Top 10 Best Rice Cookers in Malaysia 2023 (Brands Review)
Cooking rice is easy enough, but with a top branded rice cooker at home, you can make the fluffiest rice at the push of a button. Although a regular one with one button is enough for many people, there are also sophisticated models from various models at great prices. So here we’ll review the 10 best Rice Cookers in Malaysia in 2023, available on Shopee & Lazada.
If you have a small kitchen, why not just get a Pressure Cooker? It’s a little more expensive but you can cook more than just rice, and save some space.
How We Pick
Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find our rice cooker buying guide for more explanation on what to look for.
Non Stick Coating
Simple rice cookers usually don’t have pots with non stick coating. But if you’re here, you’re not looking for those, are you? So we wanted to choose the kinds of models with non stick coating so that you won’t have to scoop rice bits stuck on the bottom.
Preset buttons can be really handy, but not necessary for most people. So, some models we chose do come with preset buttons but others may not although they may come with other valuable features. Many top brands also have steam function even without other preset buttons.
Size & Capacity
Most of the appliance we chose have the capacity of around 1.8L to 2L which is big enough for a family of 3-5 people. However, some may find a mini rice cooker to be more suitable. So we also selected one mini rice cooker for consideration.
LED displays, steamer function, quick cook and various technologies like 3D heating, that help you make tasty rice are all very convenient to have. So the models that we chose all have some kind of additional features.
Table of Contents
Best Rice Cookers in Malaysia
Gaabor Multifunction Rice Cooker Steamer GR-S30B
Toshiba RC-10DH1NMY Digital Rice Cooker
Tefal RK7321 Rice Cooker
Electrolux 1.8L Create 4 Rice Cooker E4RC1-350B
Philips HD3129/60 Rice Cooker
Tefal RK5001 Mini Rice Cooker
Frequently Bought Together
If you plan to get a great rice cooker with many convenient features, get the Tefal RK7321 or Toshiba RC-18DH1NMY or Gaabor S30B (or S50AD for the 5L version). The first two offer preset, non stick coating, 1.8L in capacity and other nice features at around RM200-RM250 price tags. The Gaabor alternative is cheaper, though.
If you plan to get a good rice cooker without preset buttons, buy the Philips HD3129 or the Electrolux E4RC1-350B.
Finally, the Tefal RK5001 is a mini rice cooker suitable for newlyweds, singles or any household with only 1-2 people. The price is just a bit on the high side but it is really compact and space-saving.
What Is A Rice Cooker?
A rice cooker is an automatic one-task kitchen appliance for boiling or cooking rice at a push of a button. It is consisted of a heat source, a pot and a thermostat. Many rice cooker models can also be used as a steamer.
Rice Cooker Buying Guide
Budget & Price
In Malaysia, many rice cookers are of the simple type and cost below RM100. These types of rice cookers work fine but often lack non stick coating, preset buttons, timers and other functions. Those with such features on the other hand, cost around RM150 to RM300.
We recommend getting the latter one as these types of cookers often are more convenient, last longer and really do improve the taste of your rice.
Size & Storage Space
There are regular rice cookers and mini rice cookers you can choose. A mini rice cooker usually is about 22 – 25cm wide and 18 – 25cm tall, which is about 2/3 the size of a regular rice cooker. Check your storage space before you buy.
Most rice cookers come in 1.8L to 2L capacities, some smaller than 1L and others bigger than 2L.
1.8L-2L: suitable for 3-5 people
1L-1.8L: suitable for 2-4 people
<1L: suitable for 1-2 people
Ease of Cleaning
Get a rice cooker with non stick coating as they can be cleaned a lot easier. Many rice cookers above RM200 should come in non stick pots, otherwise you’re not getting your money’s worth, unless the model can make it up with other features.
Pot Shape & Thickness
The typical inner pot shapes of many rice cookers are rounded cylindrical or spherical, which is a lot better as the heat will be more uniformly distributed. Choose this type of pot if you can. Whereas the typical pot thickness is 1.5mm to 2mm. Try to avoid those with pots that are too thin. Pots with 4-5 layers are typically good as well.
The timer is probably something you can live without but it is nice to have. Many offer 24Hr timer setting and about 6Hr keep warm function. This allows you to cook at your most convenient time.
If you plan to make much more than plain white rice, such as Briyani, Nasi Lemak, sushi, porridge, glutinous rice and others, choose a rice cooker with preset. The machine should help you take out much guesswork on how to cook these properly.
Why Should You Buy A Nice Rice Cooker?
The main reason you might want to get a nice or premium rice cooker is that a regular rice cooker is often difficult to clean because many are not made of non-stick material, so there usually is a lot of rice crust accumulated on the bottom of the pot. Think about the time you save and the convenience!
The second reason is that a sophisticated rice cooker has preset buttons for various types of dishes such as porridge, soup and others. A sophisticated rice cooker also always has a steam valve to make steam come out of the pot so the water will not drip on the edge of the pot, making your kitchen and the pot so dirty that you have to clean it every time you use it.
How To Use A Rice Cooker Properly
Step 1: Rinse the rice to remove excess starch until the water is clear. Cooking unrinsed rice may cause the pot to boil over.
Step 2: Place the rice in the pot and add water in a 1:1 ratio (1 cup of rice, 1 cup of water).
Step 3: Close the lid and push the button to turn the cooker on. Many models are equipped with a light to indicate when it’s boiling.
Step 4: When the rice is done cooking, the appliance should switch to ‘keep warm’ setting. Use a plastic or wooden rice paddle so as not to scratch the non stick coating.
Step 5: Clean immediately after use and switch off the rice cooker’s power source.
Video : Tefal RK7321 Tips & Tricks