Canstar Blue’s microwave rice review sees Woolworths, SunRice, Coles and Uncle Ben’s compared on taste, texture, range variety, value for money and overall satisfaction.
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* Overall satisfaction is an individual rating and not a combined total of all ratings. By default, brands with equal overall satisfaction ratings are sorted by the mean overall satisfaction score as rated by consumers. You can click the arrows at the top of any column in the table to sort by the results in that column. Canstar Blue research finalised in March 2021, published in April 2021.
Woolworths bowls over Aussies in microwave rice review
Forget fast-food takeaway ─ microwavable rice can help you get dinner sorted in just 90 seconds. Plus, add a few more minutes to heat up some frozen veggies and meat (or even a supermarket roast chicken) and you’ll have yourself a quick meal faster than you can reach the Macca’s drive-through window! Canned tuna is also an easy option for budget-conscious (or lazy) cooks.
To find out what Aussies are dishing up at home, we surveyed more than 450 consumers on the microwave rice they’ve bought from a supermarket or grocer and eaten in the last three months. They rated brands on taste, texture, range variety, value for money and overall satisfaction. Brands that received at least 30 responses are featured in our ratings.
In our first-ever microwave rice ratings, Woolworths led the pack with the only five-star review for overall satisfaction. It also stirred up full marks for variety and value for money.
Best Microwave Rice
Here are the best brands of microwave rice in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s 2021 review:
Woolworths steamed ahead in our inaugural microwave rice review after it rated best for overall satisfaction with five stars. SunRice cooked up four stars, while Coles and Uncle Ben’s served up three stars overall.
It’s also worth mentioning that SunRice rated best for taste and texture, earning five-star reviews, similar to Uncle Ben’s which scored the same result for variety.
About the Winner ─ Woolworths
The ‘Fresh Food People’ at Woolworths stock a variety of microwave rice to calm ‘hangry’ tummies as well as turn that sad desk lunch into a happy meal. You can get flavoured rice for $2, with each 250g pack said to contain two servings. Woolworths also offers regular rice like white rice and brown rice, available in 250g and larger 450g packs.
Some Woolworths microwave rice products include:
Woolworths Special Fried Rice
Woolworths Mexican-Style Rice
Woolworths Basmati Rice Microwave Cup
Woolworths Family Size Brown Rice
Woolworths Microwave Long Grain White Rice
Woolworths topped our ratings with five stars for variety, value for money, and overall satisfaction. It got four stars for taste and texture.
Which rice is most nutritious?
Brown rice is claimed to be the healthiest type of rice because it’s whole grain. That is, each grain comes with all three parts that make a grain complete (bran, endosperm and germ) and therefore packed with all the nutritional benefits rice can offer.
White rice, on the other hand, is considered less healthy because it undergoes processing which ends up removing the bran and germ, and consequently most of the fibre, protein, B vitamins and minerals you would usually find in these two components.
Health authorities including Eat For Health recommend Australians should eat at least four to six serves of grain foods every day, with two-thirds being whole grain. But keep in mind that rice is only part of a balanced diet if you stick to an appropriate serving amount and opt for regular rice (i.e. brown rice or basmati rice) rather than flavoured rice.
About the author of this page
This report was written by Canstar Blue’s home & lifestyle journalist, Tahnee-Jae Lopez-Vito. She’s an expert on household appliances, grooming products and all things grocery and shopping. In addition to translating our expert research into consumer-friendly ratings reports, Tahnee spends her time helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services, while highlighting the best deals and anything you need to be aware of.
Canstar Blue surveyed more than 3,000 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased (from a supermarket or grocer) and consumed microwave rice within the last three months – in this case, 468 people.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.
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