Best Rice Cookers for Christmas 2012



If you haven’t thought about buying a rice cooker for your loved one or your best friend, maybe this is the year you should add it to your shopping list. I’ve compiled 10 best rice cookers for Christmas 2012.

Why a Rice Cooker?

As you might know, a rice cooker is a staple in many Asian households. In fact, it has been gaining so much popularity among all the other ethnic groups. The benefits of using a rice cooker are numerous such as:

  1. It can help you cut down the cooking time for a meal as the timer in the rice cooker allows you to cook the rice ahead so you don’t have to joggle between the main course and the side dish.
  2. It enables you to eat healthier as rice, especially brown rice provides more vitamins, nutrients and fiber than bread and pasta.
  3. Rice is versatile to be paired up with different types of cuisines whether it’s Asian, Mexican or American.
  4. A rice cooker can be used for cooking other varieties of meals besides rice. You may use it as a slow cooker to cook a one pot meal; as a steamer to steam meats, seafood and veggies; some of the models are even designed for baking cakes and other desserts.
  5. Last, but the least is that you will be able to cook perfect rice without fail time and time again.

The 10 Best Rice Cookers

This best 10 list is based on the top-rated rice cookers on Amazon by hundreds of customers. Included are multiple leading brands of rice cooker manufacturers in the world such as Zojirushi, Instant Pot, Panasonic and Aroma. These rice cookers are equipped with varying technologies from the basic digital, fuzzy logic to induction heating. They are also different in sizes to serve the needs of single, small, medium to large families. They all come in different external design elements such as curvy or boxy in shape, white or stainless steel in color. The price ranges from $30 to as much as over $200 to fit in your holiday budget.

Gifting someone on your list with a rice cooker is such a thoughtful gesture as he or she will enjoy using it for 10, 20 years or even longer. Whenever they see and use the rice cooker, they will always have the fondest memory of you.

I had reviewed 9 out 10 of the rice cookers in depth and one in a comparative post. For your convenience, here is a summary chart. You may click on the link under Detailed Review to learn more or click on the link under Price Range to check the best price. Hope this will help you shave some time off in your holiday shopping.

Ranking (1 as best)Detailed ReviewPrice RangeRatingsSizeColorHeating
1Zojirushi NS-LAC05 ReviewPrice Range:$100-1504.53 cupblack stainless and plain stainless steelmicro computerized chip
2Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 ReviewPrice Range:$150-2004.55.5 cuppremium whiteneuro fuzzy logic
3Instant Pot IP-LUX60 ReviewPrice Range:$100-1504.525 cup/or 6.33 quartstainless steelmicro-computerized chip
4Zojirushi NS-TGC10 ReviewPrice Range:$150-2004.55.5 cupstainless steelfuzzy logic
5Zojirushi NS-YAC10/18 ReviewPrice Range:$200-2504.55.5/10 cuppearl whitefuzzy logic
6Zojirushi NP-HBC10 ReviewPrice Range:$250-3004.55.5 cup
stainless steelinduction heating
7Zojirushi NP-GBC05 ReviewPrice Range:$200-2505.03 cupstainless browninduction heating
8Aroma ARC-996 vs ARC-838TCPrice Range:Under $504.46 cupwhitedigital program
9Panasonic-SR-MS183 ReviewPrice Range:$100-1504.510 cupwhite with chrome finishfuzzy logic
10Zojirushi NS-VGC05 ReviewPrice Range:$100-1504.73 cupbeigefuzzy logic


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