Panasonic is a great brand of rice cookers that offers high-end features at a very reasonable price. If you do not have a budget to spend on Zojirushi rice cookers, Panasonic is what we recommend. They have similar features, but without the steep price tag.
Best Panasonic Rice Cooker
Panasonic SR-DE103 5-Cup – This is a smart rice cooker from Panasonic. It uses fuzzy logic. The fuzzy logic micro-chip adjusts temperature and cooking time when needed. You will always get perfectly cooked rice even if you get rice and water ratio wrong.
It has the capacity for 5 cups of uncooked rice. An ‘average’ rice eater eats about one cup of uncooked rice in a meal. So, this rice cooker is big enough for a family of 5 people.
Other features of this model include easy push button lid release, a 15 minute keep warm feature that does not overcook the rice unless you leave it on warm for extended periods, and a 24 hour timer. It has a digital panel that has separate settings for white, brown and sticky rice, and there are additional settings for steaming, slow cooking and cakes.
Aesthetically, it might not be as sleek as other models, but functionality compares with the best rice cookers on the market. If you are looking for a rice cooker that has all the features of a high-end rice cooker but at an affordable price, you cannot go wrong with Panasonic SR-DE103 5 cup rice cooker.
Best Basic Rice Cooker
Panasonic SR-G10G 5.5 Cup automatic rice cooker – This model is easy to use, simple in design and ideal for everyday use. It is not expensive ($25 – $40), but it doesn’t have fuzzy logic technology, so you will need to measure the rice and water correctly to cook perfect rice. You should get this if you are looking for a cost-efficient rice cooker.
It automatically shuts off when the rice is cooked and will switch to warm mode when the rice is cooked. There is a light indicator to let you know when the rice is still cooking or has moved to warm mode.
The capacity of this rice cooker is 5 cups which is perfect for 2 to 4 people. If you have a bigger family, you might want to take a look at Panasonic SR-G18FG 10 cup rice cooker, which is a larger version of the SR-G10G 5.5 cup rice cooker. It has the same features as the SR-G10G but with higher capacity. A great buy if you have a large family or small food business.