Experts say the Zojirushi NP-HBC18's induction heat cooks rice more evenly than the standard hot plates used in other rice cookers. Testers agree, saying that the Zojirushi NP-HBC18 cooks every type of rice perfectly. Users at Amazon.com are especially impressed with the rice cooker's ability to produce excellent brown rice. The downside is the expensive price tag. Experts say that you can get good results from a less costly model, such as the Sanyo Micom ECJ-F50S (*Est. $125) . The Zojirushi NP-HBC18 is capable of cooking up to 20 servings (15 standard cups) of rice and comes with a spatula, spatula holder and measuring cup.
We found the best review of the Zojirushi NP-HBC18 at Food & Wine magazine, where editors test it along with 75 other countertop appliances. Comments by owners at Amazon.com echo the opinions of professional testers.
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1. Food & Wine Magazine
Editors at Food & Wine magazine claim that the Zojirushi NP-HBC18 produces perfect results every time, regardless of the type of rice used. It is chosen as the best rice cooker in their testing of 76 countertop appliances.
Review: The Best Rice Cookers, Kristin Donnelly, March 2008
Users at Amazon.com give the Zojirushi NP-HBC18 excellent ratings and praise it for cooking perfect rice. Some reviewers claim that it makes the fluffiest brown rice they've ever had. Some, however, complain it doesn't offer anything more than less expensive models.
Review: Zojirushi NP-HBC18 10-Cup Rice Cooker and Warmer, Contributors to Amazon.com