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1. Zojirushi NS-KCC05 Micom Programmable
$162.52 $156.00 list($259.00)
2. Zojirushi NS-ZAC10 5-Cup Neuro
$174.28 $161.00 list($279.00)
3. Zojirushi NS-ZAC18 10-Cup Neuro
$279.00 $225.00 list($299.00)
4. Zojirushi Induction Heating System
$69.99 list($99.99)
5. Zojirushi NS-PC10 Electric 5-Cup
$89.99 $85.00 list($159.99)
6. Zojirushi NSRNC-18A Automatic
$38.50 list($59.99)
7. Zojirushi NHS-06 3-Cup Rice Cooker
$62.00 list($74.99)
8. Zojirushi NHS-18 10-Cup Rice Cooker/Steamer
$89.99 $85.00 list($112.90)
9. Zojirushi NS-PC18 Electric 10-Cup
list($59.99)
10. Zojirushi EJ-PC50 Gourmet Food
list($159.99)
11. Zojirushi NRC-10W Deluxe 5-Cup
list($179.99)
12. Zojirushi NRC-18W Deluxe 10-Cup
list($239.99)
13. Zojirushi NS-JCC10 Neuro Fuzzy
$239.95 list($239.99)
14. Zojirushi NS-JCC18 Neuro Fuzzy

1. Zojirushi NS-KCC05 Micom Programmable 3-Cup Rice Cooker & Warmer
list price: $179.99
our price: $109.00
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Asin: B00004S57C
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Zojirushi
Sales Rank: 975
Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

"Micom" means this sleek rice cooker is computer-controlled and ultra high-tech, from its spherical, nonstick pan to its "surround heating" system to its LCD clock and timer. (Program the cooker in the morning and have hot rice available immediately after work.) It not only cooks up to 3 cups of dry rice, but offers a choice ofwhite/brown, mixed, sweet, and porridge settings. A quick-cooking option cuts time by 10 minutes. Rice is automatically kept at warm for hours, and a reheat feature brings it back to serving temperature. Instructions and a cooking chart explain everything. At 10-3/4 by 8-1/2 by 8 inches, it's remarkably compact and also lightweight. Transport it by its handle. Cord retracts for storage. --Fred Brack ... Read more

Features

  • Uses 310 watts of power
  • Programmable with clock and timer to cook rice, keep it warm, and reheat it
  • Offers different settings for white/brown, mixed, sweet, and porridge
  • Quick-cooking feature cuts time by 10 minutes
  • Measuring cup, serving spatula, and 12 recipes included

Reviews (38)

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth Every Dollar
This rice cooker works great and is very easy to use and clean. Out of the box, you plug it in (retractable cord), set the clock, use the menu button to select which type of rice you're making, use the measuring cup for your rice, fill the water corresponding to the number of cups of rice. Hit the "cooking" button and you're off.

The rice comes out beautifully, and after you fluff it, you can keep it in the cooker where it will stay nice and warm until you're ready to serve.

On an aesthetic level, this is a wonderfully designed (and compact) kitchen accessory.

This smaller model is perfect for 2 people. We usually make around 4 bowls of rice. If you need to make a larger amount you'll want to get the larger capacity model.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome little rice cooker!
This is a really great little rice cooker. It [costs a little more]... but it is worth the money.
I bought it several months ago, and it proved its worth within a week. It cooks rice really well. I love making hot cereal in it because I can set the timer so that the cereal will be done (and very fluffy) when I wake up in the morning.
Of course, the rice can't compare to Indian/Asian restaurant rice, but it tastes really good to me. I often eat it with nothing else.
The countdown function (10 minutes til done and so forth) and the alert are also very convenient features.
The reviewer who mentioned that it is a little hard to clean because rice gets gunked up in the back of the lid and in the drain is right, but it is not impossible to clean it all up. Just don't put milk in the cooker. That's bad news.
It's true that the English translation in the manual is sometimes off, but I think if you didn't read the manual, it is pretty self explanatory and easy to use.
This definitely would be too small for a family, but as I live by myself, it makes just the right amount of rice/cereal.
One other thing: the retractable cord stopped retracting within a month, but I don't find that too big a deal, just a little disappointing. As long as it keeps cooking.
All in all, I am happy with this purchase and would recommend it. I use very nearly every day.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Response to Some Other Reviews
This is NOT intended as a full review of this machine; I have only owned it for one day and obviously cannot comment on reliability and many other important issues.

The only reason I decided to post this is that I almost did not buy this rice cooker because of some comments that are present repeatedly in earlier reviews, which are perhaps either overstated or not applicable to many potential buyers.

One common complaint is that the rice maker won't make enough rice and you need a larger one. This depends entirely on your circumstances. I am an athletic 50 year old male and eat a huge amount of food for dinner each evening. The most dried rice product (e.g. when cooked) I could conceivably ever eat is 1.25 to 1.5 cups, the cooked result of which is obviously much larger. Two very hungry adults would have trouble consuming all the rice this thing can make in one sitting. And why would you use the rice for leftovers if making rice in a rice cooker is so easy and the rice itself is dirt cheap? I used a similarly sized (but very basic) 3-cup National (Panasonic) rice cooker for about 10 years and never used close to the capacity of that cooker. So, for 1 or 2 people this thing makes a fully sufficient quantity, however for a family you would probably want a larger model.

As to quality of the rice produced, there is no comparison between what this Zojirushi makes and what I get out of the Panasonic. The Panasonic produces dry rice that is burned at the bottom. This cooker, the Zojirushi, produces moist rice in easily separated grains that are not burned at all, anywhere. I found the timing function to be convenient.

Other reviewers have stated that this model has fuzzy logic; I don't think that is correct. You have to buy a more expensive rice cooker from Zojirushi to get that feature. Personally, I'm only concerned about the results, not how they were made, so I'm happy with this and don't miss fuzzy logic.

Using white rice, clean up took about 1 minute or less.

You will need to read other reviews for the kinds of insights you can get only from longer term ownership.

4-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for 2 people, limited counter space
This is a nice compact size, esp if you have limited counter space. Perfect for two people, was also fine when we had 2 friends over for dinner. If you cook 2.5 cups of rice, it is perfect for 4-5 people. I always fluff in the bowl or plate I serve on to. If you are not picky about "fluffing", it is really no big deal if you can't fluff in the cooker. Not having any spoon holder is a pain. Love the timer feature. Makes perfect jook or rice porridge, as well as tapioca/taro dessert. We cook rice everyday so this was a nice change from using our 15 year old steamer style pot.

5-0 out of 5 stars great rice cooker
i like this rice cooker a lot. although the cooking time is long but the rice always turned out fluffy and nice. ... Read more


2. Zojirushi NS-ZAC10 5-Cup Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker
list price: $259.00
our price: $162.52
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Asin: B00007J5U7
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Zojirushi
Sales Rank: 846
Average Customer Review: 4.61 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Limited 1-year warranty
  • 5-cup uncooked rice capacity; spherical heating system
  • Cooks variety of rices, including white, brown, sweet, and porridge
  • Programmable timer; warming function for up to 12 hours
  • Easy-to-read, color LCD; melodic start and completion signal

Reviews (18)

5-0 out of 5 stars Different, but still good
I grew up with one button rice cookers. The kind I liked the best was one where you would put water on the outside of the rice pot as well as in the inside of the pot with the rice and then press the button. I don't think they make those anymore. Nowadays you have to keep the outside of the pot dry. Kinda a pain after you got it wet washing the rice.

Back when I was growing up we made delicious rice, rice porridge, steamed sausage over rice, steamed chicken and vegetables in broth, bean soup, etc. using the simple one button rice cooker. The trick for some of the dishes is to run the cook cyle twice to cook longer.

I mention all this to explain why just having a rice cooker cooking different things doesn't totally impress me. I'm used to having one that is simple to use and versatile.

