Best Japanese Rice Cookers
Do you love Japanese culture? Then you must have fallen in love with rice which is the Japanese staple food. But before you cook your bowl of rice, why not do it the Japanese way? I mean using the best Japanese rice cookers.
A few years back, it was hard to get an English version of the appliances. But since they are becoming popular today, you will get many machines with English instructions.
Now, the catch is that some of these rice cookers don’t have a Japanese touch as they claim. Backdoor manufacturers are creeping everywhere hence making it hard to get an authentic machine.
As we always do here, we scour the farthest corners of the net to find the best product that meets your standards.
After our research, we arrived at six of the best Japanese rice cookers that will make cooking rice fun and delicious at the end.
Ready? Let’s check them out.
1. Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 5-1/2-Cup Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker
Zojirushi is a reputable brand and has produced many ricer cookers. You will get a couple of their products in this review.
But without doubt, we believe that the NS Neuro-Fuzzy model beats them all in functionality and design.
This rice cooker will cook any type of rice and produce your desired taste and appearance. That’s why it’s a suitable machine if you want to try a new recipe you got from the land of the rising sun.
By this I mean you can prepare sushi rice, brown rice, mixed rice, and porridge-like rice.
As hinted, the appliance uses neuro Fuzzy technology that cooks rice evenly and preserves the taste of your rice.
Also, the ability to work at 120V/680W of power ensures that it provides the right amount of temperature for fast cooking.
The body is covered with durable and solid material with good finishing. The spherical inner cooking pan is removable; hence it is very easy to clean.
2. Zojirushi NP-HCC10XH Induction Heating System Rice Cooker and Warmer
It’s number two from the Zojirushi family and similarly hasn’t disappointed. Zojirushi NP-HCC10XH is a state of the art kitchen appliance that will fit well with a modern kitchen.
It looks beautiful and will catch the attention of any visitor to your kitchen. Any mother would love how people “wow” her kitchenware.
Like its sibling NS-ZCC10, this rice cooker uses a superior induction heating technology for even cooking. Moreover, the 1230-watts electrical rating guarantees fast cooking.
The appliance has a width of 10 inches, depth of 14 inches, and a height of 8 inches. This can hold up to 5.5 cups or a volume of one litre.
The size is compact and can fit very well, even in a small kitchen. Besides, the base is sturdy so that it fits comfortably on the counter.
The outer body is made of stainless steel which doesn’t give in to rust. One more thing is that stainless steel is easy to clean; in fact, you can wash it in the dishwasher. You can remove the inner spherical pan for effective cleaning.
The control panel is easy to operate for an intermediate user. As a complete newbie, it might take you some time to understand how everything works, but you will soon get the hang of it.
3. Dash DRCM200GBPK04 Mini Rice Cooker
Dash rice cooker is probably one of the most purchased appliances on Amazon. Raking over 3000 ratings is not a joke. It carries numerous reasons to justify its success.
First of all, the machine is not only meant to cook rice. You can also make soup, cook oatmeal, pasta, and even steamed veggies. This is pretty fantastic if you don’t want to buy a lot of kitchenware.
What blows off the roof is the affordability of the appliance. While other Japanese rice cookers cost tens or even hundreds of dollars, the Dash rice cooker goes for merely 19 bucks. Yeah, you read that right.
What do you get in return?
It’s portable and compact. You can take it with you anywhere. The appliance is easy to use and will cook your meal in less than 20 minutes.
The only downside is that it can only cook rice enough for one person. Still, this makes it the best option if you are a student living a lonely college dorm life.
4. Zojirushi Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker & Warmer
Zojirushi cooperation has produced numerous kitchen appliances to ensure that their buyers get a complete machine that hits all the pain points.
In this regard, this model is the best option if you want to cook rice for special dishes. All thanks go to induction heating and pressure technology. This means that you can regulate it to the type of rice you want.
With the multi-menu functions, you can cook white and mixed rice, sweet rice, porridge, brown, and GABA brown.
This is how the machine works if you want to experiment with your rice. Let’s take an example of the umami setting (a Japanese word for good flavour). You can increase the steaming and soaking time so that your rice comes out differently.
You can also reduce the steam by half by resetting it on the controls. Similarly, you can increase the temperature to get that crispy golden brown rice.
The appliance has two types of keeping warm features. The first is the automatic keep-warm which will keep the rice at the optimal serving temperature for 12 hours.
The other feature is the extended keep warm which has a lower temperature than the regular keep warm. It prevents your rice from turning yellow when keeping it for a long time.
These are just a small bit of the appliance’s fantastic features. You can check it out on Amazon to get what I mean.
5. Tiger JKT-S18U 10-Cup Multi-Purpose Rice Cooker
Tiger is your saver if you have many hungry people that need food fast. It can cook up to 10 cups of rice which is the highest than all other rice cookers.
When you are in a hurry, you can use the quick function which cooks white rice in a jiffy. If you need a touch of fluffy plain rice, you can use the plain menu setting to get the surprise in store for you.
The good thing is that the rice cooker will keep your food hot for up to 12 hours. So no need for the microwave. Moreover, you can retract the chord which makes using the machine a breeze.
Although it can hold a large amount of rice, it is surprisingly very compact, which makes it portable. The size has a part to play here. It measures 10.7 inches wide, 11.8 inches deep, and 11.7 inches high. The total weight mounts up to 4 pounds.
The Tiger rice cooker does more than just cooking rice. You can cook oatmeal using the “oatmeal function, cook porridge, and even synchro-cook if you are fed up with plain rice.
However, you will have to dig a little deeper into your pocket, which is the main setback. After all, great features don’t come cheap.
6. Panasonic 5 Cup (Uncooked) Rice Cooker
Panasonic is an industry-leading rice cooker with improvements on the weaknesses other machines have left out.
The rice cooker uses induction technology by creating an electrical current inside the box that heats and cooks the rice. As a result, it’s one of the fastest rice cookers you will find in the market.
Moreover, the machine uses advanced fuzzy logic technology. This involves a micro micro-computer that makes adjustments in temperature and cooking time to give better results.
This means that you can cook all types of rice and still get the delicious taste and appearance that you are looking for.
The control system is straightforward. It’s pre-programmed so that you get quality perfection for the type of rice you are cooking.
Some of the amazing features you will come across are the steaming basket. It also comes with a measuring cup to balance the amount of water and rice. Also, the non-rice cooking spoon allows you to serve as a native Japanese chef.
Amidst all the goodies, the machine has a little to keep the warm time of only 1 – 2 hours. This mentions that you can only cook rice once without keeping it for later. In addition, you can’t cook many types of rice at the same time.
A few things you can keep in mind on your research include the functions and technology of the rice cooker, the material, the volume of rice it can cook, and of course, the amount of money you want to spend.
With this, you will have an easy time when doing your research.
Our top pick for this review would be the Zojirushi induction heating pressure rice cooker. The appliance is very beautiful, with a luxurious touch.
Besides, it functions very well and the ability to cook different types of rice with regulation ability gives it the upper hand.
However, you can still pick your most preferred choice from the list. After all, every person has his/her taste.