Rice Cooker Review

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Rice Cooker

Our test winner is the Reishunger Rice Cooker: The device is easy to operate, easy to clean and ensures a delicious cooking result. Our favourite with the test grade 9.1/10!

We have tested 5 rice cookers and paid special attention to handling, cleaning, and functionality.

You are a great rice lover and the delicious side dish often ends up on your plate? Then take your pleasure experience to a whole new level by preparing your rice conveniently and easily in the rice cooker. Unlike in a pot, nothing burns with the right appliance and nothing stands in the way of rice enjoyment.

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last modified: 22.11.2019, 14:38
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Our winner: Reishunger Rice Cooker (1.2l/500W/220V) Severin RK 2425 Rice Cooker Review Russell Hobbs Cook@Home 19750-56 Rice Cooker Review Rosenstein & Söhne Rice Cooker Review Tristar RK Rice Cooker Review

Reishunger
Rice Cooker (1.2l/500W/220V)

Severin
RK 2425 Rice Cooker

Russell Hobbs
Cook@Home 19750-56 Rice Cooker

Rosenstein & Söhne
Rice Cooker

Tristar
RK Rice Cooker

  • Chic design
  • Little plastic
  • Additional steam input
  • Easy cleaning
  • Warm-keeping mode
  • 3 l capacity
  • Easy to use
  • Warm-keeping function
  • Steam input
  • High-quality design
  • Very good price/performance ratio
  • Large filling quantity
  • Additional cooking insert
  • Easy cleaning
  • Tasty result
  • No sticking to the bottom of the pot
  • All parts that come into contact with food are BPA-free
  • Automatic switch into the keep-warm mode
  • Cheap
  • Functional
  • Warm-keeping function
  • Relatively low price
  • Tasty result
  • Easy to use
  • Elegant design
  • Very firm to the bite rice when cooking according to instructions
  • High price
  • Strange noises during cooking
  • Not suitable for small quantities of rice
  • Less suitable for small quantities
  • Vegetables must be cut small enough so that they cook
  • Less appealing design
  • Low filling quantity
  • Keep warm mode for one hour only
  • Max. boiling quantity low
  • Rice sticks easily to the bottom of the pot
  • Difficult to clean

High-quality rice cooker for which the price is worth it.

High-quality rice cooker with practical additives, but only suitable for larger quantities of rice.

Convinces with several functions, simple handling, and easy cleaning.

Cheap rice cooker for small quantities of rice without any extra functions.

Cheap rice cooker for smaller quantities, unfortunately with a few shortcomings.

Capacity litres 1.2 3 1.8 1 1
Power 500 W 650 W 700 W 400 W 400 W
Handling
Range of functions
Cleaning
Cooking result
Overall impression
Accessory
Weight 1.8 kg 2.77 kg 1 kg 1.3 kg 1.2 kg
Child protection No No No No No
Handling Simple Simple Simple Simple Simple
Warm-keeping function Available Available Available Available Yes
Self-cleaning program No No No No No
Processing Excellent Good Excellent Good Good
Thermostat No No No No No
Key lighting Control lamp Control lamp Indication lights Control lamp Indication lights
Test seal: Reishunger Rice Cooker (1.2l/500W/220V), Rating 1.6
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Test seal: Severin RK 2425 Rice Cooker, Rating 1.7
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Test seal: Russell Hobbs Cook@Home 19750-56 Rice Cooker, Rating 2
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Test seal: Rosenstein & Söhne Rice Cooker, Rating 2.4
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Test seal: Tristar RK Rice Cooker, Rating 2.8
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Tested products

1st place: Reishunger Rice Cooker (1.2l/500W/220V)

Test seal: Reishunger Rice Cooker (1.2l/500W/220V), Rating good

The rice cooker from Reishunger is a high-quality and attractively designed rice cooker with which it is easy to prepare large portions of tasty rice without burning.

If you are looking for a rice cooker with which you can also cook vegetables, meat and the like and you want to prepare relatively large portions of rice and accept the slightly higher price, you will definitely find what you are looking for with this appliance.

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Severin RK 2425 Rice Cooker - thumbnail Test seal: Severin RK 2425 Rice Cooker, Rating good

2nd place: Severin RK 2425 Rice Cooker

The Severin rice cooker is a high-quality and attractively designed rice cooker, with which it is very easy to prepare large portions of rice tasty and without burning.