With this background, I was a little bit disappointed in the ZAC10 rice cooker although I still think it is an excellent product.

This neuro fuzzy is CUTE. And it makes DELICIOUS oatmeal. It also makes cheaper rice taste better. The keep warm feature works perfectly -- no making a crust. I use the timer feature for oatmeal in the morning - very nice to have.

But it is also awfully SLOW. I'm used to the rice cooker cooking faster than the stovetop method but this one is just as slow if not slower. For 1 small cup of rice it takes 40+ minutes. The machine I grew up with took 20 minutes. Even the quick cook feature on this machine takes 30 minutes.

Theoretically you can't use this as a steamer according to the Ultimate Rice Cooker cookbook I also bought. That's too bad since I am used to steaming things in a rice cooker. I will play around with it though and see if that's really the case.

I am still torn about whether to get this for my motherinlaw this Xmas. She loves oatmeal but cooked in milk so the timer feature won't help her. But still, it makes delicious oatmeal without her having to stand and stir. And it keeps it warm for a long time. What's making me hesitate is that she doesn't eat rice that often and the buttons in the front are rather daunting. (It really isn't as complicated as it looks though) Also the manual has no good recipes. It doesn't even tell you if you can make oatmeal with milk or not in it. (You can.) On the web they have some and if I were to get this for her I would definitely print out some recipes to go with it. This would be an expensive gift not to be used.

If you eat rice alot or like rice, oatmeal, porridge, that kind of thing... a rice cooker is a must and this one is a great one. Just realize that if you're use to a one button rice cooker you'll be giving up simplicity.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for some things, disappointing for others
I grew up with one button rice cookers. The kind I liked the best was one where you would put water on the outside of the rice pot as well as in the inside of the pot with the rice and then press the button. I don't think they make those anymore. Nowadays you have to keep the outside of the pot dry. Kinda a pain after you got it wet washing the rice.

Back when I was growing up we made delicious rice, rice porridge, steamed sausage over rice, steamed chicken and vegetables in broth, bean soup, etc. using the simple one button rice cooker. The trick for some of the dishes is to run the cook cyle twice to cook longer.

I mention all this to explain why just having a rice cooker cooking different things doesn't totally impress me. I'm used to having one that is simple to use and versatile.

With this background, I was a little bit disappointed in the ZAC10 rice cooker although I still think it is an excellent product.

This neuro fuzzy is CUTE. And it makes DELICIOUS oatmeal. It also makes cheaper rice taste better. The keep warm feature works perfectly -- no making a crust. I use the timer feature for oatmeal in the morning - very nice to have.

But it is also awfully SLOW. I'm used to the rice cooker cooking faster than the stovetop method but this one is just as slow if not slower. For 1 small cup of rice it takes 40+ minutes. The machine I grew up with took 20 minutes. Even the quick cook feature on this machine takes 30 minutes.

Theoretically you can't use this as a steamer according to the Ultimate Rice Cooker cookbook I also bought. That's too bad since I am used to steaming things in a rice cooker. I will play around with it though and see if that's really the case.

I am still torn about whether to get this for my motherinlaw this Xmas. She loves oatmeal but cooked in milk so the timer feature won't help her. But still, it makes delicious oatmeal without her having to stand and stir. And it keeps it warm for a long time. What's making me hesitate is that she doesn't eat rice that often and the buttons in the front are rather daunting. (It really isn't as complicated as it looks though) Also the manual has no good recipes. It doesn't even tell you if you can make oatmeal with milk or not in it. (You can.) On the web they have some and if I were to get this for her I would definitely print out some recipes to go with it. This would be an expensive gift not to be used.

If you eat rice alot or like rice, oatmeal, porridge, that kind of thing... a rice cooker is a must and this one is a great one. Just realize that if you're use to a one button rice cooker you'll be giving up simplicity.

FOLLOW-UP:
I have demoted this from a FIVE star to a FOUR star product. It still makes wonderful rice but disappointingly it doesn't handle oatmeal cooked in milk (1% fat). I've tried it three times now, two times on porridge cycle and this thing made a COLOSSAL MESS. Hubby said it's like a baby puked all over it, inside and out. The thing spewed oatmeal which stuck and dried everywhere (I got to it two hours after it went on keep-warm). Even though the inner part of the lid pops out, it still took nearly an hour to clean up the nooks and crannies of the thing. I definitely suggest watching it if you cook oatmeal with milk and maybe even opening it up several times to release the steam. Better yet, do it on the stovetop. Too bad because the oatmeal still left in the pot that it didn't spew out tasted fantastic.

To be fair to the recipe, I should say I used quick cook oats (1 minute type) instead of the steel cut slow cook type oatmeal. Maybe that made a difference. BUt if so, too bad because I still have a lot of the other kind of oatmeal to use up.

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth it
We hestitated for a while because of the price. But once we took the plunge and tried it out, we couldn't be happier. In the past, we've had both the cheap, one-button type and the microchip type, and if you have rice 2-3 times a week, you definitely want to go with the better model. (We pitched the cheap model immediately; the rice turned out part crusty, part mushy, part burnt.) The Zojirushi is an improvement on our previous microchip model because 1. it's easier to clean, with the lid-liner not accumulating scum and the inner pot having a rounded bottom, which is easier wipe clean 2. it has no "moisture catcher" to clean out 3. the inside pot has cool handles to lift out 4. there is a place to put the rice paddle (important!) 5. the rice paddle has nubs on it, with prevents rice from sticking to it. And, of course, it cooks brown rice very well! We're waiting to try the porridge setting - yum. We're completely happy with our purchase and wondered why we hesitated. (NB, All Zojirushi products we've tried have been superb, despite their generally higher prices.)

2-0 out of 5 stars Problems with altitude
I have purchased three NS-ZAC10 cookers within the last year. Two are being used by daughters living near sea level. They work perfectly. I use mine mostly at an altitude of 3,000ft and, at times, at an altitude of 7,500ft. The cooker works only adequately at 3,000 ft and poorly at the higher altitude.

I suspect something is wrong with the Fuzzi Logic programming, which should be able to sense the altitude by measuring the boiling point of water and extend cooking times accordingly. Fuzzi Logic is an incremental type of mathematical set theory in which the next step depends upon the success of the previous step. Not being able to cope with higher altitudes suggest a fault with the coding. And it spoils the general usefulness of the cooker.

Personally, I would welcome information from Zojirushi regarding how to adapt the NS-ZAC10 to high altitude cooking --- if indeed that is possible. I have no idea how to contact them. They don't appear to maintain a website.

Unless you live at sea level, don't waste your money. Buy a simple, inexpensive On/Off rice cooker where you can compensate for altitude by adding more liquid and extending the cooking time.

On the other hand, if you live near sea level, this cooker works well.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a great product, I highly recommend it.
This is a great product, I highly recommend it. ... Read more


3. Zojirushi NS-ZAC18 10-Cup Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker, White Gray
list price: $279.00
our price: $174.28
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Asin: B00007J5U8
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Zojirushi
Sales Rank: 592
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

For folks who eat rice on a daily--or even weekly--basis, this rice cooker has a unique fuzzy-logic microchip for advanced programming and a spherical heating system that cooks on all sides of the inner pan and makes perfect rice every time. The unit cooks up to 10 cups (enough to feed a crowd of 10 or more people) of a variety of rices--white, brown, sweet, and porridge--to use in dishes such as sushi, paella, stir-fries, or curries. The cooker has settings to accommodate your preference for harder or softer rice and even has a setting for prewashed rice. The LCD screen is easy to read and the push-button controls are simple to program once you've mastered them. A programmable timer allows you to set your cooking time without worry that rice will burn or get overcooked--and the start and complete time of your cooking cycle signals with a pleasant melody rather than a jarring beep (although you can choose a beep if you prefer it). Another excellent option is the ability to keep rice warm for up to 12 hours after cooking is complete, so you can cook before work and have warm rice at dinner. The Extended Keep Warm function warms rice for up to 8 hours at a lower temperature and reduces the chance of rice drying out or becoming discolored or odorous. Both the inner pan and inner lid detach from the unit for thorough cleaning. The rice cooker has a plastic handle for transporting it from cabinet to counter and a retractable cord for easy storage. The appliance comes with two measuring cups, a spatula, and a spatula holder and is covered by a limited one-year warranty. --Cristina Vaamonde ... Read more

