Are Teflon Cookers Safe?

Teflon Rice Cooker Info

A Teflon rice cooker or non stick rice cooker offers convenience since folks are spared the hassle of having to clean stuck rice after a meal.

However, in order for a rice cooker to be labeled an actual Teflon cooker, it must say “Teflon” on the package, otherwise it is another yet similar non-stick material. Teflon is a registered trademark of DuPont.

Granted many rice cookers sold on the market come with some sort of non-stick coating, however we are unsure if it is DuPont’s Teflon coating or something similar.

Are Non-stick Teflon Rice Cookers Safe?

We have done some research on this matter and have come up with this…

From what we understand, so long as the non-stick material is not scratched (released into the food), or overheated, it is generally safe to cook in.

The temperature inside of a rice cooker stays way below the danger overheating levels where the chemical compounds that make up the Teflon rice cooker bowl begin to release.

Rice cooker temperatures cook around the boiling point (212 °F) and seldom go higher than that, (220 – 230 °F max). Teflon becomes a concern at temperatures exceeding 500 °F. However, these finding cannot be attested to other non-stick material.

So long as folks make an effort to avoid scratching the non-stick material inside the bowl and use the including plastic serving utensil, non stick rice cookers should not pose any health concerns; based on what we gathered…this is not our opinion.

Some good non stick rice cooker brands and models to consider are those put out by Zojirushi, Sanyo, Panasonic, and Aroma as they receive the best reviews throughout the net.

Have a look at the Navbar for more details on specific models.

For a look at some cookers that do not come with non-stick material, please research our “Stainless Steel Cookers” tab.