Panda Mini Advanced Fuzzy Logic Ceramic Rice Cooker

Panda has a small footprint but is big on functionality – it’s ideal for smaller kitchens, individuals or couples.

🗲– supplied with detachable UK 3 pin plug and power cord


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Rice Cooker Size Guide

Think about how many people you will be cooking for and work from there.... 1ml = 1g
Capacity Uncooked White Rice Cooked White Rice Uncooked Brown Rice Cooked Brown Rice Multicook Number Of People
1 cup 180ml ~360ml ~90ml ~270ml - 1
2.5 cup 450ml ~1350ml ~270ml ~810ml ~900ml 1-2
3.5 cup 630ml ~1890ml ~360ml ~1260ml ~1300ml 1-3
4 cup 720ml ~2160ml ~720ml ~1440ml ~1400ml 1-4
5.5 cup 1000ml ~3000ml ~720ml ~2000ml ~2100ml 1-5
8 cup 1500ml ~4500ml ~1000ml ~3000ml ~3300ml 1-8
10 cup 1800ml ~5400ml ~1500ml ~3600ml - 1-10

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Our mini rice cooker is full of style and packed full of essential rice cooking functions. With a small footprint it fits into any kitchen.


Small Footprint. Packed With Features

It may be a mini rice cooker but do not underestimate the power of Panda. Ideal for singles, couples or small kitchens it can capably cook rice for 1 to 3 people. Panda is premium too! We put the best of our technology into the design form, the functions and more importantly, we made sure it was durable enough to handle the most hungry of rice eaters. Nothing cooks rice like a Yum Asia rice cooker and this is especially true of Panda which really punches above it’s weight.

Multi Award Winning

BBC GOOD FOOD - 'Star Buy' (2023-24)
WHICH magazine - "Best Buy' (2023-2024)
INSIDER magazine - 'Overall Winner' (2023-2024)
THE SUN - 'Best Japanese Rice Cooker' (Aug, 2023)
THE STANDARD - "Best Fluffy Rice Cooker' (Jan, 2024)
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING - 'Best Small Rice Cooker'
EXPRESS UK - 'Best Fluffy Rice' (March, 2021)
HELLO magazine - 'Top 5 Rice Cooker' (Nov, 2022)


Premium Rice Cooking At A Great Price

Panda has advanced fuzzy logic (AI) processing, multi phased cooking, 4 rice cooking functions with 4 carefully selected add-on functions, a final 10 minute countdown for the rice functions, LED display, 3D heating technology, 24 hour preset timer, 24 hour keep warm and Yum Asia calibrated for perfect rice cooking time after time. Panda is technology for the now and not the past.

Now available in three colours - Arctic white, cobalt grey or Arctic white and cobalt grey mix


In It's Class, Nothing Cooks Like Panda

Panda comes with our signature Ninja bowl with 2mm ceramic coating for healthy cooking. Our Ninja bowl ceramic layers have become well established for being perfect for non-stick rice cooking and lasting the test of time. With easy to read silk print rice measurement lines you can be sure to know exactly the right amount of water to add depending on how much rice you add to the bowl. No more guess work or trying to measure water in cups. Our cookers don’t contain BPA, PTFE or PFOA and the steam cap, inner lid and condensation collector are all removeable for good hygiene and easy cleaning.


The Popularity Of Kawaii

Did you notice the unique appearance of our two colour Panda? In the original white and grey colour version the idea was to represent a Panda hugging itself with the grey accents being the arms. The unique styling ensures that Panda really pops on your kitchen worktop and will be appealing to all for being so beautiful. Panda can handle short grain (sushi), white or brown rice but also has specific settings for porridge, slow cooking (yes it can be a slow cooker!) and cake baking. Arguably the most commented rice cooker on the market for being so kawaii (Japanese for cute) we have to agree. It’s not just a great performer but good looking too!

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Premium stainless steel inner lid. Detachable for easy cleaning.
Panda rice cooker silk print rice level lines


Silk print rice level lines for accurate water to rice ratio measurement.


Asian styed with a very small footprint
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2mm thick coated for high durability and easy cleaning


Drop through holes made from high quality thermopolymer plastic


Accurate last 10 minute countdown for rice functions.


Allows excess steam to escape and prevent over soaking of contents


Smart press button controls for robust operation
Panda rice cooker infographic trio colours


Choose from classic two tone white and grey (the kawaii Panda self hugging look), Arctic white or cobalt grey
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Accepts power cord suitable for your country


Large reservoir to collect excess condensate during cooking


Sturdy and easy to move. Handle rests neatly on the condensation collector
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Panda starts to gently heat the rice and water in the inner bowl to between 50-60°C. This begins the cooking cycle and is key to the release of sugars into the water from the rice grains.

