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Comparison Guide for Rice Cookers

Zojirushi rice cooker comparison

For over 40 years Zojirushi has offered a variety of rice cookers to suit individual needs. Today they offer everything from basic conventional cookers to very advanced cookers that utilize pressure cooking, induction heating and micom computerization. Learn about each line below and scroll down the page to see our rice cooker comparison charts.

Pressure

The NP-NVC Pressure rice cooker is the most-advanced Zojirushi rice cooker. The NP-NVC uses pressurized cooking, induction heating and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to cook perfect rice.

Pressure cooking is a method of cooking in a sealed vessel that does not permit air or liquids to escape below a preset pressure. Cooking rice with pressure helps turn beta starch into alpha starch. This change makes the rice softer and easier to digest, and even fluffier to the taste. Rice cooked with pressure has also been found to stay soft for longer periods of time when compared to conventionally cooked rice.

Induction

Zojirushi's Induction Heating (IH) rice cookers are the cutting edge in heating technology. Rather than the traditional heating element at the bottom of the rice cooker, these cookers utilize induction heating principles to heat the entire inner cooking pan, in effect making the cooking pan itself the heating element. This enables the rice cooker to make finer temperature adjustments. Because of its quicker response time, IH rice cookers can adjust the heating temperature and time quicker for better tasting rice. All IH rice cookers are also Micom rice cookers.

Micom

Computerized Micom rice cookers are more advanced than Conventional cookers. This line offers cookers with Fuzzy and Neuro Fuzzy® microcomputer chip technology. Micom or micro computerized rice cookers are easily recognizable by their digital face. Equipped with a computer chip, the rice cooker can “think” and adjust cooking length and temperature according to the thermal sensor’s calculations. Micom rice cookers not only make perfect white rice, but also flawless brown rice, sushi rice, and porridge. Unlike with conventional rice cookers, soaking and steaming time before and after cooking rice is automatically programmed. 

Fuzzy logic, originally introduced by Lotfi Zadeh in the 1960's, mimics human reasoning. Zojirushi coined the trademark Neuro Fuzzy® to designate their advanced micro computerized rice cookers.

Conventional

Zojirushi's Conventional electric rice cookers, first invented in 1955, are inexpensive and ideal for beginners. To cook white rice, just add rice, water, and push a button. Though conventional rice cookers were designed to make perfect white rice, they also excel in making brown and sushi rice with just a few adjustments. Also, because these conventional rice cookers are designed to simply heat, boil, and turn themselves off, they double as convenient steamers.

Rice cooker capacity 

The capacity of each rice cooker is stated by how many 6-ounce cups of raw (pre-cooked) short grain white rice it will hold. Rice will double or triple in volume as it cooks.

Zojirushi Rice Cooker Features Tables

The tables below let you compare the features and key specs of our Zojirushi rice cookers, and more details are available on individual product pages. If you have questions not answered here or would just like to discuss your particular needs, our knowledgeable customer service representatives would love to talk with you. 

Pressure, Induction, Artificial Intelligence & Micom

 Pressure + IH + AI + MicomIH + Micom
Product ImageNP-NVC10/18NP-HCC10/18NP-GBC05
ModelNP-NVC10/18NP-HCC10/18NP-GBC05
Capacity (pre-cooked cups) 5.5 c. / 10 c. 5.5 c. / 10 c. 3 c.
Color(s) Stainless Brown Stainless Dark Gray Stainless Dark Brown
Induction Yes Yes Yes
Inner Cooking PanNonstick Yes Yes Yes
Platinum Infused Nonstick Yes
Stay-Cool Handles
Warming FunctionsAutomatic Keep Warm  Yes Yes Yes
Extended Keep Warm  Yes
Reheating Cycle Yes
More Functions & FeaturesLCD Display  Color LCD Color LCD Color LCD
Clock Yes Yes Yes
Timer Yes Yes Yes
Detachable Inner Lid Yes Yes Yes
Retractable Cord
Detachable Cord Yes
Melody Signal Yes Yes Yes
Menu SettingsWhite RiceRegular Yes Yes Yes
Softer Yes Yes
Harder Yes Yes
Long Grain White Rice
Jasmine Yes
Umami Yes
Steel Cut Oatmeal
Quick Cooking Yes Yes Yes
Mixed Rice Yes Yes Yes
Sushi Rice Yes Yes Yes
Porridge Yes Yes Yes
Sweet Rice Yes Yes Yes
Semibrown Rice
Brown Rice Yes Yes Yes
GABA Brown Yes Yes Yes
Steam-Reduce Yes
Scorch Yes
Cake  
Steam Cook
Rinse-Free Rice Yes Yes
Slow Cook
Weight (lbs.) 12.5 / 14.75 9 / 14 7
Country of Manufacture Japan Japan Japan
Warranty 1 year 1 year 1 year
Price $499.99 - $529.99 $329.99 - $359.99 $269.95

