. Each of the following products offers its own particular style and feel, while incorporating enough user-friendly features as to have us feeling like it belongs on this list of the best Japanese rice cookers.
Zojirushi Rice Cooker NP-NI10 IH
There are a lot of factors which will influence how your rice is going to turn out. Such considerations as ambient room temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure each play their own part. Fortunately, with this particular beauty, we have a one-liter capacity Japanese rice cooker with built-in artificial intelligence software; this will help to ensure that your rice presents the same ideal consistency year-round – whatever the weather, or other concerns. It does this by monitoring the state of your grains while they’re cooking. It will stop before it overcooks your rice, and it will notify you of any problems. This is easily one of our favorite machines on the list, as it features patented 1H pressure cooking for that same great taste with which you’re probably familiar from the finest Japanese restaurants. You’ll never get rice quite so nice as this out of your microwave!
Panasonic Rice Cooker SR-SPX104 IH
This handy rice cooker from Panasonic offers its own take on 1H pressure cooking, as well as a variety of eco-friendly course modes. What are those, you might be asking? These modes allow you to quickly and conveniently prepare up to one liter of rice in its ideal form for use in a variety of dishes – everything from plain white rice to accompany your chicken dinner, to rice for spicy curry, sushi, rice pudding, or even porridge or gruel. Rice has a thousand and one applications all across the globe, but with this handy number from Panasonic you don’t need to worry about having the optimal conditions necessary to produce rice for each one of them memorized. With the push of a button, and a simple mode selection, you’re off and running – preparing the rest of your meal, while the rice cooker has its job covered. A handy, high-visibility LED display only adds to this model’s already substantial convenience factor.
Tiger Rice Cooker JBU-A55-W
With a modest three-cup capacity, the Tiger is a slightly smaller model than some of the other rice cookers on this list, but it more than makes up for that deficit through its ease of use and the simplicity of keeping it clean. With its capacity to serve as a warmer, keeping your finished rice in peak condition for as long as possible, this model of Japanese rice cooker is ideal for a busy bachelor (or bachelorette!) as well as for any young couple – perhaps living in a situation where you’ve both got school, jobs, and lives of your own. The Tiger incorporates a number of useful features, including a small book of rice-based side dish recipes… and a mini-tray for cooking small portions of chicken, beef, vegetables, or other items to go with your rice, at the same time that you’re cooking the rice itself. The Tiger is simple to use, easy to set up, and quick and easy to complete; much of it simply wipes clean with a damp towel. If you don’t need to cook for a large family, this could be one of the best models of Japanese rice cooker available today to meet your own individual needs.