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It’s sensible to want the best rice cooker in Malaysia 2022! As a rice cooker is such a quintessential appliance in many Malaysian households!

A locally-made rice cooker can cost less than RM100. However, high-quality rice cooker prices in Malaysia can fall anywhere within the RM100-800 range.

Nevertheless, it’s a worthwhile investment to avoid ingesting dangerous chemicals from cheaply made rice cookers. Besides that, a durable rice cooker will last longer, saving you more money in the long run!

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11 Best Rice Cookers In Malaysia 2022

All of the rice cookers on this list have around 2L of capacity.

  • Best Budget Rice Cooker (~RM100) – Panasonic SR-Y18G Conventional 1.8L Rice Cooker
  • Best Value-For-Money Rice Cooker (~RM100) – Toshiba RC-18JH1NMY Jar Type 1.8L Rice Cooker
  • Best Logic Rice Cooker (~RM200) – Tefal RK7321 Fuzzy Logic 1.8L Rice Cooker or Toshiba RC-18DH1NMY Digital 1.8L Rice Cooker
  • Best Induction Heat Rice Cooker (~RM500) – Tefal 1.5L Delirice Pro Induction Heating Rice Cooker RK808A
  • Best Healthy Rice Cooker (~RM800) – Tefal 1.0L Healthy & Tasty Rice Cooker RK8608
  • Best Multifunctional 3L or 4L Rice Cooker ( ~RM159) – Xiaomi Mijia C1 Rice Cooker
  • Best 1.8L Conventional Rice Cooker – Cuckoo Mechanical 1.8 Liter Rice Cooker CR-1055
  • Best 1.8L Multifunctional Rice Cooker – Panasonic SR-CP188 Jar Rice Cooker 1.8L
  • Best Rice Cooker With Stainless Steel Inner Pot – Hanabishi 3 Ply Stainless Steel Rice Cooker 1.0L HA3166R

1. Corvan Multi-function Rice Cooker C20 (with Low Sugar Program) 2L

If you like the look of the pricey Philips HD4528/62 Avance Collection IH 1.5L Rice Cooker but want the healthy rice function of the small but expensive Tefal 1.0L Healthy & Tasty Rice Cooker RK8608:

Corvan Multi-function Rice Cooker C20

The Corvan Multi-function Rice Cooker C20 (with Low Sugar Program) 2L is a fantastic compromise between the 2! It looks expensive but costs half the price of the other two premium rice cookers!

And despite that, the quality does not leave users disappointed! It may also appear to be smaller than it looks but can cook enough rice for a 10-pax household!

Cooking rice is not all that it is capable of. The 12 automated programs include soup, porridge, dessert, claypot rice and even yogurt! Other useful functions are the brown rice function and quick cook function for rice!

Note: You can also steam food and rice at the same time!

The cooking time is conveniently displayed on the panel, showing the countdown to completion. The cooking duration can be adjusted too. You can actually schedule the cooking anywhere within 24 hours.

Or just leave the cooking to the rice cooker (i.e. automated)!

Furthermore, the Low Sugar Rice mode is tested and proven to to reduce as much as 35% less sugar content (By Eurofins and SGS).

Corvan Multi-function Rice Cooker C20 (with Low Sugar Program) 2L is astounding value for money for its design, price, quality, and multi functionality! It makes delicious healthy rice too!

  • Capacity: 2.0L
  • Cooking Capacity: 2-10pax
  • Type: Conventional
  • Inner Pan Make: Multi layer nonstick inner pot
  • Modes: Auto Keep warm, Preset Timer, Low Sugar Rice, Yoghurt, White Rice, Brown Rice, Steam, Soup, Porridge Quick Cook, Dessert, Cake, Claypot Rice
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Price: ~RM340

Pros:

