Rice cooker vs. pot

Rice cooker vs. pot

Why prepare rice in a rice cooker when a pot can do it easily too? Compared to a pot, a rice cooker offers many advantages that may not be immediately obvious at the first place. You always get evenly cooked rice and can keep it warm for several hours at the same time. At the same time, you also save time - while the rice is cooking, you can do many other things.

Differences between a rice cooker and a pot

Maybe you still have a lot of questions in your mind when you think about the differences between a rice cooker and a pot: what advantages does the rice cooker have over a pot? Why is rice way better in a rice cooker? What is special about a rice cooker? We'll be happy to give you an overview and answer any unanswered questions.

Rice cooker vs. pot - an overview

First of all, there is no right or wrong answer to the rice cooker or saucepan question. Rice can be cooked in a saucepan as well as in a rice cooker. Rice can be cooked in a saucepan as well as in a rice cooker. So all pot lovers can breathe a sigh of relief and not have to worry about having cooked rice wrong all their lives. But still, there is a good reason why many rice enthusiasts swear by rice cookers.

 Rice cooker Pot
  • Perfectly and evenly cooked rice
  • Evenly cooked rice is difficult to achieve
  • No burning or overcooking
  • Easier to burn and overcook
  • No problems with large quantities
  • More work with larger quantities
  • Useful keep warm function
  • More work during rice cooking in general
  • Less effort during rice cooking
  • Easy to burn when keeping warm
  • Other functions like the steamer
  • No other functions

 Perfectly cooked rice

With our rice cooker, you are guaranteed to succeed with any kind of rice. It is cooked gently using the swelling method - and each grain of rice reaches the same cooking point. One reason why cooking rice in a pot is more difficult is because the heat only touches the bottom of the pot. Besides the heat is automatically regulated in a rice cooker. This is also much more difficult to handle in a pot.

No burning or overcooking

Due to the 3D heating system, the rice in the rice cooker is heated evenly from above, below and from the sides. Furthermore the non-stick coating also prevents annoying burning. The regulated heat supply also prevents overcooking. When cooking in a pot, the rice is only heated from below, so you have to regulate the heat. Therefore, the risk of the rice burning or boiling over is much higher.

Less effort when cooking rice

Cooking rice can be so easy: Measure out the rice and water and put it in the inner pot of the rice cooker with a pinch of salt. Then, depending on the model, you can set the exact mode and switch on the rice cooker. Then it's time for you to relax. After cooking, the rice cooker automatically switches to keep-warm mode. The rice stays warm and delicious for several hours after cooking. If you cook the rice in a pot, be careful that it does not overcook or burn. It is also advisable to taste the rice from time to time to get the right cooking time. These steps are completely needless when cooking in a rice cooker.

No problem with large quantities

Cooking large quantities of rice in the pot can be difficult and requires a bit of strength while stirring. Because once the rice has risen, it can be time-consuming to stir the mixture. There is also a risk that the rice will become mushy at the bottom and dry at the top if the water collects at the bottom of the pot. Here, too, the 3D heating system of our rice cookers helps to cook large quantities of rice perfectly.

More time for other things

Since you don't have to keep an eye on the rice while it's cooking, you can do other things during this time without having to worry about the rice. The rice cooker does the rice cooking all by itself. You can concentrate on chopping your vegetables or preparing your favourite sauce - without having to keep your eyes on the cooking pot.

Practical keep-warm function

Another advantage of the rice cooker over a saucepan is the keep-warm and reheat function. The keep-warm mode is activated automatically when the rice is cooked - you don't have to worry about anything. The rice can be kept warm for between 8 and 24 hours, depending on the rice cooker. And if you want to reheat the rice from the day before, that's no problem either. In the pot, however, the rice quickly burns or becomes mushy, as the heat regulation is less easy.

Multi-tasking thanks to the steamer

Surprise: the rice cooker can do more than just cook rice! Rice cookers are also ideal for steaming vegetables, fish and meat. Simply place the steamer insert in the inner pot and your favourite vegetables or other ingredients.

Modern rice cookers with many options

For that extra portion of technology, there are particularly high-quality rice cookers, such as our digital rice cooker. He has a 7-phase cooking technology: preheating, water intake at medium temperature, heating phase, cooking phase, nutrient safety, short water intake and finally the keeping warm phase. Of course, a normal saucepan can't do that.

In contrast to a pot, our digital rice cooker has over 12 different functions. In addition to the seven different programmes for rice, you can also prepare quinoa and cereals:

  • Prepare quinoa and cereals
  • Steam vegetables, fish and meat
  • Cook soups and risotto
  • Bake cakes

Intuitive and easy to use

The digital rice cooker has a capacity of 1.5 litres - so you can prepare up to 8 portions of rice. It also has LED lighting in the display, a timer function to set your desired time and many functions in the menu navigation. A saucepan can't quite keep up with this either. If you want to experience the complete rice cooker experience, the digital rice cooker is the right choice for you!


Would you like to learn more about our rice cookers and find out which one suits you best? Then take a look at our rice cooker comparison!