Features

  • Limited 1-year warranty
  • 10-cup uncooked rice capacity; spherical heating system
  • Cooks variety of rices, including white, brown, sweet, and porridge
  • Programmable timer; warming function for up to 12 hours
  • Easy-to-read, color LCD; melodic start and completion signal

Reviews (18)

5-0 out of 5 stars The Essential Kitchen Appliance
This is an amazing machine. Not only does it cook a variety of rices to perfection, but it does an even better job on whole grains and beans. It also works well for cooking one pot meals. My favorite use for the cooker is for breakast, the porridge cycle produces fantastic rice porridge as well as splendid oatmeal. Using the timer function we can put our contents in before leaving for work and dinner is ready when we get home. We use it every day and it is a total breeze to operate and cleanup is very easy. The investment seems like a lot before you buy it, but after a couple of months it seems like a ....

5-0 out of 5 stars This is the best rice cooker i've owned!
You can say goodbye to burnt rice once you start using this machine. Rice indeed tastes better!

Warts: it cooks slower than previous rice cookers i've owned. even in its "quick cooking" setting it still takes more than half an hour to cook 3 cups of regular white rice. another thing is its buttons. they're too hard to push...it probably gets easier in time, though.

despite the warts, i still love this rice cooker!

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth every cent
This is one of my favorite gadgets and can not live without items. I do a lot of cooking and have had this machine for about 1 year. When it is rice time (and i tend to cook a lot of it since I bought this machine), I set the machine and by the time the rest of the dinner is ready, the rice is cooked and ready to eat without worrying about it. I can concentrate on the items on the menu. As you can tell, my meals always include several items. For a busy person, this is worth every penny of it. There is a battery in the machine which will eventually need to be replaced, but I called the company and they said if you keep the machine plugged in, the battery should last at least 6 years or more.

5-0 out of 5 stars Long cook time, but great rice! Easy to clean too.
I purchased this cooker as a present for myself this past Christmas, and boy was this ever a great gift! My husband is a rice junkie, and this makes good rice every time.

On the directions/manual:
It took me a little bit to read through the directions; they are a bit hard to follow. I found that the continuous interspersing of multiple languages (and some peculiar English - they liked the phrase "tasty rice" to describe well-cooked rice) to be a bit troublesome for continuity. I was really unsure of cooking the first time, but after two trial batches, I found cooking to be a breeze.

On cleaning:
One (low-star recommendation) reviewer said about the lid not coming off to clean properly; this is not the case. Granted the lid is not non-stick like the pan, but I can't say that I ever had more than the littlest bit of rice starch show up between the inner lid and the outer cover. The inner lid is fully removable, and just needs wiped when warm to fully clean. To clean the pan, I found that removing all excess rice at the end of the meal, and then leaving the pan sit open until the next morning makes all the rest of the rice starch dry up. It only then takes me about 3 minutes to clean the cooking bowl, as well as the remainder of the cooker.

On cooking length:
It takes 35-48 minutes to cook regular basmati rice. This seems like a rather long time, but since preparation is so quick, it isn't that much of a nuisance. Rather it's just an inconvenience if you want to eat soon (and you probably will, the rice really is GOOD)!

Extras:
I find that this cooker is a perfect traveler for family functions as well. I normally make chili for family gatherings (slow cooker), and making if I make rice in this sucker before I leave, I just have to unplug it, and if the cover stays closed, I have found the rice to still be pleasantly warm up to 3 or 4 hours after it was unplugged.

Hope this helps!

4-0 out of 5 stars This is a great machine
I was a bit hesitant to spend so much on a rice cooker. From my 20+ years of making white rice almost daily, a rice cooker is a rice cooker. After using this machine everyday for 2 months, I find it to be no different from the many others I had used of similar style (ie a non-removable outer lid and a removable inner lid), except that it has something I desperately in need of --- a timer. The quality of the cooked rice is the same, though it takes almost twice as long to cook and reheat as other cookers. As another reviewer mentioned, I too don't particularly care for the condensation dripping, but I did not find the gross build-up. I find this cooker to be more bulky than my previous 10-cup cooker. However, because of the timer, I am very happy with this machine. ... Read more


4. Zojirushi Induction Heating System Rice Cooker and Warmer
list price: $299.00
our price: $279.00
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Asin: B000246GSY
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Zojirushi
Sales Rank: 76781
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Features

  • Menu settings include: white, sushi, brown, semi-brown, GABA BROWN, and quick cooking
  • Induction heating technology heats the entire inner cooking pan for even cooking
  • Durable nonstick inner cooking pan
  • Easy to use navigation control panel and melody signal
  • Automatic keep warm, extended keep warm, reheating cycle

5. Zojirushi NS-PC10 Electric 5-Cup Rice Cooker and Warmer
list price: $99.99
our price: $69.99
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Asin: B00005OBC3
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Zojirushi
Sales Rank: 463
Average Customer Review: 4.23 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Equipped with a locking lid and a steam cap/vent to preservemoisture, this 420-watt electric appliance produces 1 to 5 cups ofcooked rice and then automatically keeps the rice fresh, moist, andwarm for hours. About 30 minutes is required to cook 5 cups, with anadditional 15 minutes of warming recommended for maximum fluffiness.The cooker operates simply. There's a single control to begin thecooking process, and lights signal when cooking ends and warmingbegins. Inside the white-plastic, cool-touch exterior, a nonstick panreadily releases cooked rice and then cleans up easily. Accompanyingthe cooker are a rice spatula, a spatula holder that hooks onto thecooker's side, and a plastic measuring cup. The cooker measures 9-1/2inches wide, 8-3/4 inches high, and 12-1/2 inches deep, weighs 5-3/4pounds, and can be lifted by handles recessed into the sides. --FredBrack ... Read more

Features

  • 420 watts; 9-1/2 inches wide, 8-3/4 inches high, 12-1/2 inches deep
  • Cooks 1 to 5 cups rice and keeps it warm, fresh, moist for hours
  • Nonstick pan readily releases rice and cleans easily
  • Single control for easy operation; cool-touch exterior
  • Rice spatula, removable spatula holder, measuring cup included

Reviews (22)

5-0 out of 5 stars Good rice for average rice eaters
We eat rice often. We've had a Faberware cooker for years that finaly died. Wouldn't get another as it cooked the rice unevenly with 'burned spots'. The Zojirushi costs lots more, but is well worth it. This unit cooks all of the rice perfectly every time. We like the size, it delivers 2 to 5 cups of cooked rice, and it delivers the same high quality rice for any batch size.

I wish we could leave it pluged in, but there is no on/off switch. The overall quality seams very good, what you would expect from a [price] machine.

If you eat rice frequently, and enjoy high quality food, this is an excellent machine and is well worth the cash.

5-0 out of 5 stars You won't know how you ever cooked rice without it!
For years I've wished that I could cook "perfect rice". This little "Zo" has made it possible for me to prepare perfect Sushi-style rice (sumptuously sticky and moist) as well as the perfect cafeteria-style rice (no two grains stick together, and the rice is firm, almost al dente). And the absolute best feature is the impossibly non-stick surface of the cooking pot. Every grain of rice falls out of the pot! Cleaning my previous rice cooker was so repulsive and difficult that I soon stopped using it. You can use a damp paper towel and clear water to clean this Zo!!

The recipe is simple -- measure rice, rinse, add water, soak, press the button, let it steam for 15 minutes after the cook cycle has finished, then stir to release the trapped excess steam. PERFECT! The Zojirushi will keep your rice warm for hours, but who can wait that long to eat it? Not me!

