We love oatmeal! It’s quick and easy to make, especially with an oatmeal cooker, and it’s super tasty. Oatmeal cookers are essentially rice cookers but there are so many rice cookers on the market now that it can almost be impossible to know which is the best to buy for cooking oatmeal. Luckily quite a few of them have started to include settings and features for making great oatmeal so let’s take a look at some of the very best currently available.
1. Hamilton Beach 25502 Oatmeal and Rice Cooker
This model can make 3 cups of oatmeal or rice, so it doesn’t make loads but it’s more than enough. This small capacity allows the device to be relatively small so it won’t take up loads of room on your counter or in your kitchen cupboards.
It has 2 buttons on the front for regular oats and steel cut so you get 2 easy settings at the press of a button. It’s nice to have the option here as both of these types of oats need different cooking times and temperatures so we love that they gave us these options. It also turns itself off when the oats are ready so there is no danger or over cooking them.
It’s portable too with an easy carry handle. I don’t think I would ever need to travel with this but the handle comes in useful for carrying the device over to the table when ready to serve.
The inner pot is removable and dishwasher safe so clean up is really easy. I would suggest washing the pot soon after use though as oats can be hard work to wash off if left out.
Hamilton Beach make some great products and this super simple oatmeal cooker has been really popular and one of the top selling cookers on Amazon
2. Instant Zest Rice Cooker, Steamer, Cooks Rice, Grains, Quinoa and Oatmeal
We’ve talked about our love for the Instant Pot on here many times before. I will say it again though, Instant Pots are amazing and can cook pretty much anything, if you haven’t got one yet then look into them! Having said that we are looking at the best oatmeal cookers today so a Instant Pot might be overkill for that but this Instant Zest rice cooker might be the perfect alternative. It comes from the same company who make the Instant Pot but this is a much simpler and cheaper alternative.
This is the 8-cup model but it also comes in a larger 20-cup model. With 4 smart settings you can cook perfect white rice, brown rice, quinoa and oatmeal at the touch of a button. There is no steel cut option here though.
Of course this can be used for so much more than oats. It’s really versatile and is a superb rice cooker. This should make this model a serious contender on your oatmeal cooker shortlist because for the amount of things you can do with this device it is really cheap. You can steam food in this too, so making steamed veggies or fish is very easy to do.
It comes with a nonstick ceramic pot which you can put in the dishwasher if you wish but as it is non stick I would advise hand washing to keep the non stick working for longer.
You definitely won’t regret buying this if you decide to go for this one. It’s a little larger than some models but not large enough that it becomes an inconvenience.
3. Aroma Professional ARC-1230B
This model from Aroma is one of the best selling rice cookers on the market and they even advertise this one as “America#s #1 Rice Cooker”. It comes in black or red, personally we prefer the black model. It looks more modern to us but that is a personal choice of course.
Much like an Instant Pot this device can do so much more than oatmeal but it does have a special setting for oatmeal making this an excellent choice for our list. Again though there is no steel cut option.
This is a 10 cup model so we are going bigger again. With this being a larger device it has even more versatility than the others on the list, for example you can cook a whole chicken in this if you like.
Again the inner pot is non stick and removes for easy clean up in the dishwasher. Handily the lid on this one is clear so you can peek in and see how things are going, of course the machine knows when the oats are done cooking and will shut off or go into keep warm mode meaning that your oats are ready when you are. This is really handy feature for people who are busy on a morning, you can turn the cooker on and come back to perfect oats waiting to be eaten.
Really versatile and very competitively priced. Definitely worth a look.
4. Rapid Oatmeal Cooker | Microwave
Whilst this is not an electronic cooker with automatic settings and keep warm features that make our life super simple, it is a pretty good oatmeal cooker. It’s very simple to use, you just fill the oats to the line marked in the dish and then add water to the water line. Then you put it in the microwave for 90 seconds and out comes perfect ready to eat oats.
It does the job really well and obviously this thing is super cheap. This is a must have for students living in dorms. It’s dishwasher safe so even the clean up is easy.
It’s not all good news though, I hate to criticize this thing but there are some draw backs to it being this simple. For example I have to cook the same exact amount of oats every time. I can’t do more or less here which is a bit annoying. Also this undoubtedly works best with instant oats and you have to use 2 of the instant packets to get it to the fill line. You won’t be able to use this for steel cut oats either.
Overall this is a super cheap but very easy and quick option. It’s perfect for students but if you are looking for something with a bit more versatility and finesse then look elsewhere.
5. Zojirushi NP-GBC05XT Induction Heating System
Stepping it up a bit now both in terms of cost but don’t let that put you off as this is one of the best rice cookers out there. We’ve talked about Zojirushi products on this site many times in the past and they always review really well. They are really well made devices and they make some of the best rice cookers in the world.
This is a 3 cup model and it comes with a range of automatic settings for various foods. These include: white/mixed rice, sushi, porridge (oatmeal), brown rice, GABA brown rice. Like the Hamilton Beach model it comes with a nice handle on which comes in handy at serving time. The power cord detaches as well so you don’t have to trail that to the table.
The inner pot is removable for easy cleaning.
This model has 2 settings for a delayed start time so you can prepare your oats in advance and have the machine start cooking at the perfect time for you. When it is finished it will automatically switch to keep warm mode too. Although there is no setting for steel cut oats this will cook those perfectly you will just need to experiment with the ratio of oats to water. We found that using a 1:4 ratio of oats to water was pretty good. This model comes with a measuring cup, we filled that half full and it worked out really well.
There are also measurements on the inside of the inner pot which is a handy and often overlooked feature on many of these electronic rice cookers. It’s such a simple thing to include but comes in so handy when cooking.
Overall this is a superb oatmeal cooker and whilst it is more expensive than the others on this list the quality is really high. This device should last you many years and is probably worth the investment if you are looking for something high quality.
As there are so many great rice/oatmeal cookers on the market you will have a ton of choice when coming to pick one. If you already have a rice cooker in your house then you will be able to make oatmeal in it, you will need some trial and error experiments to get the best result though. If you are in the market for a specialized oatmeal cooker then any of the above on the list will do a great job. Depending on your budget and what else you want to use the cooker for will ultimately determine your decision.
Let us know in the comments which oatmeal cooker you have and what you think of it. Do you think you have the best model?