Best 3 Cup Rice Cooker

Best 3 Cup Rice Cooker Models

On this page is put together some of the best 3 cup rice cooker models folks could buy. This is based on both our own research along with customer feedback found throughout the Net.

(model list subject to change as updates & new units become available)

Computerized 3 Cup Rice Cookers

Zojirushi NP-GBC05 – The first here to consider is this top-rated Zojirushi 3 cup rice cooker model.

Although the more expensive mentioned on this page, for the money folks will get what they pay for using this stainless steel unit for it offers a great benefit…called “GABA” brown rice which results in a more nutrient-rich batch.

Other functions include an LCD clock which can be programmed, and also sports menu settings for white, brown, sushi, mixed and rinse free rice.

It may take a while to complete a meal but is highly recommended for folks who love and eat brown rice daily! But perhaps not so recommended for the average and occasional “white rice eater”. Full Zojirushi NP-GBC05 Review


Zojirushi NS-LAC05 – This small rice cooker is another to consider and is quite impressive despite its size. While it is still on the expensive side, this 3 cup cooker performs well and will make one of the best brown, white, or sushi dishes available from a more compact unit.

On board is Fuzzy Logic technology which will monitor how your rice is cooking and comes with multiple rice settings for selection. Also equipped is a preset timer and keep warm function that will allow the rice to sit at a ready to eat temperature until served. All without sacrificing moisture. Full Zojirushi NS-LAC05 Review
Zojirushi NS-VGC05 – For something a little more affordable consider this other 3 cup cooker from Zojirushi. It too utilizes Fuzzy Logic making rice as equal to, if not better than restaurant quality.

The unit offers different settings for white, mixed, and sushi… but NOT brown rice. However there is a cake baking setting and a rinse free option. It also features an LCD clock timer which like the above Zojirushi models can be programmed for selecting a start/finish time.

Another perfect choice for single cooks and couples who seek moist & fluffy consistent rice. Full Review coming soon.


Basic Rice Cookers


Tiger JNP-0550 – Quite possibly the ultimate single-switch 3 cup rice cooker!

Overall, Tiger JNP rice cookers offer very good rice quality, easy one touch operation, even heat distribution, and most importantly…durability. In fact, that remains one of the top reasons folks still buy them.

Along with that, they also have a great keep warm feature that seals in moisture and heat for many hours until ready to serve. For price vs. performance these work horses are worth the investment. Full Tiger JNP-0550 Review


Zojirushi NS-XAC05 – This cooker is actually a “hybrid” between basic and micro-computerized, but we figured it would have a place here at Number 2.

Being one of the few that offer easy one touch operation along with Fuzzy Logic cooking, the NS-XAC05 can cook white rice, sushi, and risotto by simply pressing a button. The unit is also one of the few of this size that comes with a steaming tray.

Since it is a Zojirushi brand, expect a high price tag, but along with that also expect quality.

Also the more stylish of the three (we think). Full Zojirushi NS-XAC05 Review


Aroma ARC-733G – And for without a doubt the most affordable is this Aroma 3 cup rice cooker.

While folks should not expect the same rice quality as the above two, this unit is a lot more wallet friendly, fits great on counter tops, and performs well all while giving the user just what he or she needs, a nice hot bowl of steaming rice. All in around 20 minutes.

This is more of your basic rapid-boil style cooker and is mainly recommended for regular white rice cooking. Full Aroma ARC-733G Review


Browse 3 Cup Cookers by Brand:

3 Cup Zojirushi Rice Cookers
3 Cup Sanyo Rice Cookers (discontinued brand)
3 Cup Panasonic Rice Cookers

Basic Information…

3 cup rice cookers are not for everyone as they most generally benefit single chefs and couples. Due to their small size a household of three or more people will find 5 to 10 cup cookers more practical.

This also holds true for the steaming feature some of these small rice cookers come with which only allow a small portion of vegetables to be prepared.

Furthermore, a 3 cup cooker prepares roughly 9 cups of regular cooked rice and about 6 ½ cups cooked brown rice.

Such units are great space savers and are even light enough to travel with. Their small design are ideal for folks with limited counter space and also make for convenient storage.