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Hamilton Beach Digital Simplicity Rice Cooker 37549 Review


The Hamilton Beach 14 Cup Digital Simplicity Rice Cooker is yet another one of those Hamilton Beach rice cookers that are highly raved, but the question remains if it’s true to its reputation, or if it’s highly overrated.

Let’s dive into the Hamilton Beach 37549 review.

About the Hamilton Beach 37549

Manufacturer Hamilton Beach
Model Name Digital Simplicity 2-14 Cup Rice Cooker & Steamer
Model Number 37549
Color Silver/Black
Dimensions 10.25 x 10.25 x 9.5 in 26.04 x 26.04 x 24.13 cm
Weight 4.8 lb 2.17 kg
Max Capacity (Uncooked Rice) 7 cups
Max Capacity (Cooked Rice) 14 cups
Power Supply 120 V – 60 Hz
Power Supply Cord Non-detached 2 prong plug
Product Accessories Steaming tray Rice paddle Measuring cup

Whether it’s rice or quinoa that’s a staple in your diet, the Digital Simplicity 2-14 Cup Rice Cooker and Steamer is ready to cook all your daily meals. From plain rice to oatmeal, healthy steamed foods and one-pot meals, this Hamilton Beach model is capable of cooking it all, for a large family and then some. In fact, this meal versatility is the reason we named it as the best versatile Hamilton Beach rice cooker in our complete guide

To prepare for future meals, delay cooking for up to 15 hours, so that the rice is fresh and warm by the time everyone gets home for dinner. Once the family is fed, stick the inner pot and accessories into the dishwasher to make washing up a breeze.

Here are all the cooking modes:

  • White rice
  • Quick rice
  • Whole grain
  • Heat/Simmer
  • Steam/Cook
  • Keep warm

Hamilton Beach 37549 Benefits

The features of the Hamilton Beach 37549 seem pretty standard, but let’s take a closer look at what makes it stand out as a rice cooker.

Small for a Large Capacity Cooker

The thing about large capacity rice cookers is that they take up a lot of counter space. For families that mostly make one-pot meals, this may not be an issue. However, for those with smaller kitchens or have limited counter top space, 14 cup rice cookers take up a lot of space. Surprisingly, the Hamilton Beach 37549 is less bulky compared to its competitors, which is bonus for everyone really, no matter how small or big your kitchen is.

Budget Friendly

Without knowing the capacity of the Hamilton Beach 37549, most people would probably look at the price point and assume that it yields 12 cups of cooked rice at maximum. It’s amazing how much food can be cooked in this affordable appliance, making it all the more attractive for families on a budget.

Simple and Straightforward

When it comes to rice cookers, sometimes there is such a thing as too many modes and functions. While it may be convenient for the inexperienced or lazy cooks to have specific buttons for different kinds of dishes, some people just need their appliance to do just one thing, and that is to cook rice successfully. With the Hamilton Beach 37549, you’ve got three settings for your various rice grains; a Heat/Simmer mode for cooking fried rice, pasta dishes, soups and more; a Steam Cook option for healthier cooking; and finally, the automatic Keep Warm function. As far as multicookers go, this is as simple and efficient as it gets.

Pros and Cons of the Hamilton Beach Digital Simplicity

✔️ Large capacity
✔️ Can cook more than just rice
✔️ Has a unique heat/simmer feature
✔️ Up to 15 hours delay timer
✖️ Inner pot is not induction heating, so there's a tendency for the rice at the bottom to burn

What People Are Saying About It

Most users have had positive experiences with the Hamilton Beach 37549.

The Hamilton Beach Rice and Hot Cereal Cooker offers tremendous functionality for a low price. It makes short-grain and medium-grain white rice as delicious as that of some models that cost three times as much. It’s also ultrafast... and its 14-cup capacity is much larger than many other machines at this price.
Sabrina Imbler
Contributor at Wirecutter (A NYT Company)

Not only has it been successful in making rice, but consumers are also happy with the turnout of other grains, such as farro and quinoa. While this unit is user-friendly, it’s important consumers also have some knowledge in operating rice cookers in order to make the most out of this appliance.

If you’re looking for a more easy-to-navigate option, you can explore our other rice cooker reviews

Where to Buy the Hamilton Beach 37549

This Hamilton Beach rice cooker joins other elite products in the Best Sellers Ranks. Find all the best deals here to get your hands on this hot commodity, which is also eligible for free shipping.

The unit comes with 1 year limited warranty. Check the user manual for more information.



Although it doesn't boast of 11 cooking functions that other rice cooker brands do, the Hamilton Beach 37549 gets the job done at an amazing price. There are some instances of scorched rice, but not too many are bothered by it considering it's a common rice cooking method in Japanese and Korean cuisine. It's also pretty versatile, given the slightly limited number of cooking modes.

Total Rating


Hailing from California, USA. Ji-hyun is a Korean American 🇰🇷🇺🇸 with two growing boys who eat their weight in rice each week. After graduating UCLA & becoming a mom she started We Know Rice as a guide for all the students and moms out there looking to cook healthy and filling meals.

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