  • Detachable inner lid, steam vent and inner pot with non stick coating for easy clean up
  • Multi-functional
  • Premium build (cool-to-touch)
  • Lovely modern design
  • Low Sugar Rice mode (tested and proven)
  • Automatic keep warm
  • User manual, rice spoon, food-grade stainless steel steam basket, and measuring cup provided
  • Inner lid is not plastic (aluminum alloy)
  • Handle for increased portability)
  • Reasonably priced
  • Stable (doesn’t shift when scooping out rice)
  • SIRIM approved (And fully tested by TUV, SGS and SIRIM to comply with Europe, US and Malaysia standards)

Cons:

  • Low sugar rice program only serves 4 pax max. in 1 batch

2. Hanabishi 3 Ply Stainless Steel Rice Cooker 1.0L HA3166R

The stunning silver finish of the Hanabishi 3 Ply Stainless Steel Rice Cooker 1.0L HA3166R gives any kitchen a classic aesthetic. And since even the exterior is made of stainless steel, keeping the outside clean is easy.

Hanabishi 3 Ply Stainless Steel Rice Cooker 1.0L HA3166R

Moreover, the walls of the exterior (and inner pot) are thick so it isn’t scalding hot on the outside of the rice cooker.

Tip: Scrape off the sticker with an old credit card, and follow up with a wipe of WD-40 to remove any remaining sticker residue

This 1 litre rice cooker comes with a steam rack (also of stainless steel), and a plastic measuring cup and a rice paddle. And yes, you can steam a dish on top while the rice is cooking!

Stainless Steel Steam Tray Of The Hanabishi 3 Ply Stainless Steel Rice Cooker 1.0L HA3166R
Stainless Steel Steam Tray Of The Hanabishi 3 Ply Stainless Steel Rice Cooker 1.0L HA3166R

Its small size suits a household of 1 to 4 pax comfortably.

The cooker functions are basic much like a conventional electric rice cooker. There’s nothing fancy and there are 2 light indicators – one for cook as well as a keep warm function. This is great for those who prefer a straightforward appliance.

But the highlight of this rice cooker is the inner pot which is made from stainless steel and therefore, an appealing alternative to Teflon and similar non-stick coating finishes.

Stainless Steel Inner Pot Of The Hanabishi 3 Ply Stainless Steel Rice Cooker 1.0L HA3166R
Stainless Steel Inner Pot Of The Hanabishi 3 Ply Stainless Steel Rice Cooker 1.0L HA3166R

That said, it’s not perfectly non stick but from our personal experience, it’s mostly non stick if you leave the lid on for at least 20-30 minutes after it finishes cooking.

Another downside of the Hanabishi 3 Ply Stainless Steel Rice Cooker 1.0L HA3166R is the hefty weight and in spite of the small size, it may not be suitable for older folks who live by themselves.

Still, if you’re a sucker for well-built items and stainless steel finishes, we highly recommend the Hanabishi 3 Ply Stainless Steel Rice Cooker 1.0L HA3166R. It’s one of the only rice cookers in Malaysia that has a stainless steel inner pot and exterior too.

Note: Despite the Japanese sounding name, Hanabishi is a Malaysian brand that sells a multitude of electrical products that are manufactured in Malaysia as well.

  • Capacity: 1.0L or 2.0L
  • Cooking Capacity: n/a
  • Type: Conventional
  • Inner Pan Make: 304 Stainless Steel
  • Price: ~RM299 or ~RM369
  • Warranty: 2 years

Pros:

  • Beautiful and minimal stainless steel finish
  • Inner pot made from non-toxic coating
  • Includes a stainless steel steam rack
  • Quality build
  • Durable – we have used ours for more than a year with no issue
  • Straightforward functions
  • Doesn’t stain easily
  • Resulting rice texture is good
  • Long warranty

Cons:

  • Heavy
  • Not completely non stick
  • Plastic handle might become brittle from the heat over time
  • Expensive for its cooking capacity (there is a larger 2L size too)

3. Panasonic SR-Y18G Conventional 1.8L Rice Cooker

The Panasonic SR-Y18G Conventional 1.8L Rice Cookerweighs at 2.3kg and has a large capacity at 1.8L. Therefore, it can cater to a large family of up to 6 to 8 pax.

