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Best rice cooker under $200?

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Best rice cooker under $200?

I had a Hamilton beach one that I loved but accidentally melted the wire on the stove. Looking at the zoirushi brand they seem expensive though, are they really good? What’s the best rice cooker for under $200
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How much rice do you cook / eat ?

That’s the first thing to figure out.

If it’s not a staple that you eat several times a week ...

Then it might be a better value to just buy an electric food steamer
(Be it a one layer, or multi layer version)

https://www.wayfair.ca/keyword.php?pref ... od+steamer

That way you have a multi function small appliance ... great for making a few cups of rice at a time, steaming veggies, or fish etc.
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PointsHubby wrote: How much rice do you cook / eat ?

That’s the first thing to figure out.

If it’s not a staple that you eat several times a week ...

Then it might be a better value to just buy an electric food steamer
(Be it a one layer, or multi layer version)

https://www.wayfair.ca/keyword.php?pref ... od+steamer

That way you have a multi function small appliance ... great for making a few cups of rice at a time, steaming veggies, or fish etc.
3 cups or so 3 times a week don’t want a steamer tho just dedicated rice cooker
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Heavenleigh85 wrote: 3 cups or so 3 times a week don’t want a steamer tho just dedicated rice cooker
Agree if you are making that much rice a week (9 Cups) then a dedicated Rice Steamer is the right choice
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Stick with Tiger or Zojirushi. Decent 5.5 cup rice cookers can be had for like buck - 20 or buck - 30 is the going rate. However, if you want the old school lid cookers just visit any chinese store they sell a bunch of inexpensive tigers/zojirushi's for like $89-$99 bucks. Ive seen some go on sale for like $60 range. Not hard to find.
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I have a Panasonic rice cooker, an older model of this https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/pa ... t/14775237, and have stopped using it once I tried cooking rice in an Instant Pot. I find pressure cooking rice better than rice cookers.

The only negative for using the Instant Pot was the time to figure out the amount of water to use. Instant Pot doesn't lose as much water as a rice cooker, so less water can be used.

If money is not an issue, there are Zojirushi Pressure Rice Cooker, https://www.amazon.ca/ZOJIRUSHI-NP-NVC1 ... B009QYC60S. approx $500.
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I could never figure it out. Could you share your ratio? I typically eat Chinese rice.
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my instant pot does an excellent job with rice. pot-in-pot method
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I’ve had a lot in my years everything from Hamilton beach to ranch Japanese one. They all seem to be on par to be honest. We recently retired a tiger brand which is pretty good from what I read but it didn’t hold the cooked rice long before turning into a sour rancid mess. I think it may be the quality of the rice? At any rate I saw this at Walmart and picked it up. Keeps our rice for well over 30+ hours and it’s still pretty good. Only had it about a week or so.

https://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/zojirushi- ... ksQAvD_BwE
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instant pot with ingredients measured with an electronic scale is a great alternative, but more work than a stand alone rice cooker that has sensors to compensate for the indoor humidity or accidental increase in water added etc.
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Have always used tiger brand rice cooker, but recently the lid wouldn't remain closed...kept popping up despite using force. Had this one for a good number of years and has been good to use otherwise, although basic. Recently wanted to buy a cheaper rice cooker, bought an Instant Pot 8 cup rice cooker from canadian tire- it was on sale for 39.99. So far so good, not as intuitive as the tiger rice cooker since I have to push a couple buttons to start cooking. It has some extra cooking functions which surprised me. Rice is cooked as well as the tiger brand though.
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StatsGuy wrote: I find my Panasonic fuzzy logic pretty good especially for the price . Definitely better than the ones without fuzzy logic but also under $100

https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/pa ... 1/10218106

Got it on sale for $79.99 and quite happy with it
I've got the same one, works great. I've had it 4-5 years now and never had a problem with it. It is a bit on the bigger side, thats my only complaint.
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Any chance of good Black Friday sales for rice cookers this month? LOL

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