Rice That Is Nice

If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times – perfect sushi requires perfect rice.


There’s an art to making sushi rice, but using a rice cooker can help to ensure great results every time. The Yutaka test team had a look at what’s around.

Cheap & Effective – Sistema Microwave Rice Steamer

What a great product! The Sistema 2.6 L microwave rice steamer makes cooking rice really simple, but you can also use it for things like polenta and couscous. The steamer comes with a pressure chamber plate, a lid that’s cool to touch even after heating, easy-to-lift tabs and a non-stick rice spoon. It’s made from BPA free plastic too!


There’s a steam release vent in the lid for splatter-free heating. You can also stick it in the top of the dishwasher to clean, freeze stuff in it if you made too much!


But the most awesome thing about this product is its price – at £8.00, it’s perfect for students cooking for themselves as well as friends. You can find it here.

Mid Range – VonShef Rice Cooker

The VonShef Rice Cooker ensures perfectly sticky, fluffy rice featuring a 155° thermostat for delicious results every time.


Not only is it just the job for cooking plain rice, this versatile appliance is also ideal for creating mouth-watering paella, risotto, pasta and rice or oat-based desserts.


With a large capacity of 1.8L it produces enough rice for up to ten people – great for cooking family meals. A lock-tight lid with a heat insulated cover keeps the rice fresh and moist until you’re ready to tuck in and a keep warm function automatically kicks in once cooking is complete. The removable power cord means it’s easy to store. At £15.99, what’s not to like? You can find it here.

More Than Rice – Judge Electric Rice Cooker

If you’ve got a large family and / or you make a lot of rice on a regular basis, this is the rice maker for you as it cooks enough for as many as ten people with a 1.8L capacity.

JEA10 Judge Electrical Rice Cooker - Kitchen

It also features a steamer tray, which means that you can cook meat, fish and other vegetables at the same time you are cooking rice.

JEA10 Judge Electrical Rice Cooker - Control Panel

What’s particularly useful is a keep warm feature, so if you have a family where people eat at different times or you need to make something in advance, this is the rice cooker for you. At £49.00, it’s good value for people with lots of mouths to feed.

JEA10 Judge Electrical Rice Cooker - Serving-2

You can find the Judge Family Rice Cooker here.

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