The Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy NS-ZCC10 is often chosen by reviewers as the best high-end, full-featured rice cooker, but it's expensive. Meanwhile, experts and users alike say that the Sanyo Micom ECJ-F50S (*Est. $125) works nearly as well for a fraction of the price. The Zojirushi programmable rice cooker can store texture preferences and handle specialized rice types, including basmati and sushi rice. It makes tender rice, according to experts, but it takes longer to cook than basic rice cookers. For those who want to prepare mainly plain white rice, this model, with its wide variety of features, is probably overkill.
Cook's Illustrated and Fine Cooking magazines review the Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy NS-ZCC10 in detail. The Los Angeles Times tests its bigger sibling, the Neuro Fuzzy NS-ZCC18. A review done by Cook's Illustrated is the most comprehensive. We also found plenty of owner-written reviews at Amazon.com and Cooking.com.
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1. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Editors at Cook's Illustrated rate eight rice cookers for quality of cooked rice, efficiency, ease of use and features. The Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy NS-ZCC10 is included in this detailed and critical roundup.
Review: Rice Cookers, Editors of Cook's Illustrated, October 2007
2. Fine Cooking
Fine Cooking tests five top-of-the-line fuzzy logic (computer chip-operated) rice cookers, cooking a full pot and a single cup of long-grain white rice and three cups of brown rice. Editors call the Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy NS-ZCC10 their best all-around model. They say it is "as versatile as it is precise."
Review: Equipment Review: High-Tech Rice Cookers, Maryellen Driscoll, Jan. 2007
3. Los Angeles Times
Judy Yao and her colleagues test six rice cookers, three of which use fuzzy logic (meaning a computer chip automatically adjusts the cooking time). This review tests the larger 10-cup Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy NS-ZCC18, which ties for first place. It produces perfectly tender, moist rice that is slightly sweet, she says.
Review: For Every Kitchen, a Rice Cooker, Judy Yao, July 27, 2005
In owner reviews at Amazon.com, the Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy NS-ZCC10 earns an average of 4.5 stars out of 5 in more than 300 owner-written reviews. Owners say that rice comes out perfectly with little effort.
Review: Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 5-½-Cup Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker and Warmer, Contributors to Amazon.com
This cookware retailer invites consumers to post their reviews of rice cookers. The Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy NS-ZCC10 earns a high overall rating in about two dozen reviews.
Review: Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker by Zojirushi, Contributors to Cooking.com
6. The New York Times
Elaine Louie interviews chef David Bouley, a New York restaurateur, who uses a Zojirushi 5-cup rice cooker for white rice. Unfortunately, we're not sure which model he uses.
Review: Possessed; Rice Has Met Its Match, Elaine Louie, Nov. 10, 2002