If you want to avoid the very tiny bit of browned rice on the bottom, the secret seems to be rinsing the rice for a ridiculous amount of time, at least 5 full minutes.

I heartily recommend this item.

5-0 out of 5 stars Rice Without Pain
I purchased this unit for a rice-eating roommate after having to scrape the results of a bad attempt from the bottom of a pan. She had a decent system, but not decent enough to get a truly consistent result. I thought this would be a "use it until the charm wore off" appliance (to be placed next to the ice cream maker).

It felt wonderful to be wrong. We enjoy perfect rice at least twice a week...more if we have some leftovers and need a starch. She's made just about every type of rice (including wild rices and pilafs).

Clean-up of the rice container is a no-stick snap...but there are nooks and crannies around the rim/seal of the top.

My roommate just interjected when asked for her comment, "What more could you want - PERFECT RICE".

Enjoy!

4-0 out of 5 stars Makes very good rice
I had a problem with delivery where the first unit arrived with a bashed in product box, and the second arrived without even being double boxed. However, I'm happy with the product, and it makes good rice, and the keep warm function works well too.

2-0 out of 5 stars I expected something easier to use/ = to clean
The included "Operating Instructions" are a joke and practically useless.
It does cook absolutely perfect rice,
BUT cleaning is a pain:

1) The inner pan has a rolled rim which catches and retains water when washing it. Don't put the pan back in the cooker unless you are sure that there is no trapped water left in the rim for dripping into the main body and onto the cooking plate.
2) One needs to also clean the dew collector and the steam vent apart from wiping down the inner main body rim from the liquid that does not reach the dew collector. Instructions tell to not remove the reverse stopper valve when cleaning the vent assembly: I did not intend to remove this stopper valve - it just fell out under a gentle stream of warm water from my faucet...Don't loose it - down the drain!
3) The stationary lid needs wiping + cleaning ASAP, otherwise one collects additional grime [See 4)].
4) Be aware that the area between the steam vent + the slots in the lid does trap really nasty stuff you can't see nor reach easily when cleaning. Pay attention to these hard to reach nooks and crannies....
5) It's easy to miss the moment when the unit switches to the "keep warm" feature, - the click is barely audible, unless you stand next to it. As the recommended 15 minutes of steaming are essential for a good result, it is disappointing that you need to keep watching the unit visually for light changes. Am I asking for too much if I'd prefer a louder click or even a ring?

Saving grace: It does produce the most delicious and perfect rice.
My next rice cooker will again be a "simple" version with a glass lid + less extra parts to clean. ... Read more


6. Zojirushi NSRNC-18A Automatic Rice Cooker and Warmer with Floral Imprint
list price: $159.99
our price: $89.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005YXC1
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Zojirushi
Sales Rank: 1738
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Decorated with delicately drawn and colored flowers, this700-watt appliance cooks up to 10 cups of rice and then automaticallykeeps the rice at the proper temperature for up to 12 hours. A lockinglid ensures rice stays fresh and moist. Lights indicate whether theunit is in "cook" or "warm" mode, and turning on the cooker requiresnothing more than pushing a lever. A nonstick coating on the cookingpan prevents rice from sticking, and the pan can be lifted out of theunit for cleanup. To eliminate clutter on the counter or in storage thepower cord retracts under the unit. The cooker measures 12-1/8 inchesin diameter and 12-7/8 inches high, and comes with a spatula, spatulaholder, and measuring cup. --Fred Brack ... Read more

Features

  • Includes spatula, spatula holder, measuring cup
  • Cooks up to 10 cups of rice and then automatically keeps it warm
  • Locking lid keeps rice fresh and moist for 12 hours
  • Removable nonstick cooking pan prevents rice from sticking, cleans easily
  • Cord retracts under unit to eliminate clutter

Reviews (9)

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth the money
This rice cooker has really impressed me. I became very frustrated with my inexpensive one that spewed starchy water on my kitchen counter and resulted in rice being consistently stuck to the bottom. This rice cooker did not do either one of the things I just mentioned. The rice is perfect every time. This rice cooker delivered on every promise it makes. Being Asian, rice is an extremely important part of my life. Rice is a blessing and represents all the blessings in life. This rice cooker's non-stick pan allows me not to waste one grain.

5-0 out of 5 stars Time Saver
I have used other rice cookers, but this one has spoiled me.
Stop using instant rice! Just start the rice in the morning and
when you are ready for dinner, the rice is warm, moist and ready
for that quick stir fry or mexican burrito recipe. You have never had such fresh tasting rice ready to use when you get home
tired and face cooking dinner. I use basmati, jasmine, brown, or pearl. All come out just great. And I use my Zojirushi as a roll warmer when needed. Works great. This is not a vegetable
steamer, not reccommended for that, but the best rice cooker.

5-0 out of 5 stars I have owned this one for 5 years and it's still going!
I'm not Asian but my husband is. Because of the inlaws my children love rice and seaweed. I was given this rice cooker by my inlaw to make rice for her son, well it's still going strong and I have not had any problems. The unit is beyond easy to use and I make 4 cups of rice as a standard for our family and keep it plugged in for 3 days and the rice stays warm and ready to eat. That's the way my Mother in Law did it, and I have done the same without any problems.
Oh and never, ever use any metal items in the rice cooker or you will ruin it. The plastic spoon is really all you need for fluffing your rice once it's finished cooking.

5-0 out of 5 stars The floral print is key
Growing up in an Asian family, we weren't about to mess around with cheap crumby rice cookers. The Zojirushi 10 cups through the years have kept me well fed for 25 years. If you treat it well (i.e. no metal on the nonstick), they'll last forever. If you don't eat rice every day or don't have a large family, this unit might be overkill. You may think about a 4 or 5 cup. You can, of course, buy this one too. My mom owns 3 rice cookers. If you ever go to an Asian food market, you'll see that practically every rice cooker comes in floral print. I don't trust a rice cooker without flowers on the side. =)

PRO:
Easy perfect rice every time
Can feed a small army
Comes with everything except rice and water
Will last forever with a little care
Floral print

CON:
Not for people living alone
You need to know how to make rice
Kinda pricy, but worth it if you eat a lot of rice

5-0 out of 5 stars The only option!
My mother has been using hers for 20 years. I own this rice cooker and its the only one I would ever buy. Its good for korean style short grain rice which is really sticky. Western style long grain rice works well too. Once I made a paella in it and it was not bad! You can also add pre-soaked beans to your rice.

I think the new "fuzzy logic" models are not worthwhile. I just want to put in the rice and cook it!

There is only one button, so its easy to use. Use the measuring cup that comes with it and then add water up to the corresponding line on the inside of the bowl. For instance, for 3 cups of rice, put water up to the 3 cup line. I prefer moister rice so I add more water, like a 1/2 measure more. The chinese method of adding water to the first knuckle of your finger works too.

Another tip, this is an awesome non stick bowl, but it scrathes really easily. NEVER EVER, put a fork or even a spoon in it. Use the spatula that comes with it. Also never scrub it, wash with a little soap and soft sponge. I mean it, never scrub or you will ruin it right away.

I agree with the other reviewer, its all about the retractable power cord. Why dont all appliances have this? ... Read more


7. Zojirushi NHS-06 3-Cup Rice Cooker
list price: $59.99
our price: $38.50
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Asin: B00004S575
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Zojirushi
Sales Rank: 3389
Average Customer Review: 3.89 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Busy cooks cherish rice cookers. This one cooks up to 3 cups of dry rice (white or brown) and keeps it warm up to five hours. A glass lid permits monitoring of the cooking process. Instructions and a cooking chart explain everything. A measuring cup and serving spatula are included. The cooker operates with admirable simplicity: just push a switch to start. The switch and a light turn off when cooking is completed, and the unit automatically goes into its keep-warm mode. Stay-cool handles on the cooker's sides permit it to be moved. Only plastic scrubbers and mild detergent should be used for cleaning. --Fred Brack ... Read more

Features

  • 7-1/4 inches high to lid knob; 9-1/4 inches in diameter, including handles
  • Cooks rice and keeps it warm up to five hours
  • Use also to boil vegetables
  • Measuring cup and serving spatula included
  • Uses 300 watts of power

Reviews (9)

5-0 out of 5 stars These are terrific
Perfect rice every time. Even brown rice cooks great.

