Should I Buy a Rice Cooker or a Pressure Cooker?

Should I Buy a Rice Cooker or a Pressure Cooker?

95aaa7d23088804db146fdcb15598266ae5ad91b?auto=compress&w=240&h=240&fit=crop
Anjali Prasertong
Apr 24, 2014

Q: With my student budget, I have to pick and choose my appliances. Should I buy a rice cooker or a pressure cooker? Can one be substituted for the other?

Sent by Stephanie

Editor: Stephanie, a pressure cooker is able to cook food much more quickly because the higher pressure actually increases the boiling point of water. A rice cooker can't do this, so you can't substitute a rice cooker when following a pressure cooker recipe.

There are many things you can make in a rice cooker besides rice, however. You'll find some great ideas here:

Personally, I use my pressure cooker much more often than my rice cooker because, like you, I am a busy student and being able to cook brown rice in 20 minutes or from-scratch beans in 15 minutes makes it much easier to throw together quick, budget-friendly weeknight meals.

Readers, if you had to choose between a rice cooker and a pressure cooker, which would you recommend buying?

Next question?

Kitchn supports our readers with carefully chosen product recommendations to improve life at home. You support us through our independently chosen links, many of which earn us a commission.
moving--truck moving--dates moving--dolly moving--house moving--cal Created with Sketch. moving--apt