In the run-up to the test, we defined practical requirements and the following test criteria:
- Functional scope
- Cooking result
- Overall impression
In order to evaluate these criteria, we have defined several tests for rice cookers. In these, each appliance must cook 500 g jasmine rice and 200 g basmati rice. First, the scope of delivery and functions are checked and the cookers are prepared according to the manufacturer's specifications. Then, in the first pass, the appliances are filled with 500 g rice. During the entire process, the required time is stopped and the handling and user-friendliness are assessed. The finished rice is distributed to several test persons who evaluate consistency and quality. Part of the rice is left in the cooker to test the heat retention function. The temperature of the rice cookers is measured for safety purposes. The cycle is then repeated with 200 g Basmati rice. Finally, the appliances are cleaned and checked to ensure that the individual parts are dishwasher-safe.
In order to rule out errors and to ensure that they are not exposed to everyday wear and tear, each test is carried out in several stages.
The test criteria are given percentages depending on their importance. The final score is then objectively calculated from the test criteria using an algorithm.
Our product selection is based on an observation of the current market. In addition to popular branded products, we also include insider tips in our selection. Criteria such as price and range of functions are an important factor for us. The test field is also determined by analysis and evaluation of customer reviews and external tests (e.g. Stiftung Warentest).
The devices are purchased anonymously or lent to us by the manufacturer. Dealers and manufacturers have no influence on the tests and our evaluation.
As soon as new relevant products come onto the market, our test field is extended by these. The new products go through the same test as the already tested devices.