If you looking for a simple electric rice cooker or a cheap rice cooker, you may want to look at Oster rice cookers. They always come without any frills, which is why the price is kept low.
Oster rice cookers come in a wide range of sizes, from small 3-cup rice cookers to large 10-cup ones. The sizes can be confusing because while many other brands label their sizes according to uncooked cups of rice, Oster sometimes label their rice cookers according to cooked rice.
The Oster 4724 can prepare up to 20 cups of cooked rice each time! It has a lid that can be locked and a non stick cook pot and a stainless steel body that is stylish. If you have quite a number of mouths to feed rice to, you may like this large rice cooker. And if you need to warm food, the included steam tray will work perfectly on top of the cooking rice.
More about the Oster 4724 here.
Among the smaller rice cookers, the Oster 04722 is a simple electric rice cooker that has a glass top with a vent for steaming. Its operations are so simple that only one touch is all that is required to cook rice and then keep it warm after it is done.
It is good for doing 3 cups of uncooked rice, and makes about 6 cups of cooked rice. It is good value for money, though the vent is known to occasionally spit starchy water and the aluminum does warp over prolonged use. But then if you are looking for a cheap rice cooker just to cook rice without too much technology and features, this rice cooker model is your ideal choice.
More about the Oster 4722 here.
At the other end of the spectrum is the Oster 3071 Digital Rice Cooker. The digital controls and stainless steel body are all very well, and the programs allow cooking fondue, soups, poultry, quinoa, and many more, other than its basic function of cooking rice. It can make up to 20 cups of cooked rice, and is ideal for large families or when guests need to be entertained in large numbers. However, it is rather expensive for a digital rice cooker of its size (20 cups cooked rice) and I would recommend getting the Aroma 20-cup rice cooker instead.
More about the Oster 3071 here.
Among the common problems found with Oster rice cookers:
Some people have complained that Oster rice cookers tend to overcook rice and leave a crust at the bottom of the pan. People have gotten over this by either stirring the rice up from the bottom of the pot when it is 15 minutes into the cooking, or unplugging the rice cooker as soon as cooking is done, or adding some water to the pot.
Oster rice cookers are also known to spill starchy rice water from the vent hole on the lid. Solutions include placing a paper napkin over the hole, or adding a little butter or oil of your choice to the rice.
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