The Zojirushi NP-HBC10 is a 5 1/2 cup rice cooker and warmer that uses microcomputer and induction heating technology for even cooking. This type of heating introduces another dimension to the heating process. The entire cooking pan is transformed into a heat conductor, resulting to even heat distribution. This model is essentially the same with the NP-HBC18. Their only difference is the capacity.
The NP-HBC10 is perfect for small to medium family (2 to 6 people). It has multiple cooking functions that allow you to cook different types of rice such as sushi, brown, mixed and regular white rice. The rice cooker’s stainless steel coated exterior is so easy to clean and so as its non-stick cooking bowl. This kitchen appliance is cETLus listed and it was tested to comply with FCC standards.
If you are still undecided about this model, I suggest you read different rice cooker reviews. In an effort to provide you with a fair review of this rice cooker, I did a research about its best features as well as some issues that real users have experienced. Let me share my research findings with you so you can decide whether to go for the Zojirushi Rice Cooker or keep looking.
The Micom Technology allows you to choose among different functions on the LCD panel. This rice cooker basically does all the thinking for you. It adjusts the cooking time, temperature and the final wait period during steaming based on the type of rice you are using. Traditional rice cookers simply turn on and off. Your only option is to cook and keep the rice warm unlike with the Zojirushi Rice Cooker. The Fuzzy Logic Technology allows you to cook white, brown or sushi rice perfectly.
GABA Brown Rice Setting
There aren’t many rice cookers that come with GABA brown rice setting. The natural occurring GABA (gamma-aminobutyric) is activated with this special setting. The unit soaks the brown rice for 2 hours at 104F before the actual cooking starts. Unlike regular rice cookers where brown rice always comes out tough and chewy, with the Zojirushi NP-HBC10, you’ll get soft and fluffy brown rice.
Features and Specifications
- Microcomputer technology makes fine adjustments to cooking time and temperature according to the type of rice you are cooking
- Induction heating technology allows for even heat distribution, resulting to perfectly cooked rice every time
- The stainless rice cooker has multiple cooking functions: white rice (regular, softer, harder), quick cooking, mixed, sushi, porridge, sweet, brown and GABA brown
- The easy-to-read large LCD panel allows you to navigate easily through the options/buttons (cooking, reset, menu, keep warm, extended keep warm, timer and time setting)
- It comes with a rice measuring cup, spatula and spatula holder
- The detachable inner lid is easy to remove and clean
Customer Reviews and Scores
The Zojirushi NP-HBC10 is a great choice for a family of 2 to 6. It doesn’t matter what type of rice you are cooking (white, brown, mixed, etc.) because the unit automatically adjusts cooking time and temperature for perfect results every time. As of this writing, the Zojirushi Rice Cooker has been reviewed by 400+ customers and has a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.
The Zojirushi Rice Cooker Reviews are generally positive. However, it’s important for me to include a significant concern raised by a number of users so you can decide if the NP-HBC10 is worth spending the money on.
A number of reviewers claimed that their rice cooker failed after one or two years. They said “The only negative thing about this rice cooker is that it last about 1 year before it fails”, “Loved it for 18 months – then it broke” and “The cooker is very good, but it got broken several weeks ago. It lasted only two years, and the estimated repair cost was almost $200”. Other users on the other hand said that they have had this rice cooker for a couple of years and it’s still working.
Most users are pleased with their purchase and said “Brown rice is cooked to perfection every time”, “The cooker has done excellently. All of the rice types have been great” and “This rice Cooker is great. I use it for all rice types and steel cut oats. Cooks everything wonderful. I would recommend it to anyone”.
Although the Zojirushi NP-HBC10 is a little on the expensive side, it is loaded with features that you can’t find in conventional rice cookers such as the multiple cooking functions, induction heating technology and GABA brown rice setting. Those features alone make this rice cooker worth every penny. Majority of the users are very happy with the performance of this kitchen appliance and they recommend it to others.