Oster 6-Cup Rice Cooker with Steamer

Last updated date: February 3, 2020

DWYM Score
8.9

Oster 6-Cup Rice Cooker with Steamer

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Overall Take

This pot-style pick cooks up to six cups of rice at once. It cooks evenly and comes with a steamer basket. The tempered glass lid looks great in any kitchen. This cooker made delicious rice during our testing, and was super easy to use. We liked that it didn't take up much counter space. In our analysis of 89 expert reviews, the Oster Oster 6-Cup Rice Cooker with Steamer placed 10th when we looked at the top 13 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note January 23, 2020:
Checkout The Best Rice Cooker for a detailed review of all the top rice cookers.

Expert Summarized Score
9.8
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.3
3,717 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Oster 6-Cup rice cooker is a sufficient rice steamer that is an upgrade from cooking rice in a pot, but it doesn’t offer the same functionality as higher-end rice cookers.
- Top Ten Reviews
August 22, 2014 | Full review
This cooker is nice and compact, comes with a steamer bowl, and won’t break the bank. The rice doesn’t compare to our winner, but I wouldn't turn up my nose at it either.
- Reviewed
January 2, 2019 | Full review
The cooker is designed to make life easy for you hence you won’t have to stress about cleaning it once you have finished cooking your food. You can easily remove its steaming tray and its non-stick pot and just toss them inside your dishwasher to be cleaned.
- Cook Taste Eat
With a tempered glass lid that can stand up to high temperatures, this rice cooker lets you see your food as it cooks. Its basic design is suitable for college students and anyone with less cooking experience.
- Honest Product Reviews
The controls are simple and straightforward, with one click of the switch to start it cooking. The digital display shows when the appliance is cooking, or warming, and can be unplugged to switch off completely.
- Jane's Kitchen
It is able to cook rice quite fast and almost perfectly, offering a total capacity of 6 cooked cups.
- Top Ten The Best
January 4, 2019 | Full review
If you’re looking for a way to cook some really healthy meals, this is perfect for you. Clean up is simple with the nonstick removable bowl. The Oster 6 cup Rice Cooker comes with a steaming basket, measuring cup and ladle too. The black finish makes it a great addition to any kitchen décor.
- Thoroughly Reviewed
What experts didn't like
The Oster 6-Cup has the same limitations as other pot-style rice cookers.
- Top Ten Reviews
August 22, 2014 | Full review
This cooker is nice and compact, comes with a steamer bowl, and won’t break the bank. The rice doesn’t compare to our winner, but I wouldn't turn up my nose at it either.
- Reviewed
January 2, 2019 | Full review
May get somehow messy when you cook rice to full capacity.
- Cook Taste Eat
It can take a long time for the cooker to cool down after you shut it off. You may find some rice stuck or burnt to the bottom of the pot too.
- Honest Product Reviews
Considering the size, it is advisable only for couples.
- Jane's Kitchen

From The Manufacturer

Make rice to the perfect fluffy consistency and steam vegetables to go with it using the Oster 6-Cup Rice Cooker with Steamer. Featuring easy-to-use integrated one-touch controls, this easy-care rice cooker prepares up to six cups of perfectly cooked rice or grains, making it perfect for couples or small families. The electric rice cooker comes with a 1-liter vegetable steamer tray for steaming vegetables or fish to go with your rice dish. You can also use this mini rice cooker to make noodles, soups, fondue, and much more. The removable dishwasher-safe nonstick inner pot and steamer tray make cleaning easy, while the tempered glass lid lets you check on your food and leftovers. The automatic keep warm function keeps food at the ideal serving temperature, and the auto shut-off feature helps prevent food from burning. A power indicator light lets you know when the unit is on. The Oster 6-Cup Rice Cooker comes with a measuring cup and rice paddle spoon.Care - This appliance should be cleaned after every use. 1 Unplug the rice cooker when not in use and before cleaning. Never immerse HEATING UNIT, cord or plug in water or any other liquids. Allow the RICE COOKER to cool completely before cleaning. NOTE: Use the RICE LADLE or wooden utensil to stir and remove food from the INNER POT. DO NOT use metal utensils. 2 To clean the HEATING UNIT, lightly wipe the exterior with a damp cloth or sponge. Dry thoroughly with a soft cloth. 3 The INNER POT is coated with a non-stick coating to make clean up easier. To clean, remove the INNER POT from the rice cooker and fill with hot water from the tap. Let it sit for a while and then wash with hot soapy water. Rinse thoroughly and dry. 4 The inner pot , lid , rice ladle and measuring cup are dishwasher safe. 5 Make sure that the grains of rice do not stick to the heating plate in the bottom of the heating base. If this occurs, remove immediately. If grains of rice are stuck onto the heating plate, a non-abrasive pad can be used to remove it. Polish the area for good contact between the heating plate , and the bottom of the INNER POT. NOTE: Do not use abrasive cleaners, scouring pads or steel wool to clean the RICE COOKER. 6 Do not use bleach, vinegar or other harsh chemicals to clean the RICE COOKER.

