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  • Why Choose a Specialised Rice Cooker?

    Selecting a rice cooker can be a daunting task given the variance in price, quality, and features. Many might wonder why not simply use a regular pot! The answer is simple, conveniently being able to enhance the cooking process to make each grain of rice perfectly tender and flavourful.

    Types of Rice Cookers

    1. Simple Models: These rice cookers, like the nostalgic Tiger JNP Rice Cooker, feature a single switch operation. While they may lack modern features, they are incredibly user-friendly.

    2. Advanced Micro-computer Models: Featuring fuzzy logic, these cookers adjust cooking time and temperature to ensure optimal results. They are ideal for various rice types and dishes like brown rice, slow-cooked meals, and congee. Notably, models like the Zojirushi NL-GAQ even include settings for quinoa.

    3. Material and Coating: Higher-end models use premium materials for the inner pots. Non-stick coatings are common for ease of cleaning, although it's crucial to follow care instructions closely to maintain safety. The higher end Tiger Rice Cookers such as the Tiger Pressure IH Rice Cooker JPK-G and Tiger IH Rice Cooker JPW-G include inner pots that are ceramic coated instead of the common non-stick coatings.

    4. Induction and FIR Technology: Unlike traditional cookers, induction models like the Zojirushi NW-QAQ IH and Tiger IH Rice Cooker JPW-G distribute heat more evenly, preventing common issues like mushy or crispy rice. FIR (Far Infrared Rays) technology ensures even cooking, preserving nutrients and enhancing flavour.

    5. Pressure Cooking: Models like the Tiger Pressure IH Rice Cooker JPK-G use pressure to elevate the cooking temperature, improving the rice's texture and taste. This method mimics the traditional claypot cooking by sealing the steam within the cooker.

    Cooking Capacity and Practicality

    Japanese rice cookers use the traditional "go" measurement, equivalent to approximately 180 millilitres or 150 grams of uncooked rice. This makes it easy to select the right size cooker for your needs, from small units for individuals to larger models suitable for families. 

    Advantages of Various Sizes

    • Smaller cookers can cook quicker but require cooling periods between batches.
    • Larger models, while accommodating more rice, also offer flexibility in cooking smaller quantities without the need to cook consecutively. Generally the minimum amount is about 2 cups of rice for the larger 10 cup rice cookers.

    As a general rule, the number of cups of rice you cook is equivalent to the number of people you're cooking for. In this case, a 5.5 cup rice cooker should be enough to serve just over 5 people.

    Safety and Compliance

    All our rice cookers are tested and comply with Australian safety standards, featuring an Australian plug. While Japanese models are appealing, they require a transformer due to the different voltage standards, which could affect warranties and insurances.

    Upcoming Products

    We are collaborating with Zojirushi Australia to expand our selection of rice cookers, with several exciting models expected to arrive soon.


    Whether you prefer the simplicity of traditional donabes or the sophistication of modern rice cookers, each method has its unique benefits. Here’s a quick rundown of our top picks:

    Making rice delicious is something that both Tiger and Zojirushi take seriously. During a recent meeting with a Zojirushi representative, we learned that their delay in entering the market was due to extensive testing to ensure their cookers produce perfectly cooked, delicious local rice. 

    No matter which rice cooker you choose, it's something that you'll be continuing to use for years to come.