what to look for in a rice cooker?


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what to look for in a rice cooker?

nycstudent | | Mar 3, 2011 02:24 PM

Hi everyone!

I live near Chinatown and figure that's the best place to look for a rice cooker. I'm looking for something that I can cook plain old white rice in AND bake in (should I look for a more crockpot-style rice cooker?). But I'm not sure if a bare-bones no-frills rice cooker will work if I want to bake? I have no interest in making sticky rice for sushi and don't necessarily care about steamer inserts..... wait.... could I make a chicken potpie in a rice cooker? Like I would in a crockpot? Then I guess I might want to steam vegetables?! Aaaah ok I guess I want a rice cooker-crockpot combo that I can bake in.

Are there any temperature features I should look for? Should it have certain settings? Any good brands to look for and bad ones to avoid? I would really like to find one under $20, but am willing to pay $25 max.

Very new and confused about the world of rice cookers. TIA!

edit: Upon further thinking, should I get a rice cooker OR a crockpot? Or one that can do both?
* I would love to have an "oven replacement" since my oven is broken and will not be fixed for some time :( *

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