If you are looking for a rice cooker with which you can also cook vegetables, meat and much more, and relatively large portions of rice to prepare, you will definitely be satisfied with this device.

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Russell Hobbs Cook@Home 19750-56 Rice Cooker - thumbnail Test seal: Russell Hobbs Cook@Home 19750-56 Rice Cooker, Rating good

3rd place: Russell Hobbs Cook@Home 19750-56 Rice Cooker

The Russell Hobbs rice cooker is a high-quality device that makes it very easy to prepare large portions of tasty rice.

If you are looking for a rice cooker with which you can additionally cook vegetables, meat and more as well as preparing relatively large portions of rice, you will definitely find what you are looking for in this appliance.

This rice cooker is rather less suitable for the preparation of smaller quantities of rice.

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Rosenstein & Söhne Rice Cooker - thumbnail Test seal: Rosenstein & Söhne Rice Cooker, Rating good

4th place: Rosenstein & Söhne Rice Cooker

The rice cooker from Rosenstein & Söhne is a good rice cooker with which you can achieve a good result for a relatively low price.

However, it is not suitable for preparing very large portions of rice. If you are looking for a rice cooker that serves its purpose, you have come to the right place.

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Tristar RK Rice Cooker - thumbnail Test seal: Tristar RK Rice Cooker, Rating satisfactory

5th place: Tristar RK Rice Cooker

The rice cooker by Tristar is a solid rice cooker that delivers what it promises.

It has a nice design, a warming mode and is very easy to use. The only negative thing we noticed was that some rice grains stuck to the bottom of the pot and that the pot is very difficult to clean.

The price-performance ratio of this rice cooker is therefore only partially adequate.

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Reishunger - Rice Cooker (1.2l/500W/220V)

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In the run-up to the test, we defined practical requirements and the following test criteria:

  • Handling
  • Functional scope
  • Cleaning
  • Cooking result
  • Overall impression
  • Accessories

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.

Product selection

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.

With the rice cooker, every rice dish succeeds perfectly.
If you no longer want to cook your rice in a pot and want to take care of other things while cooking rice, then you should buy a rice cooker. Because here rice and water are filled in, the desired cooking program is set and no further monitoring of your cooking rice is required. So the rice is always particularly grainy or soft with a special cooker, depending on how you want it. If you, therefore, like to eat a lot of rice as a side dish, the purchase of a rice cooker is definitely worthwhile for you. Because on the market many cookers are offered in the different price ranges.

prepared rice
Cooking result of the rice cooker

A rice cooker is an electrical appliance that is not used on the stove but works independently via a power supply. The rice cookers look similar to a small deep fryer. The attached cooking pot is made of metal and has a capacity of one to five litres of water, which depends mainly on the model. One litre of rice is enough as a side dish for six people. The cooking pot also has a lid, which should always be closed during cooking. The pot, which should have a non-stick coating, can always be removed for easy cleaning. The lid should also be removable to ensure easy rinsing. If the rice cooker is well filled, the rice will reach the top of the lid during cooking. Depending on the model, the rice cookers have different functions that should be weighed up when buying. It is important that the rice cooker offers not only cooking but also keeping warm and possibly warming up.

It is important to read the operating instructions. Because every model is operated differently and only if you know all the functions of your rice cooker can you prepare the perfect rice. Before using it for the first time, you should get a precise idea of the various cooking programs and setting options by testing them. When it comes to cooking, it is important that the rice used is washed first. The dry rice should be rinsed three to four times. This will remove the starch from the bowl, which otherwise prevents the rice from sticking and can burn more quickly. In addition, unwashed rice usually tastes slightly floury, which is not everyone's taste.

The rice can now be placed in the cooker. The operating instructions state exactly how much water should be added. Another measure would be to put your hand on the rice and fill the stove with water. If the middle ankle of the middle finger is half covered with water, the amount of water is correct. After that, the rice cooker is started and you only have to wait until the rice is ready.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to cook rice pudding with a rice cooker, because the milk would overcook in the cooker with a lot of foam, even if the model is a closed rice cooker. However, there is an alternative, because the tasty Kiribath can be produced. This is rice that is boiled with water and coconut milk and is very tasty.