Panasonic SR-Y18G Conventional 1.8L Rice Cooker

Plus, it comes in 3 different colors!

More importantly, there is a safety feature by means of a thermal fuse and micro switch that automatically switches off the rice cooker if overheating or an exceptionally high current occurs.

Otherwise, the functions of this rice cooker are pretty simple with your standard cook and keep warm levels. But because of the safety feature, you do not need to worry about the rice burning.

While you do get a measuring cup and rice scoop, there is no steamer plate/ tray that comes with this rice cooker. So you will need to source a steamer tray that fits this rice cooker if you want to steam dishes and cook rice simultaneously.

Lastly, the exterior does get hot easily so ensure to keep it in places that young children won’t be able to reach.

We’ve come across Panasonic rice cookers that still work after 20 years so with a warranty period of 2 years, we think the same can be expected of the Panasonic SR-Y18G Conventional 1.8L Rice Cooker.

It’s pricey, but the Panasonic SR-Y18G Conventional 1.8L Rice Cooker is a worthy investment for long term use. Especially if you need to cook a lot of rice and don’t want to fiddle with numerous functions!

  • Capacity: 1.8L
  • Cooking Capacity: 10 cups
  • Type: Conventional
  • Inner Pan Make: Anodized Aluminum
  • Modes: Keep warm up to 5 hours
  • Price: ~RM100

Pros:

  • Has variation of colors to choose from
  • Cooking capacity is great for large families
  • Simple to operate
  • Built-in safety features
  • Long warranty (2 years)
  • Simple but classic design
  • Able to keep rice warm for up to 5 hours
  • Stainless steel lid (durable non toxic material)

Cons:

  • No included steamer tray
  • Body gets hot easily
  • Expensive

4. Toshiba RC-18JH1NMY Jar Type 1.8L Rice Cooker

The inner lid of jar type Toshiba RC-18JH1NMY rice cooker is detachable so you can clean it easily. And it’s not any more complicated to use than a conventional rice cooker!

Reviews praise this cooker for its non-stick coating and being ease of use. It also comes equipped with a steamer.

This rice cooker has an automatic Keep Warm function that can keep your food warm for up to 6 hours. At 1.8L capacity, it can cook a large volume at once.

However, some reviews warned that the rice cooker they received were dented. It is unclear whether this is due to the quality of the rice cooker or the delivery company.

Because of its decent price point, the Toshiba RC-18JH1NMY is still a value-for-money rice cooker to consider.

Toshiba RC-18JH1NMY Jar Type 1.8L Rice Cooker
  • Capacity: 1.8L
  • Cooking Capacity: 2-10 cups
  • Type: Jar Type (Attached Lid)
  • Inner Pan Make: Aluminum with non-stick coating
  • Modes: Keep warm       
  • Price: ~RM120
  • Warranty: 1 year

Pros:

  • Steam basket, rice scoop and measuring cup included
  • Decent quality
  • Decent price
  • Non-stick coating
  • Automatic Keep Warm function

Cons:

  • Only 1 year warranty
  • Cooked rice may be crusty

5. Cuckoo Mechanical 1.8 Liter Rice Cooker CR-1055

You might know Cuckoo as a trusted brand when it comes to water filters but this South Korean brand also has a decent conventional rice cooker model in the Cuckoo Mechanical 1.8 Liter Rice Cooker CR-1055.

Cuckoo Mechanical 1.8 Liter Rice Cooker CR-1055

First of, the 1.8 litre capacity is able cook up to 10 cups and can feed a family of 6-10 people. It cooks fast too.

But the most impressive thing about the Cuckoo Mechanical 1.8 Liter Rice Cooker CR-1055 is that it can keep rice warm for very long (e.g. 2 to 3 days).

