The 9 Japanese rice cookers that best prepare rice in 2021

The 9 Japanese rice cookers that best prepare rice

In this article you will see a compilation of the best Japanese rice cookers on the market in value for money. With them you can make not only rice of all kinds but other foods such as lentils, cakes, stew, etc. Although I have tried that the best thing to do is to leave the rice just right.

Index of contents:

  • The best Japanese rice cookers
  • The most recommended Japanese rice cookers
  • The cheapest Japanese rice cooker
  • Guide to buying Japanese rice cookers


The best Japanese rice cookers

Below I show you not one but two of what I consider the best Japanese rice cookers on the market. Of course, its price may be prohibitive for some people. If it is your home, I recommend you keep reading to find cheaper ones.


Zojirushi Micon

If you are looking for the best Japanese rice cookers, the first brand that should come to your mind is Zojirushi. Of course, the price of its rice cookers is quite high in itself, to which we must add the shipping costs that are not cheaper.

In case the price is not a problem, you will find a Japanese rice cooker with 1 liter of capacity made, mainly, in stainless steel. To which we have to add a great power of 610 watts with which we will get a great rice.

It is not one of the heaviest on the market but you should know that its weight is 3.6 kilograms. Also, its size is 25.5 x 23.5 x 38 cm that make it easily fit into any corner of the kitchen or wherever you want to use it.

It has an LCD screen with buttons around it to select the different options. At this point I must emphasize that the language of these buttons or rather the languages are in English and Chinese. There is also a manual with languages in Korean, Japanese, English and Chinese.

The positive: It is fast and although it is in English, it is very easy to use.

The negative: We already know that quality pays off and if you want the best you will have to loosen your wallet a lot.


Zojirushi NS-LLH05

The following Japanese rice cooker is of the same brand as the previous one, with practically all the features, but much cheaper and on top of that it makes a luxury sushi rice.

There are two basic aspects why it is cheaper than the previous model. The first is that its capacity is less, being this half a liter (about 3 large cups) and the second is that the power drops to 450 watts which for the capacity it has are more than enough.

It is made of stainless steel and, like the previous model, the buttons are in English and Chinese. Although it came to me with a manual in Spanish, this seems to have been forgotten and now they focus on languages such as English, Japanese, Chinese and Korean, I imagine due to demand.

Possibly the only drawback that can be put is that it takes a long time to arrive (4 days in my case) to which we must add that it takes about a week to clear customs, luckily I did not have to pay any extra.

The positive: Like any Japanese rice cooker, how well it takes care of and leaves the rice is the best, to which must be added the quality of its materials, of course.

The negative: Although the price is high you can pay, however, having to wait so long for it to arrive is a great p.


The most recommended Japanese rice cookers

It is true that the above are very expensive and that not everyone can afford to spend that money. For this reason, I have compiled a list of Japanese rice cookers highly recommended both for their quality and for their price.


Yum Asia Bamboo

Going into more affordable Japanese rice cookers for the pockets, I want to start with the model created by YumAsia, which I see is perfect for large families or people who make a lot of rice.

The reason why I said the above is that it has a capacity of 1.5 liters (8 cups) although, of course, you can put only one cup of rice, whether it is long grain, short grain for sushi, brown rice, white rice normal etc for one person, that will make it perfect.

It has an LED screen from which we can access the different functions, either the timer or the heat maintenance mode after cooking. Also, the inside of the pot is covered by a 5-layer «Joubu» ceramic coating with 3mm thicknesses to prevent the rice from sinking.

Its size is 37 x 27 x 24 cm and has a weight of 6 kilograms which is somewhat heavy but being small in size we can place it in a corner so that we do not have to continually move it. In addition, this is rated at 1110 watts.

Finally, say that you can buy it in 3 different colors: champagne pink / black, black or silver. All colors at the same price.

The positive: Having a ceramic interior so that the rice does not sin along with the power and large capacity are its strongest points.

The negative: I do not advise it to make a cup of rice only since you will have to be continuously turning so that it does not dry out.


Philips Viva Collection

The model made by Philips is not only a Japanese rice cooker but it is a multifunction machine capable of making different dishes and much cheaper than the previous model.

But I am not going to assess its qualities to prepare other rice dishes but how good or bad it is when cooking rice. In this sense, you will not only be able to cook, boil, fry or make pilaf with it easily but it will help you a lot when cleaning it later.

It has a capacity of 4 liters and its size is 30 x 20 x 15 cm. But the aspect where it stands out the most, apart from how simple it is to use, is that it only weighs 800 grams.

Also, you should know that although the language of the buttons is in English, the manual can be found in 13 different languages, including Spanish.

The positive: It is very simple to use and fast, perfect for people in a hurry and who want to eat rice on the spot.

The negative: Your biggest problem is being able to buy one since the stock flies which is great. In case it is not available, put the name in the search engine.


Yum Asia Sakura

The Japanese rice cooker Sakura from YumAsia is quite similar to the Bamboo model that I analyzed above but still much cheaper (more than € 80 less).

It has an LED screen with a touch panel to be able to handle the different options it has. Both the text on the buttons and on the screen are in English but it will not pose a major problem since it is very intuitive to use. However, we have a manual in Spanish.

In terms of capacity (1.5 liters) and materials, I can say that they maintain a similar structure to the Bamboo model. With the difference that the ceramic lining of the inner bowl, instead of being 3 mm, is 2 mm, which is removable. As for the layers, it keeps all 5.

