This Under $50 Rice Cooker is Too Good NOT To Rave About

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This highly-rated Insignia rice cooker is the BEST and one of my most-coveted kitchen tools!

woman using insignia rice cooker

I had no idea how much time and energy a rice cooker can save…

And before I even start dishing about this appliance, I do want to mention that this post is NOT sponsored. In fact, I reached out to the team and asked if I could write a product review on this rice cooker. I love it so much and just had to share!

Anything that can make my life easier at home while cooking dinner for the family is a winner. Having a dedicated rice cooker has been super helpful as I no longer have to stand around and wait for the water to boil on the stove! 🤪

In case you have been curious about if it’s worth having a rice cooker around, my answer is HECK YES!

insignia brand rice cooker

In lieu of a Christmas party a couple of years ago, my husband’s work gave us the option to pick from a gift catalog, and this 20-cup stainless rice cooker was our pick. He was honestly a little annoyed at the thought of storing another small appliance, but my handy Insignia rice maker has definitely earned a spot on our kitchen counter!

I am not alone either, because it has over two hundred 5-star reviews on BestBuy.com!

insignia rice cooker

I noticed the Insignia rice cooker occasionally goes on sale at BestBuy.com, and I was hoping to share this when there was a sale going on. That said, this is still well worth the cost even at full price, which is pretty rare for anyone at Hip2Save to say! 😂

dishing up rice from insignia rice cooker

There’s no more guessing how much water to boil or having rice come out overcooked or burnt.

You can make a little or a lot of rice at once and have it perfectly warmed for dinner. I would usually just boil water on the stove and make rice using that method. It’s easy, but using a rice cooker is so much more convenient! Now I can make a big batch of rice and my family can dish it up at different times if needed in the evening… and it stays warm.

Plus, if there is leftover rice, I can roll it into a batch of easy fried rice for dinner the following day!
making rice with the best rice cooker

I love how easy this rice cooker is to use. Add rice, water, and press a button — that’s it!

To make rice, you just fill up the pot with water to the designated markings inside of the cooking pot. Then add the rice using the 3/4 cup measuring cup included with the cooker.

In addition to the measuring cup, it also comes with a steamer basket and a couple of spatulas. I actually cut a small piece from the user guide’s directions and taped them to the back of my machine to remind myself of the ratios to use and in case my kids or husband need help! 😂

rice button on rice cooker

All you have to do is close the lid and press the white rice button. Then in about 20 minutes, you’ll get ready-to-eat fluffy rice without even getting a pot out to boil water! It’s a very hands-off approach to making rice which is so convenient.

What’s that you say? What about making rice in my Instant Pot? Honestly, I find my rice cooker more user-friendly than an Instant Pot because you can open and shut the lid to check on things without the quick release. I definitely enjoy making rice in this appliance more!

making steamed veggies in the best rice cooker

There is a steam basket that also comes with the rice cooker which fits perfectly inside.

You can use the steam basket alone, or steam your veggies at the same time as making rice! Then clean up is super easy to do as the inner pot has a nonstick interior, so food slides off very easily when washing, and it’s also dishwasher safe.

making oatmeal with a rice cooker

My rice cooker is surprisingly versatile!

In addition to the white and brown rice settings, it even has an oatmeal button to easily make hot oatmeal in the mornings. I get up before my kids do so it’s easy to add in some oatmeal in the early morning hours, then when they wake up they can dish up a fresh bowl with all the fixings like brown sugar, raisins, and nuts. YUM!

My rice cooker has 9 preset functions including white rice, quick rice, oatmeal, quinoa, mixed grains, brown rice, steam, delay timer, and keep warm, so you’re bound to find a function to fit your needs!

woman holding a rice cooker

In conclusion, this is the best and most stress-free way to make rice EVER!

I’m not sure what took me so long to jump on the rice cooker train, but I am so glad to have it.

It would make a great wedding gift or Christmas gift for someone who likes to cook.


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Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 10 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in Today.com, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.


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Comments 6

  1. natashask

    Can’t live w/o my rice cooker! I cook buckwheat and barley too! 8)

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh awesome!!! Yes, it’s so handy!

  2. Michelle R

    This is exactly what I’ve been needing, Lina! Thank you! I have a Dash mini rice cooker, but it is just too small for a family of four. This one looks perfect! I’m excited to try oatmeal in it too!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes!! I hope you love it as much as I do 💕

  3. Kylie

    Is the vegetable steamer basket plastic? Or is anything else plastic that the food would come in contact with? Thank you.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes, the basket is plastic.

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