So if you cook one large batch instead of cooking daily, it’s still possible to use this sizeable rice cooker for a small household – the rice will still taste and feel the same as a fresh batch!

On another note, Cuckoo Mechanical 1.8 Liter Rice Cooker CR-1055 features an inner pot with a non-stick Teflon coating. And thus, cleaning and scooping out rice is always super easy.

And like the Panasonic SR-Y18G Conventional 1.8L Rice Cooker, the Cuckoo Mechanical 1.8 Liter Rice Cooker CR-1055 doesn’t come with a custom-fit steam tray.

However, the Cuckoo Mechanical 1.8 Liter Rice Cooker CR-1055  is notably half the price of the Panasonic SR-Y18G Conventional 1.8L Rice Cooker which makes it the more affordable option for a 1.8L rice cooker (without missing out on a 2-year warranty either).

As a bonus, the Cuckoo Mechanical 1.8 Liter Rice Cooker CR-1055 is a great looking rice cooker that will match any kitchen!

  • Capacity: 1.8L
  • Cooking Capacity: 10 cups
  • Type: Conventional
  • Inner Pan Make: Non-stick inner with Teflon Coating
  • Price: ~RM139
  • Warranty: 2 years

Pros:

  • Stylish minimalist exterior
  • Suitable for large families
  • Able to keep rice warm for a long time – Rice retains texture even after long hours
  • Cleaning is easy
  • Long warranty (2 years)
  • Simple operation
  • Good build quality
  • Acceptable price point

Cons:

  • Doesn’t come with a steamer tray

6. Panasonic SR-CP188 Jar Rice Cooker 1.8L

For something a little more sophisticated than the Cuckoo Mechanical 1.8 Liter Rice Cooker CR-1055or Panasonic SR-Y18G Conventional 1.8L Rice Cooker, you can look into the Panasonic SR-CP188 Jar Rice Cooker 1.8L.

Panasonic SR-CP188 Jar Rice Cooker 1.8L

This 1.8L multifunctional rice cooker makes enough rice for a big household. And it’s highly versatile too with 16 functions that includes bread, cakes, sticky rice as well as clay pot rice!

There is an LED screen for ease of use.

The anodized aluminium inner pot has a non-stick coating that effectively keeps rice from sticking to the sides of the pot.

And the inner pot is 4mm thick with 6 layers of insulation so even after 4 hours, the rice will still be warm and moist.

Much like the Cuckoo Mechanical 1.8 Liter Rice Cooker CR-1055, the lid of the Panasonic SR-CP188 Jar Rice Cooker 1.8L is not detachable (I.e., hinge type) but the inner lid is for easy cleaning.

Note: You will need to wipe down the main lid often to avoid crusty flakes from forming after cooking.

And at almost RM400 though, we would not recommend the Panasonic SR-CP188 Jar Rice Cooker 1.8L if you don’t plan on using most of the functions. Those many functions will be tiresome for elderly folk or anyone who isn’t tech savvy.

Panasonic SR-CP188 Jar Rice Cooker 1.8L - Side

If these things don’t bother you, the Panasonic SR-CP188 Jar Rice Cooker 1.8L is still a great multi-functional rice cooker from a trusted and reliable brand!

It is interesting to note however, that the warranty period of the more complex Panasonic SR-CP188 Jar Rice Cooker 1.8L is only half (1 year vs 2 years) of the conventional-type model from the same brand, the Panasonic SR-Y18G Conventional 1.8L Rice Cooker.

  • Capacity: 1.8L
  • Cooking Capacity: 2-10 cups
  • Type: Jar Type (Attached Lid)
  • Inner Pan Make: 6-layer (Anodized Aluminium with non-stick coating)
  • Modes: 16 Menus
  • Price: ~RM399
  • Warranty: 1 year

Pros:

  • Has many different dedicated functions (high versatility)
  • Non-stick coating
  • Keeps rice warm for up to 4 hours
  • Big cooking capacity

Cons:

  • Non-detachable lid (but inner lid is removable)
  • Confusing for older people or the less tech-inclined
  • High price point
  • Short warranty for the price

7. Xiaomi Mijia C1 Rice Cooker

Xiaomi’s Mijia C1 Rice Cooker bears the same sleek minimalist design as other products in the same line. And hence, it is highly aesthetically pleasing in any kitchen interior.

