Cooking with the Zojirushi Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker & Warmer NP-HTC10 makes rice taste so good it is worth the high price, reviewers say. The use of induction heating and pressure cooking makes cooking rice as simple as selecting a setting on the LCD display and then waiting for the rice cooker to do all the work. Owners say it is easy to use and clean.
Perfect rice. The Zojirushi Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker & Warmer NP-HTC10 uses precise heat control and pressurized cooking to create perfect rice, reviewers say. Menu settings include white (regular, softer or harder), mixed, sushi, porridge, sweet, brown, germinated brown and quick-cooking and other varieties. The rice cooker automatically selects from three pressure levels, and the vacuum-insulated inner cooking pan distributes heat to the rice quickly. Instead of a heating element, it uses inductive heating to heat the entire surface of the pot. The Zojirushi has automatic and extended keep-warm settings.
Removable parts make cleaning easy. The Zojirushi rice cooker has a clear-coated, stainless-steel exterior and removable parts -- the inner lid, inner cooking pot and the steam vent -- for easy cleaning. The orange LCD display panel is easy to read, and the timer makes it simple to set the cooking time, so you can set it in the morning and return home to rice in the evening. Cooking instructions are clear and easy to follow, users say.
Durable and sturdy. The Zojirushi NP-HTC10 has a 10-cup capacity (5.5 cups of dry rice), while the sister model, the NP-HTC18, has an 18-cup capacity (10 cups of dry rice). The rice cookers weigh 11.3 and 13.2 pounds, respectively. All Zojirushi products have a one-year warranty, but some reviewers say they wish the warranty was longer for such an expensive piece of equipment. However, we found no durability complaints, so warranty coverage does not seem to be an issue.
This enthusiast site reviews a number of rice cookers, including the Zojirushi NP-HTC10. The reviewer calls it the "crème de la crème" of Zojirushi's collection, saying it's super easy to use, but it can take a while to cook the rice.
Review: Zojirushi NP-HTC10 5.5 Cup Rice Cooker Review, "Lei", Not dated
The Zojirushi NP-HTC18 is the top choice in this roundup of five top rice cookers. Mandy Slake notes that it works at any elevation, thanks to technology that monitors and controls the inside pressure. This review is for the 18-cup model, but she mentions the 10-cup model, saying it's the same, just for a smaller quantity of rice.
Review: Best Rice Cooker, Mandy Slake, Dec. 12, 2012
The Zojirushi NP-HTC10 receives an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars based on more than two dozen reviews, and owners rave about it. They say you can tell the difference in taste and texture when rice is cooked with a pressure cooker. They also say the excellent taste is worth the high price.
Review: Zojirushi NP-HTC10 Induction Heating 5-1/2-Cup (Uncooked) Pressure Rice Cooker and Warmer, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of July 2013