An electric kitchen appliance used to cook rice. It prepares the rice automatically, knowing when the rice reaches the proper temperature, it will switch from a cooking mode to a warming mode. All the preparer has to do is add the ingredients and plug the cooker in. The cooker will keep the rice hot when it is done and it can also be used to reheat the rice. The rice cooker comes in various sizes and should be purchased according to the quantity of rice you generally prepare.