Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT Review

Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT Review 

Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT Summary

4.9 out of 5

The Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT is our number one rated Rice Cooker from industry leading manufacturer Zojirushi. This particular model gives you everything you could possibly need – such as an LCD programmable display and several cooking options. Read our full review to find out why this model is a true consumer favorite.


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Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT Introduction

For many people a rice cooker may seem to be a bit of an extravagant waste of time, after all to cook rice all you do is boil some water with rice in it and wait a while until the rice is cooked. If, on the other hand you have ever used a rice cooker you will know that it is not just a kitchen gadget that will be used once or twice and forgotten – it is a really handy kitchen tool that will prepare perfect rice time after time.

The Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT Micom 3 Cup Rice Cooker and Warmer is a very good example of an extremely versatile rice cooker. The 3 cup capacity referred to in the model description is the number of cups of dried rice that the cooker takes, it equates to 6 cups of cooked rice. The Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT is a smaller sized rice cooker and is intended of use by singles, a couple or a small family. The NS-LAC05XT uses ‘fuzzy logic’ to automatically calculate the cooking time, so with the simple press of a button perfect fluffy rice is cooked every time. There is a warming function that will keep the rice warm until ready to be served.

For those who prefer their rice cooked differently to the standard, for example if the rice is wanted more ‘al dente’ there is a manual override to allow for personal preferences to be taken into account. The small compact foot print of the Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT is only 11.8 x 9.1 x 7.5 inches. This means that it will fit unobtrusively in even the most compact kitchen. When the cooking is finished the cooking bowl and lid come apart for easy cleaning. While the stainless steel exterior means that a simple wipe over with a damp cloth will keep it clean and looking good.

Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT Micom 3-Cup Rice Cooker and Warmer, Black and Stainless Steel
Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT Micom 3-Cup Rice Cooker and Warmer, Black and Stainless Steel
  • 3-cup capacity makes 6 cups of perfectly cooked cooked rice every time(Capacity is measured in the approx. 6 oz. / 180mL rice measuring cup, using raw short grain white rice. Other grains may vary.)
  • Cooking Functions: White/Mixed, Sushi, Porridge, Brown, and Quick Cooking
  • Inner cooking pan provides even heating for better cooking and measuring lines for precise control of ingredients

Our Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT Review

Before the first use of the Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT, even with experienced rice cooker users it is well worth taking a few moments to read the manual, if for no other reason that there is some internal transit packaging that needs to be removed before use that is not readily apparent unless it is known about. With many kitchen tools they are so large that they take up too much counter space and need to be put away after use.

Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT Rice Cooker

In the end, taking them out, setting them up and then putting away after use loses a lot of the convenience of having the tool in the first place and it then ends up in storage with lots of other labor saving kitchen tools that didn’t live up to their promise. The Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT is a very compact design, not much larger than the size of the cooking bowl, only 11.8 x 9.1 x 7.5 inches, so it is small enough to sit permanently on the counter of even a fairly compact kitchen. It is also very light, weighing only 7 lbs. the Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT  is finished in a coated stainless steel to make cleaning easier with a black trim and cooking pot.

A very useful feature that more manufacturers should add to their kitchen devices is the power cord storage.  The cooking bowl is quite thick and has a rounded base, this ensure that the heat is delivered uniformly to give even cooking of the rice.  The Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT comes complete with its own measuring cup and a spatula that will not damage the coating of the cooking bowl. A simple to operate control panel has push button to set the time and also the type of rice that is being cooked, white/mixed rice, sushi, (rice) porridge, brown rice or a quick cooking function. A great feature with the timer is that it can be preset to the time that the rice needs to be cooked by rather than having to figure out when the rice needs to be ready and then calculating the cooking time and taking that away from the finish time. The warning sounds can also be altered if wanted.

Cooking the rice is simplicity itself with the Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT. Using the supplied measuring cup, measure out the amount of rice that is needed to be cooked and place in bowl. Then using the same measuring cup measure out the amount of water indicated for that quantity of rice. The amount of water varies for different types of rice. Press the appropriate button for the rice and wait for the rice to be cooked. That is literally all that needs to be done.

There is also a very useful keep warm function that will keep the rice warm without over cooking it. After use the nonstick cooking pan washes very easily.  There are manual override functions to allow for cooking the rice slightly differently, such as ‘al dente’ or for cooking rice with other ingredients or spices.

Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT Specifications & Pros/Cons

Pros

Cons

Key Features

  • The KitchenReviewsDirect #1 rated Rice Cooker.
  • The Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT boasts Fuzzy Logic – a smart computer system that puts cooking rice on auto-pilot.
  • The compact design of this model makes fitting it into your kitchen a breeze – no more fighting for space with your other appliances.
  • Perhaps the most interesting feature is the rice type selector. Are you cooking white or sushi rice? Tell the Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT which rice type you’re cooking, and it will adjust temperature and cooking times accordingly.
  • The price tag can be off putting at first – especially if you don’t find yourself eating rice regularly.
  • Fuzzy logic – this computer and sensor controlled cooking ensures that the rice is perfect every time without the user having to make judgements about cooking time and testing the rice as it cooks.
  • Compact design – the small footprint of the Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT means that it will fit unobtrusively in to even a very compact kitchen.
  • Set finish cooking time – a simple but effective function that allows the end of cooking time to be set rather than have to calculate how long the rice will take to cook and work backwards from there.
  • Keep warm function – this automatically switches on after cooking (or can be manually set for extended keep warm time) and will keep the rice hot for serving when ready without over cooking the rice.
  • Push button rice type selector – as different rice requires different cooking times simply pressing the required button will cook either white or white and mixed rice, sushi rice, porridge rice or brown rice.
  • Easy clean finish – the stainless steel coated finish of the Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT is designed just to need a wipe with a damp cloth to keep it clean and bright.
  • Power cord storage – to avoid trailing cord when the Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT is stored.

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Our Final Conclusion For The Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT

The Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT is a very good, smaller sized, rice cooker with multiple cooking functions designed to make cooking any type of rice simple and straightforward. It is an ideal size for singles, a couple or small families as it can cook from 1 cup of rice up to 3 cups. This produces up to 6 cups of cooked rice. The ‘fuzzy logic’, thick curved cooking bowl and type of rice selector mean that even the most inexperienced kitchen novice can cook perfect rice every time.

The included measuring cup not only shows what quantity of rice is needed but also the quantity of water for different types of rice. The small footprint of only 11.8 x 9.1 x 7.5 inches means that even in the most compact of kitchens the Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT will be able to find a place to fit. The finish cooking timer setting allows for the rice to be ready when needed, for example when people get home from work etc. Owners of the Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT consistently give it high ratings.

Kitchen tools are designed to make tasks in the kitchen much easier than when conventional methods are used, and the Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT Micom 3 Cup Rice Cooker and Warmer is an excellent example of doing just that.