If you don’t own a rice cooker yet then you are missing out on seriously good rice dishes. Stop boiling your rice in the pan, not only does it taste awful, it’s always a challenge to cook it to perfection. Today we’re going to show you the best rice cooker Australia.
The Ricer Cooker Explained
The earliest reports of the rice cooker go back to 1937 when Japan created a wooden box with two electrodes attached to opposite ends. They added water and washed rice and a current was applied. The rice boiled and escaping electrocution was ready to eat shortly after.
Since then the rice cooker has come a long way and was first developed into a house hold staple in 1956 when a solution was invented by Yoshitada Minami who was associated with Toshiba Corporation.
Why Buy A Rice Cooker?
If you’re still boiling water on a stove and cooking rice the old fashioned way or using those microwavable rice pots you can buy from Woolworths either, they cost a fortune and taste woeful! Buy yourself a rice cooker and experience authentic perfect rice every time for yourself.
Once you buy a rice cooker your life will become much easier, I guarantee it. Simply add your rice and turn it on. Job done.
Most modern rice cookers will effortlessly cook your rice and then keep it warm until you’re ready to use it. Have you ever been to a Thai restaurant and wondered why the rice is so tasty and your dish comes out so fast? The rice was made earlier that day and is being kept warm in a rice cooker.
A non stick inner layer ensures your rice doesn’t stick to the bottom and more expensive rice cookers offer functionality to cook a wide variety of types of rice although I’ll be honest, even a cheap rice cooker can cook most rice including Jasmin, Basmati, Red and Brown rice.
The 5 Best Rice Cookers
Regardless, after months of research, here’s the best rice cookers in Australia to suit every household. Whatever you decide, make sure you buy one as it will make your life so much easier, I guarantee it.
1. Philips Grain Master Rice Cooker
This rice cooker is probably the biggest baddest cooker you can buy for under $100 and offers everything a large household could need.
It features 8 multi-function options allowing you to perfectly cook brown rice, white rice, multi-grain rice, lentils, porridge and quinoa. It also offers a reheat option, quick cook and standard cook option.
My favourite option is the quick cook for fast meals at home.
The Philips Grain cooker offers a trademarked ‘FragrantTaste’ feature that enhanced optimal moisture absorption ensuring every cook is as tasty as the last.
You won’t find that in any other rice cookers. After cooking you can keep it going in warm mode for up to 12 hours or reheat it too.
This cooker is a brute and weighs over 4kg so you’ll want to ensure it will fit in your kitchen but allows you to cook up to 4L of food at once.
Backed by a 2 year manufacturer warranty and included measuring cup, scoop, manuals quick start guide and free recipe booklet it’s a great rice cooker.
Voted Best Rice Cooker Australia For The Year
2. Sunbeam Perfect 7 Deluxe Jar Rice Cooker
As I mentioned earlier you don’t need to spend a lot if you only want to cook rice and this is a perfect example of that. With a non stick cooking pan you can cook up to 14 cups of rice in one go. If rice isn’t your thing you can use it for steaming fish, poultry and vegetables too.
The Sunbeam rice cooker features a sealed locking lid and is a mini version of a larger model popular among the Asian commercial community.
The product does what it’s intended too do and cooks rice fast and then changes to warm mode ready to use. At 3kg it’s lighter than the Philips and is designed for families up to 12 people at once.
3. Kambrook Rice Express Cooker
Another cheaper rice cooker that is retailed for under RRP$40, the Kambrook features an 8 cup capacity and will make up to 18 servings of rice. Similar to the previous rice cooker it only comes with a cook and warm option so you can’t customize your cook for different types.
As above this rice cooker can be used to steam vegetables, fish and poultry and also includes a non stick aluminium removable cooking bowl too.
This is a model we actually use in our own house currently. It’s so light and easy to use, it’s portable too and could easily fit in a caravan or the back of your car if you’re doing a roadie.
4. Breville BRC550SIL Rice Grain Cooker
This silver rice cooker from Breville looks sexy and offers multiple cooking options including rice, risotto, lentils, porridge, quinoa and saute. It’s not just a rice cooker and given the price it might be suitable for those looking for a multi purpose cooker.
Featuring a 10 cup capacity it can easily make up to 20 cups of cooked rice per time. At 3kg it’s a lightweight cooker that can be easily relocated.
The rice cooker features a ‘cook n look lid’ and is super easy to clean out of all the models mentioned in this review.
5. Tefal Multicook Smart Rice Cooker
Are you looking for a powerhouse rice cooker that doubles up as a multi cooker then you should consider this Tefal RK900.
The rather pricey cooker offers 4 grain cooking options inlcuding Nutri+, Quick, Normal and Soft for a wide variety of rice, lentils, beans, chick peas and porridge.
In total there are over 82 different cooking programs including 22 nutrition and 60+ multi-cook programs. Slightly excessive for most households but foodies will love the different options. For those short on time there is an express soaking function as well as an automatic keep warm feature and delayed start up to 24 hours.
In the box you’ll find a durable ceramic bowl that provided efficient 3D heating for tasty rice and grains.
Negatives include a fiddly user interface including power on/off buttons and the display is attached to the lid meaning when you open it you can’t see the clock anymore.
There you have, 5 of the best rice cookers you can buy in Australia right now. Whether you’re a big household planning on cooking lots of rice or a broke student trying to save money, there is a suitable rice cooker out there for everyone, some cheaper than others.
For those on a budget I’d opt for the Kambrook Express Rice Cooker. If you're looking for a large household or something that can serve multiple purposes such as steaming or cooking other dishes then the Philips Grain Master or Tefal Multicook should be seriously considered.
Do you really need a rice cooker?
If you read the introduction then you’ll know that I think every household should have a rice cooker to save money and savour the taste of perfectly cooked rice every time.
Some people claim rice cookers take up space in the kitchen so I’d suggest buying something that suits your life.
For example a one bedroom apartment in Melbourne probably should buy a cheap rice cooker. A family of 7 growing adults should probably buy a fully fledged 20 cup cooker. If you’re still not convinced, maybe stick to a pan and hot water.
Does rice taste better in a rice cooker?
It’s entirely up to the individual but there is a reason why you’ll see a rice cooker at nearly any Asian food outlet and that’s because it tastes much better and is easier to serve customers. If you eat lots of rice then you’ll be your own judge but I’ve always believed it tastes much better.
You can learn how to use one here.
How long does a rice cooker take?
Generally a rice cooker will take 10 minutes for perfectly cooked white rice and 20 minutes for brown or multi grain rice.
The problem with buying a cheap rice cooker is you can’t alter the cooking time so you might need to do it twice rather than once for brown rice. Buying a multi purpose cooker with functions for each type of rice can help.
How long can you keep rice in a rice cooker?
Cooked rice can be kept warm for up to 12 hours however we recommend refrigerating your rice after 2 hours. Then use within 3 days and only reheat it once. Personally I always use my rice instantly from the cooker as it’s so easy to use.
There you have it, five of the best rice cookers Australia. What’s your experience using a rice cooker or any of those featured in our article. Drop a comment below and we’ll share it with other readers.
Rhys is a successful entrepreneur with a PHD from University Colleague London with a strong interest in product reviews, blogging and traveling. Based in Melbourne, he loves to write about electronics, tech and travel.