Why choose a Zojirushi rice cooker?
The following are the benefits of owning a Zojirushi rice cooker:
It has advanced induction heating technology that enables you to control the temperature precisely allowing the rice to be evenly cooked.
Zojirushi rice cookers have durable and high-quality construction to last you for many years.
These rice cookers are made with smart design with many modern utilities that are meant to ease how you use it. The main feature is the MICOM (microcomputer chip) technology that automatically controls the cooking temperature, letting you leave the rice cooker to do its job without interfering now and then.
Zojirushi rice cookers are versatile with a rich menu as they come with several menu settings that give the user healthier options.
Zojirushi rice cookers save you power by using the inverter technology that regulates heat to achieve consistent temperature throughout the cooking period.
How to use a Zojirushi rice cooker?
The following are the steps on how you can cook white rice using a Zojirushi rice cooker:
Using the measuring cup that came with the rice cooker, measure the rice accurately. Fill the cup with rice and level it off the cup and then pour the rice into an empty inner cooking pan.
Rinse the rice with water until the water clears. Gently rub the rice between your palms and then drain.
Add water to the corresponding water level for WHITE RICE, if you are cooking 2 cups, add water to water level 2 for WHITE RICE. For even cooking, ensure that the surface of the rice is level and all the grains are submerged.
Wipe any excess water on the surface of the inner cooking pan and put it in the rice cooker. Select WHITE RICE menu setting and then press START.
Allow the rice to 'rest' for 15 minutes after cooking is done but if you are using a Micom rice cooker, you do not have to do this as it is done automatically. Use a nonstick rice spatula to fluff and serve the rice.
Simple rice cooker recipes
The following YouTube video shows simple rice recipes that you can cook using a rice cooker:
Features to consider while buying the best Zojirushi rice cooker
This section below outlines all the different factors you should consider when buying the best Zojirushi rice cooker to suit your needs. Take your time to absorb all the information.
How long do you want to be cooking rice for? Some prefer a long slow cook while others prefer shorter cooking periods. The majority of Zojirushi rice cookers such as the Zojirushi NS-LGC05XB include a quick-cooking option to give you the option for a quick cook.
If you are wanting to purchase a Zojirushi cooking machine, you are generally expressing a willingness to have longer cooking times for your rice. The benefits of longer cooking time can be the potential for flavors to better embed themselves into the rice grains.
Dimensions and weight
Zojirushi rice cookers are typically quite large machines and will require a dedicated amount of kitchen space. That said, the machines can be easily moved after use as they are not very heavy. If you do not cook rice regularly, you can simply store the rice cooker elsewhere until it is needed.
Typical dimensions of a rice cooker would be around 11-1/8 x 14-1/4 x 9-1/2 inches. The most compact rice cooker that has been reviewed in this article is the Zojirushi NP-GBC05XT which is best suited for a small family.
Simple rule. If you want a rice cooker that can cook large quantities of rice, the rice cooker will be larger and heavier.
As the market for rice cookers has increased in the last decade, there has been significant growth in the range of prices that rice cookers can be bought for. The cheapest rice cookers reviewed in this article are available new for around $150.
The most expensive Zojirushi rice cookers currently available to purchase are available for around $380.
This shows how within one rice cooker manufacturer, there is a huge range in price options which can appeal to a huge variety of customers.
The volume of rice that a rice cooker can make is a very important consideration as to when you are making rice you need to have the peace of mind that the rice cooker can cater for the number of people you are expecting.
Small volume Zojirushi rice cookers such as the Zojirushi NS-LGC05XB have a maximum capacity of 3 cups of rice. To put into context, this will feed between 4-6 people so is best suited to a small family or group of people.
If you are catering for large groups of people, high volume Zojirushi rice cookers such as the Zojirushi Umami Micom NS-YAC18 has the capacity for 10 cups of rice. This can feed approximately 20 people.
Warranty is an important consideration when purchasing any product. Unfortunately, on the products reviewed in this article none have a specified warranty period. Having done further research, it would suggest that the typical warranty period for Zojirushi rice cookers would be a one-year limited agreement.
Various online distributors may differ in the warranty periods. You read the small print and specify whether the product has a warranty before purchasing.
The advantage of purchasing a Zojirushi rice cooker is that they will have a variety of different cooking settings. Whether it be a quick cook option as seen in the Zojirushi NS-LGC05XB or the Umami settings on the Zojirushi NP-NVC10 which allow for soaking and steaming of the rice, Zojirushi machines deliver a great range in settings.
Generally, more expensive Zojirushi machines will have a greater range in available settings.
Having access to some extra accessories can be a real bonus to any purchasing package. Rice cookers such as the Zojirushi Neuro NS-ZCC10 include a rice spatula, spatula holder and measuring cups. Each of these accessories can be very important in helping you with the cooking process.
The Zojirushi Neuro NS-ZCC10 also has a recipe book that accompanies the purchase. This can be very helpful for those who have not used a rice cooker before.
The two main materials that are used to make the exteriors of the Zojirushi rice cookers are hard plastic or stainless steel. The Zojirushi NP-NVC10 is an example of one with a stainless-steel exterior, while the Zojirushi Neuro NS-ZCC10 is made from hard plastic.
All Zojirushi rice cookers contain an LCD control panel which makes it easy for you to operate the rice cooker. These interfaces have clearly labelled buttons and have a mixture of automatic and manual controls.
Zojirushi rice cookers are either electric or induction heated. Electric rice cookers such as the Zojirushi Umami Micom NS-YAC18 are operated through electricity heating a plate inside the machine.
Induction heated machines such as the Zojirushi NP-NVC10 are operated through currents created by copper coils which in turn create magnetic fields in which the rice tin is located. This type of heating is regarded as more advantageous compared to electric as the heat distribution spreads throughout the cooking pan ensuring a better cook.