[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Two things that my family and friends will say that I am awesome at is cooking and upholstering furniture. But when it comes to cooking rice, to say that I am horrible at it is an understatement. I was so bad at cooking rice that I was also known at my local Chinese Restaurant for coming in to buy rice to go with my meal that I prepared at home. So, when I was asked to review the Hamilton Beach 16-Cup Rice Cooker & Steamer I was ecstatic. If I can prepare perfect rice using the Cooker anyone should be able to. I must admit though when I received the Cooker I let it sit for several weeks. I was totally intimidated. Finally, I decided to take it out the box and prepare a dish.
I refused to cook the basic white rice for my first test. I chose instead to do a vegetable dirty rice. I started with a pre-packaged box of dirty rice (brand name hidden) that included 1 cup of white rice and the seasoning packet. Following the box instructions, I poured and mixed the rice, the seasoning and added 2 ½ cups of water. To the rice mixture, I added ¾ cup of broccoli, ½ cup of red bell peppers, ¼ cup of carrots and onions, and 1/8 cup of celery. I did not stir the vegetables into the mixture but scattered them as I dropped the vegetables in. I placed the lid on the Cooker and placed the Cooker into the base. As the Cooker instructions stated, I pressed the cook switch down and walked away. After all, the instructions stated that the Cooker would automatically shut off when done.
Ten minutes into the cooking I could smell the aroma of the vegetable dirty rice and I could hear a click from the Cooker so I curiously walked over to look. It was bubbling away. I was impressed. Ten more minutes went by and I heard another click so I looked again. The water had decreased tremendously. Minutes later the Cooker clicked, and the light switched from Cook to Warm. It was done.
Nervous and anxious at the same time I removed the lid and voila! It looked perfect. But as we know looks can be deceiving so I spooned it out using the perfect scooping spoon that came with the Cooker. The rice WAS perfect!! It wasn’t mushy or broken and the taste was awesome!! Finally, after attempting to cook rice for years, I can finally say I cook rice well! Oh! Did I mention that you can prepare oatmeal (my favorite) and steam vegetables too? Thank you, Hamilton Beach, for this game changer. I can’t wait to prepare my next dish.
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] The Hamilton Beach Rice & Steam cooler is really amazing and simple. I really love when the company provides both an instruction manual along with cooking categories and types. The functionally is superior, you’ll have two parts to operate, first the main bowl which holds the water to cook your rice, and then you’ll have the steam bowl which is cleverly invented. There isn’t any “on/off” button instead there’s a “warm” and “cook” button. It’s simplifies everything for the general consumer. The size of the device is pretty small which fits perfectly in a small kitchen. I cooked a variety of foods and also steamed vegetables. The one thing to mention (and not sure if it’s with every device) that mine started to smell like burning aluminum. I’d say that this may be the breakin period, but HB will have to confirm. Overall, really awesome 2-in-1 cooker and I’m overall satisfied with it. Long live steamed broccoli!
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] The Hamilton Beach 16 cup rice cooker and steamer is the perfect little addition to my kitchen! My family loves steamed veggies, and you can even cook them on the top while making rice in the bottom! What a great idea! Previously, I would use the old pot and metal strainer to steam veggies on the stovetop, but you have to watch the water level because it seemed to run out before the veggies were done because the basket sat so close to the bottom of the pot. Not this steamer! I followed the directions and added 2 cups of water to the bottom, filled the basket with cauliflower on top and hit the cook button – 20 minutes later the cauliflower was perfectly steamed! The steamer will switch from cook to warm when it runs out of water, however there was about 1/4 cup of water left when I decided my veggies were done so I switched it to warm myself and finished preparing the rest of our meal. The basket is dishwasher safe so that is a bonus compared to trying to hand wash the collapsible metal strainer. The only slightly negative comment I have for this guy is that the basket could be just a touch larger (or include 2 sizes so if you want to use more of the space for veggies). About 1/8 of the head of cauliflower (normal size) wouldn’t fit. Overall, this steamer is easy, no mess, no fuss, and will be a great addition to my kitchen gadgets!
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I was sent this item for review, so I had no expectations. From the moment I opened the box i loved it! Very compact, which I need for my small apartment. Comes with scoop for rice, strainer to rinse rice in hassle-free and a measuring cup. Super easy to use and once all the water is absorbed it turns from the cook function to warm. A couple things I would change about this rice cooker: there should be an on/off function so that I don’t have to worry about plugging in and unplugging and instruction manual could be a little clearer with the water chart and how much per cup to add to the rice. Overall a wonderful steamer/rice cooker. Might be my new favorite appliance!
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Iam so happy with this rice cooker everything I have made in it has turn out delicious. The rice was perfect, the zucchini was perfect and the carrots were just great great. All the vegetables had so much flavor so much better tasting than on the stove. I just love how it has its own brain and knows when the food is done to perfection. Please see the photos I have added I highly recommend this rice cooker you won’t be sorry.
So disappointed! I had faith in the Hamilton Beach brand until my experience with this rice cook...
So disappointed! I had faith in the Hamilton Beach brand until my experience with this rice cooker. I received it 10/13/2020. It worked great the first 4 times I used it. Then 11/21/2020 it died! The cooker simply stopped working in the middle of the cooking cycle. It would NOT turn on. Neither the "Cook" nor the "Warm" light would even turn on. Gratefully, I was able to return it to our local Home Depot for a refund. Did NOT meet my expectations!!
Mar 15, 2018
Nice Simple Rice Cooker
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I've been using this rice cooker off and on for about a month now, and I'm very satisfied with the performance. It works great not only as a rice cooker, but I find myself using the steam basket as well for veggies. Being dishwasher friendly is also a nice touch, my rice has come out cooked well most of the times although I find myself adding a little bit more water then the directions state. I also like the small profile on my kitchen counter as well. This is just a No-Frills rice cooker that gets the job done. But I would definitely recommend it