The best mid-range Rice Cookers
So you’ve just developed a new found love for all things rice, or perhaps you’re an ardent rice enthusiast with an unwavering love for rice but with a construed budget. You don’t want a rice cooker that turns white rice into ‘golden’ rice neither are you willing to settle for a rice cooker that budget cooker with limited functionalities. What you instead want is that rice cooker that finds the thing line between rice cooking luxury and pocket friendliness; welcome to the world of mid-range rice cookers.
What exactly is a mid-range rice cooker?
A mid-range rice cooker by contemporary standards is a rice cooker that costs in between $80 to $120. They typically come with all the features that make rice cooking pleasantly easy and then some. These won’t cook GABA rice, neither will they spot platinum coated nonstick pots, what they’ll however possess;
An assortment of basic rice cook modes
If your rice cooking fantasy requires you to cook brown rice, plain rice or sushi rice, then a mid-range cooker is the perfect fit. Most mid-range cookers have the innate ability to prepare the basic rice types without breaking a sweat, some even have added support for other cereals and grains like beans and oats, and if you’re lucky you can find one that doubles as porridge cooker.
A price ceiling of $120 means manufacturers have to pack in as many features as they can if they intend to justify the price jump from budget rice cookers. Consequently, expect a mid-range cooker to come with generic features (that you won’t find on budget cookers) like automatic keep warm settings, dedicated and detailed center consoles, a complimentary steam mode, energy savings and in very rare instances fuzzy logic. This is in addition to standard features like a delay timer and sateuing, usually found in budget rice cookers.
Top-notch build quality
Build quality is usually not an issue with mid-range rice cookers like their senior colleagues the premium rice cookers they are manufactured with top-tier materials, some even come with high end finishes like brushed aluminum, detachable lids, retractable cords, etc. This is not to say that there are no inferior grade mid-range cookers, there are, but if you stick to mid-range cookers from brands like Zojirushi or Hamilton beach you’re good to go
Making the Final Decision
So, you’ve had a peruse of what to expect with a mid-range rice cooker what’s left is making the actual decision of which rice cooker to for. Naturally, we advise that you stick to well-known brands when making your decision – not only do they make better cookers (from experience) they also have a higher accountability rating. So if your rice cooker arrives with a defect or severely falls short of your expectations, you’re assured a replacement or refund; something that might be hard to process with the lesser known brands.
Here are our top picks for mid-range rice cookers.