Things to Keep in Mind when Choosing the Best Rice Cooker

It can be overwhelming to look for the right type of rice cooker for your family. More often than not, you’ll end up buying one that’s just enough to cook rice for a handful of people. When it’s time to feed a large group of people, that’s when you’ll realize that you have to cook rice in batches just to feed them all, and that’s certainly not the best and wisest option.

If you’ve grown tired of such a practice, then it’s time you purchase a new rice cooker, preferably one that can cook for both small and large groups. Most modern rice cookers are packed with awesome features that will make cooking rice more fun and exciting. Take, for example, the Zojirushi NP-HCC10XH. It comes in two variations – one with a one liter capacity that’s enough to cook five cups of rice for a small family and another with a 1.8-liter capacity that can cook 10 cups of rice. If you were a frugal shopper, you’ll opt for the one with the larger capacity since you can adjust the measurement when it’s time to cook for a smaller group.

However, you may be wondering why to buy the Zojirushi NP-HCC10XH. Well, there are a number of reasons. For one, it utilizes induction heating technology when cooking rice, which means heat is applied to the sides and bottom of the inner kettle. Thus, the rice is cooked evenly. Another awesome feature of the Zojirushi NP-HCC10XH is its microcomputer that allows you to choose several menu options including how you want to cook the rice. Hence, if you’re up for some porridge, you just need to choose that in the settings and voila, you have a steaming bowl of porridge.

Did you happen to cook the rice a little too early? Well, the Zojirushi NP-HCC10XH has a “keep warm” option that automatically turns on after the rice is cooked. If members of the family are still too busy with their individual goings-on, you can choose the “extended keep warm” option to keep the rice warm until it’s time to serve the family.

Now supposing you have decided to get the Zojirushi NP-HCC10XH. It’s time to go over several factors to determine whether it is, indeed, the right brand for you.

First thing to consider is your budget. The more features a rice cooker has, the more expensive it is. However, if rice is a staple on your table, then it is worth the investment since you will definitely be using it for a long time. For more or less $300, it is a good buy not only because of its features but also because of its durability.

A second thing to consider is the size of the rice cooker, which we’ve already covered earlier.

Third, consider the features. The Zojirushi NP-HCC10XH boasts of its delay timer feature, which is probably one of the most convenient functions it has. Why is a delay timer important? Well, it lets you set a particular time of day when the rice should start cooking. For example, before going to work, you can prepare the rice and put it in the inner kettle already, after which you need just set the time you want to rice to start cooking. When the clock strikes the hour you programmed into the rice cooker, it will start cooking, and you will have freshly-cooked rice waiting for you when you come home from work.

These are just some of the things you need to keep in mind when choosing the best rice cooker for you and your family.