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An Overview On Rice Cookers

Rice is one of the largest crops in the world, and it’s one of the most commonly consumed grains. An estimated 3.5 billion people worldwide eat rice as a staple food, and it accounts for roughly 20% of their daily calories. 

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Rice, particularly brown rice, has a number of important health benefits. A single serving of brown rice contains plenty of manganese, an essential dietary element that helps your body convert calories into energy. It also aids in your body’s defense against free radicals, which are unstable molecules that may increase your risk of cancer and other diseases. 

Brown rice is rich in fiber, which helps you feel fuller for a longer period of time after you’re done eating. It’s also a good source of selenium, a mineral that’s vital to your body’s metabolic and immune systems. 

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With all of these benefits, it’s easy to see why you’d want to add rice to your daily diet. However, cooking rice on a stovetop is trickier than it looks. It’s easy to burn rice when using this method. The cook time can vary between different types of rice, and you have to keep a careful eye on it as it simmers. Removing the lid on your saucepan to check on the rice allows steam to escape, which can increase the cooking time significantly. 

You don’t have to go through multiple servings of burned or sticky rice to enjoy it as a nutritious carbohydrate. A rice cooker does the tough work for you — and you don’t even have to watch it as you cook.

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Rice needs a lot of water and heat to transform from a small, stiff grain to a large, fluffy mouthful. A rice cooker takes care of the entire process in minutes.

Rice cookers are countertop appliances with a highly conductive metal bowl inside. A heating element and temperature sensor sit beneath the bowl. You’ll pour your rice and water into the bowl, then choose the correct setting for temperature and time. 

After you turn on the rice cooker, it starts heating the bowl, which conducts heat into the water and rice. Once the water starts boiling, it’s eliminated in the form of steam and rises from the bowl. This steaming process helps the rice cooker maintain an even temperature. Without the steam, the water at the bottom of the bowl would get too hot for an even cook.

The rice in your cooker begins absorbing some of the water in the bowl at this point. This creates a fluffy texture that comes with a perfectly cooked batch of rice. Once all of the water has either disappeared as steam or been absorbed by the rice, the temperature of the bowl shoots up. 

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This sudden temperature increase triggers a mechanism inside the rice cooker to lower or turn off the cooker’s heat. Once the rice is done cooking, the cooker will either shut off or keep your rice warm until you’re ready to serve it. 

When you’re deciding on a model of rice cooker to buy, consider first how often you cook rice and in what quantities.

“If you aren’t making rice frequently, this will be just another one-function gadget taking up space in your kitchen cabinet or lingering in storage,” explains our resident kitchen expert Julie Chernoff, a food journalist, dining editor of Better magazine and member of Les Dames d’Escoffier. “If your family does eat rice frequently, this can be one of the most-used gadgets in  your kitchen arsenal.”

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She suggests looking for features that make a rice cooker easy to use.

“You want a non-stick interior, an easy-to-clean exterior, a reasonably long electrical cord and a ‘keep warm’ function,” Chernoff says. “Bonus points if you can throw in water and rice in the morning, set the timer, and return to perfect rice when you return in the evening. Ease of use is something to consider, as is price.”

Do you already have an Instant Pot or other multi-function cooker? Remember that your rice cooker will take up extra space; there’s no need to double up if you already own something that cooks rice well.