A little hint, when you put the water in the dry rice before hitting the COOK button make a little depression like a crater in the center of the rice bed. It promotes the circulation of the heat and cooks more evenly.

This worls wonderfully with Japanese style rice such as Kokuho Rose or Nishiki. It comes out nice and fluffy.Look down at the bed when the thing dinks done and look at the perfection below.

Enjoy. This is a terrific cooker

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Value... Good Rice
This was my first rice cooker after failing in the kitchen making it by the directions on the bag. This cooker is a good starter product for the occasional user. I was hoping it had a warmer but I really dont eat rice all day so It worked out good for me.

4-0 out of 5 stars Does not match specs
Specs say it keeps rice warm for 5 hours. True of higher priced models, not true of this one. Instruction book clearly states the it shuts off when cooking is complete.

Specs and instruction book say a cookbook comes with it. It does not.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not what it's cracked up to be
First off, it does not keep the rice warm, according to the owner's manual. Second, I defy anyone over 35 to read -- or find -- the measurement markers on the rice tin. I purchased it for my mother who lives alone. Very disappointing. You can find the same qualities in a 14.99 rice cooker/steamer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Rice Cooker
I really love this rice cooker. It is easy to use and clean up and consistantly makes the rice sticky and fresh. The best way to take care of this rice cooker is to always wipe the rice pots base before you put it in the cooker to prevent the popping and sizzling noise. That would also prevent the brown burn marks.
And for consitantly sticky rice, I always wash the rice three times in cool water before adding bottled water to cook. ... Read more


8. Zojirushi NHS-18 10-Cup Rice Cooker/Steamer & Warmer
list price: $74.99
our price: $62.00
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Asin: B00004S577
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Zojirushi
Sales Rank: 9598
Average Customer Review: 3.73 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Busy cooks cherish rice cookers. This is Zojirrushi's largest, suitable for cooking up to 10 cups of dry rice (white or brown) and keeping it warm up to five hours. A separate tray steams seafood and vegetables, cooks hard- or soft-boiled eggs, and even makes tender custards. Instructions and a cooking chart explain everything. A measuring cup and serving spatula are included. A glass lid permits monitoring of the cooking process. The cooker/steamer operates with admirable simplicity: just push a switch to start. The switch and a light turn off when cooking is completed, and the unit automatically goes into its keep-warm mode. Stay-cool handles on the cooker/steamer's sides permit it to be moved. Only plastic scrubbers and mild detergent should be used for cleaning. --Fred Brack ... Read more

Features

  • 9-1/4 inches high to lid knob; 13 inches in diameter, including handles
  • Cooks rice and keeps it warm up to five hours
  • Use also to steam seafood and vegetables and to cook custards and eggs
  • Measuring cup and serving spatula included
  • Uses 600 watts of power

Reviews (11)

4-0 out of 5 stars Be sure to wash your rice...
I love my rice cooker and use it several times a week! But you need to wash your rice thoroughly before cooking. This will help with the "spitting water" problem the cooker has.

I enjoy using the steamer for kale, broccoli, cauliflower, or carrots. The only trick is learning when to put the veggies in while the rice is cooking so that the veggies don't overcook.

My brown rice tends to clump and stick on the bottom, even when the rice is washed. That's one problem that keeps me from rating this as a 5 star machine. The other problem is that the instruction booklet is poorly done. Brown rice needs to soak for 30 minutes before starting to cook.

3-0 out of 5 stars Notes on Cooking Rice
As for the product: I'm not into modern rice cookers. My parents have a double-lid contraption from the 60's, and it cooks the best rice out of any other place/person/cooker I've ever experienced. The new swing-lid, sealed ones cook well, but I have a soft spot for cooking mine in a plain ol' pot, as I can monkey with it while it's cooking (spices, etc.).

The real reason I'm writing this review is some misinformation from another review...
I live in the middle of rice-country in California (The last statistic I had was that CA was #2 or #3 in US rice production, following either TX or LA...), and have -literally- eaten rice 3 times per day, sometimes. I LOVE rice, and there are so many ways to cook and enjoy it that I consider it a "perfect" food.

A statement in a past review caught my attention, and I feel it needs clarification. Another reviewer wrote that rice needs to be rinsed before cooking so it won't foam. According to the reviewer, foaming is the result of packer-applied talcum powder.

Talc is NOT used by rice manufacturers and packers in the US. It was used in the past, but not now. I don't know if it's still used in Asia.

Talc wasn't used to keep rice dry, like with an infant. Talc was used to make the rice look shiny. I guess people thought shiny rice was good, or something. So, rice would have to be rinsed before cooking in order to wash away the powdered rock. People in the US still rinse rice out of habit, though there is no need. A family friend told me that she always saw her mother rinse rice, so she thought that was something "that just had to be done".

NOTE: There is no such thing as white rice. All rice is brown rice. White rice is merely brown rice with the "brown" ground off through the process of milling.

As a consumer, you wouldn't want your rice "dry". Ever. I won't go into the whole harvest-drying-milling process, but dry rice is a bad, bad thing.

In the end, you have rice with some moisture in it (around 12-13% average moisture), even after it's in a bag, sitting on a store shelf. Totally dry rice cracks and breaks easily, so that's why it needs to have some moisture when being hulled and milled, or else you'd be left with nothing but little broken bits of rice instead of nice, whole grains. Dry rice also doesn't cook as well as rice with some residual moisture.

Currently, rice is coated with glucose in order to make it more shiny (I guess people still like shiny rice...). One could argue that the glucose and some bran residues from milling would cause the boiling water in your rice cooker to foam. More likely, the starches being drawn out of the rice are causing the foaming. Think of how risotto becomes creamy -it's the starch being drawn out- and of sticky rice, which is really starchy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Super Steamer
I haven't used it to cook rice yet. I decided to try steaming vegetables in it first. This is a great device. I use to own a cheaper steamer but it just didn't hold up. I really love my steamer and use it several times a day to steam vegetables or fish.

1-0 out of 5 stars Overrated
This rice cooker is completely overrated. I searched far and wide for a good rice steamer after my last one died, and I kept coming across rave reviews of the Zojirushi brand of rice cookers. So I bought one, and I must say I am dissappointed. It's not that it doesn't work, it works adequately, just like my last rice cooker. But for the price I payed for this cooker, I expected to be wowed. My last rice cooker (which was a common name-brand) cost a third the amount of this one, and worked just as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great product at a great price
I've been using this model for just over two years now with no problems at all. We routinely cook brown rice and have had none of the problems that others have called out. The one thing you must remember though is that you MUST rinse the rice (white or brown) before cooking it. We put it in a screened collander and run cold water through it for about one minute. Shake the excess water and you're ready to go. The reason for the rinse is to keep the rice from foaming while it cooks. Evidently, the rice packers dust the rice with a talcum-like substance to keep it dry. This will cause the water to foam when it boils if you don't rinse it off before you cook the rice.

Cleanup couldn't be easier. Just rinse and wipe with a soft towel. Don't use metal scrubbers becuase the pan has a non-stick coating that you don't want to scratch. After two years of moderate use, our cooker still looks new and works perfectly.

