If your weeknight cooking often results in a sink towering with pots and pans, you may be looking to rethink the kinds of tools you're using—and the ones you can avoid having to scrape clean. One of those appliances we can't recommend enough is a rice cooker. This trusty appliance not only sits on the counter—far away from the busyness of the stove—but most of the pieces used can be easily washed by hand or tossed in the dishwasher for a quick clean up.
Luckily, one of Amazon's most popular rice cookers is on sale right now. The Hamilton Beach Digital Programmable Rice Cooker & Steamer is 26% off, priced at just $26, and boasts over 5,000 reviews. Make up to eight cups of cooked white and brown rice effortlessly and perfectly every time thanks to the self-explanatory one-touch button, then set it aside while the rest of the meal comes together. The rice is guaranteed to stay warm for hours.
While there are plenty of super cheap and very expensive rice cookers on the market, the Hamilton Beach rice cooker is both affordable and reliably successful at its job. It's compact, small enough to sit on the counter without taking up too much space, and large enough to cook enough rice to feed a family.
"I have used cheaper rice cookers which cooked a lot faster, but the quality of rice cooked wasn't the best," one reviewer wrote. "I am pleasantly impressed by the quality of cooking."
This rice cooker is also complete with a rice rinser and steam basket—so you can even steam seafood or vegetables while the rice cooks down below. Plus, the cooker is also capable of making whole grains and hot cereal, just like an Instant Pot.
So if you've had to rely on a humble pot to make rice, it's certainly worth leveling up to an appliance whose sole purpose is to shuttle out perfectly fluffy rice.
"If you like steamed vegetables and/or rice for a very reasonable price, this item is for you," a shopper shared. "And believe me, if you've never eaten rice from a legitimate rice cooker, you haven't lived!"
Before the Amazon deal expires, snag the Hamilton Beach rice cooker to make all your basmati and jasmine rice dreams come true.
To buy: $26 (was $35); amazon.com
This story originally appeared in Food & Wine.