Oster CKSTRCMS65 3-Cup Uncooked Rice Cooker with Steam Tray Review

The Oster CKSTRCMS65 3-cup rice cooker comes as the perfect size you would want for a single person or two people maximum. The machine can also steam your vegetables other than just cooking rice. Using the steam tray, you can steam different types of fruits and vegetables even while cooking the rice. The product is also cheap making it likeable among many people who are on a budget. Keep on reading to learn more about the product from our review of the rice cooker below.

Latest Customer Reviews

Perfect for one person
Rating (5 out of 5)
By Mike Cork on May 12, 2016
A friend recommended me this rice cooker as I live alone and needed a kitchen appliance to cook rice. It's so easy to use and I love that it allows me to steam vegetables and meat. Would recommend this to small families.
Simple and useful
Rating (5 out of 5)
By Miranda Pagty on May 10, 2016
When I lived with my parents we had a Zojirushi model which was great, but I really didn't need a rice cooker that worked perfectly for 6 people. I needed something simple and useful. I got it.
Wonderful
Rating (5 out of 5)
By Jonathan Turbi on May 7, 2016
It's a bit tiny for a family of three but this was the only budget rice cooker that seemed to do a good work. I've read hundreds of reviews before deciding and I found it to be great in the end. We are satisfied with it, although it could have been a bit bigger.

Our Review

We liked this model from Oster so much that we’ve decided to share our research findings with you. We compared it to other products and read every possible review to share useful information with you. We checked everything regarding size, ease of use, clean up, design, warranty and pretty much everything that could help you decide what to buy.

Size

The product has the dimensions 9 x 10 x 9.3 inches, making it among the compact rice cookers available today. You should be in a position to easily store the product in tight spaces because of its relatively small compact size. The product also weighs 4 pounds only for its size. Portability should not be an issue if you have to carry the rice cooker to different places.

Heating Technology

The rice cooker has a simple heating technology that will ensure your food ends up cooking evenly. It uses a heating pad at the bottom of the cooker. The heated pad will transfer the heat to the aluminum-cooking bowl inserted in the frame. Since the cooking bowl is made of aluminum, it should be easy to transfer the heat faster and evenly to other parts to ensure even cooking.

Design

The machine comes with a design that is simple, but still great for many people. The product can be disassembled into four parts for easy clean up and storage. The bowl is made of a nonstick material that makes it easy for cleaning once you are done with cooking. Also, you will not need any special methods to clean the bowl, making it reliable for many people. The tampered glass makes it easy to monitor the way the rice is being cooked and know when it is ready. The controls are also easy to use when you have to cook or steam your food.

Usage

Cooking rice with the Oster CKSTRCMS65 model seems like the main function of the product. You get to cook 3 cups of rice so that you can end up with 6 cups of cooked rice. Other than cooking rice, you can use the steamer tray that helps in steaming several food types. The steamer is used for steaming vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, and cabbage. The best part is that you can still steam the vegetables while cooking the rice. The steamer tray has a capacity of one serving of vegetables per one session of steaming.

Clean Up

The non-stick bowl is what you expect to find in this product. You can be sure that more people would feel comfortable washing such a bowl. Not much food will stick at the bottom of the bowl, thus it is easy to clean up the bowl once you have used it. Tampered glass lid also makes it easy to clean after cooking, as it is still dishwasher safe.

Price

The Oster CKSTCMS65 model will only cost you $20 in stores. That is a fair price for you to finally end up with a portable rice cooker today. It is not common to find many rice cookers to be around this price. The cheap rice cooker will still offer more features that rivals with other rice cookers which are more expensive than it.

Warranty

The manufacturer offers a generous 1 year limited warranty on the product. You have to make sure that it is within the rules of ending up with a new or repaired device. The company will not be liable for accidental damages that are caused by a person. That would be deemed as a breach of the warranty condition. Keep your original receipts well so that you can always use it when asking for warranty service.

Add Ons

The add-ons for the Oster CKSTRCMS65 rice cooker include the steaming basket, ladle, and rice-measuring cup. The ladle is important when it comes to serving your food. The steaming basket is important when it comes to steaming some of your fruits and vegetables.

Features and Specifications

This rice cooker is perfect for singles or couples as it has a 3-cup capacity. The Oster CKSTRCMS65 switches to keep-warm automatically and the stick pot is removable. There is also a steaming basket, a rice measuring cup and a ladle. It is extremely easy to control with the cook buttons and keep warm buttons.

  • Manufacturer: Oster
  • Item weight: 4 pounds
  • 3 cup capacity
  • Nonstick inner pot
  • Automatic keep warm and auto shut-off
  • Steaming tray, measuring cup, ladle
  • 1-year warranty

Looking at the customer reviews we noted that the glass-made cover makes it extremely easy to clean and it also allows you to see how to rice is cooked inside. Oster creates great appliances and this product is by all means a great one.

Pros and Cons

yes
The machine is cheap.
With only $20, you can end up with this impressive rice cooker. Not many people would agree to have found such great deals before.
Nonstick bowl and glass lid are easy to clean.
The nonstick bowl has always made it easy for people to clean the product once you have cooked your food. No food will remain both on the bowl and lid after serving.
Automatic keep warm and auto shut off.
The product comes with a warmer function that will keep your food warm for a longer time. You can still end up with warm food even after hours of cooking.
no
Warmer function tends to dry out the rice.
The warmer function on the product will automatically come on when the rice has finished cooking. The problem is that the warmer function tends to dry out the rice, which is not the preference of most people.
You need to keep the lid open more often.
To help prevent bubbling, you might have to keep the glass lid slightly open. This is mostly when you are cooking steel cut oats.

Oster CKSTRCMS65 Review: Summary

What most people look in a rice cooker include the price and features. The machine has tried to balance between the price and features to ensure that you end up with a nice product. The manufacturer gives you a nonstick bowl, tampered glass lid and many other impressive features that will provide more functionality that you need in the rice cooker. It might not be the best to use for a large family because of its small capacity. Its capacity is suitable for one person or two people being a maximum.

The Oster CKSTRCMS65 rice cooker and food steamer is extremely affordable and although it does only a few things it works for this purpose and offers good rice. Don’t expect restaurant quality as this is an inexpensive product. However, it is good enough for one or two persons.

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