When it comes to cooking rice, the Zojirushi Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker & Warmer NP-NVC10 does nearly everything. Reviewers say it consistently produces tasty, evenly cooked rice, and its preset cooking functions make it easy to cook nearly any type of rice. A delayed timer allows you to plan cooking up to 24 hours in advance.
Hot technology. The Zojirushi Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker & Warmer NP-NVC10 cooks rice perfectly every time, according to professionals and consumers. The cooker uses induction heating, pressure cooking, fuzzy logic and artificial intelligence to do all the thinking for the cook. Menu settings include, white (regular, softer or harder), umami, mixed, sushi/sweet, porridge, brown, germinated brown, quick-cooking and other rice varieties. Its timer allows you to set the cooker and go. A platinum-infused, nonstick inner cooking pan changes the cooking water's quality to create sweeter tasting rice. A steamer basket is not included, however.
Easy to clean. The Zojirushi is easy to clean, say owners. The interior of the rice cooker is flat and can easily be wiped clean, and the outer surface is clear-coated to repel dust, oil and fingerprints. Its inner cooking pan has a nonstick coating. The stainless-steel inner lid set is easy to detach and wash. The filter on the inner lid prevents small food particles from becoming stuck in the pressure system. The cooker's colored LCD control panel is easy to read; it has a clock and delay timer. Cooking instructions are clear.
Few complaints of breakdowns. The Zojirushi Induction rice cooker comes in two sizes: 10 cups (5.5 cups of dry rice) and 18 cups (10 cups of dry rice). These durable cookers weigh 13 and 15 pounds, respectively. It comes with a one-year warranty, which many owners and experts say is short for such a pricey appliance, but there aren't a lot of complaints about it breaking down, so warranty coverage doesn't seem to be an issue.
Jordan Shapiro writes from personal experience about the benefits of cooking with the Zojirushi NP-NVC10. Although his cooking experience includes working in professional kitchens, he says he cannot cook rice that matches the precision of the Zojirushi Rice Cooker.
Review: Hands On With Zojirushi's Smartest Rice Cooker, Jordan Shapiro, April 7, 2013
This enthusiast site reviews a number of rice cookers, including the Zojirushi NP-NVC10/18. She calls the $700 rice cooker the "Rolls Royce of rice cookers."
Review: Is Zojirushi NP-NVC10 or 18 Worth the Money?, "Lei", Not dated
Consumer reviewers gave the Zojirushi NP-NVC18 an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars based on a handful of reviews. They say the high price is worth it because of the high quality, tasty rice it produces. One owner says it tastes better than rice cooked in a restaurant.
Review: Zojirushi NP-NVC18 Induction Heating Pressure Cooker (Uncooked) and Warmer, 10 Cups/1.8-Liter, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of July 2013
Owners give the Zojirushi NP-NVC10 a overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars based on a couple of reviews. They have high praise for this top-of-the-line Zojirushi, saying it makes excellent rice. One reviewer says the results differ only slightly from less expensive Zojirushi rice cookers.
Review: Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker and Warmer - Size: 5.5 Cups (1.0L) (NP-NVC10-XJ), Contributors to Rakuten.com, As of July 2013