Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 Review

Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 Review 

Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 Summary

4.7 out of 5

The Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 is a back-to-basics rice cooker; at least in terms of styling. It won’t win any awards for the sleekest looking appliance, but it may just win an award for being one of the best rice cookers available on the market today. With a comprehensive range of features and settings, we absolutely love the Zojirushi NS-ZCC10.

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Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 Introduction

Cooking rice is easy, just add some rice, some water and heat it for a while and it is done. Well sort of – cooking it right so that it is not too hard or too soft and mushy can be a bit of an art. Now it can be easy to have perfect rice, each and every time, by using a state of the art rice cooker like the Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 5-1/2-Cup (Uncooked) Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker and Warmer, Premium White, 1.0-Liter. The Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 will effortlessly turn 5 ½ cups of uncooked rice in to 10 cups of perfectly cooked rice.

To do this it does not just use ‘fuzzy logic’ it uses ‘neuro fuzzy logic’. What actually is neuro fuzzy logic? It seems that it is an advanced form of fuzzy logic. It enables the Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 to monitor and constantly adjust the cooking of the rice to ensure perfection every time it cooks rice. Unlike other rice cookers that cooks the rice to a standardized perfection, with the Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 allows you to select a regular setting or opt to have the rice a little more al dente or cooked a little more to make it softer.

This is in addition to being able to cope with mixed ingredients and rice, brown rice, porridge rice as well as rinse free rice and quick cook rice. The Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 will take up to 5 ½ cups of dry rice and turn that in to 10 cups of perfectly cooked rice. Part of its ability to cook the all the rice to perfection is the heavy duty spherical cooking pot and heating element which ensures an even heat throughout the rice. Unlike the current trend for producing kitchen appliances, including many in the Zojirushi range, Zojirushi have decoded to produce the NS-ZCC10 in white only.

Our Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 Review

On opening the Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 you may be surprised at how compact it is, only 14 x 8 x 10 inches and weighing 9 lbs. yet it has the capacity to deliver 10 cups of cooked rice. Although the brains behind the cooking is called neuro fuzzy logic, that is probably only to differentiate it from other rice cookers in the Zojirushi range.

The difference being that this model has the ability to vary the end result of standard white rice so that it can be the standard texture or a little harder, or al dente, or a little softer depending on the setting that is selected. This is in addition to cooking white rice with added vegetables and flavoring, this has an extended warming time and is cooked at a slightly lower temperature to ensure that the flavorings have time to be absorbed and the contents do not boil over. The sushi setting leaves the white rice a little firmer than usual to allow for the additional handling and preparation that the sushi rice undergoes.  The brown rice setting takes into account that brown rice is harder, so it extends the warming time and lowers the cooking temperature and extends the cook time.

This ensures that the brown rice is cooked through without becoming too soft and mushy. Cooking porridge rice is a bit of an art using a standard saucepan, avoiding adding too much water and over-cooking and ending up with a not very good result. The Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 copes with this automatically by adjusting the cooking time and temperature. The Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 can also double as a large steamer, this allows it to steam items that are often too big to fit in standard electric steamers.

Artichokes are no problem for the Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 to steam. The control panel of the Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 allows a delayed start time and an automatic warming function so that your perfectly cooked rice can be ready exactly when you want it without having to check timings and the whether the rice is cooked correctly to your needs.

The key to how the cooker can turn out perfect rice every time is a small sensor that looks a little like a button. The cook pot sits on it and the sensor constantly monitors the temperature and adjusts the cooking time accordingly in conjunction with the type of rice that is set at the start. If the timer is watched, initially it can be a little disconcerting as the time will keep altering as the cooker adjusts to get the perfect result.

There is no need to worry if the rice is cooked before intended as the automatic keep warm function will ensure that the rice stays hot without over cooking it. When the rice is cooked the pot simply lifts out with the stay cool handles. After everything is over and done with the inner lid of the cooker detaches for easy cleaning. The power cord is retracted into the Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 to save having dangling cords everywhere. The whole cooker then lifts one handedly using the carry handle.

Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 Specifications & Pros/Cons



Key Features

  • Compact size, only 14 x 8 x 10 inches and weighing 9 lbs. but will make 10 cups of cooked rice
  • Cooks white rice (including with added vegetables and flavorings and a hard, regular or soft rice option), brown rice sushi rice or porridge rice
  • Can be used as a large steamer
  • Simple press button operation to select the type of rice being cooked
  • Delay start cooking option
  • Automatic keep warm feature switches on after rice is cooked
  • Measuring cup with marking for amount of water for each type of rice being booked
  • Easy to clean after use
  • Only available in white
  • Neuro fuzzy logic cooking – without a doubt, this feature is what makes the Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 an extra efficient rice cooker. The ability to be able to cook any type of rice, to perfection is controlled by the fuzzy logic sensor and controller
  • Press button control and LCD display – the ability to select the type of rice to be cooked and whether the white rice is to be cooked al dente, regular or soft at the press of a button make setting the Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 simplicity. Setting the timer is straight forward, with a delayed start if required.
  • Automatic warming function – when the rice is cooked, the Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 will automatically switch over to warming mode to keep the rice hot, without over cooking until it is time to be eaten.
  • Heavy duty spherical cooking pot – ensures that the heat is evenly distributed meaning that the rice is cooked evenly throughout.
  • Settings for non-rinse and quick cook rice types
  • Retractable power cord – a simple feature that save the hassle of loose power cords getting caught up in everything
  • Stay cool handles – the cooking pot can be lifted straight out of the cooker using the conveniently cool handles.
  • Detachable inner lid – comes away from the cooker to make cleaning easier

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Our Final Conclusion For The Zojirushi NS-ZCC10

There are many electric rice cookers available on the market today but the Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 is a step beyond many of them. Not only will it cook any type of rice, including non-rinse and quick cook rice, but it can also be set to cook the rice to your particular choosing.

Included with the cooker are measuring cups for the rice and water. The water cup has markings to show the level of water needed for different types of rice – simple, inexpensive yet a very handy item to have. Many people have kitchen appliances and gadgets that are never used because they are too complicated to use or need a great deal of time and effort to clean after use. The Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 is highly user friendly, the settings are straightforward and clear and after use it is very easy to clean and put away.

Not only has the cooking of the rice been thought out but also the actual using of the Zojirushi NS-ZCC10. Small things like the stay cool handles which enable the cook pot to be taken straight out when the rice is needed with no risk of burs. The retractable cords, saves all the mess and cords getting caught up with each other. A very, very good example of a rice cooker.