Hamilton Beach 37548 Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker Review

If you don’t have time to stand over a pot of rice on the stove, staring and hoping while it cooks that it will be fine, a rice cooker will make your life so much easier. But with so many options available it can be tricky to decide which one will suit you. In this review we take a closer look at the Hamilton Beach rice cooker.

We cover the main features of this cooker and we poked around to make sure we know it very well. That means we can give you the pros and cons so you can see how this cooker really performs. We go further and give you our verdict so you can easily decide if this cooker will be worth your while. So, now let’s see what this cooker has going on.

The Hamilton Beach 37548 Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker offers two in one cooking and has a maximum capacity of 14 (cooked) cups of rice. It also comes with convenient features like a delay start and steam, heat or simmer options. It has six distinct settings for different types of rice or cereals. It comes in a stainless steel finish with an aluminum internal pot.

The plastic components, like the steam and rinse basket, are all BPA free as well. The lid is removable so you can access everything for easy cleaning. So this Hamilton Beach cooker promises quite the performance, but let’s weigh up the good and bad sides and get to our verdict.

Features

  • It comes with a two in one rinse and steam basket
  • It has a top capacity of 14 cups
  • It has a delay start function
  • It has a range of six versatile settings for different types of cereals
  • It has a steam cook option and heat and simmer
  • It has a stainless steel finish
  • The internal pot is made of aluminum
  • All the plastic components are BPA free
  • The lid is removable
  • It has an automatic switch from cooking to warming
  • Dimensions: 10.2 x 9.3 x 10 inches (25.9 x 23.6 x 25.4 cm)
  • Weight: 4.8 pounds (2.17 kg )

Pros

  • It is easy to use and cooks well
  • The delay timer is very convenient
  • It works well for white and brown rice
  • The stainless steel design looks good and is durable
  • It removes all the guesswork from rice cooking
  • It is reasonably priced
  • It does well with light to medium use
  • It has a good capacity
  • The two in one function of the steam basket as a rice rinser is well thought out

Cons

  • The internal pot can be difficult to clean
  • Rice can easily stick to the bottom of the pot
  • It is not designed for heavy duty use
  • The plastic steamer basket is not very durable
  • It can have issues with leaking or overflowing and this leaves a messy machine and countertop
  • The lid can become warped

Summary

This rice cooker is well designed with easy to use menus and buttons. Hamilton Beach made a cooker that is quick and easy to set up and handles different types of rice, beans and other cereals well. It is a mid-range rice cooker and is happiest with light to medium use.

It will not do well with heavy duty, daily use. The stainless steel design looks good and is durable. The delay timer makes this Hamilton Beach rice cooker very convenient for those of you who are too busy to spend hours watching a pot of rice on a stovetop.

It has a nice large capacity and will suit various uses, from someone who needs to cook just a few quick cups, to someone who plans their meals weeks in advance and needs a lot of rice at once. This cooker has a good capacity and can handle the maximum rice and filling very well if you follow the instructions.

On the negative side, we have to mention that this cooker can be a little temperamental. If you don’t measure exactly right with the included cup, it is easy for it to start boiling over or overflowing with some of the liquid as it cooks. This will leave you with a starchy countertop that you need to clean as well. It can be difficult to clean, and the plastic parts aren’t very durable and will add to the tricky cleaning task.

With the plastic parts that can’t be trusted, the internal pot is the key component. As long as you treat it well it should keep its non-stick coating and should not be too difficult to keep clean.

Final Verdict

The Hamilton Beach 37548 Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker has quite a capacity for its price and size. We really like how easy it is to set it up and get started. The function buttons are designed to function so you don’t need to hire a food scientist or appliance designer to figure it out.

If you keep in mind that this is not a heavy duty rice cooker and that you shouldn’t constantly push it to the edge of its capacity, it will perform very well without any complaints. The delay timer is really convenient and really counts in this cooker’s favor. The dual function of steaming and cooking also makes preparing your favorite meal a joy rather than a chore.

The internal pot is nice and thin with a non-stick coating and the functions for different types of rice, or different ways of cooking makes is very versatile. We really like the ease of use and would recommend this to anyone who needs a mid-range cooker that won’t destroy your spending plan.

It will work very well if you follow the instructions and don’t overuse it. This Hamilton Beach rice cooker is easy appreciate for its looks and price, but it will win you over with how well it performs.

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