If you want a rice cooker, you don’t go wrong with a Zojirushi NP-HBC10.
I used to cook rice in a pot, but one day, my husband offered me a rice cooker. At first, I wondered what on earth we needed that for, but I soon discovered that it was possible to make much better rice than I’ve ever made in a pot.
You can add all kinds of grains and vegetables. One of my favorites consists of a mixture of white, brown and wild rice. Another one is ordinary white rice, but with fresh (or frozen) mushrooms added.
Let’s Take a Closer Look at the Zojirushi NP-HBC10 Rice Cooker
As you will learn soon, the Zojirushi NP-HBC10 is much than just a rice cooker. It’s advanced technology combined with the best materials. One of the things I really love about it is that you can make everything ready and then set the timer to have your rice or meal cooked when you want. This is what you get:
- 5-1/2-cup rice cooker and warmer with micro computer technology
- Superior induction heating evenly distributes heat for excellent results
- Multi-menu cooking functions; LCD control panel; keep warm; timer
- Spatula, spatula holder, and rice-measuring cup included
- Measures 14-3/16 by 9-13/16 by 7-15/16 inches
Zojirushi NP-HBC10 Product Description
Along with micro computer technology, this 5-1/2-cup rice cooker and warmer provides superior induction heating for more evenly distributed heat to ensure perfectly cooked rice every time.
You can choose from a variety of cooking functions including white rice (regular, softer, or harder), mixed rice, sushi rice, porridge, sweet rice, and quick cooking.
In addition, healthy cooking options include brown rice, GABA brown rice, and germinated brown rice.
The unit’s black, thick, spherical, inner cooking pan and heating system provide even heating, and its interchangeable melody and beep signal indicates when the cooking cycle has ended.
Other highlights include a detachable and washable inner lid, an easy-to-read LCD control panel, and automatic keep warm and extended keep warm, as well as a delay timer with two settings and a detachable power cord. This also make the rice cooker a nice help in a modern Jewish kitchen.
The unit’s clear-coated stainless-steel exterior not only cleans easily, but also matches any kitchen décor.
In general, the customers love this rice cooker. It has earned 4.6 out of 5 stars in average. This is what people are saying about it.
I’ve been using the Zojirushi HBC10 fuzzy logic induction rice cooker for about a month and half now, and love, love, LOVE it! It makes the absolute best rice I’ve ever had. I especially love the porridge feature and have been making lots of jook. Although the instructions say you can’t make jook out of brown rice, I’ve found that I can if I’m willing to put extra time into it.
I run one porridge cycle, let it cool for 15 minutes (you can’t start a new cycle while the bowl is hot), and than run the porridge cycle again. My favorite jook is made with Forbidden Rice (made by Lotus foods) with chicken broth, and chopped up apple chicken sausage added in the last 20 minutes or so. Yum!
I originally ordered the less expensive Zojirushi NS TGC10 model. When I received it, I was dismayed to see that the detachable inner lid was made of aluminum! It’s my understanding that it’s very unhealthy to cook foods in direct contact with aluminum.
I called the seller who told me that all of the Chinese-made fuzzy logic models are made this way. I returned that model and bought the induction model instead which has a stainless steel detachable inner lid.
As a long term cooking and health investment, I feel it’s worth every penny that I paid. I wish the bowl was made out of stainless steel rather than non-stick, but I can live with that.
Pros And Cons
- The rice cooker is attractively styled and easy to use. As other reviewers have noted, be sure to remove and wash the inner lid after each use. This takes only seconds.
- The control panel is clear and the interface is intuitive. While one should always read the manual one can operate the cooker without reading a single page.
- Build quality, workmanship, fit, and finish are excellent, as they should be for the price.
- The extended keep-warm function is incredibly effective. I have often held rice overnight and found it warm, moist, and not crusty the following day.
- Cleanup is easy as the machine lacks many of the nook-and-cranny rice catchers of some other brands.
- Brown rice is cooked to perfection every time. I don’t often bother with the GABA cycle but for people who believe that it makes a difference, it is there to use.
- The congee cycle (porridge, they call it) works well and not just for that purpose. You can keep soup hot, etc. I notice that the manual advises against this but I have done it many times.
- Replacement parts can be ordered through the internet, if needed. The greatest risk I see is dropping and denting the cooking vessel. In a conventional unit, this might not make much difference but with induction the difference can be huge.
- It works well for steaming, despite the concerns of those who opine that fuzzy logic cookers will not do so. You will, however, need to provide your own basket.
- If you follow the recipes closely, the rice will always come out properly cooked and never crusted on the bottom. I’ve not had a single failure and I cook and eat lots of rice.
- The cooker has amazing versatility. Steel cut oats for breakfast...yummmmm
- Overall, it reeks of quality. That may be of greater importance to some than to others.
- The stainless finish is an extra cost and essentially the same model can obtained in white for a bit less. Zojirushi NP-KAC10 5-1/2-Cup Rice Cooker and Warmer with Induction Heating System
- Induction heating consumes a bit more energy than conventional heating. Not a lot, but some.
- The cost is high. A conventionally heated unit that works almost, but not quite, as well can be had much cheaper. Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 5-1/2-Cup Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker and Warmer, Premium White
- Retractable cord would have been nice. Mine stays plugged in all the time because I use it so often but others might find the cord a bit of a nuisance.
UPDATE - 1 Year Later
- I’ve used this rice cooker for almost a year now and still love it. I use the timer to have hot steel-cut oatmeal or jook ready for me when I wake up. I’ve also used the porridge setting to make risotto which comes out fantastic - with SO much less work than making it on the stove top.
It makes fabulous brown rice, and the GABA brown rice is especially good. I’ve also used it to cook lentils, beans and quinoa, which come out perfect every time. After a year, I still feel this rice cooker is the best “kitchen investment” I’ve ever made.
I highly recommend buying The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook with this rice cooker. It gives you a ton of great information on different kinds of rice, grains and legumes, and all the things you can do with your rice cooker.
This customer sees it as a disadvantage that you have to pay more for the stainless steel. But as you can see above, it’s unhealthy to cook food in direct contact with aluminum.
This is the second NP-HBC10 induction heating rice cooker I have owned, the first having been given to my son in a moment of weakness. As there are a great many reviews already, I’ll just sum up the pros and cons as I see them.
Highly recommended. This is the best non-pressure rice cooker on the market, hands down. The sweet taste of perfectly prepared rice dishes will last long after the bitterness of the price has faded. If you want a pressure rice cooker, Zoji has those, too, but the price is even steeper or you can check out this website it has also number of best slow cooker for the money so it will help you to choose the one that fit your budget.