The Joseph Joseph 45002 microwave rice cooker gives you one of the easiest and fastest ways to prepare your favorite rice-based dishes. While the goal of the design is simplicity and a faster, more efficient way to whip up a batch of rice, if you’re looking for a versatile model that can handle cooking a variety of other dishes, then you’ll be disappointed in this model’s limitations. However, if fast and efficient cooking is your top priority, not to mention easier cleanup, then you’ll appreciate this convenient way to cook up some rice at lightning speed. But this model isn’t without its drawbacks and using it can be even more challenging than using a standard rice cooker, one that comes equipped with sensors that can detect when the rice has been cooked to perfection.
Our Verdict: This is a microwave rice cooker, and one that can’t compete with an electric model. But it offers a much faster cooking time, allows you to just add the appropriate ingredients and water ratio, adjust the time, and it will get started cooking your rice quickly, to perfection. However, it does come with plenty of drawbacks. You must stir the rice halfway through the cooking process to ensure the rice cooks evenly. You’ll also need to keep an eye on the rice’s progress to prevent burning since the included cooking guidelines are pretty generic and the true cooking time will be based on the type of microwave you have and how powerful it is. You’ll also be limited concerning what types of rice dishes you cook. Ultimately, this model is best suited for the buyer in search of a basic cooker that can handle cooking up to eight cups of white rice only.
Overview and Features
There are many different styles and models of rice cookers on the market, ranging from smart-cookers and traditional, to mini and microwave models. By far, the electric models are the most popular, but microwave models do offer some advantages that an electric model doesn’t. This is a microwave model, and one that’s designed to cook rice much faster compared to the alternative styles, however, it’s not without its limitations. Of course, if you’re looking for a much faster way to cook up a batch of white rice while spending less, and saving on counter space, then this model is the best alternative.
This is a compact model that’s much smaller in design compared to a traditional electric model, which has its own pros and cons. But if you’re not looking for a model that will take up some serious counter space, and you don’t want to try out different rice cooker rice recipes, then this very basic cooker offers the type of functionality and faster cooking time you need.
This may not be an electric model, but it can handle cooking a large batch of rice, perfectly, and effortlessly. Since this is a microwave style model, it doesn’t come equipped with any heating elements or plugs, no knobs, buttons, or switches. The design is very basic. Additionally, it features a compact design, so it won’t take up too much space in your cupboards. This model consists of five parts including a rice paddle, lid, measuring cup, colander, and the cooking pot. For easier storage, all of the parts and accessories can be neatly stored inside the pot when not in use. Both the lid and colander are black, while the measuring cup is clear, for easier measuring. The large cooking pot is a bright white.
This model can cook up to eight cups of rice, with a minimum capacity of two cups. As you can see, it can handle a cooking capacity that’s similar to an electric cooker, but since it doesn’t come with heating elements or buttons, you’ll find that this model is even easier to use, not to mention faster.
If you’re looking for a way to quickly cook white rice, then this cooker is a great buy. However, while it’s available at a much lower price compared to electric models, it’s lacking many of the features that most buyers are looking for, including the ability to steam veggies, fish, and poultry, cooking programs that you can use to prepare one-pot meals, and specific grain buttons that will ensure you cook quinoa, brown rice, and other types of grains perfectly. Basically, with this model, if you want to cook anything aside from white rice, it’s going to be a matter of trial and error, meaning you may need to stick the pot back in the microwave for a longer cooking time and to stir it to ensure no grains get stuck to the side of the pot. In fact, you should stop the cooking process even when you’re cooking white rice, to mix up the contents of the pot to ensure even cooking.
Using this cooker is really a no-brainer. The included user’s manual will walk you through the cooking process, which basically consists of measuring the correct amount of water and rice, securing the lid tightly in place, putting the pot in the microwave and setting the cooking time based on how much rice you’re cooking.
This is another feature that this model lacks. An electric cooker will keep the rice hot and ready to serve, thanks to this innovative feature. But with a microwave model, you’ll have to repeatedly nuke the rice to ensure it’s ready to serve.
While the user’s manual will provide you with some guidelines in terms of cooking length, since power and heating efficiency, tends to vary from microwave to microwave, you may need to experiment with the power settings and cooking length. This can be frustrating for beginners. While the included cooking guidelines don’t come with specific instructions for cooking other types of grains such as brown rice, it does include instructions for both white and whole grain rice. Of course, it would’ve been helpful if the manufacturer had taken the time to provide a list of cooking times based on grain type, so hopefully they include this in the future.
Since this pot can cook food unevenly if you don’t stop the cooking process halfway through, I recommend stirring the contents. There have also been some reports that grains can burn, which can be a result of following the manufacturer’s cooking times strictly. The guidelines may have been put in place based on a microwave that’s not as powerful as yours. Because of this I also recommend checking on the rice two to three times during the cooking process.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- Low maintenance
- Low price
- Compact design
- Can burn grains
- Can cook grains unevenly
- No steaming options
Joseph Joseph Versus Aroma Housewares ARC-6206C Ceramic Rice Cooker
The competing model by Aroma Housewares is basically the Cadillac of rice cookers. It comes with all the fancy cooking programs and presets that many buyers are looking for, so cooking brown rice couldn’t be easier. It also allows you to cook a variety of foods including cakes, yogurt, stews, soups, and a wide range of grains and one-pot recipes. Basically, it offers more versatility than this microwave model, so you’ll find yourself using it more often. But a model with all of these features and cooking options also comes with a higher price tag.
However, since this model acts as a slow cooker and rice cooker in one, you may find yourself relying on it often during the week, which will allow you to cook dinner nightly, totally, hands-off, and much faster than cooking dinner on the stovetop. In the end, choosing between these two models will depend on your cooking needs, the types of foods you normally prepare, and of course, your budget.
Conclusion and Rating
The Joseph Joseph 45002 M-Cuisine Microwave Rice Cooker is one of the best rice cookers for 2020, since it offers a low maintenance operation, a faster cooking time compared to an electric cooker and it comes with a low maintenance design that allows you to toss it in the dishwasher when you’re done cooking. The fact that it doesn’t come with any cooking programs or presets is to be expected since it’s designed for microwave use, however, this can be a big drawback since it doesn’t offer the type of versatility and usability that you’ll get from a traditional electric model. Cooking certain types of grains to perfection can also be a challenge based on how powerful your microwave is and what types of grains you love to cook. Overall, if you’re looking for a simple microwave rice cooker that can prepare white rice quickly, for a price that’s affordable, then this is a great option. I gave this model a rating of four and a half stars out of five.