Best Microwave Rice Cooker
- Quick and easy way to cook or steam rice
- Very easy to clean, which also saves on the time and hassle that often comes with cooking rice
- Versatile tool that will cook rice, veggies, and anything else you may want to steam in a short timeframe
As far as microwave rice cookers go, this one ranks well for its versatility and speed—two issues you’ll often see reported with traditional rice cookers.
Like with any other inexpensive cookware, there tends to be an increased likelihood for the container to develop cracks or to not properly seal over time.
Capacity: This steamer cookware comes in four different sizes, ranging from small (roughly producing 6 cups) to large (about 13 cups). In terms of the actual space these steamers take up, they measure about 9.4” x 9.4” x 4.5” at their largest, so they’re super compact and easy to store away with other cookware.
Settings: Microwave rice cookers don't have settings since they're just a steamer unit that gets placed inside the microwave. Take note, however, that Cook’s Illustrated has reported issues with cooking rice in the microwave due to differences in wattage between units. Before cooking any major meals with this microwave steamer, test out smaller portions of rice to ensure you know what temperature and amount of water works best for your cooker.
Versatility: There are a variety of foods you can steam aside from rice, so that makes this microwave steamer pretty versatile in terms of what you can prepare in a short amount of time. It also doubles as a food storage container.
Quality: The one drawback to this microwave rice cooker is its quality. Since it’s plastic and it can go in the microwave, dishwasher, fridge, and freezer, it’s going to be subjected to a lot of varying temperatures. Most consumer complaints on this product are related to the failure of the steamer to remain in good shape for very long, so it’ll be important to take extra special care with this if you want to maintain the longevity of it.
Price: The price of this microwave steamer ranges from $10 to $14.99, which is a great deal for what you’re getting. And while we hope yours doesn’t end up with cracks or a broken seal, if you’re going to have to replace your rice cooker, this is one of the easiest and cheapest products to replace.