Best Rice Cooker Malaysia 2020: How To Choose One  (& Available Types)

It’s sensible to want the best rice cooker in Malaysia 2020 when it is such quintessential appliance in many Malaysian households!

A regular locally-made rice cooker can be much less than RM100. But high-quality rice cooker prices in Malaysia generally fall in the RM100-600 range!

Still a worth-well investment if you don’t want to be consuming dangerous chemicals over a long period! Plus, your rice cooker will last longer too!

13 Best Rice Cookers In Malaysia 2020

1. Panasonic SR-E18A Conventional 1.8L Rice Cooker

Panasonic’s SR-E18A can cook enough for your whole family! And when it’s done, it will automatically keep the rice warm!

You can’t really be mad at it since it’s very affordable too (including a 1-year warranty)!

Panasonic SR-E18A Conventional 1.8L Rice Cooker
  • Capacity: 1.8L
  • Cooking Capacity: 2-10 cups
  • Type: Conventional
  • Inner Pan Make: Anodized Aluminum
  • Modes: Keep warm
  • Price: ~RM100
  • Warranty: 1 year

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2. Russell Taylors ERC-18 Conventional 1.8L Rice Cooker

At first glance, this may seem like a brand from overseas:

But Russel Taylors is actually a Malaysian-based company selling kitchen appliances from China. After rebranding them!

Their ERC-18 rice cooker with a removable lid comes with a steam rack and 1 year warranty too!

Russell Taylors ERC-18 Conventional 1.8L Rice Cooker
  • Capacity: 1.8L
  • Cooking Capacity: 2-10 cups
  • Type: Conventional
  • Inner Pan Make: Non-stick
  • Modes: Keep warm
  • Price: ~RM80
  • Warranty: 1 year

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3. Philips HD3115/62 Daily Collection Jar 1.8L Rice Cooker

Made in China, the HD3115/62 by Philips (from Netherlands) has a copper element that warms the sides of the rice cooker. Paired with a built-in smart heating system to ensure even cooking.

It too, comes with some accessories. Like a scoop, measuring cup and steaming tray.

Philips HD311562 Daily Collection Jar 1.8L Rice Cooker
  • Capacity: 1.8L
  • Cooking Capacity: 2-10 cups
  • Type: Jar Type (Attached Lid)
  • Inner Pan Make: Non-stick
  • Modes: Keep warm
  • Price: ~RM199
  • Warranty: 2 years

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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!

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

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5. Panasonic SR-JP185 Mechanical Jar 1.8L Rice Cooker

Here’s a rice cooker that’s capable of 3 functions – rice, porridge and steaming! A toggle between rice and porridge mode keeps things from being unnecessarily complicated!

You can even steam meat and seafood with the included steam basket!

Panasonic SR-JP185 Mechanical Jar 1.8L Rice Cooker
  • Capacity: 1.8L
  • Cooking Capacity: 2-10 cups
  • Type: Jar Type (Attached Lid)
  • Inner Pan Make: Black Flon Pan
  • Modes: Keep warm, porridge
  • Price: ~RM120
  • Warranty: 1 year

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6. Electrolux ERC3405 3 In 1 Function 1.8L Rice Cooker

Electrolux from Sweden has a similar rice cooker to the one above:

It cooks from all sides, resulting in fluffy rice!

Electrolux ERC3405 3 In 1 Function 1.8L Rice Cooker
  • Capacity: 1.8L
  • Cooking Capacity: 2-10 cups
  • Type: Jar Type (Attached Lid)
  • Inner Pan Make: Non-stick
  • Modes: Keep warm, porridge
  • Price: ~RM160
  • Warranty: 2 years

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7. Russell Taylors ERC-30 Fuzzy Logic Smart 1.8L Rice Cooker

There are 6 different programs stored in Russell Taylors’ ERC-30 so you can cook different types of rice and even soup!

Pre-set timer and digital display allow you to choose when you want your rice to be ready!

