The Best Rice Cooker for your Kitchen in 2024

Panasonic Rice Cookers are made to suit a range of budgets and a variety of households. From the bachelor who enjoys a quick and easy meal to the busy, growing family that cooks rice for dinner with enough left over for tomorrow’s lunch. Read on to find out what makes the latest Panasonic rice cooker range suitable for any home.

Rice is an inexpensive yet extremely versatile ingredient, thanks to its ability to serve as an accompaniment to a wide range of dishes such as curries and stir frys, or hold its own on centre stage in dishes like fried rice and sushi. It’s also vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free, making it suitable for most dietary requirements.

While you can cook rice using a simple saucepan on the stove, it is slower, requires more effort, more cleaning, and produces less consistent results.

This is where a Panasonic Rice Cooker shines! They are designed to cook fluffy rice with minimal effort, maximum consistency and easy clean up. Panasonic Rice Cookers also cater to other grain varieties such as quinoa and brown rice while offering a range of additional features such as steaming and slow cooking to expand your culinary capabilities.

Use our comparison chart to compare Panasonic Rice Cookers and help you decide which model is best suited for your household. Refer to the guide below for more information on each feature.

Compare Panasonic Rice Cookers

Advanced SR-DA RangePremium SR-CN RangePremium SR-CX108SSTFlagship SR-HL151
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Key FeatureOne-Touch, Easy Daily CookingPremium Rice For Busy FamiliesSuperior Quality & VersatilityInduction Heat Technology
Fuzzy Logic TechnologyYesYesYesYes
Induction Heat---Yes
Menu Options4161611
Rice TypesWhite Rice, Brown RiceWhite Rice, Jasmine Rice, Brown Rice, Multi-Grain Rice, Sticky Rice, QuinoaWhite Rice, Jasmine Rice, Brown Rice, Multi-Grain Rice, Sticky Rice, QuinoaReduced Starch, Enhanced Taste, White Rice, Long-grain Rice, Brown Rice, Multi-Grain Rice, Quinoa
Cooking OptionsQuick Cook / Steam, Congee/SoupQuick Cook, Steam, Porridge, Soup, Clay Pot Rice, Slow Cook, Cake / BreadQuick Cook, Steam, Porridge, Soup, Clay Pot Rice, Slow Cook, Cake / BreadQuick Cook, Reheat/Steam, Congee/Soup, Cake
Easy Clean Lid & Steam VentYesYesYesYes
Inner PanBinchotan Charcoal Non-Stick 1.2mm 4-layerUltra Non-Stick 2.2mm 6-layerUltra Non-Stick 4.0mm 6-layerBinchotan Charcoal Non-Stick 1.7-2mm 4-layer
DisplayWhite LEDWhite LEDWhite LEDRed LED
Keep WarmYes (Up to 24 hrs)YesYesYes
Delay TimerYes (Up to 24 hrs)Yes (Up to 24 hrs)Yes (Up to 24 hrs)Yes (Up to 24 hrs)
AccessoriesRice Scoop, Measuring Cup, Steaming BasketRice Scoop, Porridge Scoop, Measuring Cup, Scoop Holder, Steaming basketRice Scoop, Porridge Scoop, Measuring Cup, Scoop Holder, Steaming basketRice Scoop, Porridge Scoop, Measuring Cup, Metal Steaming basket
Dimension (W x D x H) cm8-Cup
26.6 x 33.7 x 21
26.6 x 33.7 x 22.9
24.5 x 34.9 x 20.9
27.4 x 38.4 x 24.6
24.5 x 34.9 x 21.2
27.2 x 33.4 x 22.8
Website Links8-Cup SR-DA152
10-Cup SR-DA182
5-Cup SR-CN108WST
10-Cup SR-CN188WST
5-Cup SR-CX108SST8-Cup SR-HL151

Panasonic Rice Cooker Review of Features


The capacity of your rice cooker will determine how much rice you can cook in one batch. As a general rule, one cup (approx. 180ml) of uncooked white rice will yield about 2 cups of cooked rice which is generally enough to serve 1-3 people, depending on what you’re pairing the rice with. The Panasonic range of Rice Cookers feature 5, 8 and 10 cup varieties to cater for small or large families.

Fuzzy Logic Technology

Our Fuzzy Logic Technology is what ensures perfect, consistent results every time. The microcomputer inside each rice cooker constantly monitors temperature and cooking times to determine the precise moment your rice is ready. All Panasonic Rice Cookers come with Advanced Fuzzy Logic programming built in.

Induction Heating

Induction heating is the most advanced heating technology available in our Rice Cooker range. It is superior to fuzzy logic as it is more responsive to temperature change and is able to make instantaneous and precise adjustment to ensure consistent results. Our SR-HL151 induction heat model cooks rice more evenly due to the high conductivity of the inner pot, resulting in rice that is fluffier and better tasting.

Menu Options

Panasonic Rice Cookers are equipped to do more than just make fluffy rice. Our entry level model features 4 convenient menu options to cook white rice, brown rice, porridge/soup or steam cooking. For more experienced home cooks, our advanced models feature 16 menu options which include being able to customise the texture of your rice (regular, soft, hard), cook alternative grains such as quinoa or multi-grain, and support cooking other items such as breads and cakes.

Rice Types

Panasonic Rice cookers support a variety of different grains to accommodate special dietary requirements. Our more advanced models can cook alternative grains such as brown rice, and quinoa, and even allow you to select the texture of your rice according to your personal preference. Our flagship HL151 Induction Heat Model also features a reduced starch mode, offering a healthier option without compromising on taste.

Cooking Options

More than just a Rice Cooker, all Panasonic models include a steam basket, making it easy to prepare dishes like fish, dim sums or steamed vegetables. Our advanced models can also make cakes and breads or double as a slow cooker for maximum creative versatility in the kitchen. Check out our Rice Cooker recipes on our recipe website – TheIdeasKitchen.com.au

Panasonic SR-CN188WST Rice Cooker

Easy Clean Lid & Steam Vent

If you’ve cooked rice on the stove before you will be familiar with the unavoidable white starchy splatter that can coat the lid and your cooktop. The easy to clean lid on our premium models has a unique vent to eliminate splatter during cooking and a removable lid to make cleaning a breeze.

Inner Pan

The quality of the inner pan is an essential part of how our rice cookers can deliver consistently fluffy rice every time. All Panasonic Rice Cookers include durable, wear-resistant pans made from high-grade aluminium alloy for superior heat transmission. Our premium models are perfect for frequent usage, featuring a thicker inner pan for improved longevity and more effective thermal regulation for extra fluffy rice. Our SR-HL151 model takes fluffy rice to the next level thanks to its induction heating technology which cooks the rice thoroughly from the inside out.


Panasonic’s Premium Rice Cookers feature a LED Display that makes it intuitive to select your desired cooking function, set your delay timer and of course, view the remaining cooking time.

Keep Warm

The days of gluggy, overcooked rice, or cold hard rice that’s been sitting on the stove for too long are over. The Keep Warm feature built into all Panasonic Rice Cookers will regulate the temperature and steam inside the unit to ensure steaming hot rice is available when you are ready to plate up.

Delay Timer

Want one less thing to worry about when you get home from work? Use the time delay function to defer starting the cooking process by up to 24 hours, allowing you to plan ahead to ensure your rice is ready at the perfect moment.


The Panasonic Premium Rice Cooker models feature an alarm to politely let you know your perfectly cooked rice is ready.

Now that you’re up to speed with the features and benefits a Panasonic Rice Cooker can make to your household, check out our website to find out more product information or search for a stockist near you!

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