 

 Micom

 Fuzzy LogicNeuro Fuzzy®Fuzzy
Logic
Product ImageNS-YAC10/18NS-ZCC10/18NL-AAC10/18NS-TSC10/18NS-WAC10/18NS-LGC05 rice cookerNS-LAC05NS-VGC05
ModelNS- YAC10/18NS- ZCC10/18NL- AAC10/18NS- TSC10/18NS- WAC10NS-LGC05NS- LAC05NS- VGC05
Capacity (pre-cooked cups) 5.5 c. /
10 c.
5.5 c. /
10 c.
5.5 c. /
10 c.
5.5 c. /
10 c.
5.5 c. 3 c. 3 c. 3 c.
Color(s) Pearl White Premium White Beige Stainless Brown Cool White Stainless Black Stainless Steel/
Stainless Black
Beige
Induction
Inner Cooking PanNonstick Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Platinum Infused Nonstick
Stay-Cool Handles Yes
Warming FunctionsAutomatic Keep Warm Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Extended Keep Warm Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Reheating Cycle  Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
More Functions & FeaturesLCD Display Yes Color LCD Yes Yes Yes Yes Color LCD Yes
Clock Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Timer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Detachable Inner Lid Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Retractable Cord Yes Yes Yes Yes
Detachable Cord  Yes Yes Yes Yes
Melody Signal Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Menu SettingsWhite RiceRegular Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Softer Yes
Harder Yes
Long Grain White Rice Yes
Jasmine
Umami Yes
Steel Cut Oatmeal Yes
Quick Cooking Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mixed Rice Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sushi Rice Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Porridge Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sweet Rice Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Semibrown Rice Yes
Brown Rice Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
GABA Brown Yes Yes
Steam-Reduce
Scorch
Cake Yes Yes
Steam Cook Yes Yes
Rinse-Free Rice Yes Yes Yes Yes
Slow Cook Yes
Weight (lbs.) 7.25 / 9.25 6.75 / 8.25 8 / 10 7.75 / 10 6.5 7 5.5 4.5
Country of Manufacture Japan Japan Japan China China China China China
Warranty  1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year
Price $229.99 - $249.99 $219.99 - $239.99 $179.99 - $199.99 $179.99 - $199.99 $124.99 $149.99 $149.99 $119.99

 

 Conventional

Product ImageNS-PC10/18NS-RNC10/18ANHS-06/10/18
ModelNS-PC10/18NS-RNC10/18ANHS-10/18
Capacity (pre-cooked cups) 5 c. / 10.5 c. 5.5 c. / 10 c. 6 c. / 10 c.
Color(s) Herb White Champagne Gold/
Spring Bouquet
White
Induction
Inner Cooking PanNonstick Yes Yes Yes
Platinum Infused Nonstick
Stay-Cool Handles
Warming FunctionsAutomatic Keep Warm Yes Yes Yes
Extended Keep Warm
Reheating Cycle
More Functions & FeaturesLCD Display
Clock
Timer
Detachable Inner Lid
Retractable Cord
Detachable Cord Yes
Melody Signal
Menu SettingsWhite RiceRegular Yes Yes Yes
Softer
Harder
Long Grain White Rice
Jasmine
Umami
Steel Cut Oatmeal
Quick Cooking
Mixed Rice
Sushi Rice
Porridge
Sweet Rice
Semibrown Rice
Brown Rice
GABA Brown
Steam-Reduce
Scorch
Cake
Steam Cook Yes
Rinse-Free Rice
Slow Cook
Weight (lbs.) 6 / 7.5 6.25 / 8 4.75 / 6.75
Country of Manufacture China Thailand Thailand
Warranty 1 year 1 year 1 year
Price $94.99 - $109.99 $114.99 - $124.99 $56.99 - $64.99

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