Have you ever considered which rice cooker is the best rice cooker to buy and what size you really need ? Do you love rice based meals? Do you have a big family or often have to catering for large family occasions? Will an average to medium size be okay or are large rice cookers the better way to go. Or do you really need an Extra Large model for those special occasions?
At Kitchen Genie we have tried to help you make the right choice with the following advice:
There are a variety of rice cookers of different sizes offered in the market today, which makes it hard to choose the one that is right for you and your family. Yet size is one of the main things to consider when choosing a rice cooker.
Choosing The Right Size Rice Cooker For Your Needs
Rice cookers of different sizes are available for domestic and commercial use:
When describing the size of a rice cooker, the cup provided with the product is usually used as the standard means of measure.
- The average cup contains 6 – 8 ounces of rice, depending on the model.
- You can normally make 1½ to 2 ½ cups of cooked rice with one cup of raw uncooked rice. The range is due to different types of rice.
- When choosing a rice cooker, you should to keep this in mind to help you assess its capacity.
As a rough rule of thumb, 1 cup of raw rice will make 2 cups of cooked rice. Although the amount of cooked rice you will get after it is cooked in a rice cooker depends mainly on the quantity of water and the type of rice you use, this will be close to the approximate figures we’ve given above.
There are some very small rich cookers of only 3 cups size but these lack certain features and are budget models. Starting with the smallest reasonable sized models with most normal features, we have commented on the size range offered in the market below:-
6 Cup Rice Cooker
Rice cookers of this size are the most common and bestsellers in Europe. This size of rice cooker can cook up to 6 cups of raw rice, giving you 10 to 11 cups of steamed or cooked rice. On average, this can be used to make rice for 5 – 7 people in one meal.
It may be the right choice if you have a small family, which consumes rice once a day. Some of the rice cookers of this size also have a warm feature, which keeps the rice warm and in good condition until you eat it on the same day.
10 Cup Rice Cooker
A rice cooker of this size can cook up to 10 cups of raw rice, providing nearly 20 cups of steamed or cooked rice. These rice cookers are suitable for large families or small restaurants where 15 – 20 people eat rice at one meal or 7 to 10 people who consume rice based meals twice a day.
In terms of size it is a good size for the medium size family if rice style meals are the main ingredient of the daily diet. Most of the rice cookers in this category have a warm feature to keep the rice nice and warm for the entire day so that it can be used at the next meal on the same day. The Kitchen Genie 10 Cup Rice Cooker & Steamer will suit your needs.
15 to 20 Cup Rice Cooker
These large rice cookers can use 15 to 20 cups of raw rice to serve 25 – 35 people at one meal or 12 to 18 people having rice based meals twice a day. They are mainly used for large and extended families or restaurant purposes. Their keep-warm mode can keep your rice nice and warm throughout the day so it can be used later on in the day.
When buying a large rice cooker it is important to bear in mind that the appliance should not be filled to its maximum capacity. To get the best results, fill it to 1/2 or 3/4 of its maximum capacity. Whether you want to use a rice cooker at home or commercially.
The Kitchen Genie 16 Cup Rice Cooker is our most popular seller particularly for big or extended families. This is often chosen by big families as a large rice cooker fit for their needs.
Extra Large Rice Cooker
At Kitchen Genie we have developed the extra large Kitchen Genie 45 cup rice cooker which may sound large but it was developed due to demand from customers in Africa and the Middle East as in these countries it is not unusual to have large families of say 8 to 10 people in each family gathering together with 5 or 6 other large families on social occasions. Eg family weddings, religious ceremonies etc.
The information provided above should help you to pick the right size rice cooker for your needs. So you’ll see there are large rice cookers and there are Large Rice Cookers!