Best Rice Cooker under $100

It’s hard to fathom a rice cooker could cost up to several hundreds of dollars with the advanced heating technologies and fancy menu settings for cooking every rice under the sun. Yet, there are great rice cookers at affordable prices if you care to search a bit more. In this post, I am going to show you three best rice cookers under $100 with distinct features and capacity sizes.



Aroma ARC-150SB Rice Cooker

This is one of the bestsellers by Aroma Housewares, a U.S. housewares manufacturer and marketer based in San Diego, California. What I like about this rice cooker is the generous size of 20 cups in cooked rice. This size is big enough for a large family with 6 to 8 people. Yet it’s also useable for a small to medium size family as you don’t have to cook up to the maximum capacity every day.

The ARC-150SB is also a great multi-tasker as you can use the steamer to cook some vegetables while cooking rice in the same pot. Slow cooking is another way to take advantage of the versatility of the cooker.

This rice cooker is digitally programmed to cook white, brown rice, steam and slow cook very well. It covers all the basic needs without complicated options that might overwhelm average consumers.

Last, but the least is the affordability. It’s priced under $50 which is a fraction of the cost by many rice cooker brands.



Panasonic SR-DE103 5 Cup Rice Cooker

This is one of the most inexpensive fuzzy logic rice cookers you might find in the market. Made by Panasonic, it’s proven to cook rice so well without costing a fortune to get it.

With a 5-cup size, this SR-DE103 is a perfect rice cooker for small to medium families. Contrary to how Aroma measures its rice cooker capacity, this Panasonic rice cooker is measured in dry rice. That means the 5 cup equates to 10 cups in cooked rice.

If you haven’t heard the term “fuzzy logic’ in a rice cooker, this is how human intelligence is applied in a household appliance. The rice cooker is equipped with a computer chip full of so-called fuzzy logic. The fuzzy logic processes “what…if” scenarios such as if you cook 3 cups of white rice, use cooking temperature and cooking time A vs. brown rice another set of temperature and cooking time. No matter what you are cooking, the rice cooker will be smart enough to think through and deploy the right temperature and time to yield the best tasting rice.

Another competitive advantage of the rice cooker is that it has 8 menu settings for cooking white, brown, sticky rice as well as quick cook, steam, slow cook, porridge and bake cakes. You really can’t ask more functions than all this.



Miracle Exclusives Stainless Steel ME81

The Miracle Exclusives ME81 Rice Cooker is made of 100% grade 304 surgical stainless steel in the cooking surface of the pot and the steamer. In the day and age of many people are more concerned what the Teflon-coated material might do to our health and bodies, this rice cooker is a refreshing alternative. As you might be familiar with stainless steel that it doesn’t corrode, rust or decomposes in high heat or under acidic conditions.

This rice cooker has 8 cup dry rice capacity, but only yields 12 cups of cooked rice. This is an anomaly in the conversion between dry and cooked rice, typically it’s a 1 to 2 ratio. So bear this mind if you decide to buy this one.

The ME81 doesn’t have any fancy technologies. It’s plug and cook with a conventional heating element. It’s as simple it gets.

By the way, Miracle Exclusives is another American manufacturer of household products best known for the Miracle wheat grass juicer among other things.


As you can see, here are three rice cookers with very unique product features and selling points.

Aroma ARC-150SB is the most affordable among the three. Its large size offers flexibility to cook more or less.

If fuzzy logic technology sounds intriguing to you, check out the Panasonic SR-DE103. Haven’t thought about baking a cake in a rice cooker, here is your chance to experiment with this novel idea.

Finding a rice cooker with a 100% stainless steel inner cooking pot is quite a challenge for many folks. I’ve received many emails from those who are searching for this feature in a rice cooker. Even though many brands might say stainless steel rice cookers, what they refer to is the exterior material not the interior. This ME81 is the real deal with stainless steel in the inner pot as well as in the steamer. Your search stops here.

I’ve written in-depth reviews of all rice cookers on this site. I am including the links here in case you are interested in learning more.


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