This is a premium brand, and the product has lived up to my expectations. Five stars for this one. ... Read more


9. Zojirushi NS-PC18 Electric 10-Cup Rice Cooker and Warmer
list price: $112.90
our price: $89.99
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Asin: B00005OBC4
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Zojirushi
Sales Rank: 4986
Average Customer Review: 3.86 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Equipped with a locking lid and a steam cap/vent to preservemoisture, this 600-watt electric appliance produces 2 to 10 cups ofcooked rice and automatically keeps the rice fresh, moist, and warm forhours. About 30 minutes is required to cook 10 cups, with an additional15 minutes of warming recommended for maximum fluffiness. The cookeroperates simply. There's a single control to begin the cooking process,and lights signal when cooking ends and warming begins. Inside thewhite-plastic, cool-touch exterior, a nonstick pan readily releasescooked rice and then cleans up easily. Accompanying the cooker are arice spatula, a spatula holder that hooks onto the cooker's side, and aplastic measuring cup. The cooker measures 10-1/2 inches wide, 10inches high, and 13-1/2 inches deep, weighs 7-1/2 pounds, and can belifted by handles recessed into the sides. --Fred Brack ... Read more

Features

  • 600 watts; 10-1/2 inches wide, 10 inches high, 13-1/2 inches deep
  • Cooks 2 to 10 cups rice and keeps it warm, fresh, moist for hours
  • Nonstick pan readily releases rice and cleans easily
  • Single control for easy operation; cool-touch exterior
  • Rice spatula, removable spatula holder, measuring cup included

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars You can get this for $59.99 @ costco.com
This rice cooker is great, but Amazon overcharges you. You can get it for $30 less at Costco.com!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Rice Cooker
This has been the rice cooker I have ever owned. I threw away my "el cheapo" Aroma after I got this one. The rice on the bottom does tend to get a little more done, but it's no match for the non stick surface. I have made anywhere from 2-10 cups (uncooked) of rice in this cooker and it does equally well with both large & small amounts. I guess if an ON/OFF switch is really that important to you, then I wouldn't recommend this rice cooker. Otherwise, buy and enjoy.

3-0 out of 5 stars Mixed results
First off, let me say that the first time I used this rice cooker, I was immediately impressed with the texture of the rice and the ease of use. It couldn't be easier -- add rice and water, insert the metal bowl, close the lid and hit the "cook" button.

After several months of use, I've realized several flaws in the design. First, there is no "off" button. To me, this seems to be a bit of a fire hazard, as it is far too easy to forget to unplug the machine after the rice has cooked (it reverts to "warm", which WILL burn eventually). Secondly, there is no timer or bell to alert you to the fact that the rice is done. I've never quite managed to "catch" it reverting from cook to warm, so after 8 months, I still don't know exactly how long it takes to cook rice in this cooker.

I've also noticed that the metal "bowl" included for cooking loses its anti-stick qualities over time. After several months, rice began sticking to the bottom of the bowl during cooking, resulting in a lightly burned bottom layer of rice. I've also noticed that during the first few months of use, lots of moisture was captured in the drainage caps, resulting in very sticky rice. Now, no moisture is ever captured, and the rice almost seems wet (and often undercooked).

Finally, unless you're positive you want to cook at least two cups of rice every time you use the rice cooker, this is NOT the cooker for you. I honestly thought I'd want to prepare two cups at a time each time I used it, and now I understand that a cooker with a one cup minimum would have been a better purchase.

In all honesty, I don't feel the quality of this cooker was significantly higher than those a fraction of the cost. While I'm certain I'd love the "smart logic" high-end Zojirushi cookers, I would have been better off buying a cheaper model than this one -- the cost was astronomical compared to the quality, and now I feel I'm a bit turned off from Zojirushi. They just have not delivered the quality I would expect from their reputation.

3-0 out of 5 stars Fair to Good Rice Cooker
I've had this rice cooker for about three months now. I wouldn't say that it is a great rice cooker, only slightly better than average. Does a better job with long grain than short grain.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you eat a lot of rice, buy this!
Prepares rice perfectly every time. Amazingly easy to clean. It is a large cooker, though, and the main asset of a rice cooker is keeping rice fresh. So, be forewarned, lots 'o rice! The manual insists that the rice be washed prior to cooking, but I've noticed little or no difference in the quality of rice either way. It's perfect no matter what I do to trip it up. ... Read more


10. Zojirushi EJ-PC50 Gourmet Food Steamer
list price: $59.99
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Asin: B00004S574
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Zojirushi
Sales Rank: 30367
Average Customer Review: 3.38 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

This food steamer from Zojirushi is the complete package for those who prefer cooking with steam. The set includes a 3-quart upper steamer bowl, a 2.4-quart lower steamer bowl, an 8-cup rice bowl, egg tray, drip tray, and removable water reservoir for easy refilling. All the components stack together neatly and lower directly onto the heating base; the parts are also easily removed for cleaning and are dishwasher-safe. Worldwide-patented fast-steam technology, known as the Multi-Path Circulation System, cooks food evenly--rice, eggs, fish, or whatever--and the steamer holds enough water (25 ounces) to steam for up to 40 minutes. The steamer also includes a 60-minute auto-shutoff timer. --David Drury ... Read more

Features

  • One-year warranty
  • Ideal for steaming rice, eggs, and fish
  • 120-volt, 40-watt capacity
  • Easy stack assembly
  • Parts easily removed for cleaning and are dishwasher-safe

Reviews (16)

4-0 out of 5 stars Decent rice, excellent vegetables, questionable fish.
This is the only steamer I have experience with so I don't know if it's better or worse then others. It cooks decent rice in less time than a Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy rice cooker which I also own. Rice cooker results are more predictable and you can make a lot of rice in a large rice cooker. The steamer is less sophisticated but if you only cook 2-3 cups of rice, this steamer is all you need. Vegetables come out very good but you need to watch them, because every vegetable requires different cooking time. Overall I like this steamer but these are some negatives: 1) If you steam a lot of vegetables the bottom water collection tray may overflow. 2) In summer time in hot and humid climate, more steam in the kitchen is the last thing you want. 3) When I use a tray for steaming fish, it collects water, and fish sometimes comes out boiled rather than steamed. Regardless of the above, this is a good way to prepare food and sometimes the only way.

2-0 out of 5 stars Only so-so
This is a versatile appliance but since I purchased it to cook small amounts of rice, it's a bit of a disappointment. Everytime I steam rice, lots of water overflows onto the counter top. I am afraid that it will reach another appliance and electrocute someone or start a fire. According to the instructions, you're to add water to the bowl of rice itself, but it seems to be too much for the steamer to handle. The rice comes out perfect, but I think this will be my last time using it for that purpose. It sometimes overflows [from the base] when steaming other foods for a long time, so it's not always just the rice. Don't buy this steamer. Nice concept, not so smart design.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good product.
I have had mine for several months now and it works great. It is quite versatile in terms of different food items, even though I have used it only to steam vegetables, and occasionally (white) rice, and it does great with both. I have not tried eggs, meats or fish (and probably never will, even though I might try eggs someday). The only drawback is the small size (one cup) of the rice bowl. It would be adequate for one or two people, but not for larger quantity. It cleans easily, except the water container which cannot be opened and takes a long time to dry on the inside. I bought it mainly to steam vegetables, and it is wonderful at that. I definitely recommend.

