Top Pick for
Overall rice cooker
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Our editorial team selected the products on this list based on actual customer reviews from buyers at major appliance retailers like The Good Guys, Harvey Norman, Appliances Online and Amazon. For each category, we carefully selected parameters based on our research and identified the rice cookers with the highest review scores and best features within those parameters.
Breville's The Rice Box boasts a large capacity and a host of programming options. It also boasts plenty of positive customer reviews, including an average score of 4.5 out of 5 from 49 The Good Guys customers, an average score of 4.7 out of 5 from 21 Harvey Norman customers and an average score of 4.9 out of 5 from 21 Appliances Online customers.
As a result, it's our pick as the best overall rice cooker.
With a 10-cup capacity, The Rice Box is suitable for families. It senses when the rice is cooked and switches to "keep warm" mode, while the embedded element in the lid reduces condensation to help keep rice fluffy. It also comes with a stainless-steel steaming tray and can be used to make congee, sushi, soup and more.
If you only need to cook rice in smaller batches, there's a lot to like about this 5-cup rice cooker from Panasonic. With plenty of positive reviews from The Good Guys, Appliances Online and Amazon customers, it's our pick as the best small rice cooker.
Featuring one-touch operation, this model uses fuzzy logic to work out the best cooking time for your rice. It offers four programmable options – quick cook or steam, white rice, brown rice, and porridge or soup – and a non-stick pan for easy cleaning. The "keep warm" feature will also ensure that your rice is at the perfect serving temperature for up to 5 hours.
With a price tag of well under $50 and lots of positive reviews from Harvey Norman and The Good Guys customers, the Kambrook Rice Express is our pick as the best cheap rice cooker.
Boasting a 5-cup capacity, this model is designed to make cooking rice as simple and straightforward as possible. It offers one-touch operation and a "keep warm" feature to ensure that your rice stays at the optimum temperature, while the glass lid ensures easy monitoring of your rice while it's being cooked. A steaming trivet is also included if you want to use your rice cooker to prepare any other dishes.
With a budget-friendly price tag and a host of positive customer ratings on Kogan and Amazon, the Russell Hobbs RHRC1 is our pick as the best large-capacity rice cooker. However, if you're looking for something a little more advanced and don't mind paying some extra dough, the Panasonic SR-DF181WST 10 Cup Rice Cooker is also well worth checking out.
With a 10-cup capacity, the Russell Hobbs rice cooker features a stainless steel outer and a non-stick cooking pot. It offers "cook" and "keep warm" functions, while the jar-style locking lid prevents steam from escaping. The RHRC1 also comes with a steam basket so you can steam vegetables at the same time as cooking rice.
If you're searching for an appliance that can do much more than just cook rice, the Tefal RK732 Rice & Slow Cooker is well worth checking out. With an average score of 4.5 out of 5 from over 80 The Good Guys customer reviews, it's our pick as the best multi-purpose rice cooker.
When used as a rice cooker, the RK732 uses fuzzy logic technology to maintain the ideal temperature throughout the cooking process. There's a "keep warm" function so that your rice is always at perfect serving temperature, while the delay start feature and 10-cup capacity are also handy.
If you want to broaden your cooking horizons, you can also use this model as a slow cooker, a steamer, a sauce thickener and more. There are 15 preset programs in all, while the removable parts are dishwasher-safe. If this sounds like something you need, check out our recommendations for the best slow cookers too.
With special settings for brown and white rice as well as a range of other cooking functions, The Smart Rice Box from Breville is a versatile performer. And with lots of positive reviews from customers at Myer, Appliances Online and Amazon, it takes the win here as the best rice cooker for brown rice.
With a 10-cup capacity, The Smart Rice Box uses fuzzy logic technology to adjust the temperature to suit your cooking needs. It features a ceramic-coated cooking bowl and a digital timer, plus it also comes with a BPA-free steaming tray.
As well as a "keep warm" function, this model features settings for sushi/sticky rice, fast cooking, steaming, soups, porridge and cakes.
If you're looking for a simple but practical microwave rice cooker, the Sistema Microwave Rice Steamer is our top pick. With an affordable price tag and an average score of 4.5 out of 5 from over 7,500 Amazon customer ratings, it obviously does an impressive job for a lot of home cooks.
The BPA-free steamer has a 2.6-litre or 11-cup capacity and is designed specifically for microwave use. It features locking clips and a handy steam-release vent, and comes with a rice paddle for quick and easy serving. It's also top-rack dishwasher-safe, ensuring that clean-up is always fast and simple.
And if you need a new microwave to use this rice cooker with, check out our picks for the best microwave in Australia.
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