Zojirushi Rice Cooker
For years I cooked my rice in a pot (or worse, got microwaveable rice) and it never came out right (was never sticky, or often overcooked). I eventually heard about Zojirushi and the infamous 1-button perfect rice. I decided to take the plunge.
I can tell you after many years of delicious rice that no kitchen should be without one of these. You put the rice in (after washing it of course), fill water to the corresponding line, set the rice type, and press the button. Some time in the future you have delicious perfectly-cooked rice. Very easy to clean, and even after 6 years my Zojirushi is still going strong.