DWYM Fun Fact

Rice can serve as a base starch for hundreds of dishes, and it’s great at soaking up sauces and marinades. Since it’s used to make other components of a meal stand out, it’s easy to forget that rice is tasty and fascinating on its own. However, rice does get one day a year to toot its own horn — April 19 is Rice Ball Day.

Rice Balls, or O-nigiri, are inexpensive and tasty Japanese treats. They’re made from boiled white rice that’s formed into a three-dimensional triangle or ball, then wrapped in seaweed. Rice balls are usually filled with salty, sour or pickled fish. Vegetarians can enjoy rice balls with salted plum or mustard plants, while adventurous diners can try squid-filled O-nigiri.

The Rice Cooker Buying Guide

  • Rice cookers are the most convenient way to make a delicious meal, but they can be tough to clean. Before you buy, look at what materials are used in the cooker. Bowls with a non-stick coating will wipe clean in a blink. Meanwhile, features like detachable lids make it easier to wash every nook and cranny. 
  • Make sure that your rice cooker is dishwasher-safe before you toss it in on that high-heat setting. Cookware with a nonstick coating should never be placed in the dishwasher, and the electric components of your cooker need to stay nice and dry. To be on the safe side, wipe down the outside of the cooker, the lid and the bowl inside the cooker with gentle dishwashing liquid. Rinse them clean, then allow them to air dry completely before using your rice cooker again. 
  • The classic rice cooker design uses a heating component under the bowl to boil your water. However, some cookers use more advanced heating technology. Rice cookers with induction heating will evenly warm the water from all sides, including the lid. Induction heating allows your rice cooker to make more precise heating adjustments for a perfect cook on your rice every time. 
  • There are dozens of different types of rice, and they all require different preparation times and different amounts of water. Long-grain white rice fluffs up pretty quickly, but you do have to spend a few minutes rinsing it through a strainer before you pop it in the rice cooker. You’ll use just under two cups of water to cook it. Fragrant jasmine rice only takes 20-25 minutes to cook, while medium and long-grain brown rice strains can take up to an hour to finish cooking. Double-check what kind of rice you have and research its cook time before you fire up your rice cooker. 
  • Cook times can also vary from model to model. If you don’t have much time to spend in the kitchen, compare the estimated cook times on each model and go for the fastest rice cooker you can find.
  • Most rice cookers are fairly small, but cookers with extra features might take up a little more room on your counter. That won’t matter if you’ve got a large kitchen with plenty of storage space, but you’ll want to measure your available space carefully if you’ve got a smaller countertop. Space-saving traits like retractable power cords are also helpful. 
  • You’ll also want to figure out the exact spot on your counter where you’ll be using your cooker. If it’s not next to a power outlet, make sure that the cooker’s cord is long enough to reach one without using an extension cord.
  • Traditional rice cookers use analog dials and buttons, but newer models often have digital displays and controls. You can make very precise temperature adjustments with digital controls, and digital displays are easier to read. Digital models tend to cost a bit more, but they’re worth it if those features are important to you. 
  • Using a rice cooker is generally safer than cooking rice on your stovetop, but it’s still an electrical appliance. Look for an auto-shutoff feature or timed warming cycles on your rice cooker — those will help prevent the unit from overheating and reduce the risk of fires. 
  • Your rice cooker won’t be very convenient if you have to keep loading it to cook the amount of rice you need. Check each rice cooker’s capacity before you buy to make sure it’s large enough for you and your family.
  • Some rice cookers go well beyond their name. Examine each cooker’s product description to see if they come with accessories like steamer baskets. This adds to the value of your rice cooker, and it makes it really easy to whip up a healthy meal in minutes. Some models can even make soups, stews and desserts.
  • Most rice cookers are relatively soundless, but some models are noisy during the steaming process or make loud “thump” sounds when the cook cycle is complete. Think about how much sound you’re willing to put up with before you pick your rice cooker.
  • If looks are important to you, pay careful attention to each rice cooker’s color and style before you choose one for your kitchen. They come in a variety of shapes and colors, from futuristic stainless steel to cheery, colorful pot-style cookers. 
  • Rice cookers are handy, but they’ll still add to the amount of electricity you use on a daily basis. Look for energy-efficient models to cook a little greener.