Xiaomi Mijia C1 Rice Cooker

Note: the Xiaomi Mijia C1 Rice Cooker does not have any WiFi functionality

However, the labels for the buttons are all in Chinese so unless you are able to read them (or ignore them) or don’t mind re-labelling them yourself, this can be a huge disadvantage.

Furthermore, the power plug is not compatible for Malaysia’s power outlets and the rice cooker does not come with an adapter.

There are  2 sizes available for the Xiaomi Mijia C1 Rice Cooker – 3L and 4L. Both of these  can cook for more than 8 cups of rice, and are therefore, suitable for households of 6 and up to 10 people! But if you have guests over occasionally, the 4L is able to cook up to 16 cups.

Besides the massive cooking capacity that the  Xiaomi Mijia C1 Rice Cooker is capable of, there are 24 cooking modes. A step up from the Toshiba RC-18DH1NMY Digital 1.8L Rice Cooker  and its 11 preset menus.

Note: Because of the multiple functions and buttons, the Xiaomi Mijia C1 Rice Cooker is an intimidating rice cooker to give elders who are more familiar with a conventional rice cooker.

Which means there are plenty of recipes to try with the multifunctional Xiaomi Mijia C1 Rice Cooker (provided you can get your hands on an English manual). If you just want to cook plain rice though, it can take around 40 minutes to an hour.

And while there is a compartment on top of the lid to trap steam, it does often lead to water dribbling at the back of the rice cooker.

That’s not nearly as concerning as the fact that the non-stick coating of the alloy inner pot scratches easily. But if you really like the overall look of the Xiaomi Mijia C1 Rice Cooker, its built-in functions and its generous cooking capacity, you may be able to overlook this. Additionally, the Xiaomi Mijia C1 Rice Cooker has a reasonable price point for its size and capability.

  • Capacity: 3L or 4L
  • Cooking Capacity: >10 cups
  • Type: Jar Type (Attached Lid)
  • Inner Pan Make: Non-stick
  • Modes: 24 Menus
  • Price: ~RM139 – 159
  • Warranty: 1 year

Pros:

  • Stunning minimalist design
  • 24 cooking modes – highly versatile rice cooker
  • 2 sizes available
  • Cooking capacity suits up to 15 people (16 cups for the 4L)
  • Not incredibly expensive
  • Cleans up easy (rice doesn’t stick)
  • You can customize the cook time
  • Suits anyone who prefers reading Chinese over English

Cons:

  • Buttons and instruction manual are in Chinese
  • China plug head (need to get your own adapter)
  • Tendency for condensation to leak at the back of the rice cooker
  • Non stick coating scratches easily
  • Short warranty for the price
  • Not great at cooking mixed grains and whole grain rice

8. Philips HD3038 Fuzzy Logic 1.8L Rice Cooker

Philips HD3038 has a futuristic look to it. If you thought the previous model on our list was impressive, this one takes the cake!

It comes with 9 different modes including a way to reheat leftover rice.

What’s special about this rice cooker is its preset timer that allows you to preset meals up to 12 hours in advance. What’s more, its automatic Keep Warm function keeps your rice fresh for up to 24 hours!

It has a swing handle to make it easier to carry around. It also comes with a detachable steam vent, but it has a tendency to drop out when you open the lid.

However, the non-stick coating is effective and the outcome is good rice texture. We appreciate the straightforward buttons and convenience.

In terms of cons, this rice cooker is quite bulky and takes up a lot of kitchen space. So the Philips HD3038 might not be a good option if you have a small kitchen.

