Small Rice Cooker For One Person Or Two Servings Of Rice

Are you a single person who never needs to cook more than one cup of rice? Or maybe two servings when a friend comes to visit? We review a few very small electric rice cookers.

Portable Small Rice Cooker For Travel

Tayama TMRC-03 1.5 Cup Uncooked Small Rice Cooker
Tayama TMRC-03 has a carry handle.

The Tayama TMRC-03 is a portable mini rice cooker that can cook up to 1.5 measuring cups of uncooked rice to produce a maximum of 3 cups of cooked rice. This rice cooking capacity makes it a small rice cooker.

The Tayama TMRC-03 is an analog rice cooker that has a single switch for cooking rice. The keep warm function is activated after the cooking is done so that the rice stays warm and ready for eating.

The Tayama TMRC-03 has a removable nonstick cooking pot and a removable inner lid, which makes it easy to clean after use.

This Tayama portable mini rice cooker can cook brown rice. However, you might have to add a little more water and wait longer for it to finish cooking brown rice.

Can you use it for oatmeal porridge? Yes, it can cook oatmeal for one person. Just be careful to not let it boil over. Do not try to cook more than a single serving.

Why should you use this electric rice cooker for travel? Here are a few reasons:

  • It has small dimensions: 8 x 8 x 9 inches.
  • Handle makes it easy to pick up and carry.
  • Small power needs: uses only 200 watts.
  • A tote bag is included as an accessory.

The Tayama TMRC-03 is not the best small rice cooker, but it is quite compact and portable for traveling purposes (buy on Amazon).

Small Rice Cooker With Glass Lid

Black and Decker RC503 3-cup cooked small rice cooker
Black and Decker RC503 has a glass lid.

The Black and Decker RC503 is a compact but popular rice cooker for singles or couples. It can prepare as little as 1 cup of cooked rice or as much as 3 cups of cooked rice in less than 30 minutes. Do not try to cook more than 1.5 measuring cups of uncooked rice (3 cups cooked) in this small rice cooker because it might overflow and make a mess.

This is an analog mini rice cooker with only two functions: either cook or keep warm. The rice cooker automatically switches back to keep warm when the rice has been cooked.

The Black and Decker RC503 has a removable nonstick cooking bowl and a clear glass lid with a steam vent. Great for keeping an eye on the contents of the pot. The lid has a small built-in holder so that it can be hooked into one of the handles.

So, what is included with the Black and Decker RC503? This 3-cup cooked rice cooker is shipped with only two accessories: a measuring cup and a spoon. It does not have a steamer basket.

There might be other small rice cookers with glass lids, but the Black and Decker RC503 is probably one of the cheapest and most popular 3-cup cooked rice cookers available for online purchase (view offers on Amazon).

Mini Rice Cooker With Keep Warm Function

Dash DRCM200GBAQ04 Mini Rice Cooker in Aqua color
Dash DRCM200GBAQ04

The Dash DRCM200GBAQ04 is a small rice cooker that is a compact size for a tiny kitchen, college dorm, camper or RV.

This electric mini rice cooker catches the eye because it is available in a few colors such as aqua, black, pink, red and white. It has a glass lid, cool touch handles, a removable pot with a PFOA-free nonstick coating and a single button for cook/warm. Do not leave the rice in the pot on the keep warm function for too long, or it might get crusty. It does not have a power on/off button, therefore you have to unplug it to turn it off. The power cord is not detachable.

The Dash DRCM200GBAQ04 is a small rice cooker with a 2-cup capacity, that is one cup of uncooked rice or two cups of cooked rice. Always use the included measuring scoop for measuring rice and not a standard measuring cup. The included rice cup size is less than 8 oz.

The process of cooking rice with the Dash DRCM200GBAQ04 is easy: add water, add rice and press the cook button. The rice cooker was updated with a keep warm function to keep the cooked rice warm.

A rice paddle, measuring cup and a recipe book are included with this electric mini rice cooker. The recipe book has recipes for making other things besides rice such as quinoa, mac and cheese and chicken noodle soup.

The Dash DRCM200GBAQ04 cooks rice, but measure the water carefully because it tends to produce sticky rice instead of loose and fluffy rice. You might have to reduce the water in order to get rice that is not mushy. Furthermore, rinsing the uncooked rice before you add it into the pot might also reduce the stickiness in addition to reducing the amount of starchy bubbles.

If you like the smell of oatmeal in the morning, then you can use this mini rice cooker to cook oatmeal. You might have to experiment a little with the basic recipe in order to get the results you want depending on which type of oats you prefer such as steel cut oats or quick cooking oatmeal.

Overall, the Dash DRCM200GBAQ04 is a small rice cooker that is recommended for a single person or a college kid. The cooking pot and lid are removable, so it is very easy to clean. The rice might bubble during cooking, so always rinse the rice grains. This mini rice cooker takes up very little space and is quite cute, cheap and easy to use (check price on Amazon).

Small Rice Cooker With Digital Controls

Aroma Housewares Mi 1.5-cup uncooked digital small rice cooker
Aroma Mi has buttons for white or brown rice.

This Aroma Housewares Mi 1.5-cup uncooked rice cooker (3-cup cooked) has a digital control panel with buttons for cooking either white rice or brown rice. It has an automatic keep warm function. There is also an analog model available if you want a single switch cooking operation.

The Aroma Housewares Mi 1.5-cup small rice cooker is compact and portable. Its dimensions are only 6.8 by 6.2 by 7.2 inches. It has a handle, so you can pick it up and move it to a new location.

Can it make brown rice? The digital version has a specific button for cooking brown rice. The analog version has only a single switch for cooking. Nevertheless, both versions can cook brown rice, but the digital version is probably better for performing this task.

Can it steam vegetables? No, it does not have a vegetable steamer for steaming vegetables. It is only good for cooking rice. However, you might be able to cook pasta or omelettes in it (according to Aroma’s marketing material).

The Aroma Housewares Mi is the perfect size for a single person or two people. It has convenient buttons for cooking either white or brown rice (purchase on Amazon).


We would have liked to find a small rice cooker with a steamer, but we could not find one. Nonetheless, for a short time we thought that the Zojirushi NHS-06 3-cup uncooked rice cooker might have a stainless steel steamer. However, after closer inspection, we discovered that it had neither a steamer tray nor a keep warm function. Those things are only available on the NHS-10/18 product models. We felt a little disappointed.

Therefore, small rice cookers are not really suited to steaming vegetables in a tray because they already have limited cooking space. You will need to get a larger electric rice cooker with a steamer tray when you want to steam vegetables.

We hope that our review of these small rice cookers gave you some ideas. There are a few other 1.5-cup electric rice cookers on the market that we have not included, but we might add those at a later date.