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Zojirushi Rice Cooker and Warmer Review 2022

Zojirushi Rice Cooker and Warmer Review 2022

Zojirushi Rice Cooker and Warmer Review 2022

Prepare perfectly cooked rice with this high-tech but an expensive appliance.

Zojirushi Rice Cooker and Warmer

What we like

  • cook the rice perfectly
  • intuitive user experience
  • Options for cooking various types of rice

What we don’t like

  • high price
  • takes a lot of space
  • Not dishwasher safe

If you have a lot of wiggle room in your budget and are serious about preparing quality rice at home, invest in the Zojirushi “set it and forget it” rice cooker and warmer.

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Zojirushi Rice Cooker and Warmer

We purchased the Zojirushi Rice Cooker and Warmer so our reviewer can put it to the test in his kitchen. Read on for our full product review.

The Zojirushi Rice Cooker and Warmer have a high and steep price tag, but let’s break that down a bit. Unlike your average rice cooker with only two functions, heat and cook, this high-end appliance has settings for a host of specific rice varieties, from white and brown to jasmine and sushi.

An easy-to-read LCD and timer let you set your cook time or delayed start time, and the Zojirushi will alert you when your dish is ready with a customizable melody, beep, or just a silent tone. A quick Google search will reveal that that Japanese-made rice cooker gets glowing reviews worldwide, but we wanted to try it out for ourselves. Read on for all of our thoughts on the device’s performance, design, features, and competition.

Yield: Perfect Rice, Not-So-Perfect Oatmeal

The Zojirushi Rice Cooker uses induction heating technology to prepare various types of rice to restaurant-grade perfection. It is a much more advanced cooking method than essential stovetop boiling: induction heating harnesses electrical heat generated by a magnetic field, which floods the cooking environment, resulting in fully cooked rice. Rice cookers that work with induction heating are also equipped with heat sensors to make precise temperature adjustments to ensure even cooking.

Although this model is high-tech, the Zojirushi Rice Cooker and Warmer are surprisingly easy to use. We measure our rice using the included measuring cup and then rinse the rice following the instructions manual’s guidelines. Draining the rice is essential to remove excess starch, which causes lumps and gumminess when the rice cooks. You can rinse the rice right in the cooking pot, but the Zojirushi doesn’t come with a filter, so you’ll need your own.

Zojirushi Rice Cooker and Warmer Review 2022

Although this model is high-tech [it is] surprisingly easy to use

After rinsing, we poured in the corresponding amount of water, selected the rice type we prepared from the menu on the LCD screen, and pressed start. You can see exactly how much time is left on the timer’s cooking process, but you don’t need to pay much attention; the rice cooker will let you know when the cooking is done. Once the rice was done, the appliance automatically switched to Regular Keep Warm. When we were ready to serve, we pressed “cancel” and unplugged the machine and fluffed the rice to keep it clumping.

The first time we tried Zojirushi, we made ½ cup of white rice and diligently followed the manual’s instructions on proper rinsing technique. The rice was ready in 54 minutes, and the results were perfect. The rice was light and fluffy, and there were no lumps or gumminess. The rice also easily peeled off the nonstick coating on the bread. We got the same stellar results by making brown rice, which took 90 minutes to cook.

We made ½ cup of white rice, and the results were perfect. The rice was light and fluffy, and there were no lumps or gumminess.

Next, we tried our luck with the Porridge setting to make ½ cup of steel-cut oats. Unfortunately, this experiment was not the resounding success we expected from this rice cooker. After 79 minutes of cook time (not ideal if you’re hungry now!), we opened the lid to find a starchy pool of water with overcooked oats sinking to the bottom. Some of the oatmeal had also spilled over the sides of the inner pot and the inner lid. After reading Amazon reviews, we learned that the Zojirushi Rice Cooker does make perfect oatmeal as long as you remove the excess water from the pan. Still, if you’re short on time or don’t want to risk messing up the batch, we recommend sticking to the microwave or stovetop to make your morning oatmeal.

Design: easy to use, difficult to store

The Zojirushi is easy to master, despite its technologically advanced design. Its orange LCD control panel is easy to read, and choosing the right cook setting with the Menu button is intuitive, even if you’re generally averse to technology. All other vital functions, including Keep Warm, Extended Keep Warm, Start, Cancel, and Timer, also have buttons.