Although it is focused on cooking rice and leaving it at its point, you should know that you can cook vegetables, meat and fish. But where it stands out is the cooking of the rice where it has a cycle with 7 phases so that regardless of whether you use basmati rice or another, it is perfect.

The positive: Everything on a general level but the value for money may stand out above.

The negative: Not all Japanese rice cookers of this model have manuals in Spanish.



In general, Japanese rice cookers are usually somewhat difficult to use, so I wanted to make this list with what I consider the best not only in quality but also in usability. In this sense, the rice cooker created by Reishunger stands out quite a bit.

Although it may seem small at first glance, the truth is that it is capable of creating rice for 8 people. This is because it has a capacity of 1.5 liters. In addition, thanks to the fact that it comes with a measuring cup, we can better calculate the amount for each person.

It has 7 totally different modes and a total of 12 programs to suit each type of rice we want to cook. This aspect makes it stand out even more above higher-end Japanese rice cookers and, of course, more expensive-

It is a bit heavy (5 kilograms) but the measures of 39 x 29 x 24 cm make it a fairly small machine and easy to place anywhere. Of course, near a plug.

The positive: Its 12 programs that adapt perfectly to each type of rice that we want to cook.

The negative: The manual is only in English and German, you will not really need it but it would be in Spanish.


Reishunger mini rice cooker

A tremendously cheaper model than all the Japanese rice cookers shown above is this mini rice cooker capable of cooking rice for up to 3 people (0.6 liter capacity).

Created in stainless steel and with an inner bowl with ceramic coating, it stands out for how easy it is to use. This quality is due to how intuitive it is to operate the LED screen. This, together with the fact that it has a 3D heat distribution, manages to cook the rice evenly without burning it.

Something to mention is that we can buy it in 5 different colors to adapt this color to our kitchen. But not everything in it is good since, in my opinion, the legs are quite bad not because of quality but because of design. To summarize, there cannot be any substance on which it is supported because if so it dances like a top.

The positive: The price and that it can be adapted to families with few members without having to pay a fortune.

The negative: As I said, the legs and possibly the fact that the predominant language is English.


Panasonic RS-DF101

The following Japanese rice cooker created by the popular Panasonic brand is another option similar to the previous model but that dispenses with some feature such as the LED screen to provide it with higher quality when preparing rice.

It has 6 programs that can be adapted to the type of rice you want to cook and the speed it needs to be ready. It also has the “keep warm” function that once the cooking is finished allows the heat to remain for a while so that you can eat it hot.

Its capacity is 1 liter, which is just over 5 cups with a capacity of about 220 grams of rice. So you can cook rice for more than 3 people, well, depending on what each person eats.

It does not have 3D heating technology but instead uses Fuzzy Logic technology that ensures that the rice is heated equally regardless of whether it is on the top or bottom.

The positive: First of all, its price, but being a well-known brand gives us a greater guarantee to find replacement parts.

The negative: The one that has a 1.8-liter version and we cannot buy it due to lack of stock.


The cheapest Japanese rice cookers

In case you do not want to spend the money that the previous Japanese rice cookers cost, you can opt for this other model, which has good quality but above all it is very economical.


Klarstein Osaka

After analyzing a few cheap Japanese rice cookers, I have chosen the Osaka model from the Klarstein brand as the best. Do not expect great features or high-end electrical technology because you will not find it. Now if you are looking for a cheap rice cooker that cooks well, this may be the one you are looking for.

First of all, it has a capacity of 1.5 liters capable of cooking rice for more than 8 people. In addition, its 500 watt power makes it very fast and reliable to cook rice equally.

The biggest drawback is that it does not have an LED or touch screen. Instead we have only one button to turn its operation on and off. This is one of the reasons why it is so cheap that it completely dispenses with options.

Likewise, it also does not have a way for the rice to stay warm, so once it is cooked we should eat it if we do not want to find a pasta. Luckily it has a dry safety function to avoid accidents in case of forgetting.

In short, it is a basic Japanese pot, simple and very easy to use. If you want to search for “no more” this is not what you are looking for. Now, if you go from cooking the rice in the typical saucepan that burns the bottom part and leaves the top raw, this model is what you are looking for.

The positive: Extremely simple to use (just one button), cooks the rice evenly and costs less than 40 euros.

The negative: In general, the biggest problem with these electric machines is that the language is not in Spanish, in this I do not see a major problem.


Guide to buying Japanese rice cookers

As I have been doing at the end of each list, I am going to show you the basic aspects to take into account when buying any of the Japanese rice cookers that you have seen. In the case of these machines, these aspects go through knowing the following.

For how many people

A fundamental aspect to avoid wasting money is to know how many people are going to use the machine at the same time or rather, how many diners you are going to have. In this sense, you should know that a 1.5-liter capacity is equivalent to about 8 220-gram cups of rice and that a half-liter is capable of feeding about 3 people.

Non-stick bowl

For me the determining factor, so that the rice does not stick, is that the inner bowl has at least one non-stick coating. Of course, much better if you have multiple layers of ceramic tile. So make sure that the rice cooker you buy has that yes or yes.

Ease of use

Finally, in order not to get tangled up, you should see if it is easy to use. In this sense, I do not care if it is in Chinese, German, English, Spanish, etc. What we have to pay attention to is that in a few taps we can start the cooking we want. Of course, the best thing is that it has a touch screen but sometimes the one that dispenses with this feature and simplifies our work with a single button can be even better.