1-0 out of 5 stars I threw it away!
This thing was a mess maker!! I can not say anything good about it. I just threw it away and stuck to my stainless pasta insert and Stainless pot which steames well as well as boils my pasta. This item was a big waste of money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for Tamales too!
I love this steamer! Tried Tamales wrapped in corn husks for the first time and they turned out great. They came out really nice and soft and were really easy to pop them out of the corn husks. Strongly recommend it. ... Read more


11. Zojirushi NRC-10W Deluxe 5-Cup Rice Cooker & Warmer
list price: $159.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00004S578
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Zojirushi
Sales Rank: 51333
Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Easily master a favorite side dish with the deluxe rice cooker and warmer. With this cooker, rice preparation is as simple as reading the internal markings for water level versus the rice amount. The automatic keep-warm system switches on immediately after cooking is finished, and the Sumiflon pan prevents rice from sticking to the pan for an easy cleanup. It also keeps rice warm and fresh for up to 12 hours after cooking and comes with a 180 cc measuring cup and a plastic spatula for dishing rice, as well as a retractable cord for easy storage. --Madeleine Miller ... Read more

Features

  • Sumiflon pan prevents sticking
  • Keeps steamed rice fresh for up to 12 hours
  • Includes plastic spatula and 180 cc measuring cup
  • 120-volt or 480-watt
  • 5 cup capacity (or 1 liter)

Reviews (8)

2-0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I was looking for a rice cooker and read good things about this one, Zojirushi has a very good reputation. I unpacked it and washed the spoon, non stick pan and measuring cup and started my first batch of rice. It is a 5 cup and it says 1 to 5 cups of uncooked rice so I tried 1 cup. I opened the cover 10 minutes after the cook cycle ended and stirred it and quite a bit of the rice was very brown on the bottom. Also there were little what looked like plastic sheets very lightly stuck to the side of the pan and you could peel them off it was definitely from the rice. I tried another batch with the same results. I contacted Zojirushi directly. I was using Nishiki rice the tech said they used the same. He told me that it can be hard to cook 1 cup of rice. He said ignore the markings in the pan and mix equal amounts of water and rice. He also told me to fill the pan with just enough water to cover the bottom and no rice and run it through the cook cycle and if it looked like raindrops inside when finished it was working properly but if there was a puddle of water left in the pan then the pan was bad. I ended up with a puddle of water and called Zujiroshi back and got a different tech and explained step by step what I did and he said I must have a warped pan, but that should not cause the rice to brown. He told me I should be able to cook 1 cup of rice and to make sure I rinsed the rice until the water was clear. This person told me I should use the markings on the pan. I made sure I rinsed it very good and tried again. With a lot of effort and trying all different things you can get it to be less brown but it also seems like the rice is hard when the cook cycle ends and even after 15 minutes or so after that it seems harder than it should. I have had rice at different peoples houses from basic rice cookers and you just add the water and rice and it comes out great with very little effort and there is no reason why it should take so much efort with this to get just ok rice. I ordered it online and am sending it back(30 day money back refund) and it sounds like the company I ordered it from is saying if they plug it in and the light comes on they will not consider it defective and they will not try to make rice with it. I like the design, it comes apart for easy clean up and I would have to believe something is not right with this but because of the way the company that I bought it from is willing to handle this I am just going to get my 30 day refund back which I am entitled to. My next purchase will be at a local store. So I am left to wonder what was wrong? Would another one do the same? There are not a lot of 5 cup rice cookers around here. My next choice will probably be either the Panasonic SR-SH15PS Which is an 8 cup, a little bigger than I need or a basic National with a glass cover which I would probably go for but I can get the Panasonic for just about the same price maybe a little cheaper.

5-0 out of 5 stars Money well spent!
If you are looking for an easy way to cook rice without the mess, this is it! Add your washed rice, add your water, close the lid..and its done! Cleanup is a snap! And the rice turns out perfect every time....

5-0 out of 5 stars Best rice cooker ever!
Hassle free, easy-to-clean, and makes the perfect rice. I have no complaints and would not trade it in for anything else.

5-0 out of 5 stars Literally can't live without it
Being vegan, I eat a lot of rice. This rice cooker has made making rice a joy, and I usually make a combination of white and brown short grain rice- as long as I measure correctly and fill the water up to the line as it says in the instructions, they both come out perfectly, every time. I've steamed some veggies and made some congee, and no surprises, just great yummy food. But, I did get tired of having to yank the cord out whenever I turned it off, so I got a 1.00$ part at the hardware store so I can just flip a toggle switch instead. It keeps rice warm for days, so I only need to turn it off after I have cleaned it and there is no rice to be cooked. I wouldn't use another rice cooker if you paid me! I love it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Expensive, but well worth it...
This rice cooker is excellent in all ways. It is significantly more expensive than other models, but it seems to be worth it. I have never had a problem making rice, no matter what variety I used nor how careless I was about measuring. The no-stick cooking bowl really is what it's supposed to be, and the retractable cord makes for easy storage. The rice cooks quickly, then stays warm and fluffy until the rest of your food is ready to serve. ... Read more


12. Zojirushi NRC-18W Deluxe 10-Cup Rice Cooker and Warmer
list price: $179.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00004S579
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Zojirushi
Sales Rank: 52474
Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

For a fresh, healthy alternative to potatoes, rice makes a nice starch complement to many different dishes. Cooked with water--no cooking fats added--this rice steamer prepares up to 10 cups of rice for use in many main dishes, as a tasty side dish, or even for a fabulous batch of rich rice pudding. The manufacturer supplies the correct ratio of rice-to-water to ensure excellent rice every time. Cooking time is about equal to that of the traditional stove method, but then the rice can be kept warm up to 12 hours. The cooker comes with a plastic measuring cup and scoop. --Teresa Simanton ... Read more

Features

  • Never immerse the main body of the rice cooker
  • Makes 10 cups
  • Keeps rice warm up to 12 hours
  • Retractable cord
  • Clean inside pan and lid with hot soapy water

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars Nice Rice
Perfect white rice every time. As a filipino I'm required by law to have a rice cooker. We've gone through two lesser quality cookers. This is by far the most reliable on the market. We haven't tried making brown rice or wild rice with this just good old white sticky stuff. It does what is supposed to...make great rice every time. Futhermore, the rice is kept warm for hours without burning the bottom.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great rice
I like this product a lot. It makes our rice come out sticky like it should and keeps the rice warm and ready like it should. My only complaints are:
1. The rice burns if I remove some of the rice and save the rest for later.
2. This might be due to the fact that the rice cooker was sent in its original package without any cushioning. My first rice cooker was dented beyond belief and I returned it. My second rice cooker has a very minor dent in it when it was shipped two-day. I would strongly recommend that you look very carefully at your rice cooker when it arrives to make sure that it is not damaged.

But beyond that, I love my rice cooker. If you are looking for something that will feed a crowd and is very simple to use, this will fill the bill.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nice rice
As I make lots of rice, I have used many cookers. There is one of these at my office. It is a very nice cooker. It does not seem to make the steam mess others I have tried do, and when you liftopen the top to check or stir the the rice the condensation goes into a little compartment on the side. This is nice, just remember to empty the compartment so as not to have the waste sitting around. The pot cleans up nicely to. I only wish it had a ringer or buzzer on it to tell you when it to let you know it was finished.

5-0 out of 5 stars a question
Can someone tell me whether this makes 10 cups of cooked rice or 10 cups of uncooked rice (=20+ cups of cooked rice)?

Some of the rice cooker capacities seem to indicate the amount of uncooked rice, and others tell the amount of cooked rice. So beware.

I prefer the models like this one that do not have the extra digital features (timer, programmable settings, etc.) which can break or require battery replacement.

