The rice cooker has always been one of my favorite appliances. We eat steamed rice at least once a week and usually make enough to have leftovers for fried rice. I'm perfectly capable of cooking rice on the stove, but my rice cooker has an easy-to-clean nonstick lining and can keep the rice warm for hours, making it something I can turn on right before I leave the house in the morning.
But to be honest, this appliance takes up a lot of space. So how can I justify the amount of cabinet space it takes up? Because in addition to making great rice, the rice cooker makes great oatmeal too!