A rice cooker is a quintessential appliance for every household. Rice is a staple in our meals, and nothing comes close to a bowl of fluffy white rice to complement tasty homecooked dishes. On top of cooking rice, rice cookers can also whip up a heartwarming pot of soup or congee. Nowadays, more sophisticated rice cookers are introduced to the market. Some rice cookers can connect to smartphone apps (like the Xiaomi Mijia Rice cooker), some have microchips that automatically adjust temperatures (like the Zojirushi Micom Fuzzy Logic), and some have added steamer or baking functions. The top-of-the-line rice cookers of today use induction heating compared to conduction. If the last thing you want is to eat mushy rice, you need to pick out a good rice cooker in Singapore. In this issue, we introduce 10 Best Rice Cookers in Singapore, providing recommendations based on your needs and budget.
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This article was updated on 14 June 2020.
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10 Best Rice Cookers in Singapore 2020
1. Hot favourite: Zojirushi Micom Fuzzy Logic 1.8L Rice Cooker
Knowing how much precision goes into making Japanese rice, it is no surprise that Japan brand Zojirushi wants their cookers to cook the best rice. The Zojirushi Micom Fuzzy Logic 1.8L Rice Cooker is a hot favourite. Sites like Business Insider, Wirecutter, and Cookware Judge have rated the Zojirushi as the number one best rice cooker! Over 1,573 users have rated it 5 stars on Amazon for the fluffy steamed rice it cooks.
The Zojirushi cooker uses a micom chip and fuzzy logic to make proper adjustments to cooking time and temperature as your rice cooks. This is why it is able to make the perfect bowl of rice. If you prefer a smaller model, you can check out the 1.0L model. For the premium model, check out the Zojirushi Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker 1.8L. Read a full review of the Zojirushi Rice Cooker by Reviewed.
Why buy this:
- Uses micom computerized fuzzy logic technology
- Has a steam cooking and cake function
- Multi-menu settings for white, sushi, quick, mixed, sweet and brown rice
- Convenient reheating function
2. A versatile 48-program cooker: Tefal Pro Spherical Bowl 48-Program Induction 1.8L Rice Cooker RK8055
Never thought you could have the best of all worlds? The Tefal Pro 1.8L Rice Cooker RK8055 is a mighty appliance that combines the best technology available in rice cookers in Singapore – fuzzy logic, induction heating, and spherical heating.
If you love to cook many dishes, you will be thrilled to hear that the Tefal Pro RK8055 comes equipped with 48 rice and multi-cook programs, giving you great versatility in cooking up your favourite dishes. With this Tefal rice cooker, you can even bake indulgent desserts like this delicious chocolate cake. The DIY chef function allows you to adjust and customise your own temperature and cooking settings, which is then memorised by the cooker so you can easily select it. Read the Tefal Pro review by HerWorld.
Check out the video below where Dr. Leslie Tay from ieatishootipost uses the Tefal to cook glutinous rice!
Why buy this:
- Unique spherical bowl optimises heat distribution resulting in more homogenous cooking
- Uses fuzzy logic artificial intelligence technology that enables it to calculate the cooking parameters and adjust them for optimal cooking performance
- 48 cooking programs make for versatile cooking
- DIY Chef allows you to customise your own recipe settings
- Reheating function
3. Smart technology: Xiaomi Mijia IH (3L or 4L)
It would not cross my mind that my rice cooker should be smart. But Xiaomi thinks otherwise. The Xiaomi Mijia IH Rice Cooker allows you to control your rice cooker using the smartphone app, which has over 200 recipes and 3,000 rice cooking options! You can simply load it with ingredients and set the timer to cook, so you can come home to a delicious bowl of soup.
The minimalist structure makes the Xiaomi Mijia IH easy to clean and wipe down. The main bowl is made of cast iron with FPA non-stick coating from Daikin so you do not have to worry about burning your dish and having to scrub difficult stains off your pot. You also hardly need to use any oil, making your dish healthier.
With over 1 million units sold, it goes to show this rice cooker is not just a pretty face. Read this review by Engadget. Best of all, it comes with a reasonable price tag. Check out the video below to see it live in action.
Why buy this:
- Able to connect and control via your smartphone
- Comes with 200 recipes and 3,000 cooking options via the app
- Choose between a 3-litre or 4-litre capacity. If you want something smaller, check out the 1.6 litre model.
4. For fluffy rice: Philips Avance Collection 4L HD3175/62
I am sure most of us love rice for its fluffy texture. In a mission to find the rice cooker that could cook the best fluffy white rice, Renonation used 4 different rice cookers for their experiment. No prizes for guessing, but the Philips Avance Collection Rice Cooker HD3175/62 won! It cooked perfectly textured grains that were their favourite. Its patented ‘iSpiral IH’ heating technology and micro-processor are what allows it to deliver the best bowl of fluffy rice over and over again.
Why buy this:
- The Philips Avance also comes with a patented “fragrance retaining valve” that delivers an aromatic bowl of rice
- With a 4 litre capacity, it can cook fluffy delicious rice for your entire family
5. All-in-One: Philips Deluxe 6L All-in-One Cooker HD2145/62
The Philips Deluxe Collection All-in-One Cooker HD2145/62 is a slow cooker, pressure cooker, a rice cooker, and a multi-cooker all in one. I bought this multi-cooker for our home and it is one of the best decisions I ever made for it has served us so well. It is extremely space-saving, for I do not need to get 3 separate appliances to perform the different functions when this one covers it all.
