Eleven rice cookers on a hardwood floor

The Best Rice Cooker

Our pick

Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy NS-ZCC10

Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy NS-ZCC10

The best rice cooker

The Neuro Fuzzy makes sublime sushi rice and is great at other varieties, even basmati, which is one of the hardest to get right in a machine. Although this model is a little slow, it’s the most all-around excellent and foolproof cooker we tested.

Buying Options

$220 from Bed Bath & Beyond
$160 from Home Depot
$190 from Amazon

Thanks to a computer chip that can sense things like moisture and temperature and can adjust cooking parameters to account for human error, the Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy NS-ZCC10 makes great rice, even in situations where other cookers (including those with similar technology) produce starchy, congealed messes. It’s one of the most compact models we tested, its removable lid makes it easy to clean, and the inner pot has handles for easy lifting out of the machine. The Neuro Fuzzy’s only downside is its relative slowness: Unless you use the quick-cook setting, it takes at least 40 minutes to make a batch of white rice and over 90 minutes to make brown rice. But the rice you get from the Neuro Fuzzy is worth the wait.

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Cuckoo CRP-G1015F

Cuckoo CRP-G1015F

Great for frequently making short- and medium-grain white rice

Pressurized cooking, substantial construction, and lightning-fast delicious results make this the right cooker for the serious rice eater, especially if you love sushi rice.

Buying Options

$220 from Wayfair
$220 from Cuckoo Mall
$220 from Amazon

May be out of stock

The Cuckoo CRP-G1015F makes the best sushi rice of all the cookers we tested—chewy, distinctive grains that hold together perfectly. Because it’s a pressure cooker, it also excels at cooking brown rice quickly, in about half the time our top pick takes to do so. However, you might need to tweak the amount of water in your recipe if you prefer softer brown rice—we thought our batches came out pleasantly chewy, but that isn’t to everyone’s taste. And we think the pressurized cooking caused our delicate long-grain rice to come out a bit mushy. Because the Cuckoo is pricey and comes in only a 10-cup capacity, we recommend this cooker to people who want to cook short- or medium-grain white and brown rice often and in large batches.

Budget pick

Hamilton Beach Rice and Hot Cereal Cooker

Hamilton Beach Rice and Hot Cereal Cooker

A speedy, affordable cooker

This simple model ranks among the fastest non-pressure cookers we tested, making jasmine rice in around 35 minutes. The rice isn’t perfect, but this model is a great option for college students or anyone on a budget.

Buying Options

$45 from Ace Hardware

The Hamilton Beach Rice and Hot Cereal Cooker makes good white rice very quickly—it’s a marvel considering its low cost. Although the results weren’t as tender or well separated as what we got from the Zojirushi or the Cuckoo, this model’s rice was better than that of many other higher-end models we tested. The Hamilton Beach is also faster than our top pick, capable of churning out a good batch of white rice in around 35 minutes. In addition, it sports modes for delayed cooking and brown rice—though our brown rice came out a little underdone.

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Our pick

Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy NS-ZCC10

Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy NS-ZCC10

The best rice cooker

The Neuro Fuzzy makes sublime sushi rice and is great at other varieties, even basmati, which is one of the hardest to get right in a machine. Although this model is a little slow, it’s the most all-around excellent and foolproof cooker we tested.

Buying Options

$220 from Bed Bath & Beyond
$160 from Home Depot
$190 from Amazon

Upgrade pick

Cuckoo CRP-G1015F

Cuckoo CRP-G1015F

Great for frequently making short- and medium-grain white rice

Pressurized cooking, substantial construction, and lightning-fast delicious results make this the right cooker for the serious rice eater, especially if you love sushi rice.

Buying Options

$220 from Wayfair
$220 from Cuckoo Mall
$220 from Amazon

May be out of stock

Budget pick

Hamilton Beach Rice and Hot Cereal Cooker

Hamilton Beach Rice and Hot Cereal Cooker

A speedy, affordable cooker

This simple model ranks among the fastest non-pressure cookers we tested, making jasmine rice in around 35 minutes. The rice isn’t perfect, but this model is a great option for college students or anyone on a budget.

Buying Options

$45 from Ace Hardware

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