Absorb Water


The cooking temperature is further increased whilst the microprocessor makes small adjustments to obtain a range of between 50-80°C so the rice can optimally start absorbing the water depending on the function chosen.

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The temperature is increased again to between 75-85°C to start the actual cooking process. This varies depending on the function chosen.

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Panda then rapidly increases the temperature to 100ËšC boiling point to evaporate the majority of the water from the inner bowl and to further cook the rice to soften and optimise texture.

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STEAM PHASE – sugar reabsorption

Deep steaming then enables the rice to continue cooking while reabsorbing the sugars from the remaining water back into the rice whilst simultaneously evaporating the remaining water. This part of the cycle makes the rice taste sweeter, more nutritious, have better aroma/texture and completes the final rice grain cooking.

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Water balancing then occurs using low temperature range cycling to ensure there is no remaining water left and that the rice has the correct moisture content.

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The temperature is then held at an optimal 70-76°C to continue to steam the rice and keep the rice safe from bacteria. This ensures the rice is perfectly cooked, fluffy and delicious and ready for when you need it.

Multi Phased Cooking

Panda uses advanced fuzzy logic (AI) to ensure rice is cooked perfectly every time. This cooking profile graph shows how the advanced microprocessor adjusts the temperature using the weight, content type, water volume, internal temperatures along with pre-programmed conditions to cook perfect rice time after time.
Panda uses at least 7 phases of cooking types which includes preheat, absorb water, heating, boiling, steam, cool down and keep warm with steam which are each calculated for time and temperature using Yum Asia's unique cooking profiles.


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Designed to look like a panda bear hugging itself, Panda is stylishly cute. Let Panda explain itself in this video which tours it's key functions and features. The perfect combination of cute, premium and technology makes Panda one of our best ever rice cookers.

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  • 3.5 cup / 0.6 litres capacity of uncooked rice – enough for 1-3 people
  • Advanced fuzzy logic (AI) technology
  • White/long grain, short grain (for sushi) and brown rice settings
  • ‘Quick’ cook setting for faster white rice cooking
  • Useful multi-cooker features – steam, porridge, slow cook, cake baking settings
  • High quality 5 layer 2mm thick Ninja ceramic coated inner bowl
  • 24 hours keep warm function and 24 hours timer feature
  • 10 minute rice function countdown timer
  • Korean designed ‘Smart Button’ control panel
  • Cool ice white crisp and bright LED display
  • 3D heating technology
  • Power Off/On function
  • Detachable inner lid, outer steam cap and condensation collector for easy cleaning
  • Steam basket, measuring cup, spatula and soup ladle included
  • 220-240V, 50Hz. Factory made for UK power. Detachable 3 pin plug and cable


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Yes. There isn’t any problem cooking half a cup of rice in this rice cooker. We made sure that Panda can do this successfully – half a cup of rice comes out as perfectly as when you cook the full 3.5 cup capacity of rice.

Panda has two different types of capacity. It is a 0.6 litre, 3.5 cup rice cooker or 1.3 litre multicooker.

Let’s take the first two capacities – 0.6 litres or 3.5 cup. Rice cooker capacities are always referred to in litres or cups. Panda is a 0.6 litres capacity rice cooker and it can therefore cook 3.5 cups of uncooked white rice or 2.5 cups of uncooked brown rice – each cup is 180ml/g. So, if you want to cook 1 cup of white rice, that would be approximately 180g or if you want to cook the full capacity of 3.5 cups, that would be approximately 630g of uncooked rice.

The third capacity of 1.3 litres refers to Panda’s multi-cooking capacity. This means that the inner bowl can hold a maximum of 1.3 litres of liquid.

You can learn more about the capacity of our rice cookers in the following pages:

UK Capacity Guide

In our years of selling Zojirushi rice cookers, we realised that all of rice cookers on the market in the UK, Europe or the USA only had teflon/similar non-stick material inner bowls.

Based on many customer queries and opinions, we took the decision to supply an inner bowl with a premium and durable 2mm thick ceramic coating.We call this type of bowl – Ninja.

The Ninja bowl is BPA-free and PTFE-free and is hard wearing. The inner bowl also has a special honeycomb structure to help the heat disperse evenly across the bowl’s surface. 

The level lines of the bowl are silk printed rather than stamped so they can be hard wearing but also easily read in low light conditions. 

Yes! To turn Panda OFF simply press the START button when a menu function is not selected.

To turn Panda back ON simply press the START button again.

Are you are getting this effect on your the display of your rice cooker?

This means that your rice cooker has a last 10 minute countdown (good accuracy).