Not only is it able to cook a host of dishes in various ways (you can saute and sear), it can cook dishes up to 6x faster! Its large 6-litre capacity allows me to have friends and family over without worrying if I have enough food. If you love cooking, this is definitely a must-buy.
Why buy this:
- The large 6-litre capacity allows me to cook bigger portions
- Allows you to customise your own recipe setting
- Comes with a 2-year warranty
6. For a healthier lifestyle: Cuckoo 1.8L Multi Cooker CRP-HN1054FR
We all know by now that brown rice is healthier than white rice as it retains more fibre, vitamins, and minerals that white rice does not. But some of us, like me, find it hard to make the full switch because of its hardier texture. White rice has that irresistible fluffy texture and aromatic flavour that brown rice simply cannot replace.
Best for cooking healthier GABA rice
But now taking Korea by storm, is GABA rice (germinated brown rice). It is said to combine the taste of white rice with the healthy goodness of brown rice and now is a popular choice in Korea. GABA rice has a low glycaemic index (GI) that helps to lower the risk of heart disease, along with many health benefits. But sprouting GABA rice on your own can take 12 to 20 hours, and it produces a funny smell. Enter The Cuckoo 1.8L Multi-cooker CRP-HN1054FR. It has a unique GABA rice function that can cook up to 12 cups of GABA rice in just 2 hours! Business Insider has rated the Cuckoo rice cooker as the best GABA rice cooker.
It does come at a steeper price tag but has been reviewed by many users to be life-changing. Moreover, the rice cooked is found to be of delicious top-notch quality. It also has a sushi rice function. Some rice cookers claim to have this function but are not able to execute it as flawlessly as the Cuckoo.
Induction heating and pressure cooking
Korean brand Cuckoo designed this high-end rice cooker with two key technologies – induction and pressure cooking. The induction technology heats up the entire inner pot (instead of the bottom layer), resulting in more even cooking. Its pressure cooking function tenderizes meat efficiently, so you get that ‘fall off the bone’ effect in your chicken stew.
With its high-end technology and host of cooking functions, the higher price feels justified. It has an auto steam cleaning function to sanitise your rice cooker (something I wish mine had). Its bold red colour makes a beautiful addition to any modern home. Read Home & Decor’s full review.
Why buy this:
- Has a pressure cooker function for faster and better cooking
- Uses induction heating for more even cooking
- Auto steam cleaning function
- If you want a cheaper and smaller model, check out the Cuckoo 1L High-Pressure Rice Cooker CRP-N0681F. It, however, does not comes with the induction heating technology.
7. Stylish design: Mayer Ceramic Rice Cooker MMRC1000
Mayer Ceramic Rice Cooker MMRC1000 has a sleek and stylish mirror-ed design that is a perfect fit for any modern kitchen. With 9 cooking functions, safety features and a 24-hour preset timer, this rice cooker is a functional addition to any home. It has a 0.8-litre capacity and can cook up to 5 cups of rice. The digital control panel with a sensor button makes it easy and fuss-free to use.
8. Compact design: Philips Viva Collection 0.7L Rice Cooker HD3060/62
The Philips Viva Collection Rice Cooker HD3060/62 is a compact, space-saving rice cooker in Singapore that is suitable for single persons or couples. While its compact design does not take up much space on your countertop, it comes with a built-in handle, making it portable for you to shift around easily. While condensed in size, it does not lack in functions. The Philips Viva comes with 6 major cooking functions and uses a hydrating micro-pressure valve to optimise moisture retention to bring out the natural flavour of your food. You can also use the cooker to warm or reheat your food.
The touch sensor makes it easy to operate, and you can easily cook rice, soups, congee, stews and even yoghurts in this rice cooker. The detachable inner lid also makes it easy for cleaning.
Why buy this:
- Compact design suitable for small kitchens
- 5 cooking functions
- Easy cleaning with detachable inner lid
- Hydrating micro-pressure valve optimises the natural flavours of your food
9. Fuss-free: Cornell Digital 1.2L Rice Cooker CRC-JP122D
The Cornell Digital 1.2L Rice Cooker CRC-JP122D might be something you find in your grandma’s kitchen, but if you are looking for a simple rice cooker in Singapore with no frills, this is your pick. This basic rice cooker has a 1.8-litre capacity for you to cook enough rice to feed 4 to 6 persons.
10. Cheapest rice cooker: PowerPac 1.5L Rice Cooker with Steamer PPRC66
Whenever I am looking for a handy appliance that I do not wish to spend too much on, PowerPac is my go-to brand. The cheapest rice cooker in Singapore, this 1.5-litre model comes with a steamer on the top that allows you to cook multiple dishes together, making for a complete meal! But if you prefer not to have the steamer, you can check out PowerPac 1.8L Rice Cooker PPRC7118.
Another value-for-money rice cooker in Singapore is the Midea Electric Pressure Cooker that has a pressure cooking function but is priced under $100! Its huge 5-litre capacity allows you to cook soup for the entire family. It even comes with a steamer basket for you to steam vegetables or fishes.
Where to buy rice cookers in Singapore?
You used to only be able to buy rice cookers in Singapore from stores, but now you can purchase them online for the ultimate convenience and even enjoy discounted prices! Shopee and Lazada are my go-to for shopping electronics and appliances. It is also a great place to compare prices.
That’s our guide on the 10 Best Rice Cookers in Singapore for you to buy! I hope that our guide has helped you to sieve out the best rice cooker in Singapore for your home, from the entire long list of rice cookers in Singapore. Please share this with your family and friends if you have found it useful. Also, do check out our other buying guides below!