While the design is streamlined, it’s by no means small. The rice cooker weighs 9 pounds and measures 14 x 10 x 8 inches, taking up a considerable amount of space on your counter or in your cabinet. However, the greater capacity of the kitchen could be an advantage for some. If you’re feeding a large family or preparing meals for the week ahead, you’ll enjoy being able to make up to 11 cups of rice in one go.

While the design is streamlined, it’s by no means small.

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Features: Accurately cooks almost all types of rice

This rice cooker features dedicated settings for nine types of rice: white you can choose regular, soft or hard, quick, mixed, jasmine, sushi, porridge, sweet, brown, and GABA brown. If you haven’t heard of the latter, it’s worth looking into; it activates a type of amino acid in brown rice that can reduce stress, improve sleep, and lower blood pressure.

As the name suggests, the Zojirushi Rice Cooker and Warmer also have a heating function, which automatically activates when the cooking process is complete. Alternatively, you can select the Extended Keep Warm setting if you don’t plan on serving your rice for more than eight hours. We found this to be a handy feature, as we could start preparing dinner before leaving for work in the morning.

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Cleaning and maintenance: some effort is required

Zojirushi is a bit tricky to clean. It is not dishwasher safe, so you will need to clean its parts, exterior, accessories, and all nooks and crannies by hand. A deep clean requires dismantling its various components, too.

You can wipe down the entire exterior with a damp cloth and tend to the inner cooking pot and accessories with a sponge and mild dish soap. To clean the inner lid, separate it from the base, soak it in water, and wipe gently with a cloth or paper towel. Smaller parts such as the vapor vent kit, air intake duct, and exhaust duct will need to be disassembled and cleaned separately; follow the cleaning instructions included in the manual.

Price: A high price for a high-end appliance

The Zojirushi is a high-end appliance with a very high price tag. With a retail price of about $280, the rice cooker is one of the most expensive models on the market, but as we mentioned, its functionality is far superior to basic rice cookers. If you each rice often enough, it’s probably worth the investment.

Zojirushi Rice Cooker and Warmer vs. COMFEE’ 17-in-1 Multi-Cooker

While Zojirushi is one of the best performing Japanese-style rice cookers available, its high price tag isn’t viable for most. As an alternative, consider the COMFEE’ 17-in-1 Multi-Cooker. This Japanese rice cooker also has a high rating on Amazon, but at $80, it’s a fraction of the price of the Zojirushi model, and in fact, it’s even more versatile. In addition to automatically cooking and heating mixed rice and grains, the COMFEE’ is loaded with 17 pre-programmed cook settings, including brown/saute, pasta, steam, soup, stew, yogurt, cake, and a DIY function. This multi-cooker’s nonstick skillet holds 20 cups of cooked rice, making it an ideal choice for those who frequently cook for a crowd.

final verdict

If you have the budget, buy it.

If you make rice several times a week and have a generous budget, Zojirushi is well worth the investment. You can expect perfect rice every time you use it, with virtually no effort on your part.

Specifications

  • product same rice cooker and warmer
  • brand of the productZojirushi
  • MPNNP-HCC10XH
  • price$229.00
  • weight9 pounds
  • product dimensions10″ x 14″ x 8″
  • color dark gray stainless
  • power supply120V / 1230W
  • Warranty1 year limited parts and labor
  • Material stainless steel

Is Zojirushi rice cooker worth it?

I highly recommend getting a Zojirushi if you want to impress people with the best quality rice. You’ll get longevity, sleek design, easy cleaning, and many different settings.

Why are Zojirushi rice cookers so good?

Why are Zojirushi rice cookers so good?

 The easy-to-read LCD control panel features a clock and programmable cook settings for each type of rice—like white or long grain, brown, porridge, and mixed grains—that take all the guesswork out

Which Zojirushi are made in Japan?

Model NameNP-NVC18,Induction Heating Pressure Cooker and Warmer, Made in Japan
BrandZojirushi
ColorStainless Brown
MaterialStainless Steel
Capacity2.5 Quarts
Zojirushi Rice Cooker and Warmer Review 2022

What is Zojirushi rice cooker made of?

What’s in the Box. This Zojirushi rice cooker comes in brown stainless steel and has a handle that makes it easy to move from cupboard to countertop. The nonstick inner pot has large, easy-to-read markings that indicate how much water to add for white rice, brown rice, sushi rice, sweet rice, and porridge.

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