5-0 out of 5 stars Still working after all these years!
My sister-in-law gave me her Zojirushi rice cooker after having it for seven years! She wanted to buy a smaller one that would fit in her kitchen a bit easier. When she told me how long she had had the first one I couldn't believe it! I had gone through about 3 cheap rice cookers in the past two years and who would have thought I'd get the best performance out of a seven year old machine??? Heres to another seven years! Spend the money - it's worth it. ... Read more


13. Zojirushi NS-JCC10 Neuro Fuzzy 5-Cup Rice Cooker
list price: $239.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00004S57A
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Zojirushi
Sales Rank: 37127
Average Customer Review: 4.55 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

"Neuro Fuzzy" doesn't refer to rice texture. It means this sleek rice cooker is computer-controlled and ultra high-tech, from its spherical, nonstick pan to its "surround heating" system to its LCD clock and timer. (Program the cooker in the morning and have hot rice available immediately after work.) Not only does it cook up to 5-1/2 cups of dry rice, it also offers a choice of four textures: regular, soft, hard, and porridge. A quick-cooking option cuts regular-texture time by 20 minutes. Rice is automatically kept at serving temperature for hours, but an "extended keep-warm" feature allows it to be held at a lower temperature indefinitely without deterioration and then reheated to serving temperature at a chosen time. Instructions and a cooking chart explain everything. At 14-1/4 by 10-1/2 by 9 inches, it's remarkably compact and also lightweight. Transport it by its handle. Cord retracts for storage. --Fred Brack ... Read more

Features

  • Uses 650 watts of power
  • Programmable with clock and timer to cook rice, keep it warm, and reheat it
  • Cooks rice four ways: regular, soft, hard, and porridge
  • Quick-cooking feature cuts time by 20 minutes
  • Measuring cup, serving spatula and holder, and 12 recipes included

Reviews (31)

4-0 out of 5 stars It cooks the rice great, but you must wait
Zojirushi makes excellent rice cookers, and they deserve their great reputation, and their home in many Asian and non-Asian kitchens.

This cooker makes perfect rice every time, to the consistency you desire (regular, soft, hard, etc.). It's foolproof and helps make sure that dinner won't be a disaster.

Supposedly the neuro-fuzzy logic helps it make decisions to get it right. But I think the main asset of the extra-cost electronics on this unit is greater programming flexibility. E.g. you can set it to start cooking and have it ready when you get home.

However, a few negatives prevent me from giving it a 5-star rating:

1) The unit's electronics are powered by a lithium battery which supposedly lasts about four years. When it dies, you have to bring the unit to a service center to get the battery replaced at your expense.

If you think four years is the lifetime you expect out of this cooker, this won't be a problem. But if you don't like this, look toward the non-neuro fuzzy models and save your money.

2) A more serious problem: it takes longer to cook rice with this cooker (and most electronic rice cookers) than the old-fashioned way (with a pot over a stove). Regular rice is supposed to take 40-49 minutes in the cooker. I can cook rice on the stove in about 25 minutes (5 minutes to boil, 20 minutes for the rice).

The tradeoff is that I can make more errors on the stove (cook the rice too long, too short). However, when you're trying to whip up dinner quickly, the extra time of the rice cooker might frustrate you, and you'll find yourself bypassing it and whipping out the pot.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent product
I have had this rice cooker for 1.5 years now and I am extremely happy with the product. I cook white rice mostly and it's always cooked just the way I like it. At first I tried the "regular" setting which made the rice a little bit too sticky for my taste but when I switched to the "harder" setting and put less water it came out great. The rice never browns or crusts on the bottom - and it's a good idea to mix it right after it's finished cooking. The timer and keep warm/reheat settings are a life-saver. I put the rice at night and set it to be done at 7:00 am since I don't have time to deal with it before going to work - when I get up I have freshly cooked, hot rice! If you cannot finish the rice at one sitting (it can cook up to 5 cups which is enough for a platoon) it will keep it nice and warm for over 48 hours!! Overall a great product that I highly recommend. It's a little pricey but totally worth it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome appliance
I bought this little beauty almost a year ago and at first balked at the price, but it has more than proven itself. We make rice almost every night and this is so convenient. I especially love the easy clean-up (compared to stovetop rice pot). I usually use the "quick cook" feature as I'm cooking after work, and that works fine, too> We've tried all kinds of rice, and even steel-cut oats. I have not had a single complaint about this great machine. Pay attention to the size you buy, though. The 5-cup doesn't make a lot, probably only enough for two people.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great product but Amazon.com is way over-priced
It is a great product but way over-price at amazon.com. You can get a much better deal at [another website] ...

5-0 out of 5 stars wow!
awesome buy!!! I got this off a Gold Box for $145 and change and even got a promo $25 certificate out of it! This is one of the best cookers I've used better then the previous "tiger" brand that broke down! Timer's userful, cooks brown as well as white rice and it does not stick! Furthermore, the pot is removable making rice washing easier! So far, definite buy even if it's a discontinued model! ... Read more


14. Zojirushi NS-JCC18 Neuro Fuzzy 10-Cup Rice Cooker & Warmer
list price: $239.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00004S57B
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Zojirushi
Sales Rank: 36675
Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The first electric rice cookers seemed miraculous--perfect rice in minutes with a minimum of fuss. Now, happily, the second generation is here. Equipped with a micro-computerized fuzzy logic temperature control system, Zojirushi's new rice cooker not only knows when rice is done, but cooks to different levels of doneness as well. Want softer rice for making croquettes or harder rice for fried rice? No problem. This 10-cup cooker also has controls for brown rice, white rice, porridge, or grits. You can even make one-dish meals like vegetable rice or jambalaya--the recipes are included. Best of all, the cooker keeps rice warm for a long time--up to 8 hours--without drying out. To save time, you can use the Quick Cook option. The nonstick inner cooking pan conveniently lifts out for adding ingredients, and the electric cord is retractable into the base. A large, easy-to-read LCD clock displays the current time as well as the time to completion so you always know when the rice will be done. --Marianne Painter ... Read more

Features

  • Limited 1-year warranty
  • Programmable with clock and timer to cook rice, keep it warm, and reheat it
  • Offers different settings for white/brown, mixed, sweet, and porridge
  • Measures 10 inches wide by 14-2/8 inches deep by 9-1/3 inches tall
  • Nonstick inner cooking pan lifts out for adding ingredients

Reviews (17)

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the best!
A friend of mine got the Zojirushi rice cooker and highly recommended it to me. I bought one and LOVE it! It makes rice perfectly every time and is extremely easy to use. You can set it to cook the rice to be ready exactly when you want it to, it's easy to clean (I love anything that can go in the dishwasher!) and easy to store. I've since bought another one for another friend for Christmas, I would highly recommend this rice cooker to anyone. None of the others come close in quality!

4-0 out of 5 stars Zojirushi 10-cup rice cooker
Let me start by saying that I am pleased with this rice cooker. We purchased this thinking it would cook rice much faster than other methods. Technically, the machine does cook the rice in less than 20 minutes - HOWEVER - the machine takes about 30 minutes to warm up before it starts cooking the rice. So, total time is around 45-50 minutes. We are pleased with the quality of the rice. It turns out consistently good rice. Be advised, the scoop that comes with this is marked at 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 measurements. We logically thought that these measurements referred to a cup. However, if you check you will see that the measurements are smaller than a cup. We had to experiment with the water to rice ratio, but now that we have that down, the rice turns out great. It also keeps the rice warm for a long time, which is nice. Overall, I would recommend this machine to people who are serious rice eaters.

5-0 out of 5 stars A fun purchase and healthly too
If you look around you can find this great product at steep discounts. The 10 cup cooker is a time saver because one or two day old rice tastes just fine. My big surprise was how much I enjoy eating steel cut oatmeal. Much different then the quick Quaker oats. I followed one reviewer's suggestion and tried Stensels rice out of Louisana. The white popcorn rice is delightful. You can set the unit up to make your oatmeal the night before. The oatmeal will boil over [through the top vent] unless stirred during cooking, but it is easy to clean up. You will eat healthier food with this appliance.

5-0 out of 5 stars The envy of all mankind
This is the finest and most useful appliance I own. And, you do not need a college degree or additional stereo instructions to use and operate! At first, I fiqured 10 cups to be excessive, but it is easily consumed in no time because it is cooked to perfection. A real treat: buy Ellis Stensels Rice out of La. and cook up a batch.... You won't regret it!
Eat on!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Machine
I love this Cooker, perfect Rice every time, easy to clean, and if you set the timer a nice time saver, it only saves time that way because it takes about 45 min for the rice to be done. Go to a Vietnamese Store and buy Jasmine Rice for 6.99$ 25lbs and this thing will pay off in no time. Nice handle and spatula holder makes it great to take to a cook out. ... Read more


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