Russell Taylors ERC-30 Fuzzy Logic Smart 1.8L Rice Cooker
  • Capacity: 1.8L
  • Cooking Capacity: 2-10 cups
  • Type: Fuzzy Logic
  • Inner Pan Make: Non-stick
  • Modes: Keep warm, delay, steam, white rice, brown rice, mixed rice, beans, soup
  • Price: ~RM150
  • Warranty: 1 year

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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!

With 9 different modes including a way to reheat previous leftover rice!

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

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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! You can adjust the preset timer as needed!

Something else to note about RK7321 is the inner pot design. Which has a spherical shape for better heat circulation!

Tefal RK7321 Fuzzy Logic 1.8L Rice Cooker
  • 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

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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).

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

Toshiba RC-18DH1NMY Digital 1.8L Rice Cooker
  • 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

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11. HETCH MTC-1721-HC 8 in 1 Multifunction 1.8L Rice Cooker

That transparent viewing window made of heat-resistance plastic (BPA & Phlthalate Free – tested by SGS) is the highlight of this rice cooker by HETCH.

Cleaning of the inner pot is simple as is selecting the 8 functions!

HETCH MTC-1721-HC 8 in 1 Multifunction 1.8L Rice Cooker
  • Capacity: 1.8L
  • Cooking Capacity: 2-10 cups
  • Type: Fuzzy Logic
  • Inner Pan Make: Non-stick
  • Modes: Dessert, slow cook, yoghurt, steam, fry stew, keep warm (24 hours), etc
  • Price: ~RM160
  • Warranty: 1 year

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12. Philips HD4528/62 Avance Collection IH 1.5L Rice Cooker 

Yet another from Philips, the HD4528 sports a luxurious dark finish – an aesthetic asset to your kitchen as well as a functional one!

It achieves perfection for every grain of rice with the patented iSpiral IH technology. Alerting you when the rice is done!

Philips HD452862 Avance Collection IH 1.5L Rice Cooker
  • Capacity: 1.5L
  • Cooking Capacity: Up to 6 people
  • Type: Induction Heating
  • Inner Pan Make: Stone-like
  • Modes: Keep warm (up to 12 hours), soup, porridge, brown rice, etc
  • Price: ~RM500-600
  • Warranty: 2 years

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13. Tefal RK8055 Spherical Pot 3D Induction 1.8L Rice Cooker

Only cooking enthusiasts will be able to fully appreciate the astounding 48 rice and other cooking programs of Tefal RK8055!

It lets you customize and save your own recipes too!

Tefal RK8055 Spherical Pot 3D Induction 1.8L Rice Cooker
  • Capacity: 1.8L
  • Cooking Capacity: 2-10 cups
  • Type: Induction Heating
  • Inner Pan Make: Aluminum/Iron (3mm thickness) with anti-rusting and non-stick coating
  • Modes: Keep warm, Japanese rice, bread, glutinous rice, brown rice, quick cook, claypot, porridge, congee, steam, slow cook, soup, dessert, reheat, diy chef, etc
  • Price: ~RM550
  • Warranty: 2 years

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Types Of Rice Cooker

Like refrigerators, there are up to 4 types of different rice cookers available on the market:

1. Conventional Rice Cooker (Removable Lid)

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

A temperature sensor that uses change in temperature (after the water is gone) to release a latch then turn offs of 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 just have 2 levels. While the fuzzy logic rice cookers have different levels for determining when to turn off the heating element. Like when you want to cook porridge!

They usually have a quick mode function too. In case you don’t want to wait ~50 minutes for your rice to cook!

4. Induction Heating

More expensive, induction rice cookers offer higher precision than fuzzy logic rice cookers. As well as even distribution of heat, like jar type rice cookers!

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. And the heat will 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!

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, a mini rice cooker will do just fine.

2. Versatility

Another thing to think about: Do you want to cook anything else in your rice cooker?Besides rice!

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, see 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
  • Indicator light
  • Keep Warm function (automatic after cooking)

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 to prevent scratches to the non-stick coating
  • Additional ingredients like spices or oil can ruin a non-stick coating too
  • 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!