Rice can be a tasty, nutritious, and inexpensive part of any diet. In many parts of the world, it’s the most common ingredient in every meal, and rice cookers are very common. In North America and parts of Europe, rice cookers are less familiar kitchen appliances, but that’s changing. Units like the Hamilton Beach Digital Simplicity rice cooker are winning over millions of cooks still accustomed to preparing rice in a saucepan.
The great results and simplicity of operation that the Hamilton Beach rice cooker offers encourages users to include rice in more meals. If you’ve been avoiding making rice because you’re tired of watching over a pot of rice on the stove to avoid undercooking or boiling over, you’ll love the Hamilton Beach rice cooker. Because the appliance automatically shifts into stay warm mode when it senses that the rice is done, you don’t have to worry about the rice going cold in the pot while you prepare other dishes, or not being done in time to be mixed with additional ingredients.
- Automatic electric rice cooker
- Makes from 4 to 20 portions of rice at one time
- Max 10-Cup (uncooked) – 20-Cup (cooked)
- Chrome with black accent finish
- 12.25 x 12 x 12 inches
- Weighs 8.6 pounds
- Optional steam tray
- Digital control panel
- Boil and simmer function expands menu items
- Timer allows delayed start up to fifteen hours
- Non-stick cooking pot
- Includes soup ladle, rice spatula, and measuring cup
- Dishwasher-safe lid liner
- Made in China
- One-year limited manufacturer’s warranty
Features and Benefits
The Hamilton Beach Digital Simplicity deluxe rice cooker comes with an accurate measuring cup and excellent instructions that make it easy to put just the right amount of water and rice in the unit to achieve excellent results. The instructions have optimized ratios for other cultivars of rice in addition to white varieties, so no matter what kind of rice you prefer, you’ll be able to enjoy it at just the right doneness and tooth. The unit switches to keep a keep warm mode automatically, so you don’t have to watch it like a hawk while it’s cooking to avoid burning the rice when the water is fully absorbed.
The unit also features a boil then simmer mode. The Hamilton Beach rice cooker can also double as a slow cooker. If space is at a premium, it’s convenient to be able to make soups and stews with the same appliance that makes rice. The boil and simmer setting automatically senses when the ingredients have come to a boil, and then turns down the heat to allow long cooking times without the risk of boiling over. The feature makes the Hamilton Beach rice cooker into a great all-in-one appliance for dorm rooms and small apartments where space is at a premium. The unit’s small footprint and light weight lets you stow it away easily when it’s not in use.
By placing the unit’s optional steamer basket on top of the rice, the Hamilton Beach rice cooker lets you prepare every part of a delicious and healthy steamed dish at the same time. When used along with the delayed start timer, it lets buy people measure ingredients and set a timer in the morning, and return home to a piping hot meal after work or school.
- Versatile machine for such a low price
- Cooks rice perfectly with just the touch of a button
- Timing meal preparation is easy with automatic stay warm function
- Optional steam tray lets you cook vegetables, fish, or meat at the same time as your rice
- Boil and simmer function lets you cook soups, stews, and other one-pot dishes
- Removable cooking pot with non-stick coating and removable inside lid makes cleanup easy
- Digital controls have big, easy-to-read numbers
- Some users don’t care for non-stick coatings and would prefer a stainless steel pot
Reviewers are overwhelmingly positive about the performance of the Hamilton Beach Digital Simplicity Deluxe rice cooker. Over 78 percent of users rate the unit at four stars or better. While many users say they use the unit exclusively for the rice cooking functions, other report that the ability to steam additional ingredients at the same time makes the appliance twice as useful (see recipes). Users like how easy it is to clean the cooking surfaces of the appliance after each use, and appreciate being able to simply wipe down the exterior with a damp cloth to keep it looking like new.
Some users report that the Hamilton Beach outperforms other comparably priced units when it comes to preparing a less than full batch of rice. While users like the ability of the appliance to make enough rice for an entire family to eat, they like being able to prepare a meal for one or two people while still getting great results. Users say that they’re able to prepare more demanding brown rice recipes with the unit, as well as varying the cooking time and water to make sticky rice for their favorite sushi dishes. The Hamilton Beach Digital Simplicity Deluxe rice cooker is inexpensive and versatile, and is highly recommended.