Furthermore, the lid not being detachable which is inconvenient for cleaning.

And at times, the lid lock is not secure and may be loose or come off easily. Other common complaints are of crusty rice and excess steam.

Philips HD3038 Fuzzy Logic 1.8L Rice Cooker
  • Capacity: 1.8L
  • Cooking Capacity: 2-10 cups
  • Type: Fuzzy Logic
  • Inner Pan Make: Non-stick
  • Modes: Cake, steam, congee, reheat, ultra quick, claypot rice, etc
  • Price: ~RM240-360
  • Warranty: 2 years

Pros:

  • Preset timer for up to 12 hours
  • Cooks from all sides
  • Thick non-stick coating
  • Automatic Keep Warm function up to 24 hours
  • Long warranty
  • Quality accessories (e.g. ladle, steam basket, rice paddle, etc)

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Lid is not easy to clean (not detachable)
  • Relatively larger than other rice cookers
  • Ultra quick mode still takes 25 minutes
  • Lid lock may not be secure

9. Tefal RK7321 Fuzzy Logic 1.8L Rice Cooker

Clearly defined buttons make it simple to select any of the 8 programs in this rice cooker by Tefal. None of which, are for baking though. You can adjust the preset timer as needed as well.

Tefal RK7321 Fuzzy Logic 1.8L Rice Cooker

Something else to note about RK7321 is the inner pot design. Like the Tefal RK8055, the Tefal R7K321 also features a spherical shape for better heat circulation.

Many users favor this rice cooker for its ability to cook fast (and evenly). And its cooking capacity makes it a very adequate choice for medium to large families.

RThe Tefal RK7321 is value-for-money due to its wonderful product quality. The rice cooker menu comes with large buttons which are easy to click too.

One downside is that you are unable to customize and preset the cooking time. The steam cap is also non-detachable. Unlike with the Philips HD3038!

Watch an unboxing and rice demo video here (in English):

  • Capacity: 1.8L
  • Cooking Capacity: 2-10 cups
  • Type: Fuzzy Logic
  • Inner Pan Make: Aluminum (1.5mm thick) with non-stick coating
  • Modes: stew, porridge, brown rice, quick cook, slow cook, etc
  • Price: ~RM200
  • Warranty: 2 years

Pros:

  • Automatic keep warm
  • Rice spatula, measuring cup, and steam basket
  • Lightweight
  • Good quality
  • Large buttons
  • Cooks fast and evenly
  • Suitable for medium to large families

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Unable to customize and preset cooking time
  • Can’t remove the steam cap for washing
  • No digital screen

10. Toshiba RC-18DH1NMY Digital 1.8L Rice Cooker

Toshiba’s appealing minimalist-style RC-18DH1NMY rice cooker features a unique coating of Japanese Bincho charcoal (Binchotan).

Toshiba RC-18DH1NMY Digital 1.8L Rice Cooker

This activated charcoal coating absorbs impurities from the water. Not unlike in commercial water filters! It’s not harmful to your health either.

There are 11 preset menus including different types of rice, congee, soup and even cake!

And the Toshiba RC-18DH1NMY also has a 24-hour preset timer so you can prep in advance.

The Toshiba RC-18DH1NMY is decently sized and lightweight, yet can still feed large families. The rice is cooked well and there are no incidents of scorched rice. 

We are disappointed that the warranty is just for a year. Other than that, the Toshiba RC-18DH1NMY is affordable if you’re in the market for a fuzzy logic rice cooker.

