When it comes to simplicity, the Zojirushi Electric Rice Cooker & Warmer NS-PC10 can't be beat. Just add rice and water to the cooker and press start. When the rice is done, the cooker automatically switches to a keep-warm setting. Some consumers say the instructions are not clear on how much rice and water to use, so they learned by trial and error.
Incredibly simple. The Zojirushi Electric Rice Cooker & Warmer NS-PC10 excels at making rice and is very easy to operate, experts and consumers say. You put rice and water in it and press start. When the rice is done, the cooker automatically switches to a keep-warm setting. The rice cooker has no on/off switch; it must be unplugged, and consumers say they wish the cooker had an automatic shutoff. A steamer basket is not included. Some consumers say they struggle with getting brown rice to cook well, but others say the Zojirushi cooks brown rice perfectly.
Instructions not clear. With a nonstick inner cooking pan and a condensation collector, the Zojirushi Electric Rice Cooker & Warmer NS-PC10 is easy to clean, consumers say. The rice cooker also is simple to use with a single-switch control. But some users complain that the instructions are not clear and it can be a challenge to figure out how much rice and water to use. As they go through the trial-and-error process, consumers say they've dealt with overflowing pots and big messes.
Durable even when mistakes are made. The Zojirushi Electric Rice Cooker & Warmer NS-PC10 is a durable and sturdy rice cooker, reviewers say; several consumers say they have had the rice cooker for years. The rice cooker comes in two sizes -- the NS-PC10 and NS-PC18 models have a 5-cup and 10-cup dry-rice capacity, respectively. At 6 and 7 pounds, the two models are light and easy to move. The cooker has a one-year warranty.
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1. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Cook's Illustrated ranks rice cookers on the quality of the cooked rice's taste, texture and consistency; efficiency -- how fast the machines cooked different types of rice; ease of use; and additional features, including steaming, cake baking and porridge, as well as programmability.
Review: Rice Cookers, Editors of Cook's Illustrated, Oct. 22, 2007
The Zojirushi Electric Rice Cooker & Warmer NS-PC10 receives an overall rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars based on about 100 Amazon.com reviews. Most consumer reviewers praise its ease of use and say it does an excellent job of cooking rice. A few say directions are not clear on the rice-water ratio.
Review: Zojirushi NS-PC10 Electric 5-Cup (Uncooked) Rice Cooker and Warmer, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of July 2013
The Zojirushi NSPC10 Rice Cooker, 5 Cup, earns an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 in more than a dozen reviews, with owners saying it's simple to use for all types of rice. A few say it's tricky to figure out the right water/rice ratio, and the instructions may be confusing.
Review: Zojirushi NSPC10 Rice Cooker, 5 Cup, Contributors to Macys.com, As of July 2013