Have you tried and failed to make rice a thousand times? Do you have dreams of integrating all of your kitchen machines into a few handy appliances? Would you like to wake up in the morning to the smell of fresh hot oatmeal? Sick of opening your oven to check on that cake you’re baking? (Yes, we're being intentionally sensational here, but really the right rice cooker - such as a Panasonic model - can do all of this!)
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Who knew that a rice cooker could be the solution to all of these problems? Rice cookers have advanced – they’re not just for rice any more. If you want to streamline your time cooking, it’s a good idea to look into one. No more standing over a pot, fretting over your gluggy rice – the time for kitchen liberation is now.
Luckily, Panasonic has a whole range of rice cookers that range from simple to complex. If you want a rice cooker just to cook rice, or you’d like something more, read on: there’s a whole assortment here for you to see.
Panasonic is a great range known mainly for electronics, but their forays into kitchen appliances have been well-received by the market. Their rice cookers, especially, have brought a new life to the market, with cool new features and handy easy-to-use interfaces. It’s a brand known for producing excellent products that stand the test of time – just what you want in an appliance.
These products all have a one-year warranty (found at the manufacturer’s website here), which is about industry standard.
There are two ranges of Panasonic rice cookers listed here: the Automatic Rice Cooker range and the more advanced Fuzzy Logic range. The Automatic range is simpler, typically more affordable, and generally used only to cook rice. The Fuzzy Logic range is more advanced, typically found at a higher price point (prices vary), and has a range of functions so you can cook all sorts of things.
The functions in the Fuzzy Logic range mean that it’s easy to experiment with different grains in your rice cooker. Both of the models listed here have inbuilt porridge settings, so you can just load your ingredients and let the machine cook the perfect porridge. They also both have delay timer settings, so you can load your ingredients the night before and wake up to fresh porridge in the morning. And if you’re interested in trying to cook quinoa, farro, or buckwheat, these features make it easy to do so – without having to keep too close an eye on the machine.
One of the models even has a cake setting, so you can put your cake mix directly into the machine and leave it to cook!
The main difference between the two models is size: one has a whopping 20-cup capacity, while the other only holds 8 cups.
When it comes to the Automatic Rice Cooker range, there are a few differences. Only one of these models has a keep-warm setting, and two of them cannot be used with brown rice. One can be used to steam other food while cooking, and the other cannot. They are also different sizes, so that’s an important consideration to look at when purchasing a model.
Do you live alone, or do you have a family of six? Do you eat a lot of rice or only irregularly? Are you planning on eating leftovers? Do you want to be able to make soups and stews, like this vegan casserole? Do you want to make porridge? How important is it that you come home to a meal that’s already made?
The model that you want has so much to do with your life that you have to figure out the answers to these questions before you can make a decision on which model is likely to be best for you.
The Fuzzy Logic Pre-Programmed Rice Cooker is one of two of Panasonic’s Fuzzy Logic range on this list, and it’s also our top pick from the Panasonic range. The Fuzzy Logic models are named for the Fuzzy Logic technology, which is claimed by Panasonic to automatically adjust the power and cooking time during the cooking process to ensure that the rice comes out perfectly every time – a massive benefit, especially when cooking an uncommon grain (which is also possible with this machine).
This model comes with an 8-cup container, which is roughly eight servings of rice – so plenty for an average family. It has a keep-warm setting and a delay timer, so you can time your rice perfectly for whatever you’re making. It also has a steaming basket, so you can make other components to your meal at the same time.
Some things more specific to this model are its digital display, which shows just how long there is to go in the cooking process so you can time it expertly. There’s a domed lid to prevent moisture that’s evaporated from dripping back down into the rice and making it mushy, and this lid has a nice push-button release that clicks it into place.
It also has eight different functions to choose from: white rice, brown rice, sticky rice, quick cook, porridge, cake, slow cook, and steam. These functions make it way easier to use your device for different grains – instead of hoping for the best when using your rice cooker to make oatmeal, quinoa, or sushi rice, you know that it’ll come out just right without you having to do anything at all. The slow cook function is also very cool, because it means that to some extent your rice cooker can double as a slow cooker – you don’t need to have both. The cake function is shared by very few other models, but it’s also a great addition, because it means you can cook a cake perfectly in the perfect size, and collect it when the beeper goes off – no more checking the oven to make sure it’s done.
