We’re the first to admit: Cooking stovetop rice perfectly isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Sometimes, it’s best to leave it to the pros—enter the rice cooker.

In search of perfectly cooked, fluffy grains every time, we took the Zojirushi NVC-10 rice cooker for a test drive with three of our recipes, below. The cooker features multiple settings so you can make perfect sushi rice, scorched rice, and everything in-between, as well as other grains like farro or freekeh. There are measurements right on the inside of the bowl that tell you exactly how much water to add—but if you accidentally add too much, the ultrasmart machine will automatically self-adjust. And a “keep warm” setting will keep your rice toasty (but not sticky) for hours. Did we mention it sings a little jingle to let you know it’s done? Call us converts.

And if you’re just looking for a pot of perfectly steamed white rice without the bells and whistles, the Aroma 8-Cup Digital Rice Cooker & Food Steamer is our favorite budget-friendly model at $40.

Get the Recipes:
Black Rice Salad with Mango and Peanuts
Apple-Cider Cooked Farro
Red Rice Salad with Pecans, Fennel, and Herbs

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