To learn more about why this is please consult how countdowns vary between rice cookers by looking at these pages:

Rice cooker countdowns can vary but some a more reliable than others. Some rice cookers have no countdowns at all.

The three main types of rice cooker countdowns are as follows:

1. Last 10 minute countdown (GOOD ACCURACY)

2. Full countdown from the start of cooking (MEDIUM ACCURACY)

3. LOOP full countdown (GOOD ACCURACY) – only available on the Fuji model.

Fuzzy logic are good at predicting cooking results but it requires some time to calculate the time needed to cook something. This is because of several factors that it needs to figure out such as ambient room temperature, starting bowl temperature of contents, what you are cooking and other various factors.

Until the fuzzy logic calculates these factors some rice cookers will either show a blank display (largely Zojirushi models) or will show a chasing lines pattern on the display until the calculation is confirmed. (Yum Asia models). The more accurate rice cookers don’t calculate the remaining time until the final 10 minutes. If the countdown starts at the beginning of cooking often the remaining time will jump around a lot as it tries to work out what cooking time is required. Usually it cannot fix on one remaining time until the final 10 minutes also. Trying to work out what a jumping countdown time means can be confusing for users. This is why we consider this type of countdown to be less reliable, especially in the early stages of cooking.

Yes, Panda has a preset timer feature. You can set this for up to 24 hours in advance, so you can have yummy rice ready for you when you get in from work or lovely hot porridge on a cold, Winters day ready for when you need warming up.

To use the Panda rice cooker timer you set the number of hours for when you want the function to complete (not when you want it to begin cooking). 

For example – it is 9am and you want the white rice to be ready at 1pm. You would therefore set the preset timer for 4 hours. The rice will therefore be completed and ready to eat at 1pm.

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2214 reviews

2214 reviews for Panda Mini Advanced Fuzzy Logic Ceramic Rice Cooker

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  1. watts459 (verified owner)

    Gave this as a gift to a friend. We tried it as soon as he opened it using the delayed start feature and Calrose rice. It came out great. Highly recommended.

  2. keo (verified owner)

    Had a Zojirushi for 16 years but the inner bowl was all scratched up and a new bowl was 50. Price wasn’t an issue but wanted something not coated with Teflon so went with this one little guy and really happy with it. Wash ur rice in a separate bowl and stir it once it’s cooked. I use a silicone dish cleaner. Also I havent had issues with leaking, make sure u empty the little drain after every use and pop out steam inner lid to wash and make sure water isnt stagnant under there. Saw someone say their screws rusted, I would imagine it wasn’t allowed to air out. When it’s empty, I don’t ever close it until its totally dried out.

  3. GERALDFOX (verified owner)

    Easy to use and clean , works every time on any rice variety we have tried.

  4. RGBforlife99 (verified owner)

    Works exactly as described, I’ve made 4 different types of rice including brown and short grain and it’s all done perfectly every time. Never burnt, never dry nor wet, just perfect every time. I purchased this because it had great reviews and it was a good size for my small family. There are some concerning reviews regarding longevity and the lid so we’ll see how it goes. I’ve used it 8 times since I bought it last week so I’m going to put it through the paces

  5. William F Metcalf (verified owner)

    Great quality ,easy to operate highly recommend

  6. Glenda (UK) (verified owner)

    Well I have to say, Yum Asia have done it again. I bought a Sakura (which my dad now has) and then upgraded to a Bamboo. I’ve bought Panda for my son who is going away to university in a few weeks. This rice cooker is so cute – we have been testing it over the weekend and it’s just perfect. So many great features packed into such a cute little package – I’m confident my son will be eating well when he leaves home. I love Yum Asia products because they are so well designed and they work exactly how they are meant to. Brilliant!

  7. Imie (UK) (verified owner)

    This rice cooker is well designed and fits into my really small kitchen. I’m really happy I’ve finally found a rice cooker that is small but doesn’t have essential to me features missing. White (whether long or short grain) rice is so yummy, brown rice is really well cooked with such nice texture. It really looks like a little panda cub, it’s tiny!

  8. Lyn (UK) (verified owner)

    Brilliant rice cooker, everything is perfect. Just the right size for me and the hubby, the steam basket makes complete meals really easy to cook. 100% recommend.

  9. Martin (verified owner)

    The first mini rice cooker I have and Its been so far the most enjoyable of the three in the series from yumasia. I highly recommand this to those who cooks for one or two. the rice is as good as the other yumasian machines top notch

  10. Duncan (Ireland) (verified owner)

    Fast delivery, reasonably priced for such a good rice cooker. I mostly eat short grain and sushi rice and it is cooked just how I like it in this rice cooker. Never thought I’d find a steam basker on such a small cooker, but I use this for fish and veg, it’s great.

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