Check out the promo video here:

  • Capacity: 1.8L
  • Cooking Capacity: 2-10 cups
  • Type: Fuzzy Logic
  • Inner Pan Make: Binchotan
  • Modes: Cake, sushi, brown rice, sticky rice, soup, steam, quick (30 minutes), etc
  • Price: ~RM200
  • Warranty: 1 year

Pros:

  • 24hr preset timer
  • Accessories included (e.g. cup, paddle, scoop and steam rack)
  • Durable (2.2 mm thickness)
  • Multi-functional with 11 different modes
  • LED display
  • Inner lid and steam vent can be detached
  • Compact
  • Lightweight

Cons:

  • Very expensive
  • Only 1 year warranty

11. Tefal 1.5L Delirice Pro Induction Heating Rice Cooker RK808A

Expensive, to be sure. But the Tefal 1.5L Delirice Pro Induction Heating Rice Cooker RK808A is basically a multicooker:

With 16 preset cooking programs that include different types of rice (e.g., brown, glutinous, jasmine, white, etc), yoghurt, porridge, congee, claypot, slow cooking, and even dessert!

You can even make bread with it. So in addition to being a rice cooker with induction heating technology, the price is justified if you can make use of all the functions!

Making bread with this rice cooker:

The keep warm function is automatic (with no dedicated button). And there is a delay start function as well. Cooking regular rice, takes about 40 minutes. With quick mode, the cook time is halved.

Tip: Put more water than you think you need.

Despite the size of this rice cooker, cooking just a small portion of rice (minimum is half cup, maximum 8 cups) will not result in any crusting at the bottom of the rice cooker.

On another note, cleaning the rice cooker is not difficult with the ceramic non-stick coating. And the lid can be taken out for washing as well.

If you already own or have previously owned the Tefal Mini Fuzzy Spherical Pot Rice Cooker RK601, you will notice that the Tefal RK808A is noisier (I.e., not unlike a fan).

Note: Tefal RK808A and RK808 is the same model

Tefal 1.5L Delirice Pro Induction Heating Rice Cooker RK808A
  • Capacity: 1.5L
  • Cooking Capacity: 8 cups
  • Type: Induction Heating
  • Inner Pan Make: High Quality Aluminium and Iron (3mm thickness) with non-stick coating
  • Modes: Auto Keep warm, Timer, Delayed
  • Start Function, Slow Cook, Reheat, 16 Cooking Programs
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Price: ~RM439

Pros:

  • Inner pot is sound (thick)
  • Extremely versatile when it comes to functions
  • Non stick coating
  • Modern aesthetic
  • With automatic keep warm
  • Large cooking capacity but can cook small portions too
  • Long warranty
  • Quick mode comes in handy (20 minutes to cook rice)

Cons:

  • Expensive

Bonus: Tefal 1.0L Healthy & Tasty Rice Cooker RK8608

Users swear that rice tastes better with the Healthy rice function of the Tefal Healthy & Tasty Rice Cooker 1.0L (RK8608)! Rice is fragrant and perfectly fluffy too! And ready to eat in ~35 minutes.

Promo video:

But the portion may not be enough for a household of 5 pax. You can only cook 2 cups of rice with the Healthy rice function which is enough for 3-4 pax.

Operating the rice cooker is uncomplicated as long as you follow the water and rice measurements on the inside of the pot (not the measurement cup).

The Tefal RK8608 rice cooker only comes in 1 size (1L) which is compact and space-saving. The quality befits a Tefal product. As the inner pot is sturdily built.

We can only imagine that the target audience for the Tefal RK8608 is however, health conscious seniors with money to spare! Because the price is high for such a small rice cooker!

Tefal 1.0L Healthy & Tasty Rice Cooker RK8608
  • Capacity: 1.0L
  • Cooking Capacity: 5 cups
  • Type: Induction Heating
  • Inner Pan Make: 6 layers inner pot
  • Modes: Auto Keep warm, Timer, Delayed Start Function, Reheat, Steam, Soup, Porridge, Congee, Multigrain Rice, Brown Rice
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Price: ~RM769

Pros:

  • Instructions are clear
  • Unique Healthy rice function
  • With a timer and automatic keep warm
  • Space-saving build
  • Fast-cooking
  • You can use it for other purposes (e.g. making soup, congee, or porridge)
  • Good quality pot
  • Easy to use

Cons:

  • Very expensive for the cooking capacity
  • Only comes in 1 size

Types Of Rice Cookers

Just like refrigerators, there are up to 4 types of different rice cookers available in the market:

1. Conventional Rice Cooker (Removable Lid)

Conventional rice cookers use a heating element below the inner pot that contains the rice and water.

temperature sensor uses change in temperature (after the water is gone) to release a latch that turns off the heating element!

