There's nothing more dreadful than waiting for a pot of rice to cook, only to end up with a dry result and a burnt pan. While rice is one of the most versatile pantry staples, it also can be one of the most finicky things to cook—which is why all rice lovers can benefit from a rice cooker. From fragrant coconut rice to the viral TikTok salmon rice bowl and all of these 55 super-easy rice recipes, there are endless meal possibilities when you have the promise of perfectly-cooked rice. That said, no one wants the burden of yet another clunky appliance taking up precious counter space. Luckily for you, we've researched the best small rice cookers that are both functional and compact.
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We combed through tons of internet reviews to find the best rice cookers that aren't only top-notch, but are also small in size to keep your kitchen streamlined. This list includes models that can produce anywhere from two to eight cups of cooked rice. From one-button rice cookers to styles with several presets and modes, we made sure to select a wide variety of models. Some of the useful settings we looked for includes a "delayed start" and a "keep warm" mode.
Keep in mind, most rice cookers come with a 6.1-ounce measuring cup, which is referred to as a "cup." In contrast, in the U.S., one "cup" generally equals 8 fl. oz.
"The 6 oz. measuring cup is based on a traditional Japanese measuring container called the 'masu.' It's the square wooden box that sake is often served in," explained Marilyn Matsuba, a marketing manager at Zojirushi. A masu has a capacity of about 6 oz, she added. "In Japan rice is measured in this 'masu' and hence the rice cooker capacities are based on rice volume by 'masu.'"
What does this mean for you? If a rice cooker says that it has a two-cup capacity, it typically means that it will hold the cooked equivalent of two 6.1 oz. cups of dry rice—not two 8 oz. cups. The more you know!