Rice cookers usually offer various functions. Of course, the cooker is primarily responsible for cooking and ensuring the success of the rice. Most rice cookers also offer the functions of warming up and keeping warm. Most models, for example, automatically switch to the heating function after the cooking process has been completed. The rice is then no longer cooked and automatically kept warm until use. In addition, some rice cookers also have a warm-up function. To do this, the cold rice is put back into the cooker and warmed up again. As the handling here varies from model to model, you must read the operating instructions in advance to see what you need to bear in mind when warming up.

Most models currently available on the market also offer a steam cooker insert. You can even gently steam fish or vegetables in the rice cooker. As a rule, all appliances are also suitable for keeping pasta, soups or other dishes, such as a vegetable dish, warm for a longer period of time. So the rice cooker is not just a kitchen appliance for just one function, but the appliances can do much more.

The rice cooker offers many advantages in comparison to cooking in a pot. The main advantage here is the time saved. When cooking rice in the rice cooker, you don't have to stand next to it and make sure that the rice doesn't overcook or burn. So the rice will cook faster in a rice cooker and it can cook without supervision. You can do other things during this time. Because the rice cookers are non-stick coated, nothing can burn here. In addition, there is the automatic regulation of the heat supply so that the water cannot boil over. Especially with large quantities of rice, it is cooked more evenly.

With large quantities in a pot, you need a lot of water and when the rice has risen, stirring becomes difficult. Since the liquid collects at the bottom, the rice in the pot also becomes dry at the top and muddy at the bottom. The rice cooker avoids this problem by working with an ultra-modern pressure system in which each individual grain of rice, regardless of whether it is at the top or at the bottom, receives the same cooking.

Keeping warm and warming up in a rice cooker also works better than in a pot. Almost all rice cookers have an extra function for this. So you can simply keep the already finished rice warm in the rice cooker if the rest of the food still lasts. And even if the rice has already become cold and needs to be warmed up again, this is no problem in the rice cooker.

Rice is one of the world's most important cereal products and staple foods. Especially in Asian countries, the per capita consumption of rice is 90 kg per year. In European countries, on the other hand, we consume 4 kg per capita per year. Many different varieties are now available in shops, but what is rice anyway? The rice plant is a sweet grass plant. The first rice was cultivated in China 8,000 years ago. From here it found its way via India and Iran to Africa, and finally became known in Europe. Rice has been cultivated in Italy for about 500 years, and Greece is now also one of the rice growers in Europe. In North America the rice cultivation found its beginning only in the late 17th century.

Above all, the rice should be stored dry and cool and always well-closed, because it quickly absorbs foreign smells. The unpeeled whole rice is richer in fat than the peeled rice. It, therefore, does not last long and can quickly become rancid due to its high fat content. So the whole rice should not be stored longer than one and a half years. Peeled rice, on the other hand, can be stored for longer if stored correctly. Between 60 grams and 80 grams per person are sufficient as a side dish, and between 100 grams and 120 grams for the main course. Of course, this also depends on the variety. Because unpeeled rice is more satiating than the predominantly used white and thus peeled rice.

Important for you if you suffer from coeliac condition is above all the knowledge that you can eat as much rice as you want. Because rice is gluten-free by nature.

Even though rice cultivation has had a valid limit value for the arsenic content in rice since 2016 and also in rice products in Europe, the rice grains are still not completely free of arsenic. It is therefore advisable to wash the rice before cooking. This is especially true for parboiled and whole grain rice. Arsenic is deposited mainly in the outer layers of the rice grain. To reduce the arsenic content as much as possible, the rice is washed before cooking until only clear water escapes.

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Our test winner is the Reishunger Rice Cooker: The device is easy to operate, easy to clean and ensures a delicious cooking result. Our favourite with the test grade 9.1/10!

We have tested 5 rice cookers and paid special attention to handling, cleaning, and functionality.

You are a great rice lover and the delicious side dish often ends up on your plate? Then take your pleasure experience to a whole new level by preparing your rice conveniently and easily in the rice cooker. Unlike in a pot, nothing burns with the right appliance and nothing stands in the way of rice enjoyment.

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