2. Jar Type (Attached Lid, Non-digital)

Jar type rice cookers have more than 1 heating element – the base as well as the sides!

Thus, unlike the conventional rice cookers, you won’t get a crispy crust at the bottom of your rice!

3. Fuzzy Logic (Digital)

Rice connoisseurs may want to get a rice cooker that uses fuzzy logic to cook rice. The resulting rice has better texture and taste!

Conventional rice cookers only have 2 levels, whereas fuzzy logic rice cookers have different levels for determining when to turn off the heating element. For example, when you want to cook porridge.

They usually have a quick mode function as well. This comes in handy when you don’t want to wait ~50 minutes for your rice to cook!

4. Induction Heating

Induction rice cookers offer even higher precision than fuzzy logic rice cookers but are more expensive. They also provide a more even distribution of heat, just like jar type rice cookers!

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How To Choose The Best Rice Cooker

Arm yourself with the knowledge of how to differentiate between rice cookers before you buy a rice cooker in Malaysia!

1. What Size Do You Actually Need?

Getting a rice cooker with a capacity that is more than you need will result in a shorter lifespan for the cooker. The heat will also not be evenly distributed.

Determine how much rice you cook (in terms of cups). We’re assuming you cook rice on an almost-daily basis!

Note: 1 cup of raw rice will become 2 bowls of cooked rice.

So if you cook 2 cups daily, a 3-cup rice cooker is what you need!

Other questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you cook in batches, saving the leftover rice for another meal?
  • How often do you have guests over?

If you’re just one person or even a household of 2, a mini rice cooker will do just fine.

2. Versatility

Another thing to think about: Do you want to cook other things besides rice in your rice cooker? 

Some rice cookers come with steaming trays so that you can steam food as the rice is cooking!

What if you want to steam a whole fish?

Then, you would need the best food steamer in Malaysia!

Or for something even more versatile, check out the best multi-cookers in Malaysia!

3. Does The Brand Matter? (Quality Rice Cooker)

While locally-made brands are cheaper:

Reputable brands like Panasonic and Zojirushi can be trusted to maintain their quality standard. In order to keep up their good reputation!

4. What Other Features Should I Look For?

  • A transparent lid (and removable for washing)
  • Porridge mode
  • Slow cook mode (If you’re looking for this, you may as well check out the best pressure cookers in Malaysia too!)
  • Markings for measuring water and rice (inside the pot)
  • Material of inner pot – aluminum, stainless steel, non-stick coating, clay, etc
  • Thick inner pot (more durable, even heating)
  • Indicator light
  • Keep Warm function (automatic after cooking)
  • Removable inner lid

Maintaining Your Rice Cooker

Rice cookers don’t last forever but there are certain things you can do that can help! A good rice cooker can last a decade!

  • Don’t rinse your rice using the inner pot. Especially to prevent scratches on non-stick coating!
  • Additional ingredients like spices or oil can ruin non-stick coating
  • Keep the heating element clean along with the pot

Conclusion

Do not be in a hurry to choose the best rice cooker in Malaysia for your family. Being content with the first rice pot you come across might bring you unwanted hassle later!

In this article, we will cover features and types of rice cookers you may not be aware about. And tips on how to make sure your new rice cooker lasts!

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Janice

Janice is the editor for BestBuyGet.com. Wanted to be an author as a kid, got a D in English (First Language), but somehow now a content writer with an engineering background. Bakes, does yoga, plays the piano, reads, and most other introverted indoor hobbies. Also an active volunteer at Zero Waste Malaysia.