The most common means of powering countertop kitchen appliances, every electric cooker runs on standard 120-volt electricity. Easy to set up and use, electric cookers range from rice cookers and toaster ovens to soup kettles, slow roasters and hamburger cookers. Brands including Wolfgang Puck, Hamilton Beach, Deni, Presto, West Bend and Sunpentown offer one or more types of electric cookers. Reasonably priced, convenient and easy to maintain, electric countertop cookers make a great alternative to using the microwave, oven or stovetop.
Electric Cooker Types
Electric cookers include numerous appliances that serve either a single purpose or are multifunctional. Included are:
- Rice cookers
- Slow roasters
- Soup cookers
- Pressure cookers
- Induction cookers
Ceramic and metallic cookers are available depending on the look and performance that is desired. Stainless steel and aluminum are two of the most common materials used, especially on higher-end units. Electric cookers may be 1-piece units with a removable drip pan or rack such as toasters/broilers or hamburger cookers. Other types include those with a separate cooking vessel that sits upon an electric element, as with rice cookers, select roasters and pressure cookers.
Features of electric cookers include multi-quart capacity, thermostatic control and multiple cook settings. Programmable settings are included with select units, as are stainless steel handles and trim. Lids are commonly made of tempered glass, and virtually all removable parts are dishwasher safe.