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Cooking rice in a pot on the stove. That’s how you do it, right?

Well, yes, but…….

There actually is another way. And no, we’re not talking about buying a specialised rice cooker. No, we’re talking about making use of another appliance you most certainly have in your kitchen, and a small purchase that will change your (rice cooking) life.

We’re talking about microwave rice cookers.

Never heard of them before? No worries! We have collected all you need to know as well as our current favourites for you below!

Sistema Microwave Rice Cooker

Best Microwave Rice Cooker: Sistema

The Sistema Rice Cooker is a phthalate- and BPA-free cooking ware specifically designed to cook rice, polenta, and couscous.

The rice steamer has a base and a pressure chamber, the latter of which allows for any potential overflow to be funnelled back into the base. Its lid is outfitted with cool-to-touch, easy to lift tabs that serve both as convenient handles to take the cooker out of the microwave and help to easily open the steamer.

The cooker is dishwasher safe (on the top rack), microwave safe (with went in lid open), and can be stored in both fridges and freezers.

Key Features:

  • Phthalate- and BPA-free, 100% virgin plastic
  • Tabs on lid for safe and cool handling
  • Comes with non-sticky spoon included
  • Dishwasher safe
  • For use in fridge and freezer

Nordic Ware Microwave Rice Cooker

Best Microwave Rice Cooker: Nordic Ware

Nordic Ware’s rice cooker is the perfect utensil for save and fast rice preparation. It really only takes minutes.

The cooker, which is made from BPA-free plastic, has a capacity of 8 cups and comes with a cool-to-touch handle that allows for easy handling.

Nordic Ware’s rice cooker is dishwasher safe and perfectly capable of handling veggies or pasta as well as rice.

Key Features:

  • BPA-free plastic
  • Safe and easy to use
  • Cooks rice in minute & also handles pasta and vegetables
  • With handles for cool-to-touch handling
  • Dishwasher safe

Prep Solutions by Progressive 4 Piece Rice Cooker Set

Best Microwave Rice Cookers: Prep Solutions by Progressive

Progressive’s microwave rice cooker has a capacity of 6 cups and measures 9.25 by 7 inches. It is made from green, BPA-free plastic that is completely dishwasher safe.

The 6 cup-capacity cooker comes accompanied by a locking lid, a rice paddle, as well as a measuring cup.


Key Features:

  • 6-cup capacity
  • BPA-free plastic
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Measures 9.25 by 7 inches
  • Comes with locking lid, rice paddle and measuring cup

Joseph Joseph 45002 M-Cuisine Microwave Rice Cooker

Best Microwave Rice Cooker: Joseph Joseph 45002

Joseph Joseph’s M-Cuisine rice cooker gives you all the tools necessary to measure, wash, cook, and serve super fluffy rice and grains. And it does all this by making  perfect use of its super nice and clever design.

The rice-paddle, for example, is really a multi-purpose tool: not only can it be used to fluff and serve the cooked rice, it also serves to lock the lid closed while cooking and doubles as a convenient carry handle afterwards.

The rice cooker itself has a capacity of 2 litres and comes with a lid, a colander, a measuring cup and the afore-mentioned rice paddle.

Key Features:

  • 2 litre capacity
  • For cooking rice and grains
  • Comes with lid, colander, measuring cup and rice paddle
  • Rice paddle is multi-purpose tool (see description)
  • Dishwasher safe

Norpro Microwave Rice Cooker

Best Microwave Rice Cookers: Norpro

Norpro’s microwave rice cooker is made from BPA-free, highly heat resistant and easy to clean plastic. Its clever design optimally circulates heat and traps moisture to guarantee even cooking.

The set includes the cooker itself, a lock down lid, a measuring cup, as well as a spoon. It has a whooping capacity of 11 cups and comes with detailed instructions and a leaflet full of recipes.

Key Features:

  • BPA-free, super heat resistant plastic
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Set includes cooker, lid, measuring cup, and spoon
  • Leaflet with instructions and recipes
  • 11 cup capacity


Q: Why should I switch from pots to microwave cooker?

There are quite a few reasons to make the switch, really.

The first one is, very simply, convenience. Simply popping the cooker into the microwave, pushing a button and waiting for the “ping” is something even the most untalented cook can do easily.

The second reason is time. Microwave cooking is faster than traditional rice cooking.

And that leads us nicely to the third reason: less energy required. Shorter cooking time means less energy used. It’s really as simple as that.

Q: How does it work?

Cooking rice in the microwave is a super simple process.

The steps involved roughly look like this:

  • Fill cooker with rice and water (more often than not there is a measuring cup included, which definitely should be used for warranty reasons)
  • Put the lid on
  • Pop cooker into the microwave
  • Push the button
  • Wait for the “ping”
  • Take cooker out
  • (Optional: fluff rice)
  • Serve and enjoy

Q: What should I consider before buying?

All of the cookers we’ve mentioned above do more or less the same. They do differ slightly from each other, and those differences are what you should be thinking about:

  • Serving size/capacity
  • Material used (is “just” BPA-free enough for you, or do you care about other factors as well?)
  • Does it handle other things than rice? Do you want it to?
  • What can you do with it? (All cookers from above are dishwasher safe, but some can also be used for fridge or microwave storage.)
  • What’s included in the set? What do you want or need to be included?

Q: Is rice the only thing I can cook in a microwave rice cooker?

In some yes, in others no.

There are some rice cookers that are best with rice only, others can handle things like grains, pasta and/or veggies as well.

Q: For whom would you recommend a microwave rice cooker?

For everyone who loves rice and eats a lot of it/eats it frequently, basically.

Whether you’re single or with family, old or young, live alone or share your house – nothing of these factors matter very much. If you are a rice-lover you will benefit from a microwave rice cooker.

The only thing your personal circumstances may influence is the cooker’s capacity.