This is an excellent rice cooker, and definitely one of the best on the market. It has a great capacity, excellent functions, the ability to steam food while the rice is cooking, and an easy-to-use interface complete with digital display. If you want a machine that can double as a slow cooker and, to some extent, an oven, this is an excellent pick that’s sure to save you tons of time.
The second Panasonic Fuzzy Logic model, the ordinary Fuzzy Logic Rice Cooker, is also a great model from Panasonic. It shares the same Fuzzy Logic technology, which is said to automatically adjust the power and cooking time to make sure your food comes out perfectly every time. It also has the Fuzzy Logic push-button lid release and domed lid, which prevents evaporated and condensed water from re-entering the rice below.
It’s substantially bigger than any other rice cooker on this list, and one of the biggest home rice cookers on the market, with a whopping 20-cup capacity – enough to feed a horde. If you’re someone who regularly has dinner parties, or who’s planning on getting a rice cooker for catering events, it’s an excellent pick.
It also comes with the choice of different functions that makes its cooking times and processes more specific for the grain. You can choose from white rice, brown rice, porridge/soup, and steam/quick cook when starting the machine, so that when making any of those items you don’t have to worry about keeping an eye on anything.
The primary issue with this model is that it doesn’t come with a delay timer, which could be inconvenient when making large batches of rice. Because more rice tends to take longer, it could be frustrating to have to prep the rice cooker an hour in advance for a dinner party. However, if this isn’t an issue for you, the massive capacity of this model and its functions make it ideal for anyone looking for a big, efficient model.
The last three models are all somewhat related; they’re all from the same range of Panasonic products, and are very popular. They differ in a number of ways, predominantly weight and the ease with which they can be used.
The Heavy Duty Automatic Rice Cooker is the biggest of the three models, with a 10-cup capacity. It does not have any functions nor a delay timer, but it does come with a keep-warm setting, which is very helpful if you’re often busy in the kitchen and don’t want to have to reheat your rice. It has the ability to steam food while you cook the rice, which is also massively helpful.
On the whole, this is a good, classic rice cooker with a nice range of specs. It lacks the functionality of the higher-tier blenders – in particular, the ability to choose different functions so you can make things with the push of a button – but it does have a keep-warm setting and a steaming basket, so it’s more helpful than the following two models. It’s best for anyone who makes rice regularly, often for large groups of people, and who doesn’t mind lacking some of the bells and whistles for a great model at a great price point.
Be sure to check out our cheap rice cooker article for some other options.
The first of Panasonic’s two Automatic Rice Cookers, the SR-GO6FG, is very similar to the second shortly after the timer goes off to ensure it’s still hot. Both lack the steaming baskets of other rice cookers, which means other foods cannot be steamed within the rice cooker while it’s going. Neither of them is recommended for brown rice, so they should only be used with white. On the whole, they are more difficult to use than the other rice cookers on this list.
This model is larger than the following, with a 6-cup capacity that makes it better for a family.
The SR-GO6FG is a great pick for a family that doesn’t eat that much rice – and when you do, it’s white rice. It’s best for someone who doesn’t mind the lack of delay timer and keep-warm settings, and so is happy to eat soon after the machine has finished working. This model will save a little time from your day, as you won’t need to stand stirring over a pot, so if you’re looking for a little more convenience but are otherwise happy with your kitchen processes, or you’ve never been able to master making rice on the stove, then this is a great pick.
As mentioned, this model is very similar to the previous one; they both lack many of the features of higher-tier rice cookers, and neither should be used to cook brown rice. This model, the SR-3NA, is differentiated from the former by its slightly smaller capacity – it holds three cups of cooked rice instead of six, so it’s best for a couple, a single person, or a small family.
If you can’t get the hang of making rice on the stove – if it always comes out lumpy or stodgy, or sticks to the bottom of the pot – then this is a great model to use. It’s small, simple, and will take the hassle out of trying to figure out the rice method.
The best rice-cooking model from Panasonic has to be the Fuzzy Logic Pre-Programmed Rice Cooker. Its Fuzzy Logic technology means that it’s better at cooking rice than the models from the other range, and its focus on pre-programmed functions makes it much easier to use for just about anything. Who knew you could cook a cake in a rice cooker? With this model, you will.
Hey! I’m Michelle and I write product reviews for ThriveCuisine.com. I’m always preparing healthy / plant based foods and I’ve developed a knack for helping people get the best bang for their buck.