I always thought of a rice cooker as an unnecessary kitchen gadget that might take up too much space in my kitchen. But making perfectly cooked fluffy rice is a bit of a fine art without the use of an easy to use rice cooker. This small and versatile 1.5 cup rice cooker surprised me with the number of things it can do besides cooking rice.


The Panasonic SR-3NZ is a compact model that is perfect for cooking for one or two people. It measures 7.7 by 7.6 inches and is 6 inches tall and it weighs 2.6 pounds. It makes up to 3 cups of cooked rice or 1.5 cups of uncooked rice. It’s made of aluminum and has a see-through glass lid and a non-stick coated aluminum inner pan.


I love the simplicity of this rice cooker. It is easy to use with just a one step press of the button and it’s ready to go. It has an automatic shut off so the rice is cooked perfectly. It also ncludes a measuring cup and a rice scoop.


The health benefits of eating rice cannot be overstated. Rice is a versatile and inexpensive staple that can be used as a base for many recipes. While cooking for one person can be challenging, this compact rice cooker makes it much easier.