The Best Sushi Rice Cooker

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Do you fancy making Japanese food at home but you’re not quite sure where to start?

If the idea appeals, invest in the best sushi rice cooker and racking up those California rolls will be an absolute cakewalk.

We rigorously tested a bunch of the best models on the market and we’ve curated them to just 5 of the very finest.

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Before pushing on, we’d like to make clear we have no particular allegiance to Zojirushi. You’ll see from the rest of our site that we usually avoid reviewing multiple models from the same brand. In the case of rice cookers, though, this manufacturer stands head and shoulders above the opposition.

So…

Since our only goal is bringing you the optimum products for the job at hand, read on to see just why Zojirushi packs such a punch when it comes to rice cookers for sushi…

Our #1 Pick: Zojirushi 3-Cup Micom Rice Cooker and Warmer

An example of fuzzy logic rice cooking at its most elevated, this 3-cup model is not exactly cheap but it might be the smartest investment you make this year. Load up the cooker with sticky rice and sit back as the triple heater returns perfectly even results every time.


Runner-Up: Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker

While the Neuro is no looker, in terms of performance it’s elevated above much of the competition. You’ll get a full 20 cups of cooked rice from this beast, a generous spread of settings and fuzzy logic to save you time and effort while making your life easier.


Upgrade Pick: Zojirushi Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker

If you’ve got deep pockets and immaculate taste, this 5-cup induction heating system pressure rice cooker is well worth the considerable investment. You’ll be spoiled for choice with rice varieties and functionality is first-class. The cooker is also super-simple to use so this Zojirushi is a winner across the board if you can afford it.


I. Things You Should Know Before Buying a Sushi Rice Cooker

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It should have Sushi cook feature and have Sushi Line Water Indicate

If you want to make sushi at home, perfectly cooked rice is the foundation.

Sure, you could cook this by hand.

A rice cooker, though, gives you consistency and standout taste with almost no effort. Luckily, many models are eminently suitable for preparing the type of rice you need for sushi so what should you look out for on the buying trail?

If you’re looking for general guidance on rice cookers, we collated some comprehensive FAQs right here.

In terms of rice cookers for sushi, you should look for a model with:

  • Dedicated sushi cooking function
  • Special water line for sushi rice

That aside, you’ll have a wide choice of rice cookers at your disposal.

How, then, can you make this type of rice in your new appliance?

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1. Preparation

Firstly, get your ingredients to hand. You’ll need:

  • Sticky white Japanese rice (2-¼ cups)
  • Salt (18g)
  • Rice vinegar (1/3 cup)
  • Brown sugar (¼ packed cup)

Note: 1 cup of Japanese rice is equal to 0.85 cups of rice using the American system. We’ve adjusted this for you but here’s a handy conversion tool for future reference.

2. Rinsing Your Rice

Do not under any circumstances try to sidestep this part of the equation.

Time spent here will be rewarded when you tuck into your sushi later.

  • Sushi rice works best but short-grain or medium-grain rice will work. Long-grain rice doesn’t stick together well enough
  • Pour your measured quantity of rice into a colander
  • Since rice expands dramatically when it’s cooked, remember that 1 cup uncooked is more like 2 cups when cooked
  • Pop a large bowl under the colander and start rinsing the rice with cold water. This removes the starch. Skip this step or don’t pay enough attention to it and you’ll end up with a gooey mess
  • Use just enough cold water to cover the rice and stir it with your hands. Don’t squeeze or press the rice and never use too much pressure
  • Empty the water when it becomes white and milky
  • Rinse and repeat until the water is completely clear
  • Dry the rice for roughly 15 minutes then you’re ready to roll

See Also: Top 10+ Best Japanese Rice Cookers

3. Cooking Your Rice

Luckily, this is the easy part with all the work done for you:

  • Load up your rice cooker with your clean, dry rice
  • Add the requisite amount of cold water per instructions of your rice cooker. Don’t leave this to chance and always follow the instruction accurately
  • Leave the rice cooker to do its work. You’ll usually need 45 to 60 minutes for sushi rice but, again, pay close attention to the instructions of your rice cooker
  • Do not overcook the rice or you’ll spoil your sushi before you get started

4. Seasoning Your Rice for Sushi

Now comes the part specific to rice for sushi.

  • Mix up your seasoning (salt, brown sugar and vinegar in the quantities above) in a small bowl
  • Stir until the salt and sugar have completely dissolved
  • Decant your rice into a large bowl and pour the seasoning into the bowl
  • For an authentic touch, use an uchiwa, a traditional Japanese fan, to waft the steam away from the rice as you add your seasoning
  • Using wide spatula or a rice paddle, mix gently without smashing up the grain of your rice. A light touch is vital every step of the way with sushi

Now you’re done and ready to make your favorite creations!

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5. Key Takeaways

  1. Rinse the rice thoroughly with cold water until no starch remains
  2. Always handle the rice gently
  3. Remember that Japanese measurements for cups differ slightly with 1 cup equating to just 0.85 cups in the US
  4. Never overload your rice cooker
  5. Always follow the instructions of your rice cooker carefully for best results

See Also: Top 8 Best Rice Cookers for Brown Rice


II. Top 5 Best Sushi Rice Cooker Reviews

1. Our Pick: Zojirushi 3-Cup Micom Rice Cooker and Warmer

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If you’ve wondered what on earth fuzzy logic is, it simply means the rice cooker packs a small computer that makes adjustments on your behalf while the rice is cooking giving you the perfect finish every single time.

The triple heater on this model delivers even results and you can make up to 3 cups in a single sitting. This should be more than enough for a small family since uncooked rice tends to double up in volume when cooked.

With a spatula, holder and rice measuring cup thrown in, you’ve got all you need for great sushi except the sticky rice!

Things We Like

  • Broad spread of settings from sushi rice to brown rice and steel-cut oatmeal
  • Cook at high temperature with no risk of overflow thanks to removable steam vent cap
  • Fuzzy logic means intelligent onboard micro-computer automatically tweaks time and temperature for optimum results every time

Things We Dislike

  • If you want to switch things up with brown rice (not ideal for sushi), it takes fully 2 hours to cook

See Also: Top 7 Best Zojirushi Rice Cookers


2. Runner-Up: Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker

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Another rock-solid fuzzy logic model from Zojirushi, the Neuro might look like a child’s toy but functionality is first-rate.

You’ll get a robust 10-cup capacity with a full suite of settings from a range of white rice for sushi through to various semi-brown and brown variants. Remember, too, that rice volume doubles when cooked so the Neuro will allow you to make sushi for the largest dinner party fuss-free.

The oversized display is easy to read while the menu is straightforward to navigate.

The only real gripe we have is the questionable design but that’s subjective. What’s very much objective is that you’ll get outstanding rice for your sushi in high volume. That, after all is what counts.

Things We Like

  • Substantial 10-cup model giving you enormous scope to cook for larger parties
  • Multiple settings including warming and reheating
  • Fuzzy logic to take all the guesswork out of cooking

Things We Dislike

  • Design polarizes opinion and control panel is rather busy

3. Upgrade Pick: Zojirushi Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker

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While this induction heating model from Zojirushi is not cheap, it kicks like a mule and provides you with a secret weapon for making the best sushi imaginable.

From the platinum particles baked into the non-stick coating through to advanced fuzzy logic and umami and steam-reduction settings, attention to detail extends throughout.

You’ll be able to cook 5 cups of rice with the smaller model and this comes in a compact form ideal for smaller kitchens.

Warming, heating and reheating are all a cinch and you’ll be able to rustle up just about any type of rice with the minimum of fanfare.

Things We Like

  • 5-cup model combines capacity for the whole family with a reasonably small footprint
  • Enhance results with umami setting to soak and steam your rice for longer
  • Advanced fuzzy logic meets induction heating for showstopping rice with almost no effort on your part

Things We Dislike

  • Eye-wateringly expensive so not a model for everyone

4. Zojirushi 5 ½-Cup Rice Cooker and Warmer

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A less expensive and more basic model but one that won’t stiff you on the performance front, this 5 ½-cup unit lacks a sushi water line indicator but in all other respects delivers fully.

You’ll get Zojirushi’s intelligent fuzzy logic to do all the hard work for you and an array of settings catering for everything from sushi rice to cakes.

Design is sleek and the integrated cord is retractable for your complete convenience.

The steam basket, cooking pan and inner lid all slide out for ease of cleaning.

This 5 ½-cup model serves up top-tier results at a remarkably affordable price-point so what are you waiting for?

Things We Like

  • Coated stainless steel interior renders cleaning a relative breeze
  • White rice setting combined with the seasoning outlined above gives you the perfect base for all your Japanese concoctions
  • Retractable cord is space-saving when you’re stashing your rice cooker away

Things We Dislike

  • No sushi water line indicator but this is not a complete deal-breaker

5. Zojirushi Induction Heating System Rice Cooker

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Rounding out, we’ve got another induction model for you with this stainless steel powerhouse finished in muted dark gray.

You’ll get all the benefits of induction heating technology and you’ll get the same automatic adjustments fuzzy logic provides along with impeccable consistency.

Good for 5 ½ cups of uncooked rice, you’ll get more than double that once it’s ready for sushi and plated up.

A design-driven rice cooker from an industry legend at a reasonable price: what’s not to love?

Things We Like

  • Choose from bleeps or a melody to alert you when your sushi rice is done
  • Induction heating technology delivers uniform results with maximum efficiency
  • Triple heater ensures your rice is thoroughly and evenly cooked

Things We Dislike

  • Some reported issues with the pan peeling

III. Conclusion

By now, you should be quietly confident of making your own sushi at home the easy way. In fact, with a rice cooker, it’s so simple it almost feels like cheating!

Make sure to follow the guidelines laid out above and, with a little patience and an hour or so to spare, you can set the foundations for the very finest sushi. And this, as you know, is all about the rice.

It’s equally important to take the instructions of your rice cooker into account. This is not the type of job you want to guesstimate. Also, once you’ve got the process dialed in, you can easily replicate every time with perfectly consistent results.

Don’t forget, either to rinse the rice thoroughly until no starch remains. We can’t emphasize this strongly enough and it will make the difference between lip-smacking sushi and a mediocre soggy, gloopy